Three Hidden Perks Of Hiring A Content Writing Service

content writing serviceOf the people choosing to hire a content writing service, many share similar motivations. Some cite a lack of time to write, others express a fear that their writing skills aren’t up to snuff, and plenty find those two motivations combine to create a simmering stew of panic that won’t be quieted until they’ve hired professional writers to take the whole mess off their hands.

It’s been our observation, however, that once the factors of time and writing skill are taken off the table, there are other perks to hiring a writing service.

The Three Hidden Perks Of Hiring A Content Writing Service:

1. You Retain Control. Although you’ve relinquished the actual writing to paid professionals, you’re still more or less in charge of what they write: including the topics as well as the style and tone of the content. Want informal and chatty posts? You’ll get them. Want snarky articles full of snide political commentary? You’ll get those, too. You set the parameters, and the writers do the work.

2. You Will Learn New Things. Even if you know your industry inside out, you still might be amazed by the facts, statistics, and insights that writers turn up. Since they come from varied backgrounds and boast different skill sets, they’re often able to see connections that you’ve never thought of before.

3. You Will Amaze Your Friends! People who have long valued you for your business expertise will now have a new reason to admire you: your fresh weekly blog posts. Everyone from your mother to your former eighth-grade English teacher will be impressed by your command of language and your ability to communicate clearly with your readers. There’s no need to tell anyone that you’ve hired a content writing service. We promise that we certainly won’t spill the beans!

If you’re looking to take advantage of some of the hidden perks of hiring a content writing service, feel free to contact us. We look forward to working together with you!

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Freelance Job Opportunity For Millenials: What’s That, You Say? A Job?

By Carly Foreback

freelance job opportunityBeing a Millenial is depressing. The job market favors employers over employees, and on top of that, Millenials’ parents and grandparents are retiring at a rate lower than the rate at which Millenials are entering the workforce. In fact, Millenials have higher unemployment rates than just about any other generation did when first entering the workforce. And it’s been a long time searching for employment for some Millenials. (Well, a few years, but that’s a long time to be out of work.)

It’s rough out there. You want to be employed, but you can’t even get an interview. And if you do, you’re too educated, or the employer gives the job to someone with more experience, or — well, you know the drill by now. Federal age discrimination laws don’t help, even if you suspect a company picked a different candidate solely because of her age, because the Age Discrimination in Employment Act only protects those over forty — in other words, not Millenials. You’re probably also worried that soon you’ll be supplanted by more recent graduates whose education is fresh and who haven’t been unemployed for years since graduation.

BlogMutt can’t make everything better for Millenials. It’s a generation that has a long road in front of it. But we can help a little by offering a freelance job opportunity. How does freelance writing help?

  • BlogMutt takes unlimited writers. You only have to prove you’re a real person living in the United States and pass a one-question application test question. The application is a test of following directions and researching grammar, so there’s no reason a serious writer shouldn’t be able to pass it. When applying for BlogMutt, you don’t have to worry about not getting an interview, or losing out to another applicant. There are other writers who may be working for the same customers as you, but good posts will always find a home with a BlogMutt customer.
  • It’s something to put on your resume. Even if you can’t find full-time work, you’ll have something to impress employers and fill employment gaps.
  • If you’re working part-time, BlogMutt can be done in your free time. You write when and where you want, as long as you have a computer and an internet connection. There’s no obligation, so if you have a busy week, you can take a break, or if you have extra time during the holidays, you can spend the whole time earning some extra cash.
  • If you’re not working at all, some writers do BlogMutt as their full-time job. You have to be self-disciplined, but once you learn to write for a living, you’ll have another great trait to put on your resume.
  • Blogging and other social media are a growing field in which it might be hard for an employer to find an experienced employee. Many employers also don’t have the confidence to write. BlogMutt can provide you with the writing and social media experience for which companies are looking.
  • When you’re researching for a BlogMutt customer, you often learn something new that can be applied in future jobs or your everyday life.
  • You can use that degree that’s been sitting around gathering dust. We know you want to use it but haven’t been given the opportunity. BlogMutt writers have wide ranges of education, hobbies, and experiences. If you haven’t been able to find a job using your paralegal training, write for one of our legal clients. If you’re a computer science major, there are plenty of tech companies who need good posts.
  • BlogMutt is a modern company. You do all your work from home or your preferred location using modern technology and a website that uses a simple interface. It pays once a week through PayPal, in keeping with its modern sensibilities.

