Karen E. Spaeder

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

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.
Growth Strategies

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
Starting a Business

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.
Starting a Business

Is Your Home Zoned for Business?

How to research, comply with and change local zoning laws in your homebased business's favor
Starting a Business

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.
Starting a Business

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.
Starting a Business

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.

Urban Legend

Do 90 percent of start-ups really fail to make it past their first year?
Starting a Business

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
Marketing

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.
Starting a Business

Biggest Start-Up Mistakes to Avoid

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

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