How to write more powerful business letters

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Many people in business heaved a sigh of relief when email began to take over most of their day-to-day correspondence. Processing business letters - even today - is fiddly and fussy, compared with the blissful simplicity of email.

However as you know there are still times when ink on paper is essential. Many of the so-called "professions" (legal, accountancy, etc) in the UK at least still insist on correspondence being done via printed letters. They have a deep mistrust of email and for good reason, as its confidentiality can never be guaranteed. Business letters are at least fairly private - you have to assume it's easier and faster to snoop on email than it is to steam envelopes open over boiling water.

In other instances, too, printed letters provide a more tamper-proof formal record of business arrangements, complaints, employee warnings/terminations and other issues that need to be carved into tablets of stone. (Well, paper, anyway.)

Old fashioned structure, modern style

Highlighted and ridiculed by the casual nature of email, the quaint formality of the old fashioned business letter seems positively Dickensian and totally inappropriate for the way we do business now.

There is an answer, though. Use the formality of structure that makes the business letter the bullet-proof form of communication it has come to be. Combine that with the short, straight-talking style of writing more common to emails, and you have a good compromise.

Let's start with the structure - or rather, the etiquette which supplies the structure.

There are variations between accepted etiquette used in the different English language markets. Here are the main British forms of address. I have also included the US/Canadian equivalents where I know them, but I'm afraid I'm not aware of those used in Australia, NZ or SA.

Formal letters

The addressee will either be a title, e.g. "The Chief Executive Officer" or to an organization or company when you don't know to whom your letter should be addressed. When you write to a title the salutation is "Dear Sir," "Dear Madam," or if you want to play it safe, "Dear Sir/Madam." When you write to an organization it's "Dear Sirs," Dear "Mesdames," or again if you want to play it safe (but labor the point) "Dear Sirs/Mesdames."

Your sign off will be "Yours faithfully" (UK) or "Yours truly" (US and Canada.)

Less formal letters

This is where you have a name. And this is where you can get into hot water if you're not sure of the gender of the person. Someone called J C Jennings could be a Jack or a Joanna. Someone called Leslie Matthews could also be either (traditionally the female version of the name is spelled "Lesley" and the male "Leslie," but I know at least one lady Leslie.)

Equally beware of unisex names like Jody, Jo, Bobbie, Alex, Rob, Robin, Carol (yes, really,) Billie, Chris, Darryl, Eddie, Sam, Jackie, Nicky, Frances (f) vs Francis (m), Freddie, Gabrielle (f) vs Gabriel (m), Georgie, Gerry/Jerry, Charlie, Nat, Harry, Jessie (f) vs Jesse (m), Stevie, Mel, Pat, Ronnie, Sacha, Sandy, etc. And that's before we get started on names from non English-language cultures.

People these days usually don't advertise whether they're "Mr" or "Ms" or whatever. When in doubt don't risk embarrassment; phone the organization concerned and ask.

Some people borrow an awful technique from email and use a person's whole name in the salutation, e.g. "Dear Suzan St Maur." I don't know about you, but this irritates the h*ll out of me and I would not recommend it.

So, when your letter is addressed to "Mr J C Jennings" your salutation is "Dear Mr Jennings." If the information you have is simply "Joanna C Jennings" you can probably take a chance and write a salutation of "Dear Ms Jennings." I don't know many male Joannas, but don't count on it...

Your sign off will be "Yours sincerely."

Even less formal letters

This is where the internet's influence can be allowed to come into it and give you some freedom from the formalities expected in, well, more formal letters.

If you're writing to someone whom you know on first name terms then your salutation is going to be "Dear (name)" and you don't need to sign off with a "yours" anything unless you particularly want to. Common forms of sign off include "warm regards" (US,) "kind regards," "best wishes," etc.

Layout

This isn't as strictly followed as it used to be, and now it's considered OK to design the layout of a letter around the design of the company letterhead. The elements you need, wherever you put them, should include:
*Your company name and address (usually done in the letterhead's design)
*The date
*The addressee's name, title, company name and address
*The salutation ("dear so-and-so")
*The topic of the letter ("re:" whatever)
*The body of the letter
*The sign off ("Yours whatever")
*Your own name and title

Traditionally, your own address should go at the top right of the letter, with the date underneath it on the right. On the next line at the left margin, you put the addressee's name and address. After one or two spaces, the "Dear (whoever)" goes underneath that. Two spaces below that, you can put your "re: (topic)" or just the topic in bold and/or underlined.