Hang in there, Millenials. It’ll get better with patience and hard work. If you’re interested in a writing position, check out the freelance writing page for more information.

Editor’s Note: This blog is an example of the kind of writing you can get for your blog. The only thing that’s different is that it has the name of the writer. For your blog, you can say you wrote it. That’s fine with us. We’re happy mutts. Click here for more explanation of this series of posts.


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Five Reasons To Hire A Business Content Writing Service

business content writing servicePerhaps you’ve considered hiring a business content writing service to fill the needs of your small-business blog, but you aren’t sure if you fit the criteria of someone who should invest in a content writing service. Below, we’ve made a list to help you decide if a writing service is the right option for you:

1. You hate to write. This is a legitimate reason to hire a writer. After all, if you liked to write, you probably would have become a writer instead of a small-business owner. Fortunately for you, our writers became writers so that you wouldn’t have to.

2. You like to write but you don’t have the time. We hear you. Writing (especially good, well-researched writing) takes a long time, and rushing the process never results in a quality product. With customers to keep happy, shipments to get out on time, and orders to fill, you already have enough to do without worrying about producing a well-written, well-researched article for your blog every week.

3. You don’t have internet access at work. Wait, how are you reading this right now?

4. You want to take advantage of experts in their fields. Writers who produce copy on a daily basis spend hours every day planning, researching, writing, rewriting, and editing their work. That means if they haven’t already reached the 10,000 hours of experience that Malcolm Gladwell says is necessary for mastery, they’re probably well on their way.

5. You understand that blogging is a beneficial advertising investment. Do a little clicking around on the internet and you won’t have trouble finding evidence to prove that business insiders have considered blogging to be a beneficial marketing tool for quite a while now. The fact that you’ve taken the time to read this article means that this news probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you.

If you fit any of these criteria, then hiring a business content writing service is probably the right move for you. If you’re looking to harness a group of motivated and experienced writers, please feel free to contact us.

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Change The World By Blogging For Your Green Business

By Lisa Duncan

Issues like climate change, peak oil, pollution, GMOs, toxin-related health issues on the rise, increasing poverty and its related hunger, bombard us as we watch the news. Why is it that the negative stories are the only ones that seem to headline the news? There are positive stories out there, too, after all. Many people and businesses have boots on the ground, and are busy working out solutions to big issues. Your earth-friendly business may be one of those taking action.

blogging for your green businessThe world is poised on the edge of some major changes and people are hungry for answers. You care about the earth, and the future you’re going to leave behind to the next generations, and your business or organization reflects that commitment. Blogging for your green business is a great way to let people know about your commitments to change the world for the better.

People are flocking to greener solutions in record numbers right now. They are searching for ways to be more energy efficient in their homes, their businesses, and with their transportation options. They are hungry for alternative energy solutions, want better options for recycling, and are buying more local, organically grown foods from specialty markets, farm markets, through CSAs, and directly from the farmers. When these people eat out, they are choosing restaurants that serve local foods and recycle their waste. Consumers are hunting for less toxic ways to clean their homes. They are demanding more natural health and beauty products. They scour the internet for more earth-friendly options for their pet-care products and foods.

A recent survey conducted by Nielsen reveals that 80 percent of those surveyed participate in some form of recycling. This survey also reports that 27 percent of consumers spend their money with retailers who are perceived as being earth-friendly. Thirty-four percent choose products from specific manufacturers whom they perceive as using sound, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. Statistics from an April 2014 Harris Poll show that 75 percent of American adults have purchased a green product or service. Of those, 40 percent are willing to pay more for an earth-friendly option. 41 percent of those polled believe that earth-friendly products and services are not only here to stay, but that we are just beginning the process of the change-over to becoming more sustainable. There is tremendous growth potential.

