There are many things you can buy or invest in that will help you look more like a professional. However, all that glitters really doesn’t matter much when that blog post you spent hours crafting has a ton of spelling and grammar mistakes, or that newsletter you just sent out was very sloppily edited and you don’t catch the errors until after you’ve hit send (guilty, guilty). One easy way to be more professional online: Grammarly. It will save from embarrasing typos and grammatical errors and will make you look like an expert (instead of sloppy).
*If you do decide to sign up for Grammarly or any of the other companies mentioned in the article, I will receive some compensation. I only recommend brands I love and trust, and it won’t cost an extra penny for you.
You name it, there are literally oodles of ‘things’ out there that will help you up your business game. A stunning and fabulously coded *WordPress theme, an incredible email management system (like *ConvertKit), or some brand enhancing styled stock photography. However, all that effort looking the part is wasted if you can’t talk the talk, know what I’m saying?
When you want to appear as an expert in your field, you have to look and sound the part. It’s kind of like going to a job interview. You show up with a crisp, clean shirt with polished shoes and your best bangles. You wouldn’t dare show up with drips of coffee all over your button up, or with a two-day old messy bun on top of your pretty little head.
Spelling and grammar errors are JUST like that. If you want people to take you seriously, and you seriously want to make money from your blog or business you have to be polished. Hiring a Virtual Assistant or a professional proofreader may not be in your budget, and lucky (for you and me) it doesn’t have to be.
Enter, the solution. Grammarly.
*Grammarly is a writing and grammar improvement app has a strong impact on creative industries, in every niche. It takes the pressure off of hiring a proofreader, or seriously sucking at proofreading your own work (like me). It also helps you to do many things that will make your content well built (and super professional). Many content writers use the free Grammarly app to correct their grammatical and spelling errors in their articles.
It is indeed true that everyone makes mistakes, and people are often pretty forgiving. But (because yes, of course, there is a but) you want to be an expert. You want people to trust you, to read your content. To benefit from it. To hire you, or to buy your next big thing.
If you have spelling or grammar issues in your blog or social media posts, newsletters or course materials then you identify them super easily just by using Grammarly (especially if you do everything in Google Drive). The app immediately highlights your mistakes and gives you options on how to correct them, with a simple click.
Grammarly will give your article a professional and ideal look. So many people have taken advantage from this app and it doesn’t only identify spelling mistakes, but also grammar errors. So it’s pretty awesome, like having a professional on your team without the stress or cost of hiring out.
A few reasons why you should try Grammarly
You will have a Professional Proofreader at your fingertips
Proofreading means examining the content to find and correct the typographical errors, mistakes in grammar style and spelling. The most amazing part of this app is that it is just like having a professional proofreader (and that doesn’t cost a ton).
If you use *Google Apps for Work (totally love this) you don’t have to do anything. Simply type as you normally do and Grammarly will show you where you have made mistakes. Writing a blog post in WordPress? Grammarly has you covered before you hit publish.
It Saves you Time and Money
When you hire someone to check if there are any grammar mistakes, you have to make an investment for their services AND you will spend time trying to hire someone you trust who will do an impeccable job (and trying to not be a control freak is super difficult, especially for me). Using Grammarly is easy and saves you the cost of hiring a human (not that hiring a Virtual Assistant is a bad thing, there are lots of benefits to having one). You will have first class content in no time, minus those unprofessional bloopers.
You can up Your Spelling and Grammar Game
Grammar is the foremost part of the writing, as it helps to convey the idea you are trying to get across and makes your reader instantly decide if they want to sign up for your newsletter, hire you or purchase something from you. With everything on your plate, spellcheck is probably the very last thing on your mind and since not everyone is an expert in grammar or spelling (which is why people made apps to help those of us who are a bit challenged), you can focus on producing incredible content without the hassle or embarrassment of itsy bitsy errors that make you look lazy.
I know you aren’t lazy, just super busy. And if you are like me, you have a lot to say but need to say it in the quickest way possible. Mistakes are going to happen however, there’s no need to worry. In today’s world, technology has advanced. And because of it, countless people are successful. Gazillions of people are taking advantage of it. Similarly, this app is here to help you put your best foot forward.
You will be more professional, with just a few clicks
Using the app will not only get your content right but it will also increase professionalism and make you look more like the expert you are. Rather than picking out spelling and grammar issues, people can actually enjoy reading and learning from. Whether it is for blogging, social media newsletter or clients mail, this app will give you top notch results. It’s so precise, it can be a bit annoying at times (sorry Grammarly, they irony in this).
Also, if you collaborate quite a lot (think guest posts, affiliates, webinars, etc) you want to make sure what you are bringing to the table is super polished and error free. Imagine this. You have an incredible edible course and invite top influencers in your supporting niche to help spread the word and earn some money. Pretty cool right?
Well, you have a good bit of content to prepare like a Swipe File (with prewritten copy for social media and newsletters along with some great graphics). You are working like a fiend to get all the things done and finally get your Swipe File out. Just to realize that when your business besties start sharing, there are typos.
That last tweet that you wrote and she shared, typo. That newsletter she sent out about your course, run on sentence that makes zero sense. Eek! Now you kind of just made them look a bit sloppy because they didn’t catch the error (which was your job, anyway).
Long story short, Grammarly will help you get your content in tip top shape so that whoever is sharing it won’t have to worry about mistakes.
It’s free (yes, free as in doesn’t cost a thing)
The main thing, it’s FREE. Giving you lots of advantages and benefits, the app is FREE. Which is kind of crazy! There are many apps that have many cool features but either they are not free, or they don’t offer all the amazing features that Grammarly has.
Besides, more than 10 million users can’t be wrong. If you have been aching to hire out for proofreading, this will take one more task off your plate so that you (or your virtual assistant) can have time to focus on other fun stuff like social media and marketing stuff.
It’s free, too (or did I say that 100 times already?).
Convinced? Sign up for Grammarly. Here’s how to do it:
- Click HERE
- Create a free (yup, free!) account
- Add Grammarly to your Chrome Bar
- Add the app to Word or your desktop (if you don’t use Google drive)
- Get to writing.
They also do have a PRO version which gives you a ton more incredible features such as, sentence structure checks and all that fancy stuff and it still costs (a lot) less than hiring a human. Don’t worry, you can start free and upgrade when you are ready.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Whether you are an experienced or professional writer, you do make mistakes. It happens. I recently sent out a newsletter that literally had a ton of mistakes. I cringed, and then resolved I needed to make a change. I remembered my VA said she loved Grammarly, so I gave it a try and even though I get annoyed sometimes, I so appreciate how efficient this app is. And, that it’s free (isn’t that the best part?).
So tell me, do you hire our for proofreading or rely on an app? Do you brave it all yourself? Would love to hear your best tip for being a more professional blogger or business babe!