Business English

Business English Articles

Business English has its own, distinct characteristics. The vocabulary you need depends on the sector, and the culture of the business you are in. 

We will publish articles here that cover most general business situations.

With dictionary look up - double-click any word to find its definition.

Developing Organizational Skills for Managing Email


Organizational skills are an absolute necessity for anybody working online! The internet is the perfect breeding ground for information overload and unwittingly we allow our email to work against us in this way. The problem stems mostly from our own failure to better manage information that we receive in our in box and simply compounds over time. The result is a flood of email which we do not know what to do with therefore allowing it to clutter up our in-box.

Aligning Integrity And Finance - It Is Possible

The most common financial mistakes managers make

In many organizations managers are not taught how to manage their budgets. In some cases managers are given budget responsibility but not budget authority. In these organizations it takes 5 levels of signatures to get a few hundred dollars approved. Worst, managers are given both responsibility and accountability but little financial training. As a result, budget forecasts are a guess; managers tend to spend whatever they have, because they are afraid if they don’t, their next quarter budgets will be reduced. Revenue goals or plain budget goals are not based on data from customers or trends; they are simply numbers picked from the sky. If the organization grew 5 % last year then 10 % would be a better goal for this year. The problem with financial projections starts when programs and projects get either overfunded or underfunded based on the initial projections which were not made with financial integrity.

Relationship Marketing has nothing to do with managing your family, it refers to forming a long-term and mutually beneficial arrangement with your customers, where both the buyer and seller have an interest in providing a more satisfying exchange. This approach attempts to transcend the simple purchase-exchange process with a customer to make more meaningful and richer contact by providing a more holistic, personalized purchase, and uses the experience to create stronger ties.

For many people, there comes a time, at least once in their life, where they find themselves sitting across from someone who is interviewing them for a job. Whether initiated by their desire for a new position, or because of circumstances that led to a job loss, securing a job interview is their next step in moving their career forward. Regardless of how they came to be sitting across from an interviewer, the interview itself can be an intimidating experience.

It's vitally important that you prepare properly for your job interview. Expecting to go, unprepared, into an interview and "winging it" is a recipe for failure. It's a highly competitive business world out there with a plethora of qualified candidates looking for that next career position. Along with having the qualifications for the job you're interested in, job interview preparation is essential to giving yourself a chance to win the position.

The Business of Writing Articles…for Business

In today’s business environment, people are constantly searching for quality information. They want to understand processes, systems, products, services, and organizations better. They are always on the lookout for online and offline articles that present current and relevant information. In business, articles enhance an enterprise’s reputation when they impart practical information to readers in an organized and easy-to-read format.

So, how does a business, whether small, medium or large, use articles to enhance their business? They place their articles on their company websites and on their company blogs. Sometimes a business writes a search engine optimized (SEO) article intended for widespread distribution on the Internet. They provide links back to their company website in the author’s resource section at the end of the article. These articles build traffic to business websites.

The Business of Writing Newsletters

As we continue our series on different types of business writing, we're looking at a popular form that many businesses use: the business newsletter.

Newsletters are an effective way to keep individuals and other businesses informed about an enterprise. Newsletters are typically monthly, although some are weekly or even quarterly. They provide specialized information to those with an interest in a company and all they offer.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Working at Home

by Suzanne E Morrison

If you are starting a home business it is important to think about why you want to do this and also what the pros and cons of working from home full time will be.

At the time of writing I have been working from home full time for just over one year. Prior to that I worked full time for a big company for over 12 years. Before I took the plunge and decided to work from home full time I had to consider carefully why I wanted to do this and what the advantages and disadvantages were going to be. Here are what I see as the main positives and negatives, based on my experience from both sides of the fence.

SWOT Analysis

What is it and Why is it Important to Your Business?

by Leo Thomas

SWOT analysis or position analysis is a crucial exercise that all businesses should undertake at regular intervals, whether they are new or old. It is basically a critical appraisal of the Strengths and Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in relation to the internal and environmental factors affecting a business.

Writing Mini-Reports and White Papers

It's May and the flowers are all set to sprout abundantly, as spring shifts into top gear. With that in mind, we're gearing up as well into a more substantive form of writing. Last month we dealt with Emails and Memos, which are more in line with a shorter-form of compact writing. This month we're discussing Mini-Reports and White Papers. Two slightly more involved forms of writing that businesses utilize to convey information.

Writing Emails and Memos

Communicating effectively in business involves using words in a variety of formats. Whether as part of a speech or a sales brochure, or in a host of other ways, your goal is to get your message across clearly with words. When people understand your message they understand your business and its purpose better.

Consider the plethora of words that are part of a corporation's annual report. These words accompany the financial statements and their myriad of numbers. Words explain what a business did in the past, what they are currently doing, and what they plan to do in the future. In addition, words often form the narratives that help explain the "story" behind the "numbers" in business.

We're going to look at the simplest forms of business communications this month, emails and memos. In subsequent months, we'll look at more complicated forms of writing.