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8 minutes of straight talk for go-getters.

TI’m smart at getting to where I want to go, and I can teach you how to do it! I had 22 jobs before starting my real estate company with a $1000 loan and built it into a $5 billion business. Today I’m a ’Shark’ on ABC’s hit show "Shark Tank." It didn’t take a fancy degree to get here but took street smarts and a lot of courage. Life is too short to waste your time practicing someone else’s fancy theory on success. I give you the straight talk and the confidence to get there.

Recent Episodes

70: How To Get Un-Stuck From a Work Rut

Meghan wants to increase her value at her organization. Nathan wants to reinvent his company. Neither are sure which steps to take to get there. This week, I step in to take the reins and help them get out of their work ruts.Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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69: You've Been Served...Now What?!

What do you do when your successful business gets hit with legal trouble? Today I’m talking to a small business owner whose name caught the attention of the big guys, and I call in a surprise guest to help her through it.Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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68: Ladies, Let's Get Started

Today we’re talking to the ladies! Three strong women called in looking to get their businesses off the ground, and I had great conversations and learned a lot! Tune in for my best advice about getting it going. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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67: Doing Well By Doing Good

Starting a business with altruistic goals? Whether it’s for profit or non-profit, the rules for getting ahead are the same. Today I have the good fortune of speaking with some amazing folks who are looking to give back through their work, and I bet you’ll be as inspired as I was to hear their stories and give them some input to help them along the way.Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara)

 

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66: You're Never Too Young To Start A Business

Just starting out and don’t know where to go? How do you use a sales career to really make a fortune? And how young is too young to start a business? Listen in for my best advice. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. If you’ve got a burning business question, don’t forget to call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode — or even call you up live! Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

 

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65: Tackling All Your Workplace Problems

Yet again, your boss asks you to stay ’til midnight, your coworkers are energy-suckers and someone stole the client you’ve been working with for ages. Sound familiar? Hopefully not, but I bet it does. You see, problems in the workplace are inevitable! And they happen every darn day. This week I tackle stories from folks who have put up with too much for too long. So if you’ve been running your business off of personal credit cards, or dealing with a passive-aggressive co-worker, tune in! We also have a live call with a killer saleslady who’s twice been told she’s not a “good fit” for the company — what do you know about that? Listen in and you’ll hear what I recommend.Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode.Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

 

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64: Time For An Attitude Adjustment

Your attitude shapes your life, and that’s the truth! So why is it that we have such a hard time approaching certain situations positively? (Myself included!) Solving your biggest problems frequently begins with addressing your attitude – but how do you get from point A to Point B? Lucky for you, in this episode I’m answering some of your most frequently asked questions on how to give your mindset a complete 180, as well as sharing some tangible tools and tips along the way.If you’ve got a burning business question, don’t forget to call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode — or even call you up live!Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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63: When It's Time To Change Careers

Maybe you’ve already taken the leap into self-employment and are missing the big salary you left behind…or maybe you’re afraid to make the move due to financial issues from your past. No matter what, changing careers mid-stream can be stressful! Listen in as I answer queries from folks who’ve reached a professional crossroads and help them find the best way forward.If you’ve got a burning business question, don’t forget to call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode — or even call you up live!Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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62: How To Gain From Growing Pains

Got growing pains? Don’t fret! It means you’ve gotten over the hump of getting started and are now racing forward…but new problems arise: your office is too small, your partner is not working out or you’re thinking of bringing your spouse into the company. Listen in for all the answers to your burning questions about the obstacles that get thrown at a young business. Plus, we present my first live call, where I give advice in real time. So, if you’ve got a burning business question, don’t forget to call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode – or even call you up live!Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).Learn more about your ad choices.

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61: How To Get Started The Right Way

Starting a business is the hardest part, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. This week, I answer several listener questions about the do’s and don’ts of starting a business and give my best advice to get it going. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).Learn more about your ad choices.

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60: Getting Comfy With The Bros Behind My Biggest Shark Tank Success

What does it take to go from $0 to $50 million in sales in under a year? I sat down with Brian and Michael Speciale (the ‘e’ is silent), the pair behind my biggest – and most unlikely – Shark Tank success, The Comfy. Hear the amazing story of how their sales exploded, where they found their inspiration from, and how you can do it, too. Listen until the end for a special offer from the bros.Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode.Subscribe to Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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59: How Dyslexia Made Me A Millionaire

Think that learning challenges will keep you at the back of the pack for life? Not so fast. Here’s how my learning disability gave me the skills to become the businesswoman I am today. Plus, I answer your questions about whether youth can be a disadvantage in a job search and how to put your best arm forward when a disability prevents you from a traditional handshake.  Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on Apple Podcasts, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices.

