16 Top Ghostwriters in Australia

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Robin Storey

Living in Maroochydore, Queensland, Robin Storey is an author and freelance ghostwriter with over 25 years of work experience. After publishing 8 fiction titles and gaining insight into storytelling, Robin decided to specialize in ghostwriting memoirs. In terms of fiction, she enjoys mystery & crime the most. Curious about her portfolio? If so, make sure to check out “The Ambo: From Field Ambulance to Civil Ambulance and More”, by Bob McDermant, and “Making The Breast Of It: Breast Cancer Stories of Humour and Joy”, by Robin Storey herself. To learn more and to request a quote, access this page.

Specializing in book ghostwriting, short-form content, and book proposals, David Brewster is a Melbourne-based freelancer with more than 10 years of writing experience. During his career, he has published two titles and has worked on 18 more, either as a co-author or a ghostwriter. Since he delivers high-quality work, David charges at least $24,000 for ghostwriting a 30,000-40,000 word book. Non-fiction is his specialty, and he is mainly interested in biographies & memoirs, history, and business & management. To get an idea of his skills, you can look up “State of the Nanny: Telling It Like It Really Is”, by Louise Dunham, and “Assertive Humility: Emerging from the ego trap”, by Mr Stuart Taylor. Quotes can be requested here.

Sarah Billington

Sarah Billington is an experienced editor and writer who currently lives in Melbourne, Victoria. After gaining extensive work experience at Hickler Books and Lonely Planet, Sarah wrote for Girlfriend Magazine, The Loop, and HuffPost, to give a few examples. In terms of studies, she has a Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing & Editing and a B.A. in Professional Writing & Publishing. If you’re looking for ghostwriting or short-form content services, you should know that paranormal romance, dystopian, science fiction, thriller & suspense, children’s nonfiction, and horror are some of her favorite genres. To learn more and to request a quote from Sarah, access this page.

A Sydney-based freelancer who specializes in supernatural fiction, urban fantasy, and futuristic fantasy (both apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic), Gordon Donaldson’s inspiration comes from his experience as a psychic medium. If you find his approach suitable for your project, he can provide book ghostwriting, short-form content, and book proposal services. As he has a vast experience in writing, Gordon knows exactly what publishers are looking for. To get an idea of his skills, you should check out his book, “In-Between Heaven and Trouble (A Young Diviners Short Story Book 1)”. Before making a decision, feel free to request a quote here.

The Negatives of Business Ghostwriting

1. Hiring a ghostwriter is expensive

If you don’t get a good one, then you will probably get a book that makes you look bad. In fact, this is a very important point: if you hire a cheap ghostwriter, you will almost certainly end up with a bad book.

Below is a general guideline to the current market prices for ghostwriters. These prices can vary somewhat, because ghostwriting is an opaque market with no centralized marketplace for price discovery, but for a 100-300 page non-fiction book, prices usually break down like this:

800,000-$14,000 : This is the bottom of the barrel for ghostwriters. Anyone charging less than $15k is, quite frankly, not good. At best, they are very new and taking cheap work to build their portfolio. Usually, they’re just bad writers or are subcontracting the work out to offshore content mills. At worst, they’re flat out plagiarizing other people’s work. Anyone good moves their prices above $15k as soon as they can.

$15,000-$75,000 : Professional ghostwriters with credits and reputation will usually charge between $15,000 and $75,000. This price varies widely depending on the writer’s level of expertise, the amount of work required for the project, and how much work they are currently juggling.

Understand that there are substantial quality differences in this price range, and even within that range, a higher price does not guarantee quality. There are many who charge in this range who are not good at all, and many in this range who are cheap compared to the quality they deliver.

$100,000-$250,000+ : Once you get into the six-figure realm, you are talking about a very small number of well-established authors with extensive experience ghostwriting best-sellers (they often have books out under their own names that are well-respected).

There are probably no more than 100 ghostwriters in the world who can command these prices, and they’re usually hired by people who get large advances from traditional publishers and need to make sure their books are good; for example, actors, politicians, musicians and other famous personalities.

And the very best ghostwriters can actually command a share of the advance and royalties. One of my good friends and writing partners fall into this category— Nils Parker . For many of his projects, he charges a large percentage of the advance (up to 50% with some authors), plus some percentage of the backend. And because he is so good, he has a two-year backlog of clients waiting to work with him.

Ghostwriters at this level are actually easier to find, since they are known by most of the book agents and book editors in the business, and tend to work on a referral basis only.

2. Business ghostwriters are hard to find and hire

If you want to buy a book, you can go to Amazon and know that it’s going to be for sale there, and they will probably have the best price for it. It’s a transparent, reliable marketplace for books.

Furthermore, unless you are skilled at hiring and testing writers, you will have problems evaluating them. The very nature of their profession—writing things for other people— means that they often don’t get credit for their work, and cannot show it to you to prove their skill as a writer.

3. Business ghostwriters can be difficult to manage

Finding and hiring the ghostwriter are just the first steps. Are you a good manager, especially of someone you don’t know, working in a field you don’t know well? Because that’s going to be required if you hire a ghostwriter.

But if you didn’t pick the right ghostwriter, then you now have to worry about missed deadlines, payment issues, conflicts, poor work product, and any number of other issues that come from managing a freelance contractor who is looking for their next project.

4. There are no guarantees in ghostwriting

This system makes sense from the perspective of the ghostwriter. If the ghostwriters allowed for “money-back guarantee” clauses, or “quality guarantee” clauses, they would be setting themselves up for endless revisions with authors. It could mean thousands of hours of work. Since these writers literally make their money by selling their time, they can’t do that.

In fact, if you ever see complete money-back guarantee from a ghostwriter, it’s probably a sign they’re either very new, or possibly even cheating you. No good, established ghostwriter would ever do that.

The problem is that some authors are totally unreasonable, so the ghostwriters have to structure their deals this way to protect themselves from the few really bad author clients out there.

5. There is no process with ghostwriting

This really gets at the heart of the issue—ghostwriting has no defined PROCESS to it. Each ghostwriter has their own personal system, so you can’t know at any given stage what is going on, how well it’s going, etc. You are totally in the hands of the ghostwriter that you are working with.

Where to Find Business Ghostwriters

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. To make sure I was right about this, I asked Byrd Leavell , a New York book agent who represents lots of sports figures (which means he’s always in the market for ghostwriters), where he would go to find a ghostwriter if he wasn’t a publishing insider. His exact response:

“There is no set place that I know of. It seems like every time it’s a relationship that is created from connections. Someone has reached the point in their life where they want to do a vanity memoir and then they reach out to friends who for various reasons have come in contact with writers. This then leads to an old client coming to me saying they are being offered money to write this person’s book.

I was shocked at this, so I did more research with book agents and actual ghostwriters. I talked to dozens of other agents and ghostwriters, and collected the places they source writers or authors. I think it is the most comprehensive list on the internet, and as far as I can tell, the only one based on actual research with book agents and ghostwriters:

Individual Search

Most good ghostwriters have a website, even if it’s not very good, to source clients. Our writers said they get a lot of inbound leads from their sites, which they said people find two ways, Google and LinkedIn.

LinkedIn : This is a great place to start a general search, but be prepared to do a lot of research into their work, check their sites, etc. And also remember, you’ll only be seeing the people who explicitly offer ghostwriting on their profile. Many writers do that work, but don’t list it.

If you aren’t finding many in your city, that’s fine, but I would recommend going deep into the Google search results for “ghostwriter” because the first few pages will be ads and scammers. The good ghostwriters will be listed a few pages back. Or better yet, be careful using a general Google search at all, and start other places on the list.