A blog that provides relevant content not only draws in more clients and customers, but also helps you reach more people with your ideas to help make the world a better place. Blogging offers you an opportunity to educate the public on ways to incorporate greener options into their everyday lifestyle choices. It expands your influence. Showing your potential customers your commitment to the earth with a blog chock-full of news of sustainable projects, new green products, and green entrepreneurs will drive traffic to your website.

Add in a few posts with tips and ideas for making more earth-friendly choices at home and you’ll have loyal readers and customers. Of course, a sprinkling of news and information specific to your own business will inspire readers to check out your earth-friendly products and services before they leave your website.

It can be difficult for a business owner to juggle all of the day-to-day responsibilities of running a business. You wear many hats. You just can’t imagine how you can find the time to add the work involved in writing fresh, new blog content on a regular basis.

That’s where a content writing service comes in. Let BlogMutt do the writing for you. Writing fresh, relevant content for your blog is what we’re all about. We have a pool of talented writers with wide-ranging experiences. Contact us today. Put our writers to work for you, so you can get back to the business of changing the world.

Editor’s Note: This blog is an example of the kind of writing you can get for your blog. The only thing that’s different is that it has the name of the writer. For your blog, you can say you wrote it. That’s fine with us. We’re happy mutts. Click here for more explanation of this series of posts.

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Blogs For Lawyers: How To Blog For The Legal Industry

By Carly Foreback

blogging for lawyersOne of the most common complaints about lawyers is that they are difficult to contact, and that they rarely communicate with their clients. The second most common complaint about lawyers is that no one understands what the heck they’re saying. No one reads software agreements (or any other type of fine print) because they’re full of confusing and complex language that is difficult to understand without legal training. Legal writing tends to be very boring and lengthy.

Conversely, a common attorney water-cooler complaint about the client is that Ms. Smith wants an update on her case every day, even though cases move slowly through the system, and a daily update is unnecessary and time consuming (just imagine if you had to spend an hour on the phone with every client every day!).

We’re not saying blogs for lawyers can solve these problems, but they can certainly help. Regular blog posts under your name serve as a line of communication to all clients and potential clients, making them feel in touch with the office. Good, clearly written blog posts can help educate clients on various aspects of the law, so they feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

Legal blogs don’t have to be written by you, which is helpful, so that they don’t take up more of your time. In fact, you might be better off having a non-lawyer write your blogs — your secretary, for example — because that person knows what your office does, and will be able to state it in plain English.

What Types Of Posts Should I Write?

Three popular types of blog articles that BlogMutt writers tackle frequently are newsworthy pieces, tips and tricks, and short articles on areas of the law.

Newsworthy items can demonstrate that you’re in touch with current events and law, and can help readers better understand the news. As you probably know, reporters don’t always have a solid understanding of the law, leading to articles on legal subjects that may be unclear to readers.

“Tips and Tricks” is another common type of blog. It can be as simple as “Five Things You Should Never Do In A Courtroom,” or “Ten Reasons You Should Write A Will.” These can be simple lists that share an insider’s knowledge and perspective on the legal system. People are likely to read these posts because the information they contain is useful, and if they are good enough, they may even be bookmarked for the reader to return to later.

The third type of post is explanatory and informative. If a potential client runs a Google search for “negligence + New York,” because he has been injured in New York and is wondering if he has a case, and you happen to be a New York lawyer, wouldn’t it be great if he ran across your blog where you explain the concept of negligence for a layperson? If he finds the information he was seeking, you’ve already started to develop his trust.

But Won’t Offering Tips And Tricks Cut Down On My Business?

There are a couple of reasons offering tips on your blogs won’t decrease people coming into your office. First, just because you’ve written a blog titled “Five Mistakes People Make When Drafting A Will,” doesn’t mean your readers will have the foundational knowledge to write their own.

