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Karen E. Spaeder

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

30 Recent Stories

Need a Disaster Loan? It's Not Too Late

The SBA extends its deadline--again--for applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans
May 15, 2002

SBA Hosts National Small Business Week

Awards, events will celebrate America's spirit of entrepreneurship
May 6, 2002

Life Can Change in an Instant

So be prepared, and be happy with all you've accomplished as a homebased entrepreneur.
May 1, 2002 in Magazine

It's About the Positive

Negative thoughts can suck the life out of you and your business. Keep them at bay--and keep the positive flowing in.
May 1, 2002 in Magazine

Start a Business This Summer? Why Not!

For teen entrepreneurs, minimum wage summer jobs just won't do.
May 1, 2002 in Magazine

How Do I Start a Successful Coaching Business?

I'm really interested in starting a success coaching business. I'm really good at giving advice to my friends--and their friends, family, etc. What do I need to know in terms of marketing? And will pe
May 1, 2002 in Magazine

Can I Run My Business From Home?

I am a 14-year-old who is looking to start a small business. Will I be able to run this business from home? I will not have any customers coming to my house. Also, what forms do I need to fill out and
May 1, 2002 in Magazine

Should I Start a Summer Business

I want to start a business this summer, but my schedule is always packed. I'm worried it will take up too much time once school starts again. What can I do?
May 1, 2002 in Magazine

Need Start-Up Cash?

New service matches angel investors with entrepreneurs
April 22, 2002

What Should I Use as My Business Address?

Solutions to your most common mail-handling questions
April 15, 2002 in Home Based Business

You Go-Getter, You

Today's teens aren't waiting for a degree to start a business. Ain't America beautiful?
April 10, 2002

Take the Plunge.Carefully

Should you start a business? Yes! But only after you've knocked out the possibility of instant failure.
April 1, 2002 in Magazine

For Love or Money?

Don't start a business until you've answered this question.
April 1, 2002 in Magazine

Who Is Your Market-and What Do They Want?

Before you get set on one target market, figure out if there are any others eager for your product or service.
March 18, 2002 in Market Research

Really Back to Basics

If it's a simpler way of life you want, the answer is simple: Become an entrepreneur.
March 1, 2002 in Magazine

It's Your Office--So Make It Yours!

Whether it's functional or fashionable you want, make sure your home office is uniquely you.
March 1, 2002 in Magazine

Know the Law

Understanding zoning and other restrictions before you start your business will save you big headaches (and money) later.
February 18, 2002

Have Confidence!

Whatever it is you need to get done, approach it with self-assurance.
February 1, 2002 in Magazine

Home, Sweet Home

Don't tell us why you want to start a homebased business--we already know. Just get to work on your dream.
February 1, 2002 in Magazine

Make Voice Mail Work for You

Treat your voice-mail system like a personal assistant, particularly if you're away from the office during the day.
January 21, 2002

The Delicate Balance of Work and Family

Don't go walking out onto that start-up tightrope without the support of loved ones to steer you in the right direction.
January 1, 2002 in Magazine

Funding Your Start-Up

When push comes to shove, friends and family are the ones to turn to.
January 1, 2002 in Magazine

Small Business Relief Act on Hold

With an anonymous hold preventing consideration of a bill to aid small businesses affected by the terrorist attacks, small business waits its turn for relief.
December 20, 2001

Bringing in the Business

How to find your target market and tell them all about wonderful, fabulous you
December 17, 2001 in Market Research

Pre-Start-Up Checklist

Good idea? Check. Good advice? Check. Congratulations! You're on your way to start-up.
December 1, 2001 in Magazine

Don't Just Survive...Thrive

You're an entrepreneur. Let's celebrate!
December 1, 2001 in Magazine

Starting an In-Home Child-Care Service

Low start-up costs, the joy of working with kids all day...sound good? Then homebased child care could be just your thing.
November 19, 2001 in Business Ideas

Defining Your Company's Value

Make sure customers understand why your company exists.
November 1, 2001 in Magazine

Finding the Perfect Fit

There are millions of business ideas out there, but only one can turn into your first start-up.
November 1, 2001 in Magazine

Starting a Home Inspection Business

Get trained, get going and get a piece of a multimillion-dollar industry.
October 22, 2001 in Business Ideas