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

SBA Hosts National Small Business Week

Awards, events will celebrate America's spirit of entrepreneurship

Life Can Change in an Instant

So be prepared, and be happy with all you've accomplished as a homebased entrepreneur.

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.

Start a Business This Summer? Why Not!

For teen entrepreneurs, minimum wage summer jobs just won't do.

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

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

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?

Need Start-Up Cash?

New service matches angel investors with entrepreneurs
Home Based Business

What Should I Use as My Business Address?

Solutions to your most common mail-handling questions

You Go-Getter, You

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

Take the Plunge.Carefully

Should you start a business? Yes! But only after you've knocked out the possibility of instant failure.

For Love or Money?

Don't start a business until you've answered this question.
Market Research

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.

Really Back to Basics

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

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

Whether it's functional or fashionable you want, make sure your home office is uniquely you.

Know the Law

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

Have Confidence!

Whatever it is you need to get done, approach it with self-assurance.

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.

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.

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.

Funding Your Start-Up

When push comes to shove, friends and family are the ones to turn to.

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.
Market Research

Bringing in the Business

How to find your target market and tell them all about wonderful, fabulous you

Pre-Start-Up Checklist

Good idea? Check. Good advice? Check. Congratulations! You're on your way to start-up.

Don't Just Survive...Thrive

You're an entrepreneur. Let's celebrate!
Business Ideas

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.

Defining Your Company's Value

Make sure customers understand why your company exists.

Finding the Perfect Fit

There are millions of business ideas out there, but only one can turn into your first start-up.
Business Ideas

Starting a Home Inspection Business

Get trained, get going and get a piece of a multimillion-dollar industry.

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