Additionally, legal processes are intimidating for many people. Public speaking terrifies the average person. Combine that with the likely unfamiliar setting of a courtroom and most people will feel more comfortable with an advocate to speak for them. The law is scary and confusing if you don’t have three years of law school (not to mention work experience) under your belt.

Will My Blog Create An Attorney-Client Relationship With My Readers?

Of course, every state and locality is different, so consult the applicable rules of professional conduct. Generally, however, a blog does not create the impression of a relationship with a particular person. However, you may want to be careful when responding to comments. Direct those comments with questions to call you for an appointment and nothing more. To be especially safe, you can post a clear disclaimer on posts that they do not create an attorney-client relationship with readers.

Not every firm has an employee with the time to blog regularly on legal topics. If you’re looking for a blog writing service, contact us. We regularly handle a wide variety of legal topics.

Editor’s Note: This blog is an example of the kind of writing you can get for your blog. The only thing that’s different is that it has the name of the writer. For your blog, you can say you wrote it. That’s fine with us. We’re happy mutts. Click here for more explanation of this series of posts.

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Online Work For The Visually Impaired

By Doreen Martel

According to the National Federation Of The Blind, there are more than 6,000,000 adults who are classified as “legally blind.” Can someone who is legally blind also be self-sufficient and find work online? This question has been asked by a number of people, and the fact of the matter is that even those who are legally blind can and do find work online.

Understanding Legal Blindness

visually impairedIt is important to understand that just because a person is classified as legally blind, it does not necessarily mean that he is completely without any vision. A person who suffers macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and a whole host of other visual disorders, is often classified as legally blind, even if he does have some vision. Blindness is most simply defined as the loss of more than 80 percent of the visual field. With macular degeneration, a person loses his center vision. With RP, he loses vision from the periphery. Both disorders can result in a classification of legal blindness.

How Can I Work If I’m Blind?

Many people do not realize that more than 2 million legally blind persons in the United States have at least a high school education and more than 1 million have some college education, or an advanced degree. Why would anyone not want to work with that kind of education under his belt? Let’s face it, Social Security Disability (SSD) payments are pretty darned low, and having the ability to earn some extra money can make a difference between living well and living below the poverty level.

There are tools that can assist those with low vision or those who are legally blind to work more effectively. Some of these tools include Windows Eyes, which is available free to those who use any Microsoft Windows version past 2010. Another helpful piece of software is Dragon Naturally Speaking, which allows users to dictate directly into their computers.

So Where Do I Find Work?

One of the challenges of finding any type of work when a person is legally blind is figuring out how websites interact with both programs. After all, Windows Eyes reads everything on the page, and the last thing you want to do is to get overloaded. So, first think about these questions:

  • Can I write a 300-word or longer blog post that will attract readers?
  • Do I have some subjects like IT, law, or medicine I can write about fairly quickly?
  • Can I research quickly and effectively to write about subjects I know nothing about?

If you can answer yes to these questions, you can find work online! Next, you need to address a major concern: can you tailor your income so that it does not interfere with your SSD benefits?  The answer is yes!  That’s where BlogMutt comes in.

What Is BlogMutt?

BlogMutt provides written content for businesses all over the world. Writers, just like you, some of them even suffering with low vision and blindness, provide that content.  You can get started writing, too, if you want. Check out the freelance writer’s website, and get ready to write as much or as little as you want!

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Blogging For Dance Studios

blogging for dance studiosYou’ve dreamed of owning a successful dance studio. And now your dream has come true. Business is booming, and every afternoon, your studio is full of kids in leotards and tights, and the lobby is full of excited moms. You even have a growing competition team with lots of potential for years to come.

With all this growth, your responsibilities have increased. You still teach a few classes while managing the schedules of your other teachers. Most of your marketing comes through Facebook, which seems to be working pretty well to reach your existing clients. You’ve been trying to use Instagram more, but who has the time?