Once you've done the body of the letter, create one or two spaces and put the sign-off either ranged left or indented a few tabs along towards the right. Create a sufficient number of spaces for your signature and then key in your name (and title if appropriate) so it starts directly under the "Y" of "Yours."

If your letter goes on to a second page, where it breaks on page 1 create a space then to the right key in "cont'd." You can start page 2 just by keying in "page 2" and starting again two or three spaces below. Some people create a mini-heading for the second page with the addressee's name on the left, the date in the middle, and the page number on the right, followed by an underline that crosses the whole page. This is useful if the two pages become detached from one another.

Okay. Now we've established the ground rules, what do we say?

Keep the style sharp and simple

Business letters are not literary works. They are verbal workhorses with a purpose only to convey information, and what you want the reader to do with it, as quickly and clearly as possible.

Start by making notes as if to yourself. These notes will come out in a direct style naturally, because you're not intimidated or disquieted when writing to yourself. Don't restrict yourself to a structure at this stage. Just write out everything you can think of that should go into the letter.

Now, match your notes to the sequence in one of the "skeletons" described below. Discard any notes that aren't relevant.

If you build up your letter along these lines you'll find that your style is clear and straightforward, with no unnecessary adjectives, adverbs, business phrases, "corporate speak" or other business BS that some people use in business letters.

All you need to do then is tidy up with a good edit and spelling and grammar check. (Although many people take a lenient view over spelling and grammatical mistakes in emails, they stick out like sore thumbs in printed letters and make you look very amateurish.)

Build your content on a "skeleton"

Normally you'll identify the topic of the letter with "re: Your Outstanding Account" or less formally, "Your Outstanding Account" in bold and/or underlined. Then make notes or bullet points of the main issues you need to include, on a skeleton like this:

Typically, these would be:

1.) Background
I see from our records that you were first invoiced for this amount four months ago and statements have been sent out to you each month since then

2.) The sticky issue
This can't go on, especially as you haven't contacted us to discuss extending your credit

3.) What I want to happen now
Pay up in the next seven days

4.) Or else
We will be obliged to start legal proceedings against you

5.) Sweetener
If you do pay up by return, we won't take any further action and will restart your 30 days' credit as before

6.) Next move
Please contact me urgently and let me know what you intend to do

Same skeleton, different content

You could use this skeleton for a number of business letter purposes. Not all business letters have you sitting so comfortably in the driving seat, however. Let's say you were the recipient of this letter and want to winkle out more time to pay. The elements remain the same, but we approach from a different angle...

1.) Background
Thank you for bringing this to my attention - I had no idea we were so late paying

2.) The sticky issue
We're experiencing serious cashflow problems at the moment but we have taken steps to rectify this and anticipate the problem will be solved in the next 3 weeks

3.) What I want to happen now
Would you consider extending our credit for a while longer, perhaps with interest being chargeable at a rate we can agree?

4.) Or else
We really would like to continue buying our supplies from you but if we enter into a dispute the goodwill will be lost and our business relationship will be over

5.) Sweetener
I can assure you our cashflow problem is temporary and we want to preserve our business relationship with you if possible

6.) Next move
I will phone you in the next few days to discuss payment terms

Build your own skeleton

Obviously that 6-point skeleton isn't going to work for every business letter, but a shortened version of it will be useful because you can build it back up so it's tailored to any number of different needs. Here's the basic one that I use:

1.) Background
2.) The key issue
3.) What will or should happen
4.) What to do next

Any further tips? Only that business letters should always be as short as possible. That's not as simple as it sounds. Somebody famous (can't remember who) once apologized for writing someone a long letter, as he didn't have time to write a short one. It's hard to write concisely, but if you use the style and skeleton tips above you'll find it somewhat easier.

If you need to go into detail, separate that off into a different (but attached) document and use the letter only as a summary of the issue and a call to action.

I'm no social psychologist so I can't quote you a scientific reason, but separating detail from key points usually means that both get read more thoroughly. It's probably because by separating the two elements you provide readers with more digestible looking chunks. Anyway, it works!