Freelance Writer Marketplaces

These are places where freelance writers have profiles, to connect with people looking for freelance writers. Very few of these marketplaces are designed around ghostwriting specifically, and very few vet their ghostwriters, though many do have different ways of displaying social proof (reviews, etc).

Reedsy : This is the best freelancer marketplace that I know of for books. Their selection of ghostwriters is high quality and is getting larger. Helpfully, they also have a systematic process for finding ghostwriters, getting bids, and working with them, so their platform itself helps to solve quite a few of the ghostwriting issues outlined above. If I were looking for a ghostwriter, I would probably start here.

American Association of Ghostwriters : I have no experience dealing with them, but I know one writer who gets leads from them and has nice things to say. I looked at their stable of ghostwriters, and they seem pretty solid.

SolidGigs: I have no experience with this freelancing platform, but it operates by curating lists of ‘gigs’ to send directly to freelancers. The problem is that it’s a newer marketplace, so chances are you won’t find the highest tier of ghostwriters here.

Ghostwriter Agencies

Agencies make their money on the difference between what they charge and what they pay to freelancers. The less they pay to their freelancers, the more they make from you, so they are incentivized to hire writers who don’t charge as much, which means they are not as skillful or as experienced. Unsavory ones lure you into a contract with samples of one writer’s work, then hand you substandard material by someone else.

They can get away with this because most of them are not getting clients from personal recommendations or worried about building a reputation for excellence. They are content mills that make money by being good at buying Google ads, and in essence, scamming people. Once they accumulate too many bad reviews, they change names and start again. So you have to be very careful in picking the agency you use.

Not all agencies are like this. I know of three ghostwriting agencies that stand apart from the scammers, who have built a reputation of sourcing high-quality ghostwriters, vetting and pairing them carefully, and standing behind them.

These three were first recommended to me by the book agent Scott Hoffman (he founded Folio, one of the most successful book agencies in the world, they use dozens of ghostwriters every year for their authors):

Note: Regardless of where you find them, I would recommend doing a deep evaluation of a minimum of three ghostwriters, and probably five to be sure. Be prepared to interview up to ten to find the right one.

Resource:

https://writingtipsoasis.com/top-ghostwriters-in-australia/
https://scribemedia.com/business-ghostwriting-guide/
https://www.lisatener.com/find-a-ghostwriter/

What Is a Mobile App? | App Development Basics for Businesses

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Mobile Application

Mobile applications have become highly pervasive in recent years. Their quality is essential since application failures can lead to serious consequences, such as damage of corporate reputation or financial loss. The goal of this work is to identify and expose approaches that address the issue of quality assurance for mobile applications. In order to drive our systematic mapping study, we derived eight research questions based on the stated goal. Ultimately, we systematically identified 311 articles based on 4607 captured records. We created clustered views to answer the research questions and used existing surveys to complement our overview of current challenges. The results show an overall upward trend of publications since 2003. Hot topics include automation of GUI tests and assurance of nonfunctional qualities. Aspects of future research could be the integration of review techniques into existing approaches and focusing more strongly on defects addressing the specific characteristics of mobile applications.

Secure Mobile Applications

In most cases, mobile applications are developed to be an interface to the standard application. The mobile application sits between the standard application and the mobile client, and it handles communications between the mobile client and the standard application. There are, of course, exceptions where a mobile application is developed independently, but the security controls will remain the same.

Mobile Application Security Controls

One of the biggest mistakes that mobile application developers make is assuming that only mobile devices will interact with the mobile application. Assuming the mobile application server is network accessible, any system with access to the network will be able to attack that application server. So, for example, let’s consider the Chevy Volt OnStar mobile applications again. Users will be able to use an iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid, or most mobile Web browsers to remotely control certain functions in their Chevy Volt car from anywhere. 9 In order to provide this level of access, the mobile application server(s) will be Internet accessible. Thus, any system with an Internet connection will be able to attack that application server.

Mobile applications will need to be able to defend against traditional application attacks, including those described in Chapter 7 , “Attacking the Utility Companies.” The following resources provide detailed information regarding how to develop secure applications:

Warning

The OWASP Top 10 ( www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Top_Ten_Project ) can be used as a good starting point to understand the types of attacks that the mobile applications will face. Many organizations use the OWASP Top 10 as the only criteria for assessing their application security posture and only concern themselves with the ten items in the list. The OWASP Top 10 is intended to provide awareness on the top 10 Web application security flaws, 17 thus it is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

Encryption

When developing mobile applications , it is tempting to offload encryption to the network provider. So, for example, if the developers intend to support only cell phones, they may make the justification that the cellular network will encrypt the data in transit, thus implying that SSL will be a waste of resources. However, Chapter 7 , “Attacking the Utility Companies,” discussed attacks against encryption used in GSM networks. Additionally, a large number of cell phones now include Wi-Fi radios, so there is no assurance that cell phones will even be using the cellular networks to communicate with the mobile application server. Making these types of assumptions can lead to critical vulnerabilities in applications.

The effectiveness and moderators of mobile applications for health behavior change

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The number of mobile application –based health interventions has grown along with an increasing proportion of mobile phone users. However, findings related to the effectiveness of such interventions have been inconsistent, which leaves unanswered the question of whether mobile application–based health interventions are more effective than comparison conditions. Additionally, the conditions under which mobile application–based health interventions are most effective have not been investigated via moderator analyses. This metaanalysis synthesizes result from studies of mobile application–based health interventions by calculating an overall effect size and analyzing potential moderators of effectiveness. The positive effect size and statistically significant moderators provide important theoretical and practical implications for mobile application–based health interventions.

Key mobile app development technologies

Native apps

What are native apps? Such apps are built for a single mobile operating system. That’s why they’re called native – they’re native to a particular platform or device. The majority of mobile apps today are built for systems like Android or iOS. To put it simply, you can’t install and use an Android app on iPhone, and vice versa.

The main benefit of native apps is their high performance and excellent user experience. After all, developers who build them use native device UI. Access to a broad range of APIs also helps to accelerate the development work and extend the boundaries of app usage. Native applications can only be downloaded from app stores and installed directly into devices. That’s why they first need to pass a strict publishing process. 32157

The most important drawback of native apps is their cost. To build, support, and maintain an app for Android and iOS you basically need two development teams. As you can imagine, this may result in a higher price tag on the project.

Web apps

Web apps are software applications that behave similarly to native mobile apps and work on mobile devices. However, there are significant differences between native apps and web apps. For starters, web apps use browsers to run, and they’re usually written in CSS, HTML5, or JavaScript. Such apps redirect the user to the URL and then offer them the option to install the app. They simply create a bookmark on their page. That’s why they require minimum device memory.

Since all of the personal databases will be saved on the server, users can only use the application if they have an internet connection. This is the main drawback of web apps – they always require a good internet connection. Otherwise, you risk delivering a subpar user experience.

Moreover, developers don’t have that many APIs works with, except for the most popular features like geolocation. The performance will be linked to browser work and network connection as well.

Hybrid apps

Hybrid apps are easy and fast to develop, which is a clear benefit. You also get a single codebase for all the platforms. This lowers the cost of maintenance and streamlines the updating process. Developers can also take advantage of many APIs for features such as gyroscope or geolocation.

