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Karen E. Spaeder

Karen E. Spaeder is a freelance business writer in Southern California.

30 Recent Stories

10 Businesses Based on a Bad Economy

If you want to weather the storm, keep these industries in mind.
March 10, 2009 in Starting a Business

Best Startup Markets for 2009

If you're looking to capitalize on the next big thing, it's all about knowing where to look and how to treat your customers. Here are 4 booming markets to keep an eye on this year.
March 10, 2009 in Starting a Business

All Well and Good

A healthy workplace means keeping your employees' minds and bodies happy.
October 15, 2008 in Lifestyle

Time to De-Stress

Take these healthy steps to decrease anxiety and increase productivity.
September 18, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Shape Up

A healthy workplace starts at the top.
September 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Problem Solved

Market your product to moms by showing them how it makes their busy lives easier.
December 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Be a Healthy Entrepreneur

Want a healthy company? Start by focusing on yourself.
May 25, 2007 in Health & Fitness

Week 2: Conduct Market Research

Your brilliant idea may indeed be brilliant--or it may need some work. Here's how to find out whether you're ready for startup.
May 7, 2007

Print Ready

Thoroughly research all your options before choosing a printing method and a company to do it.
May 2, 2007

It's Your Party

Home parties are all the rage. Here's how to get in on the fun.

By Popular Demand

T-shirt businesses are simple to start and have low upfront costs. Did we mention their potential is unlimited?

Creative Sparks

Interns can do more than stuff envelopes. The key to releasing their potential is recognizing them as an important part of your team.
April 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Product Licensing Basics

What does it take to transform your product from a mediocre seller to a megahit? The answer could be as simple as inking a licensing deal.
February 2, 2007 in Distribution and Licensing

Spot the Latest Trends

Spotting trends can put your business in the money for the long haul.
February 2, 2007 in Finding Ideas

Personalized Service Online

Avatars let your customers spread the word about you.
January 1, 2007 in Building a Website

2007 Shape-Up

Take it from these experts--healthy choices benefit both your body and your bottom line.
January 1, 2007 in Health & Fitness

Join the Specialty Apparel Market

There's still room in the apparel business. The key is to specialize your wares.
November 17, 2006 in Business Ideas

A Plus-Sized Opportunity

The plus-sized market is ripe for business opportunity if you offer high-quality products.
November 17, 2006 in Business Ideas

Start a Home Party Business

This traditional business idea is fresh once again as a new generation of sellers open their homes for direct sales.
November 17, 2006 in Business Ideas

Soy's Making Waves Among Smart Business Owners

This little bean is making a big difference in dozens of industries.
October 1, 2006 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Marketing Your Homebased Business

Understanding client needs will help you market your business with confidence.
June 5, 2006

Marketing Your Homebased Business

Understanding client needs will help you market your business with confidence.
June 5, 2006 in Online Marketing

Ticket to Ride

The gas crisis is good news for fuel-efficient transportation businesses.
May 1, 2006 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Innovate With Existing Products

Looking to innovate on a concept that already exists? Ordinary products get new life when they find the perfect blend of form and function.
May 1, 2006 in Business Ideas

Zillow Talk

An innovative site is romancing homeowners, buyers and sellers with juicy data for free.
May 1, 2006 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Think Green

Entrepreneurs are turning environmental problems into opportunities.
March 1, 2006

What's for Dinner?

Somewhere between soccer practice and homework, entrepreneurs are helping families get dinner on the table with do-it-yourself meal preparation services.
February 8, 2006 in Business Ideas
How to Research Your Business Idea

How to Research Your Business Idea

Your brilliant idea may indeed be brilliant--or it may need some work. Here's how to find out whether you're ready for startup.
December 26, 2005 in Evaluating Your Idea

Call Center Software

Ignore those reels of tape no longer--software that analyzes call-center data can help you take customer relations to the next level.
December 9, 2005 in Apps & Software

Heady Stuff

Specialty breweries stand out from the crowd with unusual products.
December 9, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine
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