About the Author

Canadian-born Suzan St Maur is a leading business writer based in the United Kingdom. You can subscribe to her business writing eZine, "TIPZ from SUZE" on her website. And check out her latest book, "POWERWRITING" here: http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/detail.asp?item=100000000016610 & affid=STM or on B & N and any of the Amazons.
Copyright Suzan St Maur 2005
http://www.suzanstmaur.com

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shekti 10.05.2013. 07:17

How to write a letter to a consultency for business? Hello,

I am working with a company which offers training in SAP, Android and iOS with real-time experts. Also this company has tie-ups with couple of MNC who provide their experts as faculty to us. Now the challenge is my boss just gave me a list of consultancies all around India and ask me to send email to all describing about our company, what is our expertise and what level of expert people we have for job (both freshers and experienced), and requesting them to send us requirement if they need people for job. But i am unable to prepare this kind of business letter. Please help me!

shekti

Admin 10.05.2013. 07:17

the PDF at the web link (below) presents: Writing Professional Letters
Business letters are powerful ways to deliver formal or persuasive information, establish
permanent records, or send significant, sensitive, or confidential messages. Although
e-mail has become the most popular way to exchange written messages, business letters
are still a necessary communication tool. You usually write letters to communicate with
people outside of your organization, though you can also use letters to send formal messages
to colleagues. Besides the words you write on the page, your letter?s design and format
tell your reader about you, your attention to detail, and your level of professionalism.

much moer with examples at the link

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Jamie 24.07.2010. 20:36

What's a good manga where the main girl falls for a delinquent? i also like it if the guy is a powerful business man. The guy has to be a young.

Jamie

Admin 24.07.2010. 20:36

Mars
Kira believes that Rei and all other men in the world are dirty. She stays away from her classmates, hiding in her art. What happens when the delinquent motorcyclist and playboy, Rei, gets ahold of one of her drawings, and actually wants to keep it?
http://myanimelist.net/manga/443/Mars

Haou Airen
One day while walking home from her job, Kurumi Akino finds a wounded young man, and saves his life. He mysteriously disappears after that, and leaves only the name ?Hakuron?. Next thing she knows she?s been kidnapped from her school, and is on a private jet with that man, heading to China. It turns out she saved the life of the most infamous mobster in Hong Kong, and he wants her to stay with him.
http://myanimelist.net/manga/684/Haou_Airen

Akuma de Sourou
High school is difficult for most kids. But for Kayano, a shy girl whose single mother seems to work all the time, it's even worse than usual. She's so afraid of drawing attention to herself that she can't tell the handsome Kamijo how much she loves him until one day she finally gets up the courage to write him a letter confessing her feelings.
When she goes to give him the letter all her plans go awry. She's given the letter to the wrong person!
Accidentally, she's given her love letter to Takeru Edogawa who just so happens to be the school principal's son, head of the delinquents and the notorious "Prince of Attraction"! To Kayano he seems like Satan himself. Not only is he devilishly handsome, but he seems to take the utmost pleasure in making her suffer.
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=1337

Cutie Boy
Lee Han-Ah used to be bullied in 2nd grade for having a ?wide and flat? butt by a boy in her primary school and has hated him ever since. Now, in high school she is the celebrated, legendary captain of Il-Hwa Girls High School and she is seeking out a pretty boyfriend. Then she meets the mellow and seemingly perfect boy, Yoo-Min.
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6669

Delinquent Lesson
A teacher's pet and a model student, Young-Won Lee, at this important time right before the college entrance exam, feels her heart beating faster toward a delinquent... When she can't get a reasonable answer from books, she follows the philosophy that after being lovers for 3 months, the love hormone that confuses the lover disappears. Thus, she decides to show her interest to the delinquent-!! What did you say? You hate nerds like me? Just wait, Haru Kang! I'll become a hot, flashy babe and make you fall for me!
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=36768

High Teen Boogie
Momoko is one of the brightest students at school, but the school is a bit overrun by delinquents from a motorcycle gang. In fact, the person who has the next desk has never come to class. Then one day she gets the upper hand on one of these bikers and they actually strike up a bit of a friendship, with the potential for more. Of course, it turns out that he?s the leader of the bike gang, and the student in the next seat who has been missing this entire year?
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=20652