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58: Lessons From Dad

What could I learn about business from a man who was always changing jobs? Well, almost everything. With Father’s Day coming up, I wanted to spend some time sharing the most important lessons I learned from my dad that were key to building my business. Plus, I answer your questions about marketing, passive income, and closing a sale.  Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode.  Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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57: How Shark Tank's Grace & Lace Turned Tragedy Into Success

The founders of Grace & Lace, one of my most successful Shark Tank investments, had anything but a traditional start. Rick and Melissa Hinnant turned tragedy into gold with their accidental business that saw $1M in sales in just 5 days after airing on the show. On today’s episode, we talk about being a victor instead of a victim, their unique community approach to marketing, and why it’s important to never stop learning.  Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.  This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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56: 8 Tricks To Build a Top-Notch Brand

I believe in brand building – it made me rich. I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I sold my business after 30 years, the real value was in the brand I built. Tune in and I’ll give you the 8 solid ways to build a top-notch brand in any field. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode.  Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara). Have you entered to win an hour with me? Post a photo to Instagram using #BusinessUnusual to show me where you listen to my podcast. I want to know! Account must be public so we can see. This contest is not sponsored.

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55: Growing a Brand with The Ladies Behind Comments by Celebs

What does it take to get 1 million followers in just over a year? I sat down with the girls behind the popular Instagram account @CommentsByCelebs to find out. I thought they could teach me a thing or two about social media, but it turned out to be so much more. We talk seizing opportunity, building a brand, and the power of collaboration. I even read their tarot cards, and you’ll never believe what’s in store for them. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Have you entered to win an hour with me? Post a photo to Instagram using #BusinessUnusual to show me where you listen to my podcast. I want to know! Account must be public so we can see. This contest is not sponsored.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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54: The 5 Lessons I Learned From A Housewife

Think you could raise 10 kids in a 2 bedrooom house? That’s exactly what my mom did, and I’ll tell you how the lessons I learned from her made all the difference in building my business. Plus, I answer your questions about providing value to others and when to take a loan for your business.  Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA to ask a question for a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/Barbara)  Where do you listen to Business Unusual? Show me and you might have a chance to spend an hour with me! Listen to the episode to find out how to win. This contest is not sponsored.

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53: Something About Mary

CNBC Producer Mary Hanan has the TV business dream job. I met Mary when she interviewed me for CNBC’s “The Brave Ones” and I knew immediately I had to have her on the show. So I turned the tables on Mary and put her in the hot seat to learn how she worked her way up to the top, and she shared many of the interesting situations she found herself in along the way.Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA to ask a question for a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.  This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/Barbara).

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52: What I Learned From Bad Bosses

I had 23 bosses before starting my business and I know that a bad one is sure to kill your confidence. So what do you do when you don’t see eye to eye? I answer your questions about dealing with a bad boss and becoming a better leader.  Want to hear your question on Business Unusual? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet at @barbaracorcoran to ask a question for a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.  This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/Barbara)

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51: The Secret Sauce To Raising An Entrepreneur

The Secret Sauce To Raising An Entrepreneur Think your kid is either destined for success or not? Think again. Listen up and I’ll tell give you the secret sauce for raising a successful entrepreneur, even if they often do the opposite of what you say. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.  This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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50: Deliver The Money, Honey!

What do you do when your boss won’t deliver the raise you were promised? I’ll tell you how to get them to pay up. Plus, I answer more of your questions about balancing time and tell you about a bathroom pitch gone wrong.  Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.  This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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49: The 5 Biggest Interview Mistakes That Won't Get You The Job

If you really want the job, don’t make these stupid mistakes. I’ve interviewed 1000s of people, and these are the biggest deal breakers. Plus, I answer an interesting question about an unwanted promotion.Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow BusinessUnusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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48: How To Make Them Beg For Your Product

If you’ve created the perfect product your business should be an instant success, right? Not quite. A good gimmick is just as important. Here’s how to get Big Time attention for your business. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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47: How Straight D's Built My Business

Think a lousy report card means you won’t make millions? Not so fast. Here’s how I turned my liabilities into assets and made a lot of money doing it. Plus, I answer some of your great questions about business plans and measuring success. Got a question for me? Call me at 888-BARBARA or tweet me @barbaracorcoran and I just might answer on a future episode. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran oniHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by OnDeck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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46: 5 Lessons I Learned As A Diner Waitress

