Resources for students / small businesses / Word users
Resources for businesses – freelancers and small businesses mainly.
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++ Resources for businesses
Setting up your business
Setting up as a freelancer (1) – are you suited to it and before you start
Setting up as a freelancer (2) – organising yourself and outsourcing, etc.
10 things you can do to prepare for going freelance – tasks for those last weeks of employment
Not taking risks – you don’t have to jump in to business with no safety net!
Proofreading as a career – a subject I am often asked about!
How do I get freelance work? – a general guide for all freelancers
Growing your business
Developing your business – what next – a summary with links to the rest of the posts
On time management – ignore the Santa bits, unless it’s Christmas!
Are you guilty of presenteeism? related to time management and PR
Top tips for working from home (guest post)
Keeping organised – the famous Gantt Chart
Outsourcing (1) – what tasks can you outsource?
Outsourcing (2) – how to work out if it’s worth doing
Top ten tips for working with freelancers – if you outsource to freelancers, read this!
Top ten tips for freelancers – work the best you can with your clients
How to decide who to work with – find good clients and don’t get ripped off
How to turn a new customer into a regular customer – tips I have used that work!
What’s the best mix of customers to have? – getting that balance
Transcription as a career
How do you start a career in transcription? – are you suited for it?
The professional transcriber – the technology you need
10 top tips for transcribers – what every new transcriber needs to know
Why do you need human transcribers, anyway? – I explain why!
General business theories and practices
Using the Olympics to market your services – be careful!!
Is it worth the stress? – and how to escape the stress!
Emotions in business – why it’s OK to have them and the need to acknowledge them
On feedback – how to get it and what to do with it when you have got it
On mutual support – helping others and being helped – do it today!
On goal-setting – both in life and in business
On luck – and why you have to create it yourself
On motivation – long and short term – theories and the reality
Networking – it’s not scary, really! Lots of tips and hints here
Networking and social media marketing – leveraging groups of contacts
Why running a business is like running a marathon – yes, really!
Why you should keep an eye on your stats – they can be fascinating!
Posts about tax
Why I do my tax return in April – the benefits of filing early
Payment in Advance – watch out if your tax comes to more than £1000
Am I automatically registered to submit my self-assessment online (hint: not always)
The freelancer / small biz chat posts
What it’s all about – explaining my weekly feature and how you can get involved
All the interviews – every interview I’ve done so far
Index to the interviewees – by name, business name and type of business
++ Resources for students
Writing essays and dissertations
Essay tips for new students – handy for undergraduates
Top tips for dissertations and theses – from people who’ve been there
On creative and academic writing (a guest post)
Plagiarism and quoting sources
Referencing – how to keep track and how to refer to your reference materials
How to quote sources without plagiarising – rewording and quoting appropriately
Working with a proofreader
How to choose a proofreader – and hopefully avoid some common and costly mistakes
++ Resources for Word (and other Microsoft Office software) users
Laying out your document: all about margins, tabs, breaks and indents
Page breaks – how to do them properly and more efficiently for you!
Section breaks – vital if you want to have varied formatting throughout your document
Indents and margins – right and left margins and how to set indents
Top and bottom margins – how to change them
How to display your rulers – displaying the rulers in the margins
Using tabs effectively – the best way to line things up! First, the tab key
Setting tabs using the top ruler – how to set tab stops
Paragraph spacing – and what to do when it won’t behave
Changing from spaced to indented paragraphs – and vice versa
Headers, footers and page numbers
How to add page numbers to your document 1 – the basics
How to add page numbers to your document 2 – advanced editing etc.
How to make your page numbers read “page 1 of 2″ – by popular request!
Footnotes – how to add them and how to access the options
Endnotes – how to add them and how to access the options
Headings and tables of contents
How to use headings styles – make your headings clear and consistent
How to set up numbered headings – ones that automatically update themselves!
How to create a Table of Contents – read the posts on Headings first
Table of Figures and Table of Tables – how to create these tricky ones
Track changes and comment boxes
Track changes 1 – why use it, where can you find it, what can you do with it?
Track changes 2 – customising Track Changes
Track changes 3 – working with a document with tracked changes
Formatting comments balloons – everything you have ever wanted to know!
What to do if your comment boxes go tiny in Word – A common problem, hard to find the answer!
What to do if your comment box text runs right to left – Useful if you edit texts from Arabic authors
Changing the language in your comment balloons – From US to UK English and beyond …
Search, replace and spellcheck
How to search for almost any text … anywhere – including Microsoft office and browsers
How to tell Word what not to spell-check – exclude and include paragraphs easily
Find and Replace – the basics
Advanced Find – finding specific words and all the forms of a word – plus Wildcards
Finding formatting – how to find and replace formatting
How to change the language of your Word document – important for spell checking!
How to change your editing language – subtly different but solves a big problem
Autocorrect and autoformatting
Automatic formatting as you type (and how to get rid of it)
Tables in Word
Tables 1 – menus and options – all the different ways to create a table
How to maintain table headings over several pages – get them at the top of each page!
Protecting your Word document
Setting up a Watermark in Word – for marketing and protection purposes
Protecting your Word 2007 document – all the tools in Word
Protecting your Word 2010 document – all the tools in Word 2010 (yes, slightly different!)
Appearance and formatting
How to put text in alphabetical order – very useful for bibliographies
How to change text between UPPER CASE and lower case – did you know you could?
Bullet points – how and when to use them – see below for more!
Bullet points – their grammar and punctuation – how to keep it consistent and readable
The Line Space button – formatting spaces between lines and paragraphs
How to highlight text in a Word document – three good ways, one bad
Changing the colour of text in Word – why and how
Format painter – so useful for copying the format of a piece of text
Portrait and landscape – which way round is your document?
Bits and bobs
Adding shortcuts to the Quick Access Toolbar – how to keep a shortcut button visible
How to count the words in a Word document – by popular request!
Full dialogue boxes for fonts and more – what ARE those little arrows in the corners?
Paragraph marks and other hidden marks – what are those funny symbols?
Using the split screen view in Word – helps make you more efficient!
How to count the words in a PowerPoint 2007 presentation – useful for students and editors!
Freezing rows and columns in Excel – and freezing both at the same time
++ Blogging and Social Media
Social media in general
Reciprocity and Social Media – how to negotiate social media kindly and politely
How to maintain a good online reputation – my hints and tips
Social media infographic – how it all works!
10 reasons to start a blog – why you should do it now!
10 reasons NOT to write a blog – and why you should stop and think, at least!
Top 10 blogging sins – avoid these if you can!
Scheduling blog posts and keeping going – scheduling the posts and the writing of them
Guest posts (1) hosting – how to be the host(ess) with the most(est)
Guest posts (2) guesting – how to be the perfect guest
Websites and WordPress
WordPress 1 – the basics – joining and setting up a blog
Adding links to blog posts – how to do it on the major blogging platforms (and email)
Other social media
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