Mamotte Agemasu
Hiragi Kotome - if it's for you whom I fell in love with at first sight, anytime you wish, I'll become a monster. Because I am Onizuka Takashi, leader of the strongest delinquent group in the Kantou region, the "Kinjinka" (fierce god group).
And in front of you, is the me that is sweet, naive, and cute. Ah, my sweet honey. I am your body guard from bad luck.
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=12636

Oresama Teacher
Kurosaki Mafuyu was a juvenile delinquent and head of her gang before her subsequent arrest got her expelled from high school. Now that she?s transferred to a new high school, she?s determined to become an ?ultra-shiny, super feminine high school student.? But with a new friend like Hayasaka-kun and a homeroom teacher like Saeki Takaomi (who may be more than he seems), will Mafuyu really be able to live a girly-girl high school life!?
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=13856

Trouble in the Classroom
Sagigo, a high school girl, befriends a bunch of male delinquent friends who are making a bet when the teacher will quit his job. They will go to any means to do so. What side will Sagigo side take? The teacher's or her friends' side?
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=7585

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Tanja 28.09.2010. 23:44

What are the major problems with America's education system? I'm writing a letter addressed to the senator of New Jersey for my history class about what I feel to be the biggest issue in our country today. I chose the education system. I'm trying to brain storm, but I don't have many ideas. Help me out, please?

Tanja

Admin 28.09.2010. 23:44

Omg I teach. I have friends in NJ. The New Jersey Teacher Union is a nightmare. They care nothing about the students. It's all about what benefits they can get for themselves. I used to teach in NYC in a charter school (I refuse to be in an union). I could write you a book. The teachers in NJ blew millions of dollars on "education" that NEVER went directly to the students, and now they have the audacity of ask Christie for more money.

The USA education system, and mind you I am a teacher, is nothing more than a business. I teach at-risk students (emotionally disturbed) and I'd say 25% of kids I've come across had NOTHING wrong with them, yet it cost double the price in NY, Ontario, or NJ (and other regions of Canada and the US, btw Canada is a separate country) to educate a special needs child even though many of these kids have NOTHING wrong with them. How can 1 teacher say a student has ADHD when the next says he doesn't? Where is the consistency?

Many teachers do care about their students, I'm sure some do in New Jersey (I just despise the teachers' union, it's far too powerful), but teachers don't have time to actually teach because they are too busy having you memorize worthless crap for some state exam. Meanwhile rich kids in prep school are actually learning how to take notes and use critical thinking.

If you want to see how an elite school is run look up the websites of Nardin Academy for Girls in Buffalo, NY. Now, THAT is an education.

I could go on, but I'll give myself a heart attack.

Btw, 1 more thing, schools do NOT care about average kids. So, if you're not college material, instead of teaching you a trade they completely screw you over (so if you're in that boat, go to BOCES).

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Adam 24.12.2007. 17:53

What are the most effective techniques for complaining? When a business gives you exceptionally poor service or a defective product, how do you get them to fix their mistakes and compensate you for consequent damages?

Complaining politely and explaining your difficulties often doesn't get you much in today's economy. Businesses just don't care. Getting hostile (but not threatening) seems to be unpleasant and only marginally more effective.

What are your thoughts on the best ways of negotiating a fair outcome when you are a relatively weak consumer pitted against a relatively powerful big business?

