5 Must-Have Items for the Writer’s Toolbox

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Every writer has a secret set of tools that he or she loves – tools that enhance the writing, make it easier to comply with clients’ wishes, and allow for the perfect word when writer’s block sets in. Most writers have to learn the hard way. You don’t. If you’re not using these tools right now, start by getting yourself acquainted with the welcome page.

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To Write Is to Learn

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Here’s an interesting article about the Cleveland Browns and how the new coaching staff lead by Mike Pettine stresses have his players take notes by hand in order to maximize how well they learn. Pro football can be very complicated and many people would be surprised how much classroom work is done by coaches and athletes. Pettine used to coach in high school and he picked up this approach from teachers who pointed out that you’re more likely to remember something if you write it down.

This is something you should keep in mind as well, and not just while you’re in college or grad school. A successful career involves consistent learning, and if you develop good note-taking habits, in the long run you’ll learn more and be more effective, regardless of your career choice.

Do you ever want to sell your business?

If you’re a business owner, one of the things you should always consider is whether you’d like to sell it at some point. This probably shouldn’t be your biggest concern of course, but it’s something you should keep in mind.

If someone wanted to buy your business, could they run it without you after a transition period? This is critical, because if you’re irreplaceable, you really don’t have a business you can sell without binding yourself to years of additional work.

Think about it, and it will probably trigger some additional thought as to how you structure your business. Think about what you should be teaching your team so that others can run certain aspects of your business that you control.

This is difficult for many entrepreneurs, but it’s essential if you ever want to have a real exit strategy.

3 Solutions For Innovation And Sustainability In the Workplace


Innovation and sustainability are more than just buzz words. They are the way of the future, and not just for business. As technology advances and we look for long term viable solutions, we are being introduced to a wealth of possibility unlike anything we’ve seen before, particularly as far as software and computing goes.

Wanting to provide an innovative and future forward solution for clients is often what draws people towards a software solution like aXcelerate RTO Software

Find out more below about how you can start developing a culture of innovation and sustainability in your workplace – and it might be cheaper than you think to implement.

1. Cloud Computing

In this day and age, people move between their desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile multiple times in a day. Businesses have multiple offices spread across cities, states and even the whole world. Previously, logging onto a server has been a cumbersome process, particularly for those needing remote access. Cloud computing has changed that by offering a web based data storage solution that is accessible from any device, anywhere. Whether you go for one of the more basic offerings like Drop Box or take out a powerful hosted solution, cloud computing is definitely the way of the future and something that you should start thinking about sooner rather than later.

2. Subscription Based Software

Previously, businesses have been slow to take up the latest version of software and computer applications because of the exorbitant start-up costs associated with fitting the whole organisation out with the latest technology. Often you’ve just invested in what used to be the most up to date solution and suddenly a new release is announced or comes out less than twelve months later. New options for web based downloads and monthly subscriptions guaranteeing access to the latest release software have been real game changers. It is often a more affordable solution, and payable either by annual fee or monthly direct debt. Everything from the latest Microsoft Office applications to powerful design tools like the Adobe Creative Suite are all available on a subscription basis.

3. Video Conferencing

Skype and other face to face video call options like Apple’s Facetime have revolutionised the traditional business meeting concept and opened new opportunities for global collaboration without the need to travel long distances or deal with at times patchy international connections. Even a cross town meeting can significantly impact on your usable work time in the day by the time you factor in travel and preparation time.

You may be wondering where the sustainability comes in to these solutions. While it is often associated with environmental benefits (and there are definitely some ‘green’ wins in reducing the amount of IT hardware and travel that the average business can rack up in a year), businesses looking for sustainable solutions need to focus on cost effective, viable and long term benefits when making decisions. Paying tens of thousands of dollars every year or two to stay up to date with the latest software is neither viable nor sustainable for the bottom line long term and being able to work with people in another country may help businesses to grow beyond what they previously thought possible. These solutions are going to be the way of the future, so it is definitely beneficial to start giving them serious thought and consideration now.

What is the most innovative thing that your company has done?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job

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Contemplating whether to leave a job is usually a big decision, and one that needs to be made with plenty of foresight and careful consideration. For many people, the decision to leave one job before finding another, is a precarious one.

Leaving one job before committing to another can have a positive impact. Doing so provides you with a much-needed break, and the opportunity to concentrate on skill development and courses that can broaden your career horizons. For example, online and face to face courses (such as those provided by etrainu) can equip you with useful, sought after and highly relevant work skills.

But, before making the leap of faith and quitting your job, there are some pivotal questions to ask and it is critical that they are answered thoroughly and with great honesty.

What frustrates me about my current job?

Being clear about the frustrations of your existing position is very important, and by defining the issues, solutions often become apparent. It is worth considering whether the problem with the position sits with the work environment, people or the work itself.

Examination of the issues may reveal that resigning from the job is not necessary – it may be possible to diversify and find new opportunities in your existing work context. However, consideration of the issues may also show that leaving the job is the best solution, particularly if you discover you are working in the wrong industry or that the pace of work is just too hectic.

Have I taken the actions necessary to improve my current job?

Before you take the final and very definite action of quitting your job, ask yourself whether you have taken all actions necessary to improve your current job situation to the extent that it is workable. Sometimes (but not always) a change of attitude, modifying time management or work habits and opening up lines of communication with management can make a significant difference.

What do I really want from my career and my life?

Taking the time to define your priorities about what you truly want from your job and your career is not only important, it should guide the decisions that you make. For example, it may be a lifelong dream to study law at university and subsequently work as a lawyer, but if a flexible schedule is what you really want, a professional move of this nature may not be best.

It’s also worthwhile considering that a career change may mean that more study, a reduction in pay and the need to start at the bottom and work your way up will be necessary.

Do I have enough money to cover my expenses?

If you intend to quit your job, but do not yet have another job (or if changing to a lower-paying role), you need to examine your finances carefully and work out whether you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses – possibly for up to twelve months.

Financial planning experts recommend budgeting for expenses such as: mortgage or rent, credit card and loan repayments, food, transport, entertainment, clothing and any study expenses.

Do I have support?

Because leaving a job does affect other people in your life, it’s useful to have a frank and honest conversation with family members. This is particularly important if you have a partner or children.

On an emotional level, support can also be necessary if a sense of isolation is experienced after leaving a job and the structure that comes with employment is missed. A support system made up of family and friends can be invaluable in this regard.

While leaving a job can be liberating and create the space necessary for exciting new opportunities, the decision should not be taken lightly. By asking yourself a series of questions, you are better positioned to have thought about a range of possibilities and relevant factors.