Karen E. Spaeder

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

Starting a Business

10 Businesses Based on a Bad Economy

If you want to weather the storm, keep these industries in mind.
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.
Growth Strategies

All Well and Good

A healthy workplace means keeping your employees' minds and bodies happy.

Time to De-Stress

Take these healthy steps to decrease anxiety and increase productivity.

Shape Up

A healthy workplace starts at the top.

Problem Solved

Market your product to moms by showing them how it makes their busy lives easier.
Entrepreneurs

Be a Healthy Entrepreneur

Want a healthy company? Start by focusing on yourself.

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.

Print Ready

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

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.
Starting a Business

Spot the Latest Trends

Spotting trends can put your business in the money for the long haul.
Starting a Business

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.
Marketing

Personalized Service Online

Avatars let your customers spread the word about you.