Adam

Admin 24.12.2007. 17:53

Many a time our own judgements about people whom we do not know leads us to actions that lead to our sufferrings.
We must know whether the product we have bought comes from a really big business firm. It is not generally known that the top management are very sensitive to consumers feeling that they have been treated badly by the firm's sales teams at the lowest levels with whom we get in touch. At the same time the small sales guy is under pressure to sale as much as possible to earn his incentives and promotion. He would naturally give less time to attending to consumers complaints. Even if there are customer services departments, these guys get bored dealing with consumer complaints day in and day out. Often they are required to follow certain proceedures that takes time and they do not have the power to satisfy you on the spot.
So your actions should be carefully planned and adjusted to suit the varying circumstances. I would suggest the following strategy.
1. When you buy a product, please take care to know whether the product comes from a really big business firm with strong brand image. Also, note down where to complain in case the product gives trouble later: especially enquire about customer services dept.
2. Please keep in mind that you better create records each time you make complaint and interact over phone with the firm' personnel and take photographs of the defective product or damage or accidents.
3. If you do not get the service ( repair/ replacement) to your satisfaction within reasonable time, just write a polite short letter to the Chairman / CEO) of the company telling him about how you are suffering by believing in the brand image of the company and request him for special help to get satisfaction. These top guys are generally very upset even if a single customer thinks bad about the compnay. Actually, they appreciate complaint letters written direstly to them so that they can take control actions against their employees at the small levels. Do not let the local sales/ service personnel of the company about your intention to or actually writing the letter to the CEO or Chairman of the firm.
4. If you fail to get redressal within a reasonable time, write to him again and then follow up with letters to the editor of local press (daily/ weekly newspaper/ magagine).
5. Complain to consumer protection associations/ bodies/ NGOs seeking help providing them with copies of the records.
6. When every thing fails, verify with friends that you are resonable in your demand for compensation. Then, just file a suit against the business firm.
7. If you have bought a good that has been imported, you may have difficulty because most likely it has come from a third rate manufacturer abroad and you have brought it from a local sales agent or trader. Here you are likely to face greater problems.
8. There is no point in quarelling with or antigonizing the sales/ service guys you meet locally for your complaint redressal. Rather be polite and yet fiorm with them. They want to hear very good words about their ciompany. Praise their company for such good imsge and that getting spoiled in your case.
9. For products of small but non-local firms, the hassels may be more. Espwecially for low priced products from local retailers or small shops in malls. Better is to avoid buying from them just because of slightly lower prices.

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nestprop 29.01.2006. 15:27

What is the best home-based business to start with a small investment that does NOT involve MLM? I am looking to start my own business. I have only a small amount of capital to invest. I would like to hear the comments and experiences of others who have done so successfully. I am not interested in MLM of any type.

nestprop

Admin 29.01.2006. 15:27

Suggestions For Building Your Subscription Business

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As an Independent agent of , your opportunities are unlimited to build your subscription business. As an agent, you are authorized to use magazine covers in any of your own promotional material. You are allowed to market your business any way that you want. Here are a few suggestions to help build your business.


(1) Think large for the long term, but think small in the beginning. Start your business by contacting people that you know ( friends, family, neighbors etc. ). Let these people know that you are in business, and explain to them what a convenient service you provide. Sample promotional letters are available upon request. For example: Since the average household takes approximately six magazine subscriptions, by ordering and renewing through you, they would only have to write one check, one time, to you, for all of their subscription needs. The customer also does not have to deal with any customer service issues, so if there is a problem, you can handle it for them (by contacting our office ).

(2) Network your subscription business as a fund-raiser. Contact local schools, churches, civic groups etc. who want to raise money for their organization and keep a percentage of sales as your profit.

(3) Take advantage of any gift giving occasion ( holidays, birthdays, engagements, graduations, etc.) Keep a log of all special occasions for your customers. For example:
When it is the birthday of the mother of your customer, contact the customer and suggest a subscription as a gift. Not only will your customer had not thought of previously. Again, you are providing a service and your customer will probably be glad that you called and made the suggestion.

(4) Contact local business who having waiting areas (family doctor, pediatrician, dentist, beautician, mechanics etc.) More than likely, these offices have someone who is designated to handle magazine renewals in addition to their other job responsibilities. This is an excellent opportunity for you to offer your service at little or no additional cost to the customer.


(5) Ask existing customers for referrals. Most businesses get their start this way. For example: Your beautician built his or her client base from referrals of existing customers. Word of mouth is the most powerful form of advertisement.

(6) Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to get a listing of businesses ( and their address / Phone Number) in your area. Write a letter of introduction, or use our suggested letter of introduction, to contact them. There may be a small fee to get this list.

(7) Contact large businesses in your area. These employees not only have reception areas, but the management staff usually receive a variety of subscriptions.
(8) Keep updates on new residents in your area. Write a letter to welcome them to the community and tell them about your service. Form a business relationship with a local company that deals with major purchases ( real estate brokers, car salesman ). Suggest that they give a gift subscription to any new customer who makes a purchase. If you deal with a real estate broker, you will know who the new residents in the community are, and you can contact them for other subscription business.

