Category: Tutorials

Recession-Proof Your Business

How Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can help you recession-proof your business Are you a small or home-based business owner? Then you have a definite edge over the corporate giants when the economy falters. In this tutorial, you’ll learn ways to re-focus your business quickly so you are offering what people want, need – and are willing to …

Create Income Teaching Teleclasses

Well-planned teleseminars can be sources for multiple streams of income This tutorial – How to Create Income Teaching Teleclasses – covers the important basics about conducting teleclasses (also called teleseminars or teleconferences)… plus ways you can earn ongoing passive income using teleclasses as a teaching tool. So, what is a teleclass? A teleclass is, essentially, a …

How to Create Flyers with Microsoft Word

The Complete Word Flyer Design Tutorial on One Page… for Word 2003, 2007 and 2010 This page is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create flyers with Microsoft Word… with detailed instructions for Word versions 2003, 2007 and 2010. I originally created this Word flyer tutorial in 2006 for clients who wanted to update their own …

Silent E Plus Suffix Rules

Judging or Judgeing? Desirable or Desireable? Argument or Arguement? A word that ends with a silent “e” can present a challenge when you try to make a new word by adding a suffix after it (letters added to the end of a word). Do you keep the “e” or drop it? For example, when you want …

A Few More Spelling and Grammar Tips

Her Style Was Most Unique… NOT! A common usage mistake in English is to use the word “unique” in a way that makes the noun it modifies seem not unique. When we say “most unique” or “very unique” about something, what we’re really saying is the thing isn’t unique at all. The word “unique” means something …

Placing Punctuation with Quotation Marks

Do commas, periods, colons, semi-colons, exclamation points and question marks go before or after quotation marks? There are many different ways to use quotation marks and, in this tutorial, we’ll look at sentence punctuation in relationship to quotations. In other words, does the comma, period, question mark or exclamation point come before or after the quotation …

When to Use “Loan” versus “Lend”

  Loan and lend are misused so frequently – even in print and TV advertising – that it’s no wonder so many of us get the word usages mixed up. Loan is a noun; lend is a verb. That’s the bottom line. Loan is a noun: I asked the bank for a loan. Lend is a verb: Will …

“None Is” or “None Are?” – Which Is Correct?

Singular Verb or Plural Verb? What are the rules? Do we use a singular or plural verb with these words: None Either Everyone Neither Nobody Someone Here’s the answer. When “none” means “not one” or “no one,” we use a singular verb following it. For example, “None of the presidential candidates is worth voting for.” The singular …

When to Use Affect vs. Effect

When to use affect vs. effect is confusing – for good reason. Since the 1400s, these words have been more or less interchangeable, with meanings passing back and forth between them. Here’s today’s accepted word usage. Affect “Affect” is mostly used a verb that means “to influence” or “to change.” The state of the economy can …

When to Use “Lie” versus “Lay”

A common word usage question is when to use “lie” versus “lay.” Here’s a quick tutorial with the meanings and rules for lie and lay. LIE: One usage of the verb “lie” means “to recline” I am going to lie down on the sofa for awhile. Watch the lion lie down on the grass. However… the …