Karen E. Spaeder
Karen E. Spaeder is a freelance business writer in Southern California.
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Don't second-guess your startup dream! Here are five reasons you might be stalling and what you can do about them.
Looking for the perfect spot to start your food or retail biz? Here's how to size up a neighborhood's potential.
Some PR firms strive to make a difference by promoting causes as well as products.
Looking for a way to kick your biz up a notch? Here are 10 practical methods to super-size your startup.
Everyone's mad about premium jeans--and entrepreneurs are making crazy profits.
Market your million-dollar idea! These inventors brought their ideas to life -- and hit it big. Find out how they did it.
Don't ante up a fortune when launching your biz. These three entrepreneurs found success on the cheap.
It depends on what that address is and the image you want to project. Here's some answers to common mail-handling questions.
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.
Know what to ask when sizing up demographics and scout out the best location for your food or retail business.
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.
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.
A guide to scouting out a location for your food or retail business, sizing up demographics and getting the help you need
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.
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.
Growing Your Business
Looking to take your business to the next level? Then check out these 10 practical ways to expand your business.
Management & Operations
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.
Home Based Legal Startup
How to research, comply with and change local zoning laws in your homebased business's favor
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.
You want ideas? We have ideas. And we hope you find the one that gets you sprinting toward start-up.
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.
Do 90 percent of start-ups really fail to make it past their first year?
If you're a true entrepreneur, you'll make your idea work, no matter how young you are.
Law requires organizations to detect, disclose unauthorized access of personal information
Who is your target customer? If you have more than one answer to this question, it's time to retool your marketing plan.
Don't let these common mistakes destroy your chances at having a successful start-up.
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.
Dust off your business plan and get ready for the 19th Annual Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference.
EPA expected to unveil initiatives to cut costs of compliance for small businesses