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.

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.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Cause to Celebrate

Some PR firms strive to make a difference by promoting causes as well as products.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Soul to Soul

Lord, have mercy--your mama's down-home cooking has gone gourmet.

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.
Entrepreneur Magazine

In the Jeans

Everyone's mad about premium jeans--and entrepreneurs are making crazy profits.

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.

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.

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.
Business Ideas

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.

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.
Business Ideas

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.

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.
How to Find the Best Location
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
Product Development

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.
Entrepreneur Magazine

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.
Growing Your Business

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.
How to Find Product Sources
Management & Operations

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.
Home Based Legal Startup

Is Your Home Zoned for Business?

How to research, comply with and change local zoning laws in your homebased business's favor
Startup Basics

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.
Business Ideas

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.
Startup Basics

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.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Urban Legend

Do 90 percent of start-ups really fail to make it past their first year?
Self-Assessment

Why Age Doesn't Matter

If you're a true entrepreneur, you'll make your idea work, no matter how young you are.

New Privacy Regulation to Take Effect July 1

Law requires organizations to detect, disclose unauthorized access of personal information
Market Research

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.
Startup Basics

Biggest Start-Up Mistakes to Avoid

Don't let these common mistakes destroy your chances at having a successful start-up.
Self-Assessment

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.

Harvard Business School Conference Coming Up

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

Small-Business Summit to Be Held Today

EPA expected to unveil initiatives to cut costs of compliance for small businesses