Monday’s Mistake for March 15, 2021: If It’s Confusing, Fix it!

Monday’s Mistake for March 15, 2021: If It’s Confusing, Fix it!

Mistakes are so common in business writing that I don’t have to look for mistakes to share as teaching moments. They pop up all over! For this week’s lesson in business writing, here’s yet another real-life example that’s confusing as currently written: “The numbers to fix the nation’s crumbling and outdated roads and bridges is staggering, billions is overly optimistic, it seems trillions is more accurate.” This was obviously written in a hurry. As a result, it has punctuation errors, but is also poorly written. “Numbers” isn’t...
6 Tasks Entrepreneurs Can Outsource to Freelancers

6 Tasks Entrepreneurs Can Outsource to Freelancers

(What follows is a guest post by Naomi Johnson of Life Based Business, with advice for the busy small business owner…) When you run a business, it can feel like you’re never really off the clock. No matter how productive you are, there is always something else you could be doing. What if you could hire someone else to help you out, without bringing on new full-time employees? Many entrepreneurs would be surprised by how easily you can find a freelancer to tackle almost any task for any business! Whether you’re interested in...
Cost-Cutting Ideas for Large Companies? Get Rid of That Weak Writing Money Pit!

Cost-Cutting Ideas for Large Companies? Get Rid of That Weak Writing Money Pit!

If you’re looking for cost-cutting ideas for large companies, chances are there is one critical area you’ve overlooked: your employees’ business writing skills. In fact, you might have a money pit staring you in the face and you don’t even see it. This money sucker wastes time and dollars. And it’s not unique to your business. Like aliens taking over a city in some blockbuster movie, this money pit shows up all over, draining potential profits and tripping up productivity….all without anyone...
Monday’s Mistake for March 15, 2021: If It’s Confusing, Fix it!

Monday’s Mistake for March 8, 2021: 1 Mistake, 3 Possible Fixes!

One thing about business writing today: It’s easy to find mistakes to share with you!! Here’s your Monday’s Mistake for this week below. Try to figure it out before you look at the answer. What is wrong with this sentence? “An example would be a supplier who is able to make forms, stampings, tubing, sharps, build assemblies and create new processes under one roof.” Well, it doesn’t make sense, does it? And that’s because it’s not parallel in construction. The writer says “is able to make” but then switches to “build” and “create.”...
How to Write Faster–and Faster–and Faster

How to Write Faster–and Faster–and Faster

(Originally published June 2017) The story I am about to tell you is true, although embarrassing. But I share it because there’s an important lesson to be learned here about becoming a better faster writer… The story of how I learned to write faster and faster Once upon a time, this freelance copywriter fell on hard times. That’d be during the post 2008 recession when every single one of my high-tech clients disappeared. As a single mom who still had to pay the bills, I took on some writing work I can only describe as gross to tide...