Perhaps you’ve recently updated your website, and there’s a placeholder to add a blog on the new site. A blog would sure help in getting communication out, but the stress of having to update it every week is too much. It’s no surprise that dance parents are full of questions about everything dance, and blogging for dance studios is the perfect way to get more information to them.

From stage makeup tips to healthy eating, there is no shortage of topics that can be covered via your blog.  Blogging not only helps get more information in the hands of your clients, but it can also boost hits to your website. Think about some of the blogs dance parents love to frequent, like Ballet Shoes and Bobby Pins. Some of the parents may even love Dance Parent Problems. One great blog post can be shared in a matter of seconds via social media, which drives even more traffic to your site.  A blog is a powerful tool, and a great way to enhance your business.

With our help, your blog might be someone’s new favorite site.  Please contact us for more information.

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Put CRM In Your Kit Of Small Business Tools

By Curt Smothers

Using a blog writing service means that you can get content on the topics you need. BlogMutt writers can tackle any topic, from social media to real estate, and anything else in between. Need a post on marketing? Your at-home jewelry business? Pet grooming? BlogMutt writers can do it. This is an example post about choosing customer resource/relations management (CRM) tools for small businesses.


Want to replace your Rolodex with state-of-the-art customer resource/relations management (CRM) tools? Maybe you threw out your Rolodex years ago and are trying to keep up with deep and wide spread sheets. Your e-mail contacts list may also be staggering under the weight of duplicated or inaccurate customer data. It may be time to upgrade your small business tools with CRM — and to think about Willy Loman.

CRM toolsWilly Loman, before his death as a salesman, had the right idea about customer management. Willy’s approach was simple. He employed a quintessential outreach, and nurturing and service after the sale. Unfortunately, Willy flamed out because he couldn’t keep up.

Would modern CRM tools have prolonged Willy’s career? In the Rolodex days of playwright Arthur Miller, today’s tools would certainly have cut down on all that travel.

Today the Internet has supplanted Willy’s network. The gossip and a beer with the guys were the Facebook and LinkedIn of the 1940s. The Cloud is where customer management tools work best, and it serves a wide range of customers and businesses.

Cloud customer management tools surpass your eclectic collection of spreadsheets and e-mail contact lists. They preserve and leverage customer data, preferences, and sales history.

According to Software, the top four most recommended CRM systems are:

  • The top dog among Cloud-based CRM providers.
  • InfusionSoft: Ideal for small- and medium-sized companies.
  • NetSuite CRM+: Has a wide array of features to help increase sales as well as marketing and customer support.
  • Service Cloud: Built on the Salesforce platform with a robust and user-friendly interface.

Today’s sales and customer management challenges might cause Willy Loman to turn over in his grave. How can anyone keep up with the competition and unlimited choices of the Internet? The boundaries of cyberspace are continually expanding.

CRM systems are the new sheriff in town. CRM systems are the all-in-one solutions to customer and sales tracking. They add marketing and analytics as a bonus. In CRM, “everything old is new again.” The difference is that you can do everything under the auspices of one Cloud web application or service. The provider does the heavy hauling. You just turn the key and get moving.


Editor’s Note: This blog is an example of the kind of writing you can get for your blog. The only thing that’s different is that it has the name of the writer. For your blog, you can say you wrote it. That’s fine with us. We’re happy mutts. Click here for more explanation of this series of posts.

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Shining A Spotlight On Blogging For Health Care

Competition for patients and insurance dollars gets tighter each year. If your practice is looking for painless ways to give your patient caseload a shot in the arm, look no further than professional blogging for health care. Here’s a sample post targeted to suit a clinic we imagined would be in the heart of Los Angeles, CA.

blogging for health careHollywood’s Sunset Strip is a fast-paced neighborhood where the workday morphs seamlessly into an exciting nightlife. It is simultaneously the center of the entertainment world and, to many, a workplace setting for all the people in the hotel, restaurant, retail, valet, parking, and nightclub businesses.