(9) Build relationships with your customers. Follow up with existing customers on a regular basis ( every 3 mos. ) to make sure that they are happy with their subscriptions. And there are NO problems. Hint: Customers follow up is crucial to your business. If you do not follow up, your credibility can be destroyed. If you only call your customers once a year (when it is time to renew ), they will be less likely to renew through you if there have been problems and you were not available to handle them throughout the year.

Here is a suggested contact schedule:

1st Contact - Make the subscription sale. Let the customer know that you will be contacting them in approximately 3 months to verify arrival of their 1st. Issue.

2nd. Contact or 3 months later - Follow up with customer. Make sure that the first issue has arrived.

( Please make sure that it is time for the subscription to start. If it is a monthly magazine, allow 8 -12 weeks from start date. If it is more or less frequent than monthly, it may take more or less time to start. If you are unsure please contact our office and we will verify for you. )

3rd . Contact - Follow up with customer and notify them that they will begin to receive renewals from the publishers, but to disregard them. Let them know that you will contact them in 3 months to renew their subscriptions.

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CmanSPAN 31.01.2010. 15:42

What are some good sources when writing a history report on the Pony Express? I need to write a 6 to 8 page paper thats includes the Pony Express's history and how it effected the US.

CmanSPAN

Admin 31.01.2010. 15:42

- The idea behind the Pony Express?a horseback relay mail service?goes back at least as far as thirteenth-century China, where Marco Polo saw ?post stations twenty-five miles apart.? Oregon missionary Marcus Whitman proposed in 1843 using a relay of ?fresh horses? to deliver mail from the Missouri to the Columbia in forty days. In 1845 it took President James K. Polk six months to get a message to California, which dramatically pointed up the need to improve communications in the expanding nation. After the Gold Rush brought hundreds of thousands of Americans to the far west, getting the mail between the nation?s coasts became an increasingly important problem.
Nothing meant more to people who went west in the 1840s and 1850s than mail from home. The government had wrestled with the challenge of developing a transcontinental mail service since the War with Mexico. Congress established postal service to the Pacific Coast in 1847, and in 1851 set the rate for a half-ounce letter at three cents if it went less than 3,000 miles and six cents if it went more. Private contractors handled the business, which depended on huge subsidies. The government struggled to provide an effective mail link to the west coast for the next decade. In 1855 Congress even appropriated $30,000 to investigate using camels to carry the mail from Texas to California. The camels proved impractical, but John Butterfield?s Overland Mail Company provided mail service contracts on routes that took three to four weeks to get to California via stagecoach. Butterfield?s main ?ox bow? route left Fort Smith, Arkansas, and reached San Francisco via El Paso, Texas, and Yuma, Arizona Territory, crossing 2,800 miles of some of the toughest terrain in North America. Despite its length and the scarcity of water, no snowbound mountain blocked this route, and powerful Southern political interests kept most government subsidies on southwestern trails.

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Kaiser Wilhilm 25.05.2011. 02:25

How lenient are background check agencies on unpaid internships? I did an unpaid internship for my dad's business about 3 years ago. I am being background checked right now and they asked for the W2/paycheck stub for this internship. I am inclined to tell them it was for my dad's business and unpaid, but just the fact that unpaid internships are "technically" illegal here makes me a little worried. Are background check agencies usually lenient on this sort of things?

Kaiser Wilhilm

Admin 25.05.2011. 02:25

Background checks are not that powerful. They usually only check to see if you had been in prison or probation and convictions of crime. If they do anything more, they will have to call your employers or write letter to them. They cannot force a business to turn over records to them and basically they would only ask legal questions such as if you worked there. Unless your applying for a secret/security clearance job of some sought, they wouldn't find any more than what you already told them. Point is there is no way they are going to ask a company if they illegally hired people and then do something if the company actually said yes.

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Tigg3cool 19.03.2009. 23:01

Best way to reach a really powerful, rich person and get around secretaries? There is a businessman who I totally idolize, I would work for him for free. Problem is he has secretaries and I can't even get through to him. I am wandering, would the best way be to write a letter, mail it to him, call him and try convince his secretary to let him talk to me, show up in person (hard to do since I live in another state). I don't think letters, no matter how heartfelt help because they just get tossed aside.

