Resources for students / small businesses / Word users
Resources for businesses – freelancers and small businesses mainly.
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++ Resources for businesses
Posts on 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.
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!
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
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
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
++ Resources for Word (and other Microsoft Office software) users
Laying out your document: all about margins, tabs and indents
Page breaks – how to do them properly and more efficiently for you!
Indents and margins – right and left margins and how to set indents
Top and bottom margins – how to change them
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
Bullet points 1 – why to use them and how to customise them
Bullet points 2 – how to use grammar and punctuation in your bullets
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 …
Autocorrect and autoformatting
Automatic formatting as you type (and how to get rid of it)
Bits and bobs
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
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!
How to highlight text in a Word document – three good ways, one bad
How to count the words in a PowerPoint presentation – useful for students and editors!
Freezing rows and columns in Excel – and freezing both at the same time
Format painter – so useful for copying the format of a piece of text
Full dialogue boxes for fonts and more – what ARE those little arrows in the corners?
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