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Resources for students / small businesses / Word users

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Resources for businesses – freelancers and small businesses mainly.

Resources for students  – who might also want to see …

Resources for Word users

Resources on blogging and social media

++ 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

Going full time – case study

Outsourcing tasks case studies

Becoming a Limited Company

Employing staff and a case study

Expanding into offices, regional offices and case studies

Organising yourself

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

How to get jobs via Twitter

How to make more money in your freelance business

When should I say no?

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

Am I automatically registered to submit my tax return online? (hint: no)

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

Top tips for writing up your PhD

Appropriate language in academic writing

On creative and academic writing (a guest post)

Plagiarism and quoting sources

Plagiarism – what it is and how a proofreader should work with student material (and my terms and conditions)

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

My explanation of why you need these posts

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

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

What is AutoCorrect and where do you find it / How to personalise AutoCorrect

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!

I’ve also covered PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2013

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

Blogging

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

Is it worth having a website for my business?

WordPress 1 – the basics – joining and setting up a blog

WordPress 2 – adding pages to create a website

WordPress 3 – adding images to your post or page

WordPress 4 – adding slideshows and galleries of images

WordPress 5 – linking your blog to your social media

WordPress 6 – sharing buttons

WordPress 7 – adding an avatar picture

WordPress 8 – setting a static landing page

WordPress 9 – setting up a Posts page

Adding links to blog posts – how to do it on the major blogging platforms (and email)

Facebook

How to add a moderator or admin to your Facebook page

Twitter

How to find a job using Twitter

Using Twitter for your business

LinkedIn

Using LinkedIn for your business

Other social media

What is Storify and how do I use it?

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32 responses to “Resources for students / small businesses / Word users

  1. Johanna Robinson

    June 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Thanks Liz! I have just signed up for my HMRC course for new businesses!

     
    • Liz at Libro

      June 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I’m so glad this has proved helpful for you!

       

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