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Karen E. Spaeder

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

30 Recent Stories

Leap Over Five Common Startup Hurdles

Don't second-guess your startup dream! Here are five reasons you might be stalling and what you can do about them.
September 5, 2005

Location, Location, Location!

Looking for the perfect spot to start your food or retail biz? Here's how to size up a neighborhood's potential.
July 26, 2005

Cause to Celebrate

Some PR firms strive to make a difference by promoting causes as well as products.
July 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Soul to Soul

Lord, have mercy--your mama's down-home cooking has gone gourmet.
February 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

10 Ways to Grow Your Biz

Looking for a way to kick your biz up a notch? Here are 10 practical methods to super-size your startup.
January 13, 2005

In the Jeans

Everyone's mad about premium jeans--and entrepreneurs are making crazy profits.
January 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Turn Your Idea Into a Profitable Product

Market your million-dollar idea! These inventors brought their ideas to life -- and hit it big. Find out how they did it.
November 24, 2004

Launching a High-Cost Biz the Low-Cost Way

Don't ante up a fortune when launching your biz. These three entrepreneurs found success on the cheap.
November 23, 2004

What Should You Use as Your Business Address?

It depends on what that address is and the image you want to project. Here's some answers to common mail-handling questions.
November 23, 2004

5 Senior Businesses to Start

Seniors are the hottest demographic out there, and this market is only going to get bigger. Get in on this growth industry with these five hot businesses.
November 19, 2004 in Business Ideas

How to Find the Best Location for Your Business

Know what to ask when sizing up demographics and scout out the best location for your food or retail business.
November 19, 2004

9 Senior Businesses to Start

Seniors are the hottest demographic out there, and this market is only going to get bigger. Get in on this growth industry with these nine hot businesses.
November 18, 2004 in Business Ideas

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 if you're ready for startup.
November 16, 2004
How to Find the Best Location

How to Find the Best Location

A guide to scouting out a location for your food or retail business, sizing up demographics and getting the help you need
November 15, 2004 in Location

Beyond the Big Idea

You've got a million-dollar idea; now all you need is a strategy to make it marketable. These inventors brought their ideas to life--and hit it big. Find out how they made it happen.
October 1, 2004 in Product Development

Stake Your Claim

Contrary to popular belief, there's no need to ante up a fortune when you're playing the startup game. Here's how 3 entrepreneurs launched high-cost businesses the low-cost way.
July 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

10 Ways to Grow Your Business

Looking to take your business to the next level? Then check out these 10 practical ways to expand your business.
May 11, 2004 in Growing Your Business
How to Find Product Sources

How to Find Product Sources

Got a bright idea but no idea how to locate suppliers for the products you want to sell? With our how-to guide, stocking your new business won't be such a chore.
March 15, 2004 in Management & Operations

Is Your Home Zoned for Business?

How to research, comply with and change local zoning laws in your homebased business's favor
January 26, 2004 in Home Based Legal Startup

40 Government Sites You Can't Live Without

Whether it's a loan, a contract or regulatory information you seek, these sites are just what you need to get acquainted with what the government can do to help you start or grow your business.
November 21, 2003 in Startup Basics

5 Start-Up Ideas to Get You Going

You want ideas? We have ideas. And we hope you find the one that gets you sprinting toward start-up.
September 1, 2003 in Business Ideas

What's Stopping You From Startup?

It's not just fear that's making you second-guess your start-up dreams. Here are 5 other common reasons you might be stalling--and what you can do about them.
August 11, 2003 in Startup Basics

Urban Legend

Do 90 percent of start-ups really fail to make it past their first year?
August 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Why Age Doesn't Matter

If you're a true entrepreneur, you'll make your idea work, no matter how young you are.
July 7, 2003 in Self-Assessment

New Privacy Regulation to Take Effect July 1

Law requires organizations to detect, disclose unauthorized access of personal information
June 11, 2003

Define Your Target Audience to Grow Your Sales

Who is your target customer? If you have more than one answer to this question, it's time to retool your marketing plan.
June 1, 2003 in Market Research

Biggest Start-Up Mistakes to Avoid

Don't let these common mistakes destroy your chances at having a successful start-up.
May 12, 2003 in Startup Basics

Don't Let Rejection Get You Down

Feeling like you've heard "no" more times than you can count? Look for ways around age discrimination, however, and maybe you can start a revolution.
April 14, 2003 in Self-Assessment

Harvard Business School Conference Coming Up

Dust off your business plan and get ready for the 19th Annual Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference.
March 26, 2003

Small-Business Summit to Be Held Today

EPA expected to unveil initiatives to cut costs of compliance for small businesses
March 13, 2003