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.

Get Yourself a Government Contract

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

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.
Startup Basics

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.
Evaluating Your Idea

Idea Overload

What to do when your entrepreneurial brain is working overtime
Evaluating Your Idea

Testing Your Idea

Is it worth it to give up your full-time job for your business idea?

This Is a Test

Do you have the creativity to be an entrepreneur?

Think Digital...Sometimes

Human interaction: Have you had any lately?

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

Why an ultramarathon mentality will help you conquer any start-up obstacle

Honesty Is the Best Policy

More proof that the greatest truths in life are learned in kindergarten

Just Sell It, Already

Being a salesperson: that dirty little job that someone--you--has got to do
Legal Basics For Startups

How to Find a Lawyer

Every business needs a good attorney--so here's how to find one just for you.
Family Business

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.

Ready to Open for Business?

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

Get Out of the House!

Rediscover your creativity by spending time away from your home office now and then.

Expand Your Horizons

As an entrepreneur, you need a range of skills to get the job done.

Next Stop Just Ahead

Driving yourself into a rut is no way to run a business. Take time to enjoy the scenery instead.

Taking Care of Baby

Be proud! Your "baby" will grow up healthy and strong.

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.
Young Entrepreneurs

How to Start a Jewelry Business

Knowing how to make jewelry isn't enough--you need to know how to sell your pieces, too.

How Do I Attend Trade Shows?

How to find a trade show and showcase your product or service to the world

How Do I Start a Magazine?

A magazine is a business, so you need to treat it as such.

Is This Opportunity Legit?

Don't believe everything you read. Before you invest in an opportunity, do your research.
Evaluating Your Idea

Tweaking Your Original Idea

Don't get so set on an idea that you fail to consider other ways to beef up your offerings.

Don't Give Up!

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

Entrepreneurs: Here to Stay

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

Beat the Summertime Blues

Shining sun.bright, blue sky.rather than cursing it because you have to work, find a way to enjoy it.
Young Entrepreneurs

How Do I Take Calls During the Day?

How to make sure you don't miss any calls, even while you're at school

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?
Young Entrepreneurs

My Mom Doesn't Understand!

How do I convince my skeptical mom that I can start a business?

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