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Revenue, Expenses, and the Bottom Line by ed2go Instructor Matt Crabtree

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Revenue, Expenses, and the Bottom Line by ed2go Instructor Matt Crabtree

Every business and individual wants to increase their bottom line (net income). Intuitively, we all know that to do this we need to bring in more money or cut costs. But do you know how each of these tactics actually impacts the bottom line? Let’s take a quick look!

The first option is to bring in more money by increasing revenue. For a business, this means more sales; and for an individual, it’s more income. Let’s use the example of increasing revenue by $5,000 for the year. Does this mean our bottom line will also increase by $5,000? Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case. Have you ever received a raise but had to buy new clothes for the job or increase driving expenses? Expenses tend to rise with increases in revenue. And even if you’re able to keep all other costs the same, your taxable revenue has increased, so you’ll ultimately pay more in taxes!

What about cutting costs? Well, the good thing about this option is that it has a direct impact on the bottom line. Think about it . . . if you want to increase your bottom line by $5,000, just find $5,000 to cut! I’m making this sound really simple, but that’s because it is. The only difficult part is finding where and how to make the cuts—and determining where this will fit into your overall financial strategy.

Matt Crabtree teaches Personal Finance for ed2go

Five Steps to Start Making a Beautiful Gift Basket

Start Your Own Gift Basket Business

Five Steps to Start Making a Beautiful Gift Basket by ed2go Instructor Shirley George Frazier

You’re ready to make your first gift basket to celebrate a birthday, new baby, or wedding—and you found the perfect basket in your garage or attic.

But there’s a problem. This beautiful basket isn’t tightly woven. When you stuff it with shred, the shred can be seen through the basket because the natural holes make it visible. So instead of everyone looking at your beautiful creation, they’ll look at the shred peeking through the holes.

How can you turn this untidy appearance into a work of art?

The solution is as easy as it is affordable—add tissue paper around the inside of the basket.

Most baskets need only two sheets of tissue paper. And the shred you add after the tissue paper is in place will hold the tissue sturdily against the inner basket and will also keep shred from peeking through the basket’s holes.

You can accomplish this in five easy steps.

1. Fold the flattened tissue paper in half. If it’s already folded in its packaging, leave it intact.

2. Place the tissue around the inside of the basket. Add another sheet until it connects with the first.

3. If needed, attach tape onto the connected tissue paper to keep it together before inserting the shred.

4. Put shred into the basket, and make sure that the tissue doesn’t move as you include more shred.

5. Stop adding shred when the tissue paper is secure and the shred is just below the basket’s rim.

The Start Your Own Gift Basket Business course shares more secrets about tissue and shred that will save you time and money while ensuring that your friends and family will remember your gift baskets for a lifetime. Join us!

Having Blog Content Stolen

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Having Blog Content Stolen by ed2go Instructor Linda Aksomitis

Do you ever worry that somebody might steal your content when you blog? I understand your concern, but I also want to put your mind at ease.

Although people can steal your writing no matter what or where you publish, this type of theft—known as copyright infringement—really doesn’t happen very often. Just as people rarely republish someone else’s articles from newspapers or magazines as their own, so they rarely steal someone’s online work.

In the unlikely event that someone does steal your online work, it’s still copyright infringement and carries the same legal punishment as theft of printed sources. You can easily find unauthorized copies of your work by searching the Internet with a service such as Copyscape, which will check everything in your blog against what’s out there on the Web.

Linda Aksomitis teaches Introduction to Internet Writing Markets for ed2go

Two Obstacles That Teams Face by ed2go Instructor Vivian Harte

ed2go Building Teams That Work

Two Obstacles That Teams Face by ed2go Instructor Vivian Harte

Many teams fail because they can’t overcome common obstacles that create an atmosphere where they make poor decisions. I’ll tell you about two of these obstacles today.

Bandwagon effect: When teams make decisions this way, most of the members decide to go along to get along. You’ll know this is happening if you see that . . .

  • The team is considering only a couple of alternatives.
  • Nobody on the team is willing to thoroughly discuss alternatives to the first suggestions people offer.
  • Team members punish other team members (with looks, gestures, or words) for expressing opinions.

Escalation of commitment: If team members initially favor a certain solution, they believe the situation is better than it really is. The team persists in devoting money and time to implementing the project as first conceived. Many times, escalation of commitment doesn’t become obvious until it’s too late.

You can learn more about these and other obstacles as well as how to deal successfully with them in Building Teams That Work course.

Viewpoint when writing fiction by ed2go instructor Steve Alcorn

Viewpoint-by Steve Alcorn

One of the common questions I receive when teaching fiction writing classes goes something like this: “I’m writing a story, and I’d like to know the best way to tell it. I’ve heard about viewpoint, but I don’t really know what my choices are. Can you explain?”

There are three particularly useful viewpoints: first person, third-person limited, and omniscient. First person is the most intimate because you tell the story yourself, using “I” for the main character and sticking to that character’s story. Third-person limited is similar, but you’re telling the story about someone else; you call them by name or “he” or “she.” In omniscient viewpoint, you are all-knowing—you can write about anything!

Choose your viewpoint based on your preference and also which one best serves the story. For example, a very emotional story might work best in first person, while a complex adventure with many characters would be easiest in omniscient. A great way to find the perfect viewpoint is to write the same scene three times, once for each viewpoint, and see which you like best.

ed2go online courses by Steve Alcorn:

Write Like a Pro
Advanced Fiction Writing
Mystery Writing
Writing Young Adult Fiction

Stress by ed2go instructor Patricia Addesso

When you need to make a presentation at school, to your boss, or to some other group, does your heart beat a little faster, do your hands get cold, and do you have a fluttery feeling in the pit of your stomach? Those reactions are totally normal—but what makes the difference between stressed-out and successful is how you interpret these symptoms.

For example, Person A might think: “I’m scared out of my mind. What if I blow it? This could be my whole career right here. I can’t do this!” Person A is a wreck by the time he or she begins the presentation. In contrast, Person B thinks: “I’m so excited! What an opportunity to get my name and face up in front. This is really going to boost my career. I can’t wait to get started!” Person B has a much greater chance of giving a top-notch presentation.

You have direct control over how you interpret the events around you. That’s a simple truth, but it takes practice to achieve. Over a lifetime, we get into the habit of looking at things either optimistically or pessimistically. So the first step in managing stress about all situations is to take the time to become aware of your tendencies—and then work hard to change them.

ed2go online courses by Patricia Addesso

Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II

Guitar Strumming by ed2go Instructor Edward Burns


By ed2go Instructor Edward Burns

There are a few methods to consider for strumming through the strings of your guitar. If you’re using a guitar pick, grasp it between your thumb and index finger. Point it slightly upward when you down-strum, and use a very light stroke so the pick won’t get caught or hang up in the strings.

Another method is to use one or more of your fingernails. As you strum, just push your finger or fingers down and outward. Your sound will be thicker if you strum with two or even three fingers. This way, you get more than one nail surface raking across the strings. Use a very light stroke as you softly brush your nail (or nails) down through the strings.

When using your thumbnail for strumming, angle it so that it points slightly up. This way, when you down-strum, your thumbnail won’t get caught in the strings. Use a very light stroke, and softly brush your thumbnail down through the strings while rotating your wrist in a relaxed manner.

Edward Burns Teaches - Introduction to Guitar

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