Tigg3cool

Admin 19.03.2009. 23:01

You need to have a compelling reason for the man to want to meet or hear from you. If what you have to offer is of interest to him, then'll he'll take your phone call, or an in-person meeting, as appropriate for what you're offering. Remember, his time is valuable. What you've got to offer should be business related and something he doesn't feel should be delegated to a department head more appropriate to your cause.

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Lucas R 22.10.2007. 21:09

Has anyone ever used SBF Company to get a grant for their small business? My wife and I own a small business and we contacted a company called Small Business Funding Company about getting a grant. They ask for $2,600 up front to cover the cost of research and writing the grant. They indicated that we qualified for $180K grant. We've never used this type of service before and it seems a little too good to be true. I'm just trying to find out if this business is legit or not.

Lucas R

Admin 22.10.2007. 21:09

There are many other grants for small businesses that don't require the techniques below, but these are some of the simplest to implement. The following ideas are especially important if you are looking for grants for small businesses in the shortest possible time.

1. Clearly demonstrate public benefit.

This is one of the most powerful ways to obtain grants for small businesses. Almost any small business utilize this technique. Think about your business, or the project within your business for which you are seeking a grant. Is there a way you can demonstrate that you are offering the public, or a specific community, a benefit? There are many grants for small businesses that can demonstrate that their business provides a public benefit.

For instance, if your business sells computers and computer equipment, can you use part of your business profits every year to purchase and donate computers to inner city schools? Can your dental office offer free teeth cleaning to 3 families that lack insurance per month? This is far easier than you would think. I know of a shooting range that received a grant to build a new facility because they were offering "shooting lessons" to young rural kids, regardless of income, on Saturday morning, rather than getting involved in delinquent behaviors.

2. The letter of affiliation.

This is a powerful strategy that can be used in conjunction with a 501c3 non profit organization to obtain grants for small businesses. With this strategy, your small business provides services to a non profit organization, who in turn "co-signs" for the grant you are applying for, stating in writing that your business needs this grant money in order to effectively provide them services. This causes you to become eligible for many more grants than you would on your own (non-profits are eligible for many more grants than for-profit businesses). A good example of this is a client of mine who wanted to purchase sound equipment and open his own recording studio. So he partnered with a non-profit who wanted to use his services and equipment for their fund raising rallies. They wrote a letter of affiliation stating that he actually needed the equipment in order to provide them with this service, which gave him much more of a chance to receive grant money from organizations who only wanted to give to non-profits.

3. Form a 501c3.

Before you write this off as being too difficult, let me explain. It is relatively easy to get 501c3/non-profit status for just one division of your company, which can operate in partnership with your for-profit business. With this 501c3 "division" you will be able to funnel grant money into development, research, marketing, personnel, or any other part of your business that you wish, if you structure it properly.

The problem is, most of the time it takes many months and thousands of dollars to form a 501c3. However, there is an easy way to get 501c3 status that is unknown to many business people and entrepreneurs, within a few weeks at relatively little expense.

I explain in detail how to do this, and many more small business grant strategies on my website http://www.freegrantdollars.com/grantsforsmallbusinesses . Grants for small businesses are very much possible to obtain, but you must know certain strategies and tactics to be able to do it successfully.

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Diabolito 15.11.2009. 06:46

If whites are superior then why are they always afraid were gonna take over? Dosent that defeat the whole definition of the term superior

Why is it that they tried to restrict blacks from reading if they were superior would it matter if they could read?

If you give a lion or some type of powerful wild animal a book your not going to be afraid he's gonna take over ru? No that would be asinine

isn't that proof that rascist policies were all about fear and propogating ignorance?
Dosent this prove racism is bullshit?

Diabolito

Admin 15.11.2009. 06:46

This is not racism, its elitism! For instance the catholic church use to keep its followers ignorant, they did not encourage reading and were quite opposed to allowing followers to examine the book in which they taught out of. They just wanted obedient servants, not people asking a bunch of questions and getting irate. People who can read and write have always been shunned as household help even in England. If the lady of the house found out you were educated, you were fired. Because that meant you could read their letters, and know their business. You could therefor spread dissent.

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