Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan. More than a cliche’…

Time to Plan
Time to Plan

Well, here in the U.S. the July 4th holiday is over, and so is the first half of the year. That was fast! Way back at the end of December last year and the beginning of January this year, we were excited for the promises of a new start, new opportunities, and new goals! Now that the 2nd half of this year has started, it’s time to ask ourselves: How did we do? Where do we go from here?

Those are exactly the questions you and your team need to answer right now, today, before you get busy with the day-to-day operations and projects of your business. On the one hand, planning takes a lot of time, but on the other hand, proper planning actually saves time in the long run.

You have a choice for how you can manage your planning process: on paper in a paper planner, on a whiteboard, or digitally in an app or on your digital calendar. What is important is that you revisit and refocus your goals as needed, set achievable targets, and then make action plans to achieve each of your goals. What should your action plan include?

Key initiatives and actions that can actually be completed and directly relate to your goals. The operative word here is “key”. Remember you can’t do everything.

Your budget. You should be hard-nosed and realistic here, and your budget should consider the amount of both your money and your time that you can afford to commit. Both are finite.

Please, don’t ever be “too busy to plan”. Planning now will save you much time and money later, and the ROI (return on investment) will be worth it.

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Pamela Hilliard Owens is a former teacher, former college instructor, and former corporate and network sales leader and manager. Now a freelancer and business owner, Pam started her first company in 2008, Writing It Right For You (WIRFY), offering copywriting and editing services to individuals and businesses. After working with several authors, Pam and her husband and business partner started a second company in 2011, Detroit Ink Publishing DIP), to work with authors for ghostwriting, editing, and manuscript preparation. DIP is an independent publishing house that publishes books by Pam and Keith and also many for the authors they work with. In 2013, Pam added yet a third company, Your Business Your Brand Creatively, through which we offer branding and marketing services and online training specifically for creative professionals.

My team and I know that “It Matters How You Say It,” and I would love to talk you about how I can help you achieve your copywriting, editing, marketing, publishing goals. Please feel free to contact me via email: phowens@teamowens313online.com, or by filling out the form on the contact page for any one of the three companies.

exasperate vs exacerbate

ComputerManArrowsandQuestionsBoth of these words are rather difficult to pronounce, and they mean different things.

* exasperate is often used as an adjective “exasperated” as well as a verb “exasperate”, where it means to “irritate”. If someone is exasperated, they are irritated by someone or something.

* exacerbate is a verb that means to make a situation worse.

Credit for these “Common Errors in English” to the Common Errors in English blog and calendar.

If you still get confused with English grammar and usage, please contact us, the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help!

Apps I Use: RescueTime Update

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If you are a freelancer, it is important that you keep track of your own time and productive activities, yet you don’t want to spend all day tracking time. In a previous post, I wrote about an app that I use to track what I do all day: RescueTime, an online app that is also available on iOS, Android, and Kindle. Make sure to read my previous post to learn about all of the great features of RescueTime.

Just a few days ago, however, I discovered a wonderful and extremely useful feature of RescueTime that is available to premium users of the app: the ability to manually add highlights of each captured time and space during your day by writing a sentence or two about what you were doing.

Find out how RescueTime can help you track and save time every day by following this link.

In addition to tracking every website and app you visit or use during the day, RescueTime also tracks every website and app you visit or use during the day on all of your devices. If you do a lot of writing on software like Word or Pages, RescueTime doesn’t always list the actual document you’re working on, but it is easy enough for you to record that information manually.

Previously, I was trying to keep track of my “daily work journal” either manually in my Ecosystem notebook, or digitally on my Google calendar or my DayOne journaling app. However, now I can keep all of those notes in RescueTime along with an overview of how productive I was each day. I love it.

Learn more about out how RescueTime by following this link

Start 2015 with Great Courses from the EFA!

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The Editorial Freelancers Association offers courses just for YOU every fall and spring. Here is a list of some of our upcoming classes:

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December 31, 2014
 
 
QuickBooks Online for Freelancers
Webinar Series, January 8 – 29
EFA’s newest webinar series introduces users to QuickBooks Online.

Session I-Introduction to QuickBooks Online

  • Product overview and tour of QuickBooks Online
  • Your Internet browsers-Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Set up your free trial account to take a test drive
  • Intuit App Center overview

Session II-Setting up QuickBooks Online

  • Starting fresh or converting from a desktop program
  • Your chart of accounts-the most important part
  • Your preferences and selections
  • Setting up your banks, credit cards, and PayPal account

Session III-Recording Transaction in Quickbooks Online

  • Money in
  • Money out
  • Journal entries
  • Other transactions
  • Bank feeds and importing transactions

Session IV-Reporting, Taxes and Other Considerations

  • Financial reporting for your business
  • Customer and vendor reporting
  • Payment solutions-Go Payments
  • Payroll-if you need it

Benefits for attendees:

  • Each attendee may submit a question to the instructor by email that relates to their specific QuickBooks situation if they prefer to not ask it during the webinar.
  • Each attendee will receive a PDF copy of the course material for each class session to use as a permanent reference.
  • Each attendee shall be entitled to a 20% discount on any service they receive from Bayview Services Group, Inc. during 2014-2015.

