10 Steps to Writing ‘Plain Language’ Business Proposals

I found the Plain Language writing technique by accident. It’s also called Plain English, by the way. I was reading a lot about Warren Buffet a few years back and came across a nice, short document he wrote for the SEC. These are the folks who submit legal and business document to Wall Street when […]

Process Design Tips From DHL

As a process designer, I’m always looking at how other companies design their processes, in particular how they manage exceptions, errors, and unexpected actions, typically an ‘edge case.’ Download Now for $9.99 – Buy Here! [Learn more about these templates here] Last month I bought two computers. One Toshiba laptop, the second an Alienware desktop, […]

17 Ways to Improve Functional Requirements Elicitation

Summary: Identifying and asking the right questions is a critical part of functional requirements elicitation. You can use this Functional Requirement template to define a function of a software system and how the system must behave when presented with specific inputs or conditions. These may include calculations, data manipulation and processing and other specific functionality. […]

5 Ways to Demonstrate Value-For-Money in your Business Proposal

You know your Business Proposal matches the client’s requirements exactly, right? You also know that your proposal is good Value For Money and resolves the pain points for the funding agency. But, you still need to show them why.

How to Write Your First Technical Documentation Plan

Use the following guidelines to plan, schedule, and writer the user and support technical documentation for your next software product. Examples of this documentation include user guides, admin manuals, online help, and release notes. Preparing a Documentation Plan involves several different activities. Let’s examine what’s involved. Work Breakdown Structure Template [Learn more about this template here] Depending on the complexity […]

11 Quick Proposal Writing Tips

Looking for tips to format Business Proposals? These writing guidelines will help with Sales, Grant, Government and Research Proposals.

Guy Kawasaki 8 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Business Plans

I didn’t start writing Business Plans until about five years ago. Until then, the word Business Plan made my tummy feel slightly uncomfortable. It certainly wasn’t something I wanted to do for a living. But, as is often the way, a door opened and I stepped in. Actually, I HAD to write a Business Plan […]

How to Place an Order with your Credit Card (Instead of PayPal)

You do NOT need a PayPal account to place an order on this site. This page explains how to buy templates using your credit card instead of PayPal. I know many of you prefer not to use PayPal and don’t want to setup an account just to buy a template, so I thought I’d explain how […]

3 Storytelling Techniques for Business Proposal Writers

Seen The King’s Speech? Business writers can learn a lot from it. For starters, imagine how hard it must have been to get funding. ‘Well, it’s about this guy who stammers a lot. Or stutter. Whichever’s the right word…’ ‘He stammers?’ ‘Yeah, all the time.’ ‘It’s a great story. Let me tell you what happens […]

NEW: Troubleshooting Plan Templates for Technical Documentation

Samantha from New Zealand asked me last week why the Troubleshooting Guide Template wasn’t for sale on the site. While this Microsoft Word template is already part of the Technical Writing Kit, I understand that not everyone wants all those documents. So, for those who want this document, what I’ve done is create a new sales page and offer it a standalone product.

10-Point Checklist For Headline Writing

Looking for headline writing tips that will capture attention immediately and force readers to stop in their tracks? Who doesn’t? What exactly are headlines? What purpose do they serve? Headlines are the ‘ad’ for what’s about to follow. Its purpose is to tease the reader into clicking or reading more. If your headline fails, no one […]

Video: How to Write a White Paper

Summary: Use white papers to create high-value content that generates leads, positions your product in a crowded marketplace, and develops a relationship with prospective customers. Video: How to Write a White Paper In this video Ivan explains how to write your first white paper. Get the template from the link below. This detailed tutorial (14 […]

Business Rules vs. Business Requirements

Summary: Understand the difference between business requirements and business rules before you start defining the business process. This Klariti tutorial will explain how to write business requirements and how, and where, to include business rules in your process and workflow designs. Business Rules vs. Business Requirements One area where many graduates and business analysts get […]

5 Steps to a More Persuasive Business Plan

You have an idea for a business. You know what you want to sell, who you can sell it to, and how much you stand to earn from it. There’s just one more thing you need: a business plan. Many people dread the idea of preparing a business plan. They think of them as complicated, unnecessary documents that exist only to make it more difficult for them to get started as an entrepreneur. They are wrong.

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your First Web Business

In 1996, I downloaded Netscape Navigator 2.0 and got on the web. It was incredible. If you weren’t there, it’s hard to explain the sheer excitement of getting your first AOL account, dialing up to go online, waiting for your first page to slowly download, and then going WOW!

The first day I went online—it was a lovely Sunday, I still remember it—I stayed online for 7 hours straight. I was transfixed. The world outside melted into the background. Hook, line and sinker. I was pulled in.