Finding a Photo’s License Using Google Images Search Tool

Have you ever come across the perfect photo and wanted to use it on your blog, website, social media post like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, report or print publication? Google Images has a very useful tool to search for an image and hopefully find out the type of copyright license attached to it. Searching for an image To search for an image, you will either need to get the address of the image on the web or you will need to have a copy of it saved locally on your computer. If the image is located on a publicly accessible website … Continue reading

Making Print Screen Screenshots in Windows

You can capture a screenshot of almost anything that appears on your computer by using any of the following methods in Windows: There is a great free tool called Greenshot that works with the Print Screen button. It allows you to capture any part of the screen you want. Greenshot includes extra features like: Sending your screenshot to the clipboard, a printer, your email application, Powerpoint, Word, Excel and upload directly to Confluence or Dropbox. Opening the image in the Greenshot image editor where you can annotate the image with arrows, shapes, lines and text as well as apply any of several special effects. Includes many advanced … Continue reading

Remove Red and Green Underlines in Word

Using Microsoft Word, you’ve created a professional high quality report at work, or a resume if you are looking for a job. It’s ready to be published to the target reader. The only problem is, it’s full of red (potential spelling mistakes) and green (potential grammar mistakes) squiggly underlines. Adding all the words that are underlined in red to your dictionary will only affect your own computer. When the document is opened on someone else’s computer, those lines will be back and you won’t even know it. Is it possible to get rid of not only the red but also the … Continue reading

Successful Business Support Rolodex

Here is a list of business resources that can help your business succeed: Free and Low Cost Business Cards — If you want to get yourself some business cards, visit www.vistaprint.ca and click on “Free Business Cards”. Choose and customize any of the 42 free professional looking business cards models. You just end up paying for Shipping and Handling. It cost less than $10 for 250 business cards. What’s the catch? On the back of these free cards, Vista Print puts a small advertisement for their own company on the back of the card. You only pay for cards if you want … Continue reading

What is Your Perception of the Economy?

It’s a very interesting question. Down in the U.S. and even in most parts of the world, the economy has taken a beating over the past several years. While not immune, according to the Invest in Canada Factsheet, this has actually effectively positioned Canada as having one of the strongest economies in the world. In times of reduced sales, many businesses tend to downsize. The reality is, this is the time to build strategic partnerships, develop relationships with clients and come together to innovate and find new opportunities. I’ve seen the cycle has come and go before. The most successful … Continue reading

Bestest, fastest, easiest ways to proof your writing

If you write blogs, content for a website or even just status updates on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, readers of your content will consider this a reflection of who you are and the quality of your work. While this may or may not be important to you when your friends are reading your blurbs, what will you want your future employers or your loyal followers to think? Here are a few suggestions on ways you can improve the quality of your public writing. Get a Proofer or Copy editor Give a deadline for everything you … Continue reading

Business Telephone Message Scripts

An effective voice mail message is actually a well crafted script. Although you will have to substitute certain words such as the name of the person, you can actually  create a script which comes across as confident. An effective script starts by: Establish Credibility Introducing yourself and when you are calling. If the voice mail box is generic, be sure to mention who the message is for. Peak Their Curiosity (but don’t give it all away) State the purpose of your call Provide the person with a call to action — what are your expectations? Close with Confidence Leave them … Continue reading

Top 6 Business Card Design Mistakes

There are two points in time when your business card will be of most use to people you give it to: When you first give it to them. First impressions are an opportunity that people give you to make a lasting impression. If you don’t make the cut in your first encounter with a potential client, you’ll have to work that much harder. Your business card is no exception and it needs to look professional. Anyone can print a business card on their home ink-jet printer but someone who is committed to their business is more likely to have gone … Continue reading

Business Plan to get Financing

A good business plan should set out how much money you want and what you are going to do with it. Naturally, in order to be considered for a loan or a grant, the lender also needs feel safe about their investment. This is accomplished by helping them understand your business and how you are going to make it profitable. You will also need to describe your business, place it within the context of the industry it is a part of, examine the marketplace and provide detailed financial information about your business. When planning on submitting a business plan, see … Continue reading

Hosting a live business event (courses, seminars, classes)

Check out your local library. Many offer space for free or for a small charge. For example, at the time of this writing, the local library here charges $75 for 4 hours on a pay-as-you-go for profit basis but will let you use their facilities for free (with 4-5 months minimum advance notice) if you are doing it as a community service. The reason for the advanced notice is because they will even do free advertizing in the city’s recreation guide and website and put up posters in the libraries for you. They will also manage registrations for you. Things … Continue reading