Instructor Dave Venard presented our popular Fall 2014 webinar on taxes. He is an enrolled agent, admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a member of the prestigious Intuit Trainer and Writers Network. Dave has more than 37 years of experience with income taxes, accounting, and business management and a master’s degree in human resource management and organizational behavior. Dave is president of Bayview Services Group, Inc., a professional services firm that specializes in income tax preparation services, income tax representation and resolution services, QuickBooks installation, setup and training services, payroll and payroll tax services and bookkeeping services. He maintains a client base from New York to Hawaii.

Email questions to Dave at: dvenard@bayviewservices.net.
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Daily Grammar Tip: everyday or every day?

Writing It Right For You - English Grammar Usage TipsThe word “everyday” is an adjective; it modifies a noun, as in “…my everyday clothes.” However, when you are using the adverbial phrase “every day”, make sure that you write it as two words. How often do you eat breakfast? Hopefully, you eat breakfast every day; but you might set the table with your everyday dishes.

Credit: “Common Errors in English Usage”

 

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In Memoriam: Dr. Maya Angelou

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Writers, poets, educators, activists, and spoken-word artists the world over are in mourning today. Award-winning author, novelist, poet, educator, actress and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86.

Dr. Angelou is best known for her award-winning writing, including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” This seminal autobiographical work chronicles her life as a childhood victim of sexual abuse, which caused her to stop speaking completely for six years, until a teacher encouraged her to find her voice.

Dr. Angelou was also a high school dropout who went on to become a professor of poetry and creative writing. She was an American Study herself. “I have created myself,” she told USA TODAY in 2007, “I have taught myself so much.” “Sister Maya” was renowned and revered as a respected and much-loved Elder, whose knowledge and wisdom have touched and changed the lives of millions.

Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest University, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982. She was only the second poet to write and read an original poem at a presidential inauguration; she read “On the Pulse of Morning” at the 1993 inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton. The only other poet so honored was Robert Frost, who performed at the 1961 inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Dr. Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. She was always awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 2000.

Although best known as a poet, Dr. Angelou had a long list of careers and passions: she was an actress, director, playwright, composer, singer and dancer. And if that wasn’t enough, she once worked as a madam in a brothel and as the first female and first Black street car conductor in San Francisco.

Beloved by stars, Angelou was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey and favorite of many US presidents.

Five days before her death, Dr. Angelou sent out her final tweet:

 

 

 

One of her best-known and beloved poems is known as “And Still I Rise”:

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Return back / Return

20130728-194957.jpgIf you use “return back,” the expression is redundant. Using “return” is enough to express any idea.

If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, Contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It”!

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Wreckless / Reckless

20130728-194957.jpg“Reckless” means not reckoning carefully all the hazards involved in an action. “Wreckless” is no more than a misspelling of the word reckless.

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Toe a fine line / Tread a fine line, toe the line

20130728-194957.jpgWhen you tread (or walk) a fine line, you are trying to keep your balance between two alternatives, rather as if you were walking carefully along a narrow tightrope. Neighbors have to tread a fine line between being friendly and being nosy. A related expression is “there is a fine line between” two alternatives: “there’s a fine line between enthusiasm and fanaticism.” In this case you aren’t traveling along the line, but crossing over it. The fineness of the line suggests how subtly the two alternatives blend into each other. The first expression is used when you’re being cautious; the second is used when you’re observing how close two alternatives are to each other.

The expression “toe the line” means something rather different. It describes toes obediently and conscientiously lined up for review, military style. It refers to situations in which you are trying to be very careful to follow the rules, do precisely the right thing. Strict parents make their children toe the line.

It does not involve the emphasis on alternatives referred to by the other expressions. Envision yourself standing in front of a line like the starting line for a race. Such a line need not be particularly fine. What is emphasized here is the straightness of the line. But many people confuse “tread a fine line” with “toe the line” and use the mangled expression “toe a fine line.”

If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, Contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It”!

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Bemuse / Amuse

20130728-194957.jpgEven if their sound is similar, their meanings are not. “Bemuse” means to confuse, and “amuse” means to entertain. Many times, some bemusing things can be very amusing.

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All ready / Already

20130728-194957.jpgThis is a very easy one. “Already” is an adverb used to describe something that happened before certain time. “All ready” means “completely prepared.”

See these examples:

  • She was all ready before I got home for dinner.
  • She had already dressed up when I got home.

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Subject to / Subjected to

20130728-194957.jpgAlthough these two expressions can sometimes be switched with only a slight change in meaning, they are not equivalent. To be subjected to some sort of treatment is to actually be treated in that way, usually in an objectionable way.

But to be subject to a regulation, to taxes, to discussion, to inspection, to any sort of condition, is to be liable to it. In some contexts, the conditional action is mandatory: “Shipment will be made subject to approval of your charge card.” In others, the conditional action may be theoretical, not uniformly enforced: “This Web page is subject to change.” Many people mistakenly use “subjected to” in this sort of context.

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