Types of mobile applications

  • Gaming apps – this is the most popular category of mobile apps. You’d be surprised to learn how many users install games on their phones. Businesses invest an increasing amount of time and resources into creating games and mobile versions of well-known stationary games because it’s such a profitable market. According to a recent study, mobile games account for 33% of all app downloads, 74% of consumer spendings, and 10% of all the time spent using apps. The most successful mobile games like Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds become known all over the world.
  • Business or productivity apps – these apps hold a large chunk of the market today because people are increasingly prone to using their smartphones and tablets to perform many complex tasks on the go. For example, apps can help them to book tickets, send emails, or track their work progress. Business apps are geared at boosting productivity and minimizing expenses as they allow users to complete a wide range of tasks, from buying new cartridges for office printers to recruiting a new office manager.
  • Educational apps – this category includes mobile apps that help users gain new skills and knowledge. For example, language learning apps like Duolingo have become incredibly popular because they give users the flexibility they look for in learning. Educational game apps are an excellent tool for kids. Many educational apps turn out to be popular among teachers too, who use them to organize their teaching process better or educate themselves further.
  • Lifestyle apps – this broad category of apps spans shopping, fashion, virtual fitting rooms, workout, dating, and diet apps. These apps basically focus on various aspects of personal lifestyle.
  • M-commerce apps – the most popular shopping apps like Amazon or eBay offer the experience of their desktop versions to mobile users. Mobile commerce applications provide customers with convenient access to products and seamless payment methods for an optimal shopping experience. Learn more about mobile commerce definition and types of mobile commerce.
  • Entertainment apps – these apps allow users to stream video content, search for events, chat, or watch content online. Social media apps like Facebook or Instagram are great examples. Moreover, video streaming apps such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video have become incredibly popular with users all over the world. These apps usually boost user engagement by notifying members about updates and newly added products.
  • Utility apps – these are so obvious that we barely even realize that we’re using them. In fact, utility apps usually have the shortest user session times – people use them to get things done and then move on. The most popular types of utility applications are barcode scanners, trackers, or healthcare apps.
  • Travel apps – the main idea behind this category is helping users to travel easily. Travel apps transform a smartphone or tablet into a travel diary and guide that helps users to discover everything they need to know about the site they’re visiting. Most of the tourists are digitally savvy travelers who know how to use apps to their advantage. Can you imagine what traveling would look like without Google Maps, Airbnb, or Uber? You may also like: How to Make an App like Uber: Process and Cost in 2021
  • An average mobile app user in the United States has over 100 apps installed on their device. (Source)
  • A typical mobile user will check their smartphone 63 times a day. (Source)
  • 87% of users check their phone at least one hour before sleep. Out of those, 69% will check their phone at least five minutes before sleep. (Source)
  • 79% of users will abandon a digital product after only one day of use. (Source)
  • Mobile apps today account for more than 57% of all digital media usage. (Source)
  • By 2021, almost 7 billion people worldwide will be using mobile devices. (Source)
  • By 2022, the mobile app downloads number or year will reach 258 billion. This is a great increase from 2017 when that number reached 168 billion. (Source)
  • By the same year, the app store consumer spending will increase by 92% to reach a smashing $157 billion all over the world. (Source)

Types of mobile application

Mobile gaming applications

This is the most famous classification of portable applications. You would be astonished to figure out the number of clients who install games on their telephones. Organizations invest/use a huge amount of time and assets into making games and mobile versions of well-known stationary games since it is a particularly lucrative market. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, mobile game downloads reach 12 billion, which is nearly 7 times higher than the second most downloaded category on Google Play. The share of the mobile games would reach 40% in 2020 in the total mobile application downloaded. Of all application downloads, 84% of casual games were downloaded, and the rest of them were spent on core game mobile applications. The best mobile games like Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds have become known everywhere in the world.

Educational applications

This category incorporates portable applications that help clients acquire new abilities and information. For instance, language learning applications like Duolingo have become staggeringly mainstream since they give clients the adaptability they search for in learning. Educational game applications are an incredible apparatus for youngsters. Numerous educational applications end up being famous among educators as well, who use them to make their teaching process better or teach themselves further.

Business or productivity applications

These applications hold an enormous piece of the market today since individuals are progressively inclined to utilize their smartphones and tablets to perform numerous intricate tasks in a hurry. For instance, applications can assist them with booking tickets, sending messages, or tracking their work progress. Business applications are equipped to boost profitability and limit costs as they permit clients to finish a wide scope of assignments, from purchasing new cartridges for office printers to enlisting another office director.

M-commerce applications

The most famous shopping applications like Amazon or eBay offer the experience of their working assistant forms to mobile users. Mobile commerce applications furnish clients with advantageous admittance to items, as well as many consistent installment strategies for an ideal shopping experience.

Lifestyle applications

This general classification of applications traverses shopping, style, virtual fitting rooms, exercise, dating, and diet applications. These applications essentially center around different parts of the individual way of life.

Entertainment applications

These applications permit clients to transfer video content, look for occasions, talk, or watch content on the web. Online media applications like Facebook or Instagram are incredible models. Additionally, streaming applications, for example, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video have gotten unimaginably well known with clients everywhere in the world. These applications help their mobile users with the various forms and versions of entertaining methods, along with the continuous modification to meet the demand of users.

Travel applications

The primary thought behind this classification is to assist clients with traveling without any problem. Travel applications’ users might change a cell phone or tablet into a movement journal status so that they would receive very helpful instructions, guidance, and preferences. The greater part of the sightseers is carefully sagacious voyagers who realize how to utilize applications for their potential benefit.

Utility applications

these are clear to such an extent that we scarcely even understand that we are utilizing them. Indeed, utility applications typically have the shortest user session times – individuals use them to complete things and afterward proceed onward. The most mainstream sorts of utility applications are standardized identification scanners, trackers, or medical services applications.

5 mobile app examples that brought success to well-known brands

It’s not enough to just create and launch branded business apps. Even though the opportunities seem endless, a lot of entrepreneurs have been out of their luck. The most successful ones share some common features.

Nike is a well-known sportswear brand that has extended its brand’s reach by offering its clients a more complete health and fitness experience. Firstly, in 2006, Nike created a membership program to increase the number of loyal customers. Then, Nike launched their fitness app, which is available for free to everyone. The app offers guided workout where and helps to drive the purchases of Nike’s merchandise.

And lastly, recently, Nike launched the Nike App. The platform grants members personalized access to the brand’s products in Southeast Asia and India. There are a lot of benefits that members can get from the Nike App, for example, exclusive access to the latest product releases.

Results: Nike is doing more than great right now. According to the report, the company’s revenue jumped 96% from the lockdown-impacted quarter a year ago to $12.3 billion, or up 21% from the fourth quarter of 2019. This shows that the company had a considerable rise ahead of pre-pandemic levels. Moreover, Nike’s direct and digital performance drove direct sales up 73% to $4.5 billion, which is a third of total revenue.

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Ikea Place is an app where customers can take a picture of a place in their house and virtually ‘install’ Ikea furniture there to see how it gels with the room. That certainly generates interest and lets the customer make a beeline to the product when they visit the store. After selecting a piece of furniture by scanning a page of a printed catalog, users were asked to put the catalog on the floor, where it acted as an anchor for the 3D image of a piece of furniture.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s leveraged not only a mobile app but also Instagram as one of the most popular photo and video sharing apps in the world, to interact with customers in a new way and advertise their products that were a bit neglected. Back in March of 2013, the company ran a promotion encouraging customers to take pictures of their favorite meals using the mobile application.

Results: McDonald’s also ran its sixth iAd campaign, which not only promoted the company’s products but took advantage of the device’s capabilities to offer a more interactive experience. Broadening McDonald’s Instagram presence was a real success because it brought fresh attention to older products. It also bolstered a ton of user-generated content, which tends to be more influential on customers.

