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Small Business Ownership: How and When to Write Formal Contracts

Business contracts outline important agreements you (or your business) enter into with others. If you own a small business, you should familiarize yourself with writing a good agreement, or contract. Sure [more…]

Copywriting Basics: Giving Grammar a Break

Copywriting doesn't necessarily demand the strictest observance to formal English grammar. Because your objective is to build an empathetic rapport with your readers, you want to write the way they speak [more…]

Writing a Good Business Blog

Early blogs focused on technology and the ubiquitous "this-is-my-life" commentary; an intermediate wave of blogs focused on news and politics; more recently, the hottest blogs are business blogs. Why do [more…]

Finding Copywriting Inspiration

Stuck on a copywriting project? It happens from time to time. Fortunately, you don't need a miracle or even a flash of brilliance. Almost invariably, what you really need is a change of perspective, a [more…]

How to Introduce Your Business in a Letter

An introductory business letter is supposed to make a good impression with a potential customer (called a prospect). Writing a letter to introduce your business to someone involves shifting the focus to [more…]

Doing Business in a Multicultural Environment

Along with the cultural diversity inherent in the global marketplace comes confusion about how to behave. People don’t always know how to interact with others from different ethnic and racial backgrounds [more…]

How to Keep Your Business Writing Clear and Professional

Clear business writing requires good grammar, spelling, and vocabulary and ruthless self-editing. You also need to make your business writing courteous, getting your point clearly across with civility. [more…]

Examining Standard Business Stationery Needs

Every business should have a variety of stationery for communications with customers and contacts. Each type of business stationery has its function, but all types of your business stationery should share [more…]

How to Format a Business Letter

You write most business letters with the intention of getting the reader to respond. Write your business letters with a clear purpose, making those letters error-free, friendly, and pertinent. All business [more…]

How to Format a Business Memorandum

Business memorandum or memoranda — also called memo or memos — are specially formatted written communications within your business. A memo's format is typically informal [more…]

How to Format a Business Invitation

At some point, you might have the opportunity to host a social business event. Make sure you send your business invitation promptly to leave time for the invitations to be returned — either accepted or [more…]

How to Prepare a Business Thank-You Note

Prepare and send thank-you notes within a day or two of the business interaction. Business-related thank-you notes should be short, gracious, and to the point. Two to three lines is a perfectly acceptable [more…]

How to Address Envelopes for Your Business

Include a printed return address on envelopes for your business that match your business's letterhead. Ideally, the recipient’s address on these envelopes should be typed or printed by a software program [more…]

Basic Job Skills to Include in a Cover Letter

Use skills language in your cover letter — including basic skills, people skills, thinking skills, and personal qualities — to communicate your expertise in fundamental job skills. These basic skills [more…]

Business-Related Skills to Include in a Cover Letter

Your cover letter should highlight business-related skills you have that are highly sought after by employers. These include marketable, crossover, job-related, and motivated skills. These skill groups [more…]

Must-Have References for Copyediting and Proofreading

If you’re a copyeditor or proofreader, you know the importance of good reference sources. Much of the information in desk references can be found on the Internet, but a good copyeditor or proofreader should [more…]

The Proofreading Symbols

As copyeditor or proofreader, you need to become familiar with the proofreading symbols so that you can make your edits understood. The following tables list proofreading symbols every proofreader and [more…]

Finishing Up a Business Contract

Before you sign off on a business contract, make sure that it contains everything it should and nothing it shouldn’t. Use the tips in the following list before you conclude any business agreement: [more…]

Key Business Contract Terms

If you’re dealing with business contracts, you need to be able to speak the language. Some common contract terms you may encounter while doing business are defined in the following list: [more…]

Technical Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Write a technical brief as your important first step in the technical-writing process — whether you're an experienced technical writer or a beginner. A technical brief helps you identify and organize important [more…]

Applying Good Writing Principles to Your Business Website

You need to adapt your writing style for the web due to limitations of time and screen space but the basic principles of good writing still apply when creating business marketing copy. Keep these points [more…]

How to Work with a Researcher when Writing a White Paper

Most companies don’t have researchers available to help out white paper writers. Some independent writers do hire researchers to do the grunt work of finding the perfect quotes, stats, and factoids to [more…]

Incorporate New Media into White Papers

Tomorrow’s white papers will likely incorporate new media beyond text and graphics; they may even move beyond the paradigm of a fixed document into a flexible cluster of information accessed via the web [more…]

Managing Your Computer Documents during the Writing Process

Modern technology certainly isn’t foolproof. One morning, your computer may refuse to boot. Or as you’re cleaning up your hard drive, you mistakenly delete the wrong files. And here it comes, that sickening [more…]

Using Innovative Software to Enhance the Writing Process

Any real writer can work with paper and pencil, if he has to, or scrawl words on the wall with the end of a shoelace dipped in soot. But everyone uses computers now. So if you ever wonder, “What software [more…]

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