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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10 Intriguing Business Books for Entrepreneurs to Read on Vacation
Forward Thinkers

10 Intriguing Business Books for Entrepreneurs to Read on Vacation

Here are the 10 business books that intrigued me most this year. If you're looking for a little inspiration to kick-start 2012, make one of these a year-end read.
Is Your Small Business Making You Fat?
Health & Fitness

Is Your Small Business Making You Fat?

With the weak economy, many owners are putting in more time at work -- and it's taking a toll on their health, a new study shows.
The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding
Inventing

The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

Wondering what makes investors back an invention? The new History Channel show 'Invention USA' points out a key factor that can make the difference in landing funding.
The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga
Evaluating Your Idea

The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga

It's been a banner week for Zynga with its long-awaited IPO. But there was a time when its founder was criticized for proposing a free-gaming business model.
Three Key Business Investments to Make in 2012
Marketing Ideas

Three Key Business Investments to Make in 2012

It's time to think about where to invest in your business next year. Here are three trends to pinpoint in 2012 that could pay off big.
Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012
Hot Trends

Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

Here is a collection of next year's top trends for marketing, retailing, service businesses, mobile, social media and more.
An Inside Look At Being a Wal-Mart Supplier
Make the Sale

An Inside Look At Being a Wal-Mart Supplier

What does it really take to service Wal-Mart as an account? A new report provides a rare, behind-the-scenes view into the inner workings of the big-box giant.
Is Your Business in a Post-Thanksgiving Sales Slump?
Make the Sale

Is Your Business in a Post-Thanksgiving Sales Slump?

A new survey finds shoppers either stocked up on Thanksgiving weekend, or are waiting until the last minute to find their holiday gifts.
How One Company Transformed Its Boring Products
Marketing Ideas

How One Company Transformed Its Boring Products

If your industry is full of sameness and you're having trouble figuring out how to differentiate your products, try to inject something fresh. Sometimes, all a product needs is a new name.
What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Costco's CEO
Leadership

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Costco's CEO

Jim Sinegal, the CEO of the third-largest U.S. retailer is retiring next year. Here are five key lessons entrepreneurs can take away from his legacy.
Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Lead to a Big Payday?
Sales Techniques

Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Lead to a Big Payday?

Early reports show that the big holiday weekend was actually big this year, but consumers are looking for deals. Will retailers still be able to turn a profit?
A Small Business Owner's Guide to Year-End Sales Success
Make the Sale

A Small Business Owner's Guide to Year-End Sales Success

With just four weeks left to bank end of year sales, there are still ways you can maximize your 2011 income. Here are five tips.
What One Startup Got Out of Starring in Webisodes
Marketing Ideas

What One Startup Got Out of Starring in Webisodes

Dell just aired a six-part series of Webisodes on the winner of its America's Favorite Small Business contest. Here's what the company got out of starring in the series.
Retailers That Open on Thanksgiving: Is It Wrong?
Sales Techniques

Retailers That Open on Thanksgiving: Is It Wrong?

As giant retailers open for business on Thanksgiving Day, small companies may also feel the pressure to open their doors.
Five New Online Tools for Finding Local Customers
Online Marketing

Five New Online Tools for Finding Local Customers

Want more local customers to find your business? Here are five new tools from cutting edge Web developers.
Startup Initiatives Sprout from Global Entrepreneurship Week
Startup Basics

Startup Initiatives Sprout from Global Entrepreneurship Week

Here is a look at some of the programs that will keep startups growing in the months to come.
12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors
Market Research

12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors

You may not have the resources to hire a competitive intelligence specialist, but small businesses can still unearth plenty of information about rivals.
Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?
Evaluating Your Idea

Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

If you'd like to see other entrepreneurs take high-stakes business gambles, nothing beats Discovery Channel's hit Friday-night show 'Gold Rush Alaska.'
Business Owners Divided on Occupy Wall Street
Finding Prospects

Business Owners Divided on Occupy Wall Street

In your view, is the popular protest movement against the financial industry good or bad for your business? The U.S. overall? Your fellow business owners straddle both sides of the debate.
Seven Easy Tweaks to Turn Your Site into a Holiday Sales Machine
Finding Prospects

Seven Easy Tweaks to Turn Your Site into a Holiday Sales Machine

With the year's prime shopping season looming, here are some tips for improving your website to boost sales.
Will Repealing the 3% Withholding Tax Help Businesses Hire?
Tax Center

Will Repealing the 3% Withholding Tax Help Businesses Hire?

Eliminating a planned tax on government contractors is viewed as good news by business groups. But will it spur the hoped-for hiring?
Masterminding With 'Turnaround King' Grant Cardone
Growth Strategies

Masterminding With 'Turnaround King' Grant Cardone

'Turnaround King' reality-TV star Grant Cardone broadcasts his mastermind group meetings on Ustream. Here are some entrepreneurship lessons from one of his recent discussions.
Five Ways Your Business Can Grab Market Share Today
Grow Your Business

Five Ways Your Business Can Grab Market Share Today

You can never stop trying to win new customers. After all, your competitors are probably trying to win over your customers right now.
Seven Simple Tips to Get Honest Customer Feedback Online
Customer Service

Seven Simple Tips to Get Honest Customer Feedback Online

Looking for more and better input on your products or services? Consider these ideas -- and skip those annoying pop-up surveys.
Why Netflix, Bank of America and Dunkin' Donuts Cave in to Customer Demands
Customer Loyalty and Retention

Why Netflix, Bank of America and Dunkin' Donuts Cave in to Customer Demands

Where is the line between being responsive to customers' needs, and simply letting customers call the shots?
'Cake Boss' Asks: Are You Judging Your Customers?
Customer Service

'Cake Boss' Asks: Are You Judging Your Customers?

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery shows why his business is a success. No matter how weird the request, his customers are always right.
Entrepreneurs: Are You a Mover -- Or a Head-Shaker?
Business Management

Entrepreneurs: Are You a Mover -- Or a Head-Shaker?

The downturn has created two classes of business owners, according to a recent survey. Here's what the movers do that the head-shakers don't.
How to Bite Off a Chunk of the Zombie Economy
Guerrilla Marketing

How to Bite Off a Chunk of the Zombie Economy

Zombie-related sales are a $5 billion market opportunity any entrepreneur can feast on. Here are a four ways you can reap some zombie-related profits -- and they're not just for Halloween, either.
Are Small Businesses Really Big Job Creators?
Startup Basics

Are Small Businesses Really Big Job Creators?

Small businesses create most of the jobs, we've often been told. But is it true? See which two types of businesses have been adding jobs, according to new data.
Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers
Make the Sale

Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers

As fewer shoppers may visit stores this holiday season, you'll have to get more of them to buy to see sales grow. Here are some tips.
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