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Coca-Cola

Another famous brand that chose to create a mobile app for their business is Coca-Cola. By applying modern technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Coca-Cola analyzes data to understand consumer behavior from their buying patterns and how they respond to offers and campaigns.

Coca-Cola began its digital transformation in 2018 to understand its customers and satisfy their needs. The launching of a mobile app was part of their digital transformation campaign. Customers are now enabled to redeem loyalty points and get discounts on their drinks. Also, in some countries, customers can use loyalty app to buy bran’s soft drinks from the vending machines.

Results: Coca-Cola is another company from our list that managed to grow and make a higher profit than during the pre-pandemic period. T o be more specific , the company’s second-quarter revenue surpassed 2019 levels which is $10.13 billion vs. $9.32 billion expected.

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Starbucks

Starbucks app launched as early as 2009 allowed users to locate nearby coffee shops, learn about sorts, types, and coffee brews, and suggest their drinks. Two years later, Starbucks increased its digital presence by bringing its loyalty program to users’ smartphones with Card Mobile App.

Now, the Starbucks app offers their customers a wide range of services and functionality. They can order ahead for pickup or scan and pay in-store. The loyalty system is also a part of this mobile app – customers earn Stars (rewards) they can exchange for free food or drinks. Moreover, it offers useful functionalities like typing your barista or finding out what songs are playing at your local store.

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Mobile App Right Now

Some business owners believe that mobile app development, implementation, and marketing are luxuries that only corporations can afford. Some believe that mobile apps are the easiest way to create the next big thing. According to other versions, mobile apps are the best option for a startup to gain momentum. Well, as it is known, the truth is out there, so let’s find out why your business needs a mobile app.

Mobile app development: why should you consider it?

Today we have no doubts about the popularity of mobile phones and apps developed for mobile platforms. We can think of so many charts and so many expressions proving that mobile is everything but just remember the feeling when you’ve left your smartphone at home. Feeling quite helpless, aren’t you? Can tell you more, users have no intention to give an app neither their mobile phones nor their convenience that is tightly connected with the user needs mobile apps address.

Speaking about user needs mobile app development should address. Let’s not forget that any business, be it a startup or a big corporation, should exist to serve users. So, user needs should be at the very heart of any business idea. It is an idea as a response to the user’s need that will be one of the major success factors. Though very often business owners go too far with the ‘brilliance’ of their ideas forgetting about the needs of their clients.

Mobile is everywhere and first in a user need

It’s a well-known fact that mobile devices today outnumber people in the world. It broadens horizons for mobile app ideas for your business by considering just mere numbers. If mobile devices outnumber people in the world so how many apps at least one mobile device can store?

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Desktop sales have been decreasing for years now as users have made their choice for a laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Statistics of mobile web vs. mobile apps also counts for the latter: even a year ago it was 15% to 85% where the winner is a mobile app.

Understand how and when your target audience uses their mobile devices, how they interact with other brands, conduct research, and make constant observations in any environment, at work or on vacation. With such understanding and analytical support, you have all chances to develop an attractive app that will be easy to interact with and share.

Your brand will be accessible from everyone’s hand

Following the previous ‘ mobile is everywhere’ statement, users will interact with your brand from anywhere, from their pockets, in their offices, in cafes and restaurants, and their homes, of course. Depending on a mobile app idea, the rate of customer engagement can be increased so rapidly that it will exceed expectations which are vital for any business.

At work or on vacation, be it New York or Shanghai, Cape Town or London, no worries, your brand will not be forgotten. Opportunities with a developed mobile app are almost infinite. The only two things you need are a brilliant idea and perfect software execution of this idea.

Creativity is a must for a great mobile app

You are ambitious and find popular business apps boring – fair enough – you’ve developed your company to stand out from a crowd, to make a difference, and to become an example of exquisite taste and great creativity. It’s up to you to choose will your mobile app be just for fun or a B2B solution, but it will have a number of creative elements as you will decide to include it.

Micro-interactions, elements of the game, or the completed minigame – think out of the box. It’s not only smooth UI that triggers the users. They need to be attracted, engaged, and retained by an unforgettable user experience. So just give users what they need to reach their goals by using your app with carefully designed experiences. Help them to achieve these aims as conveniently as possible.

Being creative and even bizarre won’t be out of place, too, according to the current design trends; it can become a successful way to catch the eye of your user, and once again this goal is attained much easier with the help of a mobile app than a web or desktop soft.

Demographic diversity with a bias for the younger population

No matter what your business is, you should decide on a target audience. If your target demographic covers teenagers or millennials, you should seriously consider the production of mobile apps. Only serving the needs of seniors if you are a mobile tech startup might not be the best option. In all other cases, mobile apps have become deeply ingrained into everyday lives, from children to adults.

Something to chat and to chat a lot; something to share tons of photos; something to watch videos and listen to music. Apps similar to Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Kik, and others can become real daily habits of teens on their mobile devices. But they won’t find much appreciation among millennials or the elder generation.

Resources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/computer-science/mobile-application
https://www.thedroidsonroids.com/blog/what-is-a-mobile-app-app-development-basics-for-businesses
https://magenest.com/en/mobile-application/
https://perfectial.com/blog/businesses-that-made-success-with-mobile-apps/

How to Choose a College

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Factors to Consider When Choosing a College or University

You have probably heard it over and over again: choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. And it’s true. Where you attend college will have a lasting impact on your personal and professional life.

But the truth is, many students select a college based on emotion or a very limited set of criteria-sometimes just a gut feeling. While this won’t preclude you from academic success, such an important decision should probably undergo a higher level of scrutiny.

If you’re shopping around for colleges, you’re going to want to consider a broad range of factors, such as location, size, cost, academic quality, campus safety, choice of majors, as well as other factors that are important to you personally.

Below are some important factors to consider when choosing a college. These factors start general and get more specific. As you narrow down your list of schools, you’re going to want to ask more detailed questions and dig deeper to find out if that school will be a good fit for you.

How to Compare Colleges and Narrow Your List

Step 1: Make a College List

You’ll want to consider a variety of experiences and outcomes before making a final decision. Ideally, this list should include 10-15 colleges, all of which should offer majors that align with your interests and professional goals.

Step 2: Rank Your Wants and Needs

Knowing what you want and need from the college experience can help whittle down your initial list of schools. For instance, you may want a Big 10 experience with a large student body and plenty of campus activities. Alternatively, a more intimate campus with a liberal arts background may better fit your needs.

Step 3: Visit College Campuses

The internet remains an incredible resource for researching colleges and universities, learning about degree programs, and getting to know faculty and staff. Still, looking at a school’s website does not provide the same insight as visiting the campus in person.

By exploring college campuses, you and your family can get a better feel for the institution’s culture, ask questions, eat in the cafeteria, and browse on-campus housing. See whether you can readily picture yourself attending.

Step 4: Compare Financial Aid Offers

After applying to the colleges on your shortlist, you must wait for acceptance letters and financial aid award letters to arrive. In addition to funding provided by the federal government through the FAFSA, you can receive financial aid packages from individual schools.

Step 5: Weigh the Pros and Cons of Each College

After completing the steps above, it’s time to sit down with a trusted advisor to weigh the pros and cons of each college and see which one best meets your criteria. For example, the school that offered the most money may allow for the least amount of debt, but what if it doesn’t offer a campus culture that aligns with your needs?

College Fairs

A college fair features representatives from different colleges and universities who come together in one location to give students a chance to explore their options and gather information. During a college fair you can meet with admissions officers, ask questions and learn about schools you may not have known about or considered. College fairs are a great opportunity to learn about possibilities and perhaps zero in on the right college for you.

