Business Editing

An archive of posts related to editing and proofreading business writing, including marketing material. Find out how to edit business documents effectively.

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Editing a Listicle

    5 Questions to Ask When Editing a Listicle

    Aug 03, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Formatting
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If you edit articles or blog posts for business clients, at some point you’ll probably need to edit one of the most popular formats out there nowadays – the listicle. As the name suggests, a listicle is a piece of writing that organizes its sections as a numbered list – just like this post, in […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Plagiarism in Business Writing

    Proofreading Tips: Plagiarism in Business Writing

    Jun 28, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    While plagiarism is less obviously a problem in business writing than in, say, creative or academic writing, it can still be an issue. And a good proofreader may need to highlight plagiarism in their client’s work. But what does plagiarism look like in the context of business writing? And how do you address it? In […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: State Abbreviations in AP Style

    Sep 26, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    The Associated Press is a popular style guide for public-facing corporate communication. Proofreaders will most likely encounter it while working with journalists or PR specialists in the US. And the AP Stylebook has some pretty specific rules for abbreviations, including state abbreviations. As a proofreader, then, you should be on the lookout for any instances […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Abbreviations in AP Style

    Jul 11, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    AP style is commonly used by journalists, marketers, and PR specialists, whose writing often includes abbreviations. So, if you’re proofreading a document that uses AP style, you’ll need to know how abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms should be presented. With that in mind, then, this guide covers how abbreviations should be used in AP style. Becoming […]

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  • A Proofreader’s Guide to Dates in AP Style

    Jun 13, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    The Associated Press Stylebook is the go-to style guide for many writers, news outlets, and businesses. And if your clients use AP style, you’ll need to know how it works. With that in mind, here we’ll look at what proofreaders should know about dates in AP style, including: The basic date format (and when you […]

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  • Titles of Other Works in AP Style

    May 30, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    AP style – as set out in The Associated Press Stylebook – is commonly used in business writing and journalism. But did you know that the AP Stylebook has advice on how to present titles of other works, such as books, films, and musical compositions? It’s important to be aware of these rules so you […]

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  • How to Proofread Executive Summaries

    Jan 28, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Executive summaries are key business documents, allowing busy professionals to learn vital information at a glance. But what goes into a good executive summary? And how do you proofread one effectively? Check out our guide to executive summaries to find out. What Is an Executive Summary? Ideally, decision makers at a company will read reports […]

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  • Editing Tips: Chronological, Functional and Combination Resumes and CVs

    Jan 07, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    As a freelance proofreader, you may be asked to check many resumes and CVs. But these documents come in many types, so it is worth knowing how they work so you can edit them effectively. Here, then, we’re going to look at the three most common types of resume: Chronological – A resume that focuses […]

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  • Proofreading Resources: Style Guides for Business Writing

    Proofreading Resources: Style Guides for Business Writing

    Dec 10, 2020

    • Business Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Style guides are vital resources for proofreaders and editors. But the best style guide to use may depend on the type of writing at hand. So, which style guides are best for business writing? Here, we’re going to look at some examples, including: The Associated Press Stylebook The Chicago Manual of Style The Business Style […]

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  • Editing Tips: A Quick Guide to Formal Writing

    Editing Tips: A Quick Guide to Formal Writing

    May 31, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    One key stylistic distinction for proofreading is between informal and formal writing. But what is formal writing? What makes it formal? And when should a document use a formal style? In this post, we look at what you need to know to work on formal documents. What Are the Key Stylistic Features of Formal Writing? […]

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