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Carol Tice

A southern California native, Tice now lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and three children. Who have talked her into getting a dog. In more than 15 years of reporting on businesses large and small, she's gone on more than 100 business trips, filing stories from Anchorage to Atlanta. Her work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Nation's Restaurant News, Wall Street Journal, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Magazine, and many others. More than 1,000 of her articles are floating around the Internet. . . and she has no idea when she had time to write them all. She is proud CEO and Janitor of TiceWrites Inc., and blogs about freelance writing at Make a Living Writing. Email her at carol@caroltice.com.

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What Are You Willing to Do to Launch Your Business?

What Are You Willing to Do to Launch Your Business?

Sometimes, it's not a question of how brilliant your startup idea is, but what an entrepreneur is willing to do to get through the tough times.
10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch

10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch

Wooing investors is a challenge even for entrepreneurs who're enthusiastic about their business. Here are ten tips on how to craft your investor pitch.
February 14, 2012 in Angel Investors
What 'Project Runway' Can Teach You About Business

What 'Project Runway' Can Teach You About Business

Rule No. 1: Entrepreneurs who pursue their own passion can't lose sight of what makes a business successful. Two 'Project Runway All Stars' recently made this key-business flub.
February 10, 2012 in Customer Loyalty and Retention
Eight Creative Marketing Ideas to Make Your Business Stand Out

Eight Creative Marketing Ideas to Make Your Business Stand Out

If your marketing could use a new twist, consider these new ideas to reach today's customers.
February 9, 2012 in Marketing Ideas
Seven Ways to Kill Your Meetings and Unleash Productivity

Seven Ways to Kill Your Meetings and Unleash Productivity

Despite studies showing that meetings are a colossal waste of time, they remain common. Here's how to collaborate while cutting back on meetings.
February 8, 2012 in Training
Seven Ways to Get a 'Cash Mob' to Shop at Your Small Business

Seven Ways to Get a 'Cash Mob' to Shop at Your Small Business

Buy-local advocates are creating 'cash mobs,' which ask people to patronize local stores at a particular time. Here's how you can get a cash mob to shop your store.
February 6, 2012 in Sales
10 Reasons Your Small Business Shouldn't Start a Blog

10 Reasons Your Small Business Shouldn't Start a Blog

Blogging is increasingly popular, but that doesn't mean it's right for your small business. Here are some reasons you might want to hold off on blogging.
February 3, 2012 in Online Marketing
How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors

How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors

Getting turned down by the 'Sharks' was the best thing to happen to one contestant.
February 2, 2012 in Getting Press
Three Social-Media-Fueled Contests for Small Businesses

Three Social-Media-Fueled Contests for Small Businesses

Contests are emerging as a popular, low-cost way for big companies to connect with their small-business customers. Check out these three business contests.
February 1, 2012 in Social Media
What to Do When You've Built It and No One Comes

What to Do When You've Built It and No One Comes

When you have something to sell, being stuck in one place isn't always a winning idea. Fortunately, there is an alternative.
January 30, 2012 in Location
How Your Business Can Last Longer than a Twinkie

How Your Business Can Last Longer than a Twinkie

Kodak and Hostess may have landed in bankruptcy court, but you can avoid their fate. Here are four tips.
January 27, 2012 in Innovation
Does Your Business Know When to Stop Selling?

Does Your Business Know When to Stop Selling?

This week's upcoming 'Shark Tank' episode spotlights the importance of learning one often-overlooked overlooked skill: When to stop selling and close the deal.
January 26, 2012 in Closing the Sale
Online Sellers Brace for a New Tax Filing Requirement

Online Sellers Brace for a New Tax Filing Requirement

Some small businesses may need to declare added income on their 2011 returns. Here's what you need to know if do business on eBay or Etsy.
January 25, 2012 in Tax Center
Three Affordable Ways to Get Celebrities to Promote Your Brand

Three Affordable Ways to Get Celebrities to Promote Your Brand

Hiring a celebrity spokesperson doesn't have to break the bank. Here are three, low-cost ways to involve celebrities in your business.
January 23, 2012 in Low-Cost Ideas
Do Small Businesses Really Need the SBA's Help?