At your college fair, make sure to bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Ask questions and visit as many of the schools’ information booths as possible. Spending a day at a college fair can give you in-depth knowledge about many schools in a short period of time and ultimately help you narrow down your college choices.

14 Factors to Consider When Selecting a College or University

Below, you’ll find a list of the most common factors that influence prospective students’ decisions about whether a school is the right fit for them. As you begin thinking about your college search, we suggest using these factors to guide you.

Type of College

The first part of college planning is understanding your higher education goals. Many college-bound students opt for four-year universities, but others are interested in community colleges or trade schools. After that, you’ll want to consider whether you prefer a public or private school. Public universities are state-funded and tend to be larger and more diverse. Private schools vary in size and are generally looking to create a cohesive student body.

Academic Interest

Figuring out what you want to study in college is a process, and most universities have strengths in a variety of areas. Still, it’s worth making sure schools have the program you need. Many small colleges don’t have engineering or business programs, for example, while technical schools don’t always have a range of humanities classes. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want to study, it’s worth investigating the options at different schools.

Location

The next important factor to consider is: where do you want to be? Given that you have a nation (and world) full of colleges and universities from which to choose, thinking about location is a great way to begin narrowing down your college search. Do you want to be near or far from home? In the north, south, east, or west? Do you want to live in a city or in a more rural area? As you answer these questions, you’ll see the best colleges for you come into focus.

Student Body

Similarly, thinking about the size and composition of the student body is also a useful way to narrow your list of colleges. Some high school students want something much bigger than their current school; others prefer the intimacy of a small college campus. Additionally, ask yourself if the student body seems like one where you’d fit in. If you’re able to do a campus tour, look around and see what the college’s current students look like. You may also want to research the school’s demographics as well as its on-campus spaces for diverse student identities.

Campus Life & Culture

Understanding what your college experience would really be like can also help you narrow your list. Talking to current students is a great way to do this, but you can also research online and talk to campus representatives or admissions experts. What do students do for fun? What kinds of extracurricular activities are popular on and off campus? Do a lot of students participate in fraternities and sororities? Do many students go home on the weekends?

Academics & Research

Of course, your social life isn’t the only facet of the college experience! Even beyond making sure the colleges on your list have the academic program(s) you want, it’s also worth digging into schools’ academic culture. Are students competitive or collaborative? Are most classes lectures or discussions, and are they taught by professors or teaching assistants? Sitting in on a class during a campus visit can be a great way to learn about a school’s academic culture.

Cost & Financial Aid

In addition to finding the best college for your academic and personal development, it’s also important to find the right fit for your financial situation. As you narrow your schools, make sure to investigate their financial aid packages. Some private colleges offer an aid calculator on their websites to help you understand how much of the sticker price you can expect to pay, how much you might need in student loans, and how much might be made up in work study. In addition, be on the lookout for scholarships and other merit aid packages.

Career Preparation

Ideally, college is both a great experience on its own and a springboard for whatever you decide to do next. So, as you consider your college choices, be sure to look at how well schools can help you find and prepare for a career path. Does the school have a robust alumni network? Do current students have interesting internships related to their areas of study? Consider visiting the career center on your campus visit to learn more about what it offers.

Housing & Dining

Another important factor in understanding what your life will be like on campus is room and board. What kinds of housing and dining options exist for students? Do they mainly eat in a dining hall, or do they buy their meals around campus? Are there four years of guaranteed housing, or do students move into off-campus rentals after their sophomore or junior years? Is there any kind of designated first-year or special interest housing? Answers to these questions can make a big impact on what your day-to-day college experience is like.

Resources:

https://www.educationcorner.com/factors-choosing-a-college.html
https://www.bestcolleges.com/blog/how-to-choose-the-right-college/
https://myfuture.com/college/choosing-a-college
https://www.sparkadmissions.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-college-or-university/

Popular Writing Careers

Research analysts are responsible for collecting, verifying, organizing, and analyzing data—and using that analysis to reach key business conclusions and make data-backed recommendations to their employer. Research analysts can work in a variety of fields and departments (including finance, marketing, economics, and operations).

Jobs for Writers

Awesome Jobs for Writers That Offer Real Opportunities

Here’s a news flash: Good jobs for writers really do exist. You can parlay your love of the written word into a paying gig. The truth is that the technology, media, entertainment, public relations, marketing, publishing, and advertising industries all need people who can craft high-quality content. The range of possible writing careers is far broader than you might expect.

But, as with any creative field, it can be difficult to pinpoint opportunities. That’s partly because writing jobs, in contrast to other occupations, don’t follow a set formula. (If you want to become an engineer, you get an engineering degree. If your goal is to become a nurse, you complete a nursing program. But if you dream of becoming a writer, the path you need to take isn’t nearly as clear-cut.)

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 23 jobs for many types of writers across many different fields. We’ve also included some tips on how to find legit freelance writing opportunities. And if you’re wondering how to support yourself while getting established, you might want to check out our suggestions for day jobs that let you write on the side.

Social media manager

Primary duties: A social media manager develops a social media strategy for their clients or employees in keeping with business brand guidelines. They then write original social media posts and leave comments on behalf of businesses to engage with their followers. Many also utilize analysis tools that track audience engagement and collect user data, which they then use to optimize their content to better fit the needs of their audience and market to new users as well.

Requirements: Many social media marketers have a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or a related field. They are typically required to have a strong command of a variety of social media platforms, including the best practices for each. Depending on an employer’s needs, this role may be entry-level and accept candidates with limited professional experience but relevant skills in planning and organization, copywriting and customer service.

High-Paying Writing Jobs for the Word-Obsessed (You Know Who You Are)

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Most people don’t consider writing a lucrative career path—that is, outside of the few writers who make it big with a New York Times bestseller or an award-winning screenplay. And thanks to the “starving artist” stereotype, many people think they need to choose between their love of writing and a stable, profitable career. But the truth is, there are plenty of writing-centric jobs out there that pay well; you just need to know where to look.

We’ve compiled a list of nine high-paying jobs you should definitely consider if you love to write. For the purposes of this article, we’re defining a high-paying job as one where the average salary, based on data from the compensation resource PayScale, is above the median salary for all occupations in the U.S.—which, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $41,950 as of May 2020. (PayScale’s database is updated nightly—these numbers reflect information from April 2021.) In many cases, the salary range and more senior roles along the same path mean your long-term earning potential is even higher.

It’s an editor’s job to oversee a piece of writing from inception to publication. Depending on the type of writing they’re editing (and the writer they’re working with), this can include honing the thesis, framing, and structure; ensuring the facts are accurate and the sources credible; making suggestions about how to improve the writing (for example, calling out inconsistencies in voice or tone); eliminating unnecessary sentences or paragraphs; and correcting grammar and spelling mistakes. Editors can work in a variety of settings, including for book publishers, media companies, magazines, newspapers, and brands (where they would edit the company’s website or other content).

Editors need to have an in-depth understanding of all things writing—including grammar, style, narrative, and structure. As such, most editors are writers themselves and/or hold a degree in a writing-related field (like English or journalism). The financial opportunity for editorial professionals increases as you progress in your career—with senior editors making an average of $69,986 per year and editorial directors pulling in an average of $94,713 annually.

Content marketing managers lead the charge when it comes to developing and executing content for a company. While some content marketing managers take a generalist approach, many specialize in creating and overseeing specific types of content—such as blog posts, ebooks, whitepapers, website content, and social media posts.

While content marketing managers do spend a significant amount of time creating content (including writing), they also spend a good amount of time on strategy—making this a great role if you love to write, but don’t want to spend all your time tapping at a keyboard. You’ll also have a chance to think about the bigger picture and figure out how content can support an organization’s overall mission and goals.