The 24/7 Spotlight

“The Strip” is always in the news spotlight, and bumping into celebrities is commonplace. With the spotlight on 24/7, area businesses and their employees simply have got to be on their toes at all times. The Sunset Strip Business Association was formed to help ensure that this happens by “conceptualizing, developing, and implementing a targeted marketing campaign.” And our clinic is right there, too, offering you the acute care services you need, when you need them.

Prevention And Acute Care, Sunset Strip Style

If you fall ill or become injured on the job, we get you back to work as quickly as possible. We also are able to partner with you and your employer to help keep you safe while on the job by tailoring a prevention campaign for your work site.

Customer Convenience And Quality Care

We emphasize both customer convenience and quality care. We know that many of you have changing schedules and demanding jobs, so our clinic hours are designed to meet your needs. When missing work may not be an option, our clinic, with its extended hours, may be just the kind of place you need. You don’t need an appointment to get your treatment started. Just walk right in. Our hours are convenient, no matter which shift you work.

The Sunset Strip Business Association also notes on its website, “Approximately 70% of the Association’s total assessment dollars are used for the increased public safety presence currently provided by Block-Block.” That’s good news. But if you do become injured, know that we have your back.

Our medical team offers the highest quality, state-of-the-art treatment for wounds and minor surgeries, acute care for short-term illnesses, and vaccinations (including flu shots) and lab services on site. With the constant spotlight on “The Strip,” we want to do all we can to ensure that its businesses and employees shine, too.

How do you get out the word about your health care services? A number of BlogMutt writers have a background in health care and can tailor a post that’s sure to inject energy into your marketing plan. Contact us to see how we can help your health care services get noticed.

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#WOOF Roundup – Arbuckles’ Roasted Coffees

Welcome to the weekly #WOOF roundup, a compilation of this week’s words of the day, from the dictionaries of the day.

woof dictionariesStarted in 1864, Arbuckles’ Roasted Coffees dominated the American coffee market for decades, particularly in the Western states.  Prior to the Civil War, all coffee beans were sold ‘green,’ and it was the customer’s responsibility to roast, grind, and brew his or her own cup of coffee.  Roasting is a difficult process on a domestic scale, and many consumers burnt their beans, which ruined the flavor of the coffee.  Brothers John and Charles Arbuckle were the first in the United States to sell roasted beans, which eliminated home-roasting, and their product was an instant success.

The Arbuckles were among the first marketers to have a collection scheme, where premium stamps clipped from coffee bags could be traded for various sundries such as handkerchiefs and razor blades.  The brand even became a vocabulary term on the range– an ‘arbuckle’ was an epithet for a greenhorn rancher, a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the ranch boss cashed in Arbuckles’ premium stamps to pay for the greenhorn’s services. Today, Arbuckles’ coffee has been replaced by Starbucks as the largest coffee roaster in the United States.  Though named for the Pequod’s chief mate, the Starbucks brand sounds like a subtle tribute to the Arbuckle brothers, who originally roasted ‘The Coffee that Won The West.’

Monday: Guhyakas – Literally “hidden beings.” Inferior divinities thought to live in caves, and attend upon Kuvera, the lord of wealth, and his hidden treasures.  From the 1903 Classical Dictionary Of Hindu Mythology And Religion, Geography, History, And Literature.

Tuesday:  A tip for writers! How to convey nervousness (e.g., Woody Allen) without using the word ‘said.’  From The ‘Said’ Book of 1948 from Rodale Press. This is an interesting book made up entirely of alternate ways to write that a person said something.

Wednesday:  Gangue – The nonmetalliferous or nonvaluable metalliferous minerals in the ore; veinstone or lode filling. The mineral associated with the ore in a vein.  From the 1957 Dictionary of Geological Terms.

Thursday:  Arbuckles’ – The brand of coffee so common on the range that most cowmen never knew there was any other kind.  From: Western Words, A Dictionary of the American West, 1968.

Friday:  Solar Wind – The stream of charged particles emitted by the sun as it constantly sheds a tiny fraction of its mass into interstellar space.  From The Dictionary of Scientific Literacy, 1992.

Have a great weekend!

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