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Karen E. Spaeder

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

30 Recent Stories

Finding Your Niche in a Small Town

You don't have to look far to find a profitable niche in your small town.
February 10, 2003 in Location

Get Yourself a Government Contract

New Business Matchmaking Program, set to roll out nationwide, aims to get entrepreneurs all the contracts their hearts desire
January 27, 2003

Tax Deduction Loophole Creates a Furor

With a tax loophole the size of the Grand Canyon--and large SUVs to match--business owners await Congress' next move.
January 23, 2003

Start a Business.or Get a Job?

The decision rests with you, and only you. But there are definite perks to being your own boss.
January 13, 2003 in Startup Basics

Idea Overload

What to do when your entrepreneurial brain is working overtime
December 16, 2002 in Evaluating Your Idea

Testing Your Idea

Is it worth it to give up your full-time job for your business idea?
November 11, 2002 in Evaluating Your Idea

This Is a Test

Do you have the creativity to be an entrepreneur?
October 1, 2002 in Magazine

Think Digital...Sometimes

Human interaction: Have you had any lately?
October 1, 2002 in Magazine

Relentless Forward Motion: What It Means to Your Start-Up

Why an ultramarathon mentality will help you conquer any start-up obstacle
September 1, 2002 in Magazine

Honesty Is the Best Policy

More proof that the greatest truths in life are learned in kindergarten
September 1, 2002 in Magazine

Just Sell It, Already

Being a salesperson: that dirty little job that someone--you--has got to do
September 1, 2002 in Magazine

How to Find a Lawyer

Every business needs a good attorney--so here's how to find one just for you.
September 1, 2002 in Legal Basics For Startups

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Family Business

Don't sign up for that business license just yet--make sure you know what you're getting into with a family business.
August 12, 2002 in Family Business

Ready to Open for Business?

Those pre-first-day jitters are natural. But if you've prepared properly, you have no reason to worry.
August 1, 2002 in Magazine

Get Out of the House!

Rediscover your creativity by spending time away from your home office now and then.
August 1, 2002 in Magazine

Expand Your Horizons

As an entrepreneur, you need a range of skills to get the job done.
August 1, 2002 in Magazine

Next Stop Just Ahead

Driving yourself into a rut is no way to run a business. Take time to enjoy the scenery instead.
July 1, 2002 in Magazine

Taking Care of Baby

Be proud! Your "baby" will grow up healthy and strong.
July 1, 2002 in Magazine

What's It Worth to You?

If you want to find out if you're really cut out to be an entrepreneur, look at how hard you're trying to be one.
July 1, 2002 in Magazine

How to Start a Jewelry Business

Knowing how to make jewelry isn't enough--you need to know how to sell your pieces, too.
July 1, 2002 in Young Entrepreneurs

How Do I Attend Trade Shows?

How to find a trade show and showcase your product or service to the world
July 1, 2002 in Magazine

How Do I Start a Magazine?

A magazine is a business, so you need to treat it as such.
July 1, 2002 in Magazine

Is This Opportunity Legit?

Don't believe everything you read. Before you invest in an opportunity, do your research.
July 1, 2002 in Magazine

Tweaking Your Original Idea

Don't get so set on an idea that you fail to consider other ways to beef up your offerings.
June 17, 2002 in Evaluating Your Idea

Don't Give Up!

If you really want to be an entrepreneur, just stick with it, and you'll reap the rewards.
June 1, 2002 in Magazine

Entrepreneurs: Here to Stay

No matter what stage of business you're in, Entrepreneur.com has something for everyone.
June 1, 2002 in Magazine

Beat the Summertime Blues

Shining sun.bright, blue sky.rather than cursing it because you have to work, find a way to enjoy it.
June 1, 2002 in Magazine

How Do I Take Calls During the Day?

How to make sure you don't miss any calls, even while you're at school
June 1, 2002 in Young Entrepreneurs

What Are the Zoning Laws?

I am in ninth grade and am doing a project in my careers class, and I need to know how to find out about zoning laws and permits needed to start an electronics store. Could you help me with this?
June 1, 2002 in Magazine

My Mom Doesn't Understand!

How do I convince my skeptical mom that I can start a business?
June 1, 2002 in Young Entrepreneurs