Some companies want their content marketing managers to hold degrees, but many are more interested in a candidate’s ability to strategize, create, and promote content—so as long as you’re a solid writer and understand the basics of content marketing, there are definitely opportunities to get into the field. Content marketing managers also have the opportunity for upward mobility (and the increased salary that goes with it)—with content marketing directors making an average of $93,400 per year.

Communications managers are, as you might guess, in charge of a company’s communications—often both internal and external. Responsibilities could include defining and developing the company’s voice, developing and managing the company’s communication strategy, writing internal guides and resources, managing client- and customer-facing communications (such as press releases, press conferences, or other media opportunities), and ensuring that all business communications, internal and external, are in line with the company’s mission and goals.

Because a communication manager is managing the company’s communication, a lot of writing and editing is involved—but there are also plenty of strategic responsibilities and opportunities to interact with colleagues and external partners to keep things interesting.

To get your foot in the door as a communications manager, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or a related field. And while communications managers demand competitive salaries, the financial opportunities will only increase as you grow in your career—with senior communications managers making an average of $100,520 per year and VPs making an average of $148,870.

Sources:

https://www.trade-schools.net/articles/jobs-for-writers
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/popular-writing-careers
https://www.themuse.com/advice/high-paying-writing-jobs

How to Decline a Job Offer Examples

When you realize you deserve a higher salary, you are well within your right to take another job. However, it is suggested that you inform the company well in advance in a respectful way. It is required for a strong reputation and professional ethics.

How to Decline a Job Offer [+ Examples]

How to Decline a Job Offer Professionally (Including Email Templates)

While receiving a job offer can be flattering, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll want to accept it. Whether you’re seeking a higher pay rate, a shorter commute or just don’t think the position is the right fit, the first step is to decline the job offer. Turning down a job is well within your rights while searching for the right job. However, doing so professionally and respectfully is important.

Sometimes you may need to turn down a job in favour of your career development, a better salary or your happiness. Once you’ve made your decision, you need to let the company know. The steps below can help guide you:

Be sure

Declining a job offer is a big decision. Once you have turned down a position, it’s unlikely that it will be offered to you again. So, the decision should be carefully considered. Take the time you need to consider your response. Reach out to the company if you have any unanswered questions holding you back.

Be timely

When offered a job, you’ll usually be given a reasonable timeframe in which to consider the offer. If you choose to not accept the position, you should let the company know within the given timeframe. However, there’s no need to wait for the day your answer is due. The sooner you can let the company know, the better. It helps them resume their process of filling the position without unnecessary delay.

Show appreciation

The recruitment process requires time, money and resources. So, when declining a job offer, it’s important to show appreciation for the company’s investment. Without being overly emotional, ensure you convey your gratitude through your communications

Keep it simple

Declining a job offer needn’t be complex. When turning down a position, keep it short, simple and to the point. State what needs to be stated straightforwardly and honestly, while maintaining an appreciative tone.

How to Politely Decline a Job Offer

1. Show Gratitude

As such, you want to show your appreciation for the offer, or for the smooth application process. There are many ways to do this, and we will give you a few examples.

“Thank you very much for offering me the opportunity to work at ABC Company as a [Job Title]. It was amazing to speak with the team and learn about the position.”

2. Say Positive Things

Turning down a job offer doesn’t have to be all about you. In the examples above of showing gratitude, you will see that positivity is shown to the recipient.

The act of declining a job offer may be awkward for you, but it can be hard for the recipient to accept if they thought you would be a fantastic addition to the team.

3. Give a Reason

4. Clearly Decline the Job Offer

5. Invite Continued Contact

You show that the decision to reject the job offer was not an easy one to come to and that you would like the relationship with the company to continue.

That could be by attending the same conferences, being kept up to date on projects that interest you, networking on LinkedIn, or attending charity functions.

How to Decline an Offer After Accepting It?

You must not worry if you have accepted a job offer and want to decline the same for a better opportunity. Even if you have accepted the position offered to you, can still decline it without burning the bridges. But you are suggested, you must weigh the offers twice before you decide as it may have an impact on your professional reputation.
If you are confident to reject the accepted opportunity, read further. Do what you have read before, even if you are rejecting the accepted opportunity, be appreciative of the time and resources which the hiring manager spent on you.

While expressing gratitude for the job offer, specify the reason(s) for turning down the job opportunity as the company deserves to know the same. It would be appreciative if you call the manager to explain everything or an e-mail/letter may also do the job, it is a key to a positive relationship with the employer(s). The final step, decide to make up your mind for any negotiations.

How to turn down a job offer when the timing isn’t right

You want to maintain a relationship. Make sure you’re transparent about the relationship you’d like to maintain. Hopefully, at this stage in the job search process, you’ve built a strong relationship with either the recruiting team or hiring manager (or both).

Express your gratitude and appreciation for their investment in the relationship. State that you’d love to continue to maintain the relationship. Connect with the person(s) on LinkedIn.

Check in every so often with the recruiter and/or hiring manager to see how things are going. Express interest in the company and the team — and reiterate that with the right position and the right timing, you’d be ready to make the leap.

You’d like to be considered for future opportunities. Declining a job offer doesn’t always come with a completely shut door. It’s a tricky dance. But in your declination email, reiterate your transferable skills , core values, and overall career goals.

Consider the perspective of the offering organization. It’s almost guaranteed they’d like to employ a person who will want to stay with the company for a significant period of time. It’s likely they’d like to hire someone who wants to grow within the organization. It’s likely that they’d like any new hire to add value in meaningful ways.

Make sure you reiterate your interest in future opportunities. But tie it back to what the mutual wants. You can also work with your coach or mentor for the best career advice specific to your situation.

Reasons you might turn down a job offer

This is by no means a complete list, and something that makes you withdraw might be fine for another person. Rejecting an offer comes down to the desires and preferences you’ve set for your next position.

Below are some general examples of how to professionally decline a job offer in writing. You could also adapt these to be a script if you decline by phone.

Example: Accepted another position

Thank you very much for offering me the role of [position title] with [company name]. At this time, I have made the decision to accept a position with another company.

I very much appreciate the time you took over these past [days/weeks] to interview me and tell me more about the organization. I enjoyed our conversations about [state specific topic, business or personal].

Again, thank you for your consideration. I wish you continued success, and I’ll send you a LinkedIn connection request so we can stay in touch for the future.

My sincere thanks for your offer of [position title] with [company name]. Upon review, however, I have determined that the company’s benefits will not support my family’s medical needs at this time.

Example: Use for reasons 5-8 above or when it’s not comfortable or appropriate to give a specific explanation

Thank you very much for offering me the role of [position title] with [company name]. However, I have decided that this is not the right fit for my career goals at this time.

I sincerely enjoyed my discussions with you and your team, and I very much appreciate your taking time to share information about the position and the vision of [company name].

Again, thank you for your consideration. I wish you continued success, and perhaps our paths will cross again in the future. [Add a connection request if it feels appropriate based on your situation.]

References:

https://uk.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/how-to-decline-a-job-offer
https://www.findmyprofession.com/career-advice/decline-job-offer#:~:text=The%20best%20way%20to%20turn%20down%20a%20job,keep%20it%20brief.%205%20Leave%20the%20door%20open.
https://www.qwikresume.com/resources/how-to-decline-a-job-offer/
https://www.betterup.com/blog/how-to-decline-a-job-offer
https://www.topinterview.com/interview-advice/how-to-decline-a-job-offer

Charming IF (Idaho Falls) and Kind Locals

Idaho Falls is one of the most beautiful places in America. What with its natural beauty and the great many things you can do both indoors and outdoors.

