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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.

30 Recent Stories

Free Shipping: Seven Ways it Can Hook Your Customers

Free Shipping: Seven Ways it Can Hook Your Customers

If there's one thing Americans love, it's free shipping. Here are seven popular ways to offer this much desired perk.
September 2, 2011 in Shipping Center
Top Seven Mistakes Business Owners Make Filing Insurance Claims

Top Seven Mistakes Business Owners Make Filing Insurance Claims

In the chaos that follows a natural disaster, here are the top mistakes business owners make in filing insurance claims.
August 30, 2011 in Insurance
A 10-Step Double-Dip Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs

A 10-Step Double-Dip Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs

What can you do to get ready for another downturn? Here are 10 ideas for how to position your business for success despite tough times.
August 29, 2011 in Business Management
Can Entrepreneurs Count on Community Banks?

Can Entrepreneurs Count on Community Banks?

Small banks have been quietly shutting their doors in greater number. Here's how their loss could affect your business.
August 26, 2011 in Financing
One Startup's Plan to Kill Product Packaging

One Startup's Plan to Kill Product Packaging

Product packaging is pesky and expensive, but can we live without it? One startup's founders are betting that the answer is yes.
August 24, 2011 in Business Ideas
Only You Can Prevent Cringe-Worthy Customer Service

Only You Can Prevent Cringe-Worthy Customer Service

Two-thirds of American consumers have walked out of a store due to bad customer service. Here's how you can prevent pushing customers away.
August 22, 2011 in Customer Loyalty and Retention
Tips For Planning an Exit from Your Small Business

Tips For Planning an Exit from Your Small Business

If you're thinking about leaving your business behind, some careful planning up front can make it a smooth transition that ensures your company thrives after you're gone.
August 19, 2011 in Business Management
Small Business Lessons from the Hottest Retailers

Small Business Lessons from the Hottest Retailers

Here's how some retailers managed to thrive despite the nation's economic malaise.
August 17, 2011 in Success Stories
How to Compete If Your Job Market Is Rebounding

How to Compete If Your Job Market Is Rebounding

Hiring is bouncing back in certain pockets around the U.S. Use these tips to help recruit the cream of the crop.
August 15, 2011 in Hiring Center
How Business Owners Can Shake the Summer Doldrums

How Business Owners Can Shake the Summer Doldrums

If business is slow, consider these networking opportunities.
August 12, 2011 in Networking
Entrepreneurs Ask: Will the Downturn Ever End?

Entrepreneurs Ask: Will the Downturn Ever End?

This week's stock-market crash(es) and downgrading of America's credit rating leave business owners asking: Is this the new normal?
August 10, 2011 in Cash Flow & Money Management
Does Your Home Business Need Insurance?

Does Your Home Business Need Insurance?

Here's a look at the most common types of coverage for home-based companies and what make sense for your business.
August 10, 2011 in Home Based Business
How to Divorce-Proof Your Company

How to Divorce-Proof Your Company

If your marriage is headed toward a breakup, these seven strategies can help protect your business if you end up in divorce court.
August 9, 2011 in Legal Basics For Startups
Paving the Way for More Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Paving the Way for More Immigrant Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services has a new plan to speed the arrival of entrepreneurial immigrants.
August 8, 2011 in Legal Basics For Startups
Uncle Sam's New, $5M Incubator for Student Entrepreneurs

Uncle Sam's New, $5M Incubator for Student Entrepreneurs

The National Science Foundation wants to help commercialize students' university work so they can launch successful startups.
August 5, 2011 in Finding Ideas
Seven Business Turnaround Tips from 'Bar Rescue'

Seven Business Turnaround Tips from 'Bar Rescue'

A recent episode of the new Spike-TV series offers a road map for saving a sinking business.
August 3, 2011 in Business Management
Seven Ways to Skyrocket Your Small Business's Cash Flow

Seven Ways to Skyrocket Your Small Business's Cash Flow

How can you escape the cash-flow trap? Here are some tips.
August 1, 2011 in Payments & Collections
One Way to Get a Product into Big Chains

One Way to Get a Product into Big Chains

Could this new contest from the folks at 'Everyday Edisons' help you get your product on the shelves of big box stores?
July 27, 2011 in How To Start a Business
Is Disorganization Sapping Your Small Business's Health?

Is Disorganization Sapping Your Small Business's Health?

Disorganization can sap small-business productivity. Here are eight tips to help you stop the chaos and get organized.
July 25, 2011 in Managing Employees
Interest Grows in Business Banking

Interest Grows in Business Banking

Thanks to the repeal of a banking law, business bank accounts may now earn interest. But community banks aren't pleased.
July 22, 2011 in Cash Flow & Money Management
What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Borders' Demise

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Borders' Demise

Borders is moving to liquidate its 400 remaining stores. Here are four reasons why the giant bookseller went bust.
July 21, 2011 in Grow Your Business
Should You Let Your Workers Sleep on the Job?

Should You Let Your Workers Sleep on the Job?

Want helpful, happy and alert employees? Make napping -- within reason -- a policy at your workplace. Here's how.
July 20, 2011 in Managing Employees
Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Pricing Debacle

Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Pricing Debacle

Movie-rental company Netflix raised its prices last week, and its customers have set the Internet aflame with their ire. Here are six lessons for business owners from this pricing debacle.
For Entrepreneurs, This Summer's No Day at the Beach

For Entrepreneurs, This Summer's No Day at the Beach

Less than half of business owners plan to take even one week of vacation this summer. While you're at it, here's how to occupy your time.
July 15, 2011 in Lifestyle
Small-Biz Loan Money Finally Trickles to Community Banks

Small-Biz Loan Money Finally Trickles to Community Banks

The Treasury Department recently opened the spigot on the $30 billion Small Business Loan Fund. But is it too little, too late?
July 14, 2011 in Financing
Are You a 'Horrible Boss'?

Are You a 'Horrible Boss'?

The new film Horrible Bosses sheds light on entrepreneurs' own management styles. What kind of boss are you?
July 11, 2011 in Business Management
The 10 Best Things for Entrepreneurs to Outsource

The 10 Best Things for Entrepreneurs to Outsource

How much of your time is taken up with activities that don't create new products or services, drive more sales or find new customers? If the answer is a lot, here are some tasks to offload.
July 8, 2011 in Growing Your Business
Will Today's Entrepreneurs Ever Retire?

Will Today's Entrepreneurs Ever Retire?

Is your retirement plan to simply keep working until you drop? If so, you're not alone.
July 6, 2011 in Selling Your Biz
How Much Should Business Owners Get Paid?

How Much Should Business Owners Get Paid?

Last year, big-company CEOs were paid an average of 343 times what their workers made. How does that number make you feel?
July 5, 2011 in Compensation and Benefits
How Entrepreneurs Can Connect With Twitter Influentials

How Entrepreneurs Can Connect With Twitter Influentials

Top business leaders on Twitter include: Chris Brogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Liz Strauss. How can you get their attention? Here are eight tips:
July 1, 2011 in Networking
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