Miss, Ms., Mrs., and Mx. are not interchangeable terms. Addressing someone with the wrong title can be offensive, so it is important to know the difference between these four prefixes. The guide below will describe how they have been used historically and how to use them now. Here’s a...
The word "quarter" is heard often in the busintess world where a year breaks down into four sections (quarters). Strategies across the entirety of the year are broken into quarters - first, second, third and fourth. A common question we receive from our readers is regarding the proper abbreviation...
So you have a business idea, great! Now you simply have to actualize it, starting with a business plan. A business plan helps you get funding for your business idea, but your proposal needs a solid structure. Business plan outline The key to a good business plan is the outline. It...
Legal consideration is a critical element in business. A business majorly revolves around giving out a product and getting a stipend in exchange, but there are some legal requirements to follow. Everything has to be acceptable by law in exchange for a conducive and peaceful operational environment. Some of the...
There was a time when the most common way to address any business correspondence was the salutation To Whom It May Concern. It was the pre-internet era, and information on specific employees at the company was not readily available. Yet, time marches on, and things change. Here, we discuss...
Updated June 29, 2021 - Being a bachelor is not a requirement to receive a bachelor's degree, but one does need to show mastery in order to obtain a master's degree. In any case, you should be able to correctly spell the degree you have; spelling them as masters degree and bachelors degree is wrong....
You’ve probably written or read multiple emails today… or within the last hour… or five minutes. Email and business go hand in hand. And we tend to fall back on one common phrase to wrap up every business letter or email we send. Interestingly, tweaking the wording even slightly...
Walking into DSW for the first time searching for a new pair of shoes can be overwhelming—so many options and styles to choose from! The same can happen to a writer as you start scrolling through that long list of font styles in MS Word. And with hundreds of...
Contractions in business writing… to use or not to use… that is the question. The art of business writing challenges you to strike that perfect balance between sounding friendly and approachable while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Contractions can be a useful tool to help you do just that....
Writing is the fun part. Editing is the hard part. Know what the first part is? Planning! What you do before you write is just as important as what you write. Planning a business document and using an outline are valuable tools you should reach for first in your...