But what might be the best thing about this charming place is the kind locals that are always ready to help. One way they have shown this is through joining local and national fundraisers for war veterans who are trying to heal themselves after facing the traumas of war.

With little donations, through raising awareness, and simply giving support to our veterans, many Idaho Falls locals have shown their kindness.

 

The Veteran’s Life

A veteran’s life started when they entered the army – becoming soldiers to fight for their country, their people, and the world. But it does not end with the end of their contracts.

A veteran will carry the wars they have been through all their lives. Lucky are those who are able to have support from their families, friends, and the community. But some aren’t as fortunate to have someone to help them whenever they have their nightmares.

PTSD and depression are just two of the most common side effects of war. And for those who have seen it up close and personal, it’s harder to get out of their grasps.

That’s why more than anything else, veterans need our support. Whether through emotional, spiritual, or financial support, let’s do what we can to help the brave warriors who came home scarred for life.

 

The Long Road Home

For many veterans, activities such as biking and running has helped them get through day after day of battling mental health problems due to their experiences at the battlefield.

Many fundraisers for veterans and soldiers that focused around these outdoor activities have been successful, thanks to the thousands of enthusiasts and supporters.

Idaho Falls was one of the chosen places for a long road home project where veterans and supporters rode together to help raise funds for other direct-service veterans charities. The money that was raised went to these charities who in turn, will help veterans with no place to stay and to get healthcare services.

But more than anything, these fundraisers were to help veterans themselves to heal the way that only a long bike ride can.

Lastly, this were to help bring awareness to the unending challenges that every servicemen and women had to face whenever they go home from war.

It doesn’t mean that they’re home, they’re completely safe. The saddest thing of all is when the enemy this time are their memories and their own minds, money, and the cold of the night in the streets.

 

PTSD and Depression

PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the common enemy of every veteran. It’s a kind of mental health disorder caused by traumatic events. It’s almost like having an unending nightmare and re-living the most terrifying times of your life.

For a veteran, it’s the pain of losing friends and comrades all over again as they close their eyes; it’s the defeaning sound of a spoon falling on the floor reminding them of bombs and gunfire.

Depression, on the other hand, is another mental health disorder that continues to ravage the brave men and women. It stems from PTSD, but also from the new challenges that they had to face at home.

So many men and women are physically injured and can never feel the same way again. Thousands of veterans have financial problems, barely making ends meet. Countless veterans are now on the streets with no roof above their head and the cold, concrete floor as their bed.

To aid these souls, the nation must come together as one to acknowledge them after the brave fights they’ve fought. And it may only take a great back ride surrounded by the beauty of nature. This is might help local tourism to rise, you can read about that in this tourism essay.

 

Idaho Falls and its Friendly Localstourism essay

There’s so many good places to go riding in Idaho Falls, that’s why it’s been chosen as one of the places for these fundraisers.

The Firth to Blackfoot route with a total of 28 miles was a great one and was enjoyed by hundreds of local cyclists who went to join to the fundraising event. There were also locals who decided biking wasn’t for them, but still went to help with setting up the stage for the starting and finishing lines.

There were locals who simply went and cheered and handed their donations in hope that their little sacrifices were worth it. With such a beautiful place and beautiful people, it’s no surprise that Idaho Falls is such a good place to go to.

 

It doesn’t really take that much to help, especially the people that risk their lives so we can live in peace. You can help, if only by raising awareness and helping a veteran whenever you can.

 

How to write a essay intro

How to write an essay intro

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This article was co-authored by Jake Adams. Jake Adams is an Academic Tutor and the Owner of PCH Tutors, a Malibu, California-based business offering tutors and learning resources for subject areas kindergarten-college, SAT & ACT prep, and college admissions counseling. With over 11 years of professional tutoring experience, Jake is also the CEO of Simplifi EDU, an online tutoring service aimed at providing clients with access to a network of excellent California-based tutors. Jake holds a BA in International Business and Marketing from Pepperdine University.

How to write a essay intro
An introduction generally does three things. The first part is usually a general comment that shows the reader why the topic is important, gets their interest, and leads them into the topic. It isn’t actually part of your argument. The next part of the introduction is the thesis statement. This is your response to the question; your final answer. It is probably the most important part of the introduction. Finally, the introduction tells the reader what they can expect in the essay body. This is where you briefly outline your arguments.

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Here is an example of the introduction to the question – Discuss how media can influence children. Use specific examples to support your view.

Example of an essay introduction 1
The function of the Introduction is to serve as a ‘map’ of the essay, outlining to your reader the main argument and points which you develop in your essay. Most introductions begin with an orientation in the form of a brief general statement that leads the reader into the topic showing how the specific topic relates to bigger issues or to the discipline field. This is followed by your thesis statement, which is your concise response to the essay question, then an outline of the argument presented in the essay. You may find it useful to think of an essay’s introduction as funnel-shaped ­ moving from the general to the specific. Here is an example:

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1. Write the thesis statement. The main idea of the essay is stated in a single sentence called the thesis statement. You must limit your entire essay to the topic you have introduced in your thesis statement.
2. Provide some background information about your topic. You can use interesting facts, quotations, or definitions of important terms you will use later in the essay.
What is an introduction paragraph?
The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of your essay.

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They follow a particular structure: you will set out your argument in the introduction, build and present your argument in the main body, and should end with your overall key message or argument in the conclusion.
Essays are used to assess your understanding of specific ideas and your ability to explain these in your own words.

References:

http://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/how-to-write-an-essay/essay-introduction
http://unilearning.uow.edu.au/essay/4bii.html
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Westcliffe – A Historical and Attractive Town

Have you ever dreamed about living in a town at the base of the mountains, but you didn’t really know of many towns like that? Well, Westcliffe is one of those towns, as it is located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Located in Colorado, this small town has an interesting history that would attract people to visit it. So, what is so special about Westcliffe that makes its history so unique – and what can you write a essay about if you decide to visit? Read here to find out.

The History of Westcliffe

Back in June 1878, miners discovered silver inside the cliff of the Wet Mountain Valley. Consequently, Silver Cliff (as it was named) started growing very quickly. In 1880, Silver Cliff’s population was of 5,040, the highest it’s ever been up to that point. Because of that, it became the third largest city in Colorado.

As a result, by 1881, Silver Cliff’s growth determined The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad to enlarge its growing rail lines – and pass them through some property purchased one mile west of the town. This new stimulus followed the same Grape Creek path that Zebulon Pike walked 75 years before that. Therefore, having new homes, businesses and a new storage, Westcliffe was born.

In 1881, the Westcliffe line was devastated by a flash flood. Although the line was rebuilt in 1884, it was abandoned in 1889 – after another flood. However, Westcliffe stayed there, and it prospered.

Later in 1901, The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad returned with a line from Texas Creek to Westcliffe. Despite the route being abandoned in 1938, it paralleled what is today known as Colorado Highway 69. It offers access to the markets containing the area’s prized mountain valley hay, the growing cattle operations, and many others.

What to Do in Westcliffe, Colorado?

Did the history impress you? Have you decided it was time to visit the town? That would be a great idea and a great option for a routine break. Westcliffe, although small, has some things to do to keep you entertained. It’s where you could feel at peace for a while.

The area is pretty quiet, with many hiking and biking trails, as well as alpine lakes. The fresh air and the unbeaten paths will make you want to go on a little adventure. So, here is what you could to in Westcliffe:

  1. Go to the San Isabel National Forest

The National Forest’s campgrounds are easily accessible. In addition, they allow you to do some fun activities. Many climbers, hikers, skiers, boaters, bird-watchers, and hunters will surely find something to do here. If you’re on the list, you most likely won’t get bored.

