Karen E. Spaeder

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

Starting a Business

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.
Starting a Business

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.
Starting a Business

Idea Overload

What to do when your entrepreneurial brain is working overtime
Starting a Business

Testing Your Idea

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

Think Digital...Sometimes

Human interaction: Have you had any lately?

This Is a Test

Do you have the creativity to be an entrepreneur?

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
Starting a Business

How to Find a Lawyer

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

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

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

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.