My Favorite Business Advice, Free in Your Localist Playlist

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carrie rollwagen between two stacks of books

When I’m struggling with something in business, my go-to strategy is to get a book on the subject. When I need inspiration, I’ll listen to business podcasts until I find one that sparks a new idea. And when I find an app that makes work more efficient, I’ve been known to text everyone who I think might love it.

These resources are, technically, available to everyone. But most people who are busy building their side hustle or growing their businesses don’t have time to slog through all the bad advice to get to the good stuff.

Let’s face it — most business books are garbage.

Even the good business books often to have a few chapters of good advice followed by 100 pages of fluff. Lots of business podcasts just recycle the same old themes without any new insights or real-world experience. (If I hear another person talk about “SMART” goals I’m going to lose it.)

The fact is, business advice isn’t one size fits all.

You need advice that’s vetted by someone who knows what they’re talking about, and you need recommendations that are targeted for where you are — because a 5-year-strong restaurant owner needs very different advice than a freelance photographer.

That’s why I’ve curated the BEST resources for you.

I’ve taken the very best of what I’ve found in over a decade in business, and I’ve packaged it into different Small Business Playlists — each tailored for a different kind of business owner.

This has been a labor of love for me. Thinking through the best advice I’ve gotten and thinking through which business owner it would be best for has felt fulfilling and exciting — like wrapping up a Christmas gift you can’t wait for someone to open. I’m so proud of these Playlists, and I can’t wait for you to discover them.

Want your free Playlist?

To get your free Playlist, head to thinklocalist.com. Take the 2-minute quiz so I’ll know more about your business, and then check your email. You’ll have the personalized resources (plus a note from me) right in your inbox. (Don’t see it? Wait 5-10 minutes, and be sure to check your Promotions Tab and Spam folders.)

There’s no catch, and no charge. If you like what you see, just pay it forward by sharing the Playlist link, or posting about it on social media. Head to @thinklocalist to share from Instagram, or download a graphic for your feed or your story — be sure to tag @thinklocalist so I’ll see it when you share!


Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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