Carol Tice

Carol Tice

Carol Tice, a freelance writer, is chief executive of TiceWrites Inc. in Bainbridge Island, Wash. She blogs about freelance writing at Make a Living Writing. Email her at carol@caroltice.com.

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Lessons from 'Prometheus' on Building an Effective Website
Site Design

Lessons from 'Prometheus' on Building an Effective Website

To promote the upcoming Alien prequel, marketers have created a website for Weyland Industries, the mega-corporation that has a central role in the plot. Here are tips that business owners can take fr
Seven Business Books to Inspire You on Spring Break
New Ideas

Seven Business Books to Inspire You on Spring Break

From leadership and innovation to startup tips, these seven business books have useful information for entrepreneurs at every stage.
Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?
Grow Your Business

Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?

Once your business launches, it's time to grow. But it's important to grow smart. Here's a look at why the Shark Tank investors passed on one great company after taking a look at its growth plan.
10 Ways to Green Your Retail Store
Managing Cash Flow

10 Ways to Green Your Retail Store

It can be hard to make expensive changes that could bring big energy savings, such as adding insulation or installing skylights. But you should.
Business Groups Divided as Top Court Considers Health-Care Reform
Business Management

Business Groups Divided as Top Court Considers Health-Care Reform

As the Supreme Court finishes up hearing challenges to the Affordable Care Act, business owners continue to be split on what outcome they'd like to see.
Seven Effective Marketing Methods for Our Ad-Cluttered, Digital Age
Marketing Ideas

Seven Effective Marketing Methods for Our Ad-Cluttered, Digital Age

In a competitive climate, it's critical for small businesses to market effectively. Here are seven popular marketing methods and why you should consider them.
The Risk-Averse Entrepreneur's Guide to Startup Success
Startup Basics

The Risk-Averse Entrepreneur's Guide to Startup Success

Thinking about starting a small business? Here's a step-by-step guide for how to launch your business in a low-risk way.
I Am Woman. . . See Me Grow My $1 Million Business
Trends

I Am Woman. . . See Me Grow My $1 Million Business

Women-owned businesses with sales over $1 million are growing. Here are three theories on why women are able to build bigger businesses today.
The 'Fashion Star' Guide to Connecting the Dots for Customers
Websites

The 'Fashion Star' Guide to Connecting the Dots for Customers

The new shopping reality-TV hybrid shows designers and retailers the right way to get customers jazzed about products.
Six Keys to Boost Your Business in 2012
Grow Your Business

Six Keys to Boost Your Business in 2012

Is your business on track to grow this year? Consider the habits of high-growth, small-business owners and identifies key steps to growing revenue this year.
Should You Be the Leader of Your Small Business?
Leadership

Should You Be the Leader of Your Small Business?

Some entrepreneurs are born to start businesses, but not all of them can inspire greatness in the ranks. Here's how to tell if you're really cut out for leadership.
Does Your Small Business Need to Pivot?
Exploring New Markets

Does Your Small Business Need to Pivot?

Young entrepreneur Peter Crabtree became an upscale chocolatier in 2005. When that didn't take off, he changed the business to an entirely new concept.
Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'
Startup Financing

Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

Guest "Shark" and QVC Queen dishes about her time on the reality TV show and what she likes to hear in an entrepreneur's pitch.
Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?
Inventing

Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?

Did you start your business after creating a product for your own use? If so, your chances of landing venture capital and finding business success are better than for other types of startups.
Branding 101: Five Tips for Solopreneurs
Branding

Branding 101: Five Tips for Solopreneurs

Just because you're a solopreneur doesn't mean you can't have snappy branding. Here are some tips and examples of one-person businesses with great brands.
Hey, Small-Business Owner: Do You Shop Local?
Marketing Ideas

Hey, Small-Business Owner: Do You Shop Local?

If you want consumers to shop local, encourage them by shopping locally for your own business.
The Five Things Employees Really Want
Human Resources

The Five Things Employees Really Want

The recent 'Undercover Boss' episode on Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen showed exactly what workers really want from their employer. Here's a hint: It's not a raise.
The Office's Five-Step Guide to a Disastrous Store Opening
Sales Techniques

The Office's Five-Step Guide to a Disastrous Store Opening

The opening day for the new Sabre store on 'The Office' was riddled with mistakes. Though funny, the show also offers vital lessons for entrepreneurs on what not to do.
Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?
Bank Loans and Microloans

Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?

An uptick in small-business lending may mean entrepreneurs will start hiring in 2012, or they might just sit on their cash.
Will Customers Know Your Pick for President?
Business Management

Will Customers Know Your Pick for President?

The Presidential election will be an increasingly unavoidable topic as the months roll on. Here are seven options for how to handle the political discourse at your business.
Need Ideas for Your Business Blog? Here Are 50
Marketing Ideas

Need Ideas for Your Business Blog? Here Are 50

Here are some of the best strategies for making a blog readable and engaging.
10 Ways to Slash Your Business's Gas Costs
Managing Cash Flow

10 Ways to Slash Your Business's Gas Costs

Fuel prices are forecast to hit an all-time high this year. Here are some strategies for keeping your transportation costs in check.
How Do You Define Business Success?
Cash Flow & Money Management

How Do You Define Business Success?

After five grueling months mining for gold, Hoffman's crew from 'Gold Rush Alaska' fell short. Here's why setting business goals -- even small ones -- can leave you feeling like a winner.
Five Tips to Inspire Innovation at Your Small Business
Innovation

Five Tips to Inspire Innovation at Your Small Business

More innovation is needed for a business to thrive in today's world of shrinking product life cycles and increased competition. Here's how to kick your business into high gear.
Seven Ways to Get Your Unmotivated Workers Off Their Butts
Motivation and Retention

Seven Ways to Get Your Unmotivated Workers Off Their Butts

Here are some tips for getting workers fired up and raring to achieve your company's goals.
Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting
Angel Investors

Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting

See how two inventors fared when they brought their children along to pitch the 'Sharks.'
Seven Ways to Keep Angry Customers (Like Me) Happy
Customer Service

Seven Ways to Keep Angry Customers (Like Me) Happy

When customer service goes wrong, I am irate. Here's how to keep angry customers like me from storming out of your real or virtual store, never to return.
10 Powerful Management Insights from Apple, P&G, Yum Brands and Gilt Groupe
Business Management

10 Powerful Management Insights from Apple, P&G, Yum Brands and Gilt Groupe

Here's a rundown on the management traits four solid-gold brands used to get their startups off the ground, and to keep driving their companies forward, as described in four new books:
12 Leadership Traits You Need to Thrive in Tough Times
Growth Strategies

12 Leadership Traits You Need to Thrive in Tough Times

What does it take to lead a small business through this ongoing economic mess? Here's a roundup of the important traits for entrepreneurs in 2012.
Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?
Angel Investors

Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?

Few business owners expect to get a fat buyout offer while their startup is still on the launch pad. Here's what one business owner did when confronted with an offer.
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