Karen E. Spaeder

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

30 Recent Stories

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.
Lifestyle

All Well and Good

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

Time to De-Stress

Take these healthy steps to decrease anxiety and increase productivity.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Shape Up

A healthy workplace starts at the top.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Problem Solved

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

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.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

It's Your Party

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

By Popular Demand

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

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.
Distribution and Licensing

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.
Finding Ideas

Spot the Latest Trends

Spotting trends can put your business in the money for the long haul.
Building a Website

Personalized Service Online

Avatars let your customers spread the word about you.
Health & Fitness

2007 Shape-Up

Take it from these experts--healthy choices benefit both your body and your bottom line.
Business Ideas

Join the Specialty Apparel Market

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

A Plus-Sized Opportunity

The plus-sized market is ripe for business opportunity if you offer high-quality products.
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.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Soy's Making Waves Among Smart Business Owners

This little bean is making a big difference in dozens of industries.

Marketing Your Homebased Business

Understanding client needs will help you market your business with confidence.
Online Marketing

Marketing Your Homebased Business

Understanding client needs will help you market your business with confidence.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Ticket to Ride

The gas crisis is good news for fuel-efficient transportation businesses.
Business Ideas

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.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Zillow Talk

An innovative site is romancing homeowners, buyers and sellers with juicy data for free.

Think Green

Entrepreneurs are turning environmental problems into opportunities.
Business Ideas

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.
How to Research Your Business Idea
Evaluating Your 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.
Apps & Software

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.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Heady Stuff

Specialty breweries stand out from the crowd with unusual products.
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