Want to know what you’ll need to succeed in business? Get a job as a waitress. Here are the top 5 lessons I learned at the Fort Lee Diner that helped me build my business. Plus, I’ll tell you how to get a start on that business you keep dreaming about. Guess what? I’ve got a brand new hotline where you can call in your questions and comments. It’s 1 888 BARBARA. Easy enough, right? You can also tweet your question @BarbaraCorcoran and I may just answer it on a future episode!Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by On Deck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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45: When To Burst Someone’s Bubble

For every 10 businesses started, 9 fail. Here’s my argument for being honest when you doubt an idea will fly. Plus, I answer some of your questions about constructive criticism, staying focused, and how to balance your side gig with your kids. Got a question for me? I’ve got a brand new hotline so you can ask me! Call 888-BARBARA or ask me on Twitter and I’ll give it to you straight. Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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44: How To Choose Great People

Are you surrounding yourself with people who just don’t measure up? Here are three simple questions to ask before getting stuck with a clunker – in work and in life. Plus, I answer some important questions about start-ups going big with social media and how to face down naysayers and bullies. Guess what? I’ve got a brand new hotline where you can call in your questions and comments. It’s 1 888 BARBARA. Easy enough, right? Looking forward to hearing from you. You can also tweet your question @BarbaraCorcoran and I may just answer it on a future episode!Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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43: The Comeback That (Almost) Knocked Me Down

Setbacks got you down? Here’s a wakeup call to get un-stuck. I’ve heard from a lot of folks lately who feel like things aren’t going their way, and believe me, I know just how rough that can be. So I’m laying out for you the best way to stage your OWN comeback and keep moving forward. Plus, I answer some more of your great voicemail questions about how to stay motivated while pursuing your dreams, the ABC’s of franchising and the best habits for a successful life. Guess what? I’ve got a brand new hotline where you can call in your questions and comments. It’s 1 888 BARBARA. Easy enough, right? Looking forward to hearing from you. You can also tweet your question @BarbaraCorcoran and I may just answer it on a future episode!Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by On Deck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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42: Behind the Scenes at “Shark Tank” With Mike Stephens, Our Secret Weapon

We give you the down and dirty on “Shark Tank” as Mike, my young hunky business manager, spills the beans on what really goes on behind the scenes. Everything you wanted to know but didn’t know how to ask. Got a business question you want to ask me? Tweet it @BarbaraCorcoran and I may just answer it on a future episode!Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by On Deck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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41: Why Poor Kids Have An Edge

Growing up with 10 siblings in a two-bedroom apartment and not a lot of money to go around wasn’t easy, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. In fact, it’s core to my success! Listen in and I’ll tell show you how a humble beginning can lead to a lucrative career. Also, I dig in to some great listener questions, including advice for a realtor looking to make a big move and where I get my motivation to excel from. Got a business question you want to ask me? Tweet it @BarbaraCorcoran and I may just answer it on a future episode!Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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40: Congratulations, You’re Fired!

I’ve had a lot of jobs, been fired from three – listen in and you can enjoy my tales of failure. Bottom line? Getting fired is rough – really rough — but here’s how to turn a catastrophe into good fortune. Plus, I answer a listener question about how to play to your strengths in business. Got a business question you want to ask me? Tweet it @BarbaraCorcoran and I may just answer it on a future episode!Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by On Deck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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39: Are You Doing What You Want To Be Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?

Not happy with your job? Sometimes you’ve got to hit the pause button. Make no mistake: some of the most successful people in the world found their success in their second or third careers. Listen in to hear what I’ve learned about making big changes in your life.Plus, I answer a great question about how to find the perfect people for your start-up business – there are some great local resources right in front of your nose!Got a business question you want to ask me? Tweet it @BarbaraCorcoran and I may just answer it on a future episode!Follow Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.This episode of Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran is presented by On Deck Business Loans (http://www.ondeck.com/barbara).

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38: Inside “Shark Tank” With Mr. Wonderful

At long last, I sit down with my friend and foil, Kevin O’Leary, known to many of you as “Mr. Wonderful.” We talk all things Shark Tank and answer all the questions you’ve always wanted to know but didn’t want to ask. We also dig deep into what made Mr. Wonderful the person he is, including why he really isn’t THAT wonderful. Just kidding, Kevin.

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