Do Small Businesses Really Need the SBA's Help?

The SBA's Small Business Development Centers serve over 500,000 entrepreneurs a year, but they're still on the budget chopping block.
January 20, 2012 in Startup Basics
Shark Tank vs. Undercover Boss: Which Are You Tivo-ing?

Shark Tank vs. Undercover Boss: Which Are You Tivo-ing?

See what's coming up on both shows this season, which kicks off this week.
January 19, 2012 in Venture and Angel Investors
Five Painless Ways to Raise Prices this Year

Five Painless Ways to Raise Prices this Year

With the economy still so uncooperative, how can you sell customers on a price raise? Here are a few ideas.
January 18, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Three Ways to Capitalize on Business Optimism

Three Ways to Capitalize on Business Optimism

Even before the nation added 200,000 new jobs in December, business owners were starting to feel more upbeat about 2012. Here's how to take advantage of that warm, fuzzy feeling.
January 16, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Seven Ways to Whip Your Website into Shape

Seven Ways to Whip Your Website into Shape

Here is a guide for giving your business website a makeover that will help attract more clients in 2012.
January 13, 2012 in Your Website
Are You Really in Charge of Your Business?

Are You Really in Charge of Your Business?

Business ownership is all about being your own boss and getting to call the shots, except when investors, partners, your spouse or even your mom butt in. How do you stay in control?
What You Can Learn About Innovation from Amazon, Starbucks and USPS

What You Can Learn About Innovation from Amazon, Starbucks and USPS

How do the big companies stay on top? Take a look at some of the new customer-service ideas Amazon, USPS and Starbucks have in store.
January 11, 2012 in Innovation
Why Apple Shouldn't Stop the Steve Jobs Doll (opinion)

Why Apple Shouldn't Stop the Steve Jobs Doll (opinion)

Apple's lawyers are in a snit over the recently released, creepily lifelike Steve Jobs doll. Here's why they should back off and let the doll become a smash hit.
January 9, 2012 in Radicals & Visionaries
How to Put a New Spin on an Old Idea

How to Put a New Spin on an Old Idea

The retro-1950s-diner restaurant theme has been done to death. So how has DickieJo's managed to start up and thrive?
January 6, 2012 in Startup Basics
Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?

Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?

There are some advantages to starting a new business in a downturn. On the reality-TV show Jump Shipp, host Josh Shipp helps would-be entrepreneurs take the plunge.
January 5, 2012 in Startup Basics
Six Business Trends to Watch This Year

Six Business Trends to Watch This Year

In 2012, it will pay to keep an eye on a few key big-picture trends. Here are the ones that make my list for top insomnia producers.
January 4, 2012 in Cash Flow & Money Management
Has Your Business Made a Brilliant Mistake?

Has Your Business Made a Brilliant Mistake?

A new contest from the Wharton School of Business gives entrepreneurs a chance to win goodies -- by describing a clutch mistake that turned out to be a good business idea.
January 2, 2012 in New Ideas
Tips to Help You Plan Your Business Taxes in 2012

Tips to Help You Plan Your Business Taxes in 2012

From estate planning to health care, here's how to prepare for next year's tax time.
December 30, 2011 in Tax Center
Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

When you've got a business idea, it's easy to get excited and start talking it up to possible investors. But if it's too soon, that can mean missed opportunities.
December 29, 2011 in Inventing
Seven Ways Business Owners Can Beat the January Doldrums

Seven Ways Business Owners Can Beat the January Doldrums

For many businesses, January is a dead month. Here are some ideas for how to perk up your post-holiday bottom line.
December 28, 2011 in Marketing Plan
Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)

Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)

Should federal law be changed to allow crowdfunding to become more widespread? Here's why that may be a bad idea.
December 23, 2011 in Startup Financing
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