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Even though it may not be ideal, rejection plays a big part in our daily lives. One common form of rejection we can receive is a rejection email. When you receive a rejection email, it can often be tempting to delete it or even write back a snarky reply...
What Does In Regard To Mean? Let's discuss the meaning of the phrase "in regard to" or "in regards to." To put it simply, with regard or in regards to are phrases used to mean regarding, concerning, or interested on the subject of. They are used to connect ideas within sentences. For instance, you may see this in...
When finishing an email or snail-mail letter, the closing provides various opportunities.  Should you use "Sincerely" or the two-word variant "Sincerely yours?" What about "Yours truly," where does that feature? Maybe a simple "Thank you" will be sufficient or should you should express your "Warmest regards." Is there a situation...
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...
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...
Updated 14 September, 2022 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...
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...