Moreover, the Crestone Needle is about 17 miles from Westcliffe, and it’s a great place for rock climbers. At the same time, hikers and mountain bikers will find a paradise at Sangre de Cristos.

  1. Stargaze from the Smokey Jack Observatory

Who wouldn’t like to watch the stars? It’s a beautiful thing that you probably don’t usually do, especially if your area is highly polluted. Thankfully, Westcliffe has a very light pollution level, allowing you to stargaze successfully.

The International Dark-Sky Association recognized the communities of Westcliffe and Silvercliff for having exemplary stargazing opportunities. So, if you are an enthusiast when it comes to this, why miss the chance? The Observatory even hosts star parties during summer.

  1. Go to a Restaurant

You’ll most likely want to go to a restaurant and taste some local food, just like in any trip. Thankfully, Westcliffe hosts more than 10 restaurants ready to serve you, and some lodging facilities that range from rustic to B&Bs. Catch a table at the Alpine Lodge for amazing views of the vast Wet Valley.

  1. Visit the Roadside Attractions

Wouldn’t you like to visit the Westcliffe Depot railroad museum? Museums always have something interesting to show you, so you wouldn’t regret it. Also, you could stop for a performance movie at the Historic Jones Theater. A performance movie is surely a way to keep you entertained, especially if you don’t usually go to such events.

Bishop’s Castle is also a place you should give a go if you’re in the area – since it’s only about 28 miles southeast of Westcliffe. An interesting fact is that Jim Bishop has built this free and visitor-ready attraction on his own, back in 1969.

Final Thoughts

Colorado hosts a beautiful town with an interesting history. Being a railroad town, it has slowly grown and become a peaceful area where you could get some fresh air. Moreover, there are many activities to keep potential tourists entertained. You can either go stargazing, hiking, climbing, or visit the roadside attractions. The restaurants, attractions, and landscapes are sure to keep you entertained.

If you’re looking for a quiet vacation where you can enjoy some amazing views, Westcliffe is waiting for you.

The Most Interesting Parts of US – West

 

Living the American dream is not complete if you do not pay a visit to the good old Western part of the USA. The 13 westernmost states, along with the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin and the states Alaska and Hawaii enrich this part of the US with a stunning diversity worth to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

Adventure seems to be the perfect word to describe the impressive coastline, the well-known Grand Canyon and the snowcapped Rockies that combine harmoniously, making the West one of the most visited parts of the world. Check out the most interesting places you can’t miss when visiting the Western part of the USA:

  • Los Angeles

You can’t miss the chance to visit what is today the most famous place on Earth – Hollywood. Apart from the enormous sign which is one of the best-known landmarks of the USA, there’s a lot to see and admire: Santa Monica, Runyon Canyon and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are only small pieces of such a great place.

  • Grand Canyon National Park

If you’re a fan of dusty trails and stories about famous explorers, Grand Canyon is the perfect place to visit. The park’s raw desert climate and the magnificent silence is on every visitor’s taste, whether you’re a hard-core hiker or a sightseeing lover. Rich in history and sublime vistas, the Grand Canyon is one of the experiences that will change your view of the world- literally.

  • San Francisco

A top-notch destination when visiting the West is this amazing city: San Francisco – a city that combines a little bit of everything. From the amazing view you can admire while walking on the Golden Gate Bridge or after you’ve climbed the 43 hills on which the glittery, fabulous city is placed, you will encounter unforgettable experiences with your head in the clouds. Do not miss Alcatraz, the Coit Tower, the Cable Cars and Golden Gate Park.

  • Yellowstone National Park

As one of the first iconic national parks of USA, Yellowstone manages to remain impressive for every visitor with its impressive geysers and the breathtaking landscapes surrounding it: canyons, mountains, and forests. With its rich flora and fauna, you’ll feel closer than ever to nature.

  • Rocky Mountains National Park

Miles of less-beaten paths, challenging hiking trails and high-altitude lakes are some of the reasons tourists are so attracted to this untamed heart of the Rockies Mountains.

  • Hawaii

Who doesn’t want to spend a holiday in Paradise? Coral reefs, volcanoes, and the multiculturalism never cease to amaze its tourists. The sunrises and the sunsets have never looked so impressive than admired from the West Coast.

  • Seattle

Being “Sleepless in Seattle” is not only a myth – as there are so many things to do. Diversity seems to be the perfect word that characterizes this city, also called the United States of Neighborhoods, as they come in many shapes, sizes and fanciness. Do not miss the famous Space Needle, the Museum of Pop Culture and Discovery Park.

  • Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas… is amazing! Casinos, luxury, and celebrities are things you will find at any corner, but natural beauty is also accompanying this famous city with tectonics carved by the wind, epic mountains, and never-ending forests.

  • Glacier National Park

If you visit Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or the Yosemite National Park, it will be a pity to miss this one. Glacier National Park is a pristine area perfect for every nature lover who wants to enjoy some time away from the concrete jungles.

  • California

From sun-kissed beaches to the famous Disneyland Park, California offers its visitors huge opportunities to experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Visit Palm Springs, the Silicon Valley and the sun will follow you everywhere.

  • Alaska

Another unique part of the Western USA is Alaska – where each visitor can feel the ‘call of the wind’ described by Jack London in his famous book. Places such as Denali National Park along with the small, yet unique towns there will offer you unforgettable moments.

  • San Juan Islands

You can feel nature’s warm embrace only by visiting this oasis of peace and quiet. This archipelago is perfect for relaxation, as well as for fishing, whale-watching, sailing, and hiking. And then writing a tourism essay about your experience!

With such impressive places on your bucket list, you are half equipped for unique and unforgettable adventures. Pack your luggage, make sure you take the right safety travel precautions and enjoy every experience the Western US offers to its visitors: from the beauty of Hawaiian hula and the modern buildings in Seattle to the frosty glaciers of Alaska and the impressive casinos of Vegas Adventure, the West part of the US is waiting for you with some of the best known landmarks in the world, so make sure you’re ready to enjoy every spot the West Coast displays to the entire world.

how to write a compare and contrast essay

how to write a compare and contrast essay

This article was co-authored by Megan Morgan, PhD. Megan Morgan is a Graduate Program Academic Advisor in the School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Georgia in 2015.
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How to write a compare and contrast essay
Compare and contrast is a rhetorical style that discusses the similarities and differences of two or more things: ideas, concepts, items, places, etc. This rhetorical style is one that you’ll see often as a complete essay, but you may also use it quite a lot within paragraphs of any kind of essay in which you need to make some kind of comparison to help illustrate a point.
A compare and contrast essay does two things: It discusses the similarities and differences of at least two different things. First, you must find a basis of comparison to be sure that the two things have enough in common. After that, you identify their differences. You may structure the compare and contrast essay using either the alternating method (stating one aspect of one thing and immediately discussing the same aspect of the other item and how they are similar or different) or the block method (discussing all of the aspects of one thing and then discussing all of the aspects of another).

Down and Dirty Tips for Drafting a Comparison or Contrast Essay
The point of a comparison or contrast essay to evaluate the similarities or differences of two things. The most difficult part of a compare/contrast essay is its organization. This guide will walk you through the steps of getting started and organizing your essay just the information you need to complete the assignment. For more in-depth information, consult your instructor and course materials.

References:

http://owl.excelsior.edu/rhetorical-styles/compare-and-contrast-essay/
http://spcollege.libguides.com/comparecontrast
http://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-write-a-good-argumentative-essay

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