5 Tips for Starting a Business While in College

You’re in the middle of writing a 10-page essay on feminism in the digital age when it happens. An amazing idea hits you as you sit in your dorm and you know. Following in the footsteps of Gates and Zuckerberg, you’re ready to start your own business.

But where do you begin?

Here are 5 fantastic tips to help you launch your business and maintain your GPA.

Know What You’re Getting Into

Launching a business takes time, effort, time, money, time, plus more time. Client calls have to be scheduled around Econ 201, orders fulfilled the same week your essay for Russian Lit due, and work doesn’t stop for finals week. Many of us already need more hours in a day and as a college student (especially if you’re full-time) your time is at a premium. How does this fit into your life? How much funding will you need for a launch? What products or services are you offering? Do you need to a license? Does your business need to be registered with the state? You can answer all these questions by writing a business plan. This document helps you turn your idea into actionable steps. It also comes in handy when you’re securing funding, but more on that later.

Value Your Time, Build a Website

We already know your time is precious and one great place to conserve time is in building your website. Do you need a website for your business? Yes, you absolutely do. 81% of customers look online before buying products or services and you don’t want to miss out on those potential leads. It’s simple to get started but the design will take the most time. If you know CSS and HTML, this part is no problem. But don’t worry, there are options for those who can’t cascade style sheets. Web builders like Weebly, WordPress, Wix, and SquareSpace all offer templates you can customize without any coding.

Can’t build your own website? Find someone else to do it for you. The internet is full of designers ready to build your site at every budget level and you can approach them directly. If that option is outside of your budget, websites like Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, and Upwork have a database of freelancers offering a their services for a range of pricing.

Looking for a free option? Find someone willing to do a skill swap. Offer a designer your product or one of your services for free in exchange for designing your website. Not only will you get a new website, you’ve also made a connection and found a future evangelist for your business.

The point is, value your time. You don’t want to spend hours, days, or months coding your own website. And you definitely don’t want to spend that much time learning how to do it yourself before you even get started building one. While it would be a nice skill to have, unless you’re already studying this in school, you should stick to what is going to get you the result you need as quickly as possible.

Find Your Free Resources

As a student entrepreneur, take advantage of all of the free resources at your fingertips. Set up an official business email address using your own domain. There are free options available which means you have more money to spend on other essential items for your business.

Check in with your school’s business center or entrepreneurship support services. Some colleges offer access to space, development resources, pitch days and training, and mentorship opportunities.

Are there any classes that could directly support your business? Think outside of the norm and focus specifically on skills for your business. Maybe textile classes, computer science, or design are just what you need to launch yourself. What does your library or college offer to support small businesses?

Finally, the Small Business Association website is full of advice, resources, and the latest federal business regulations.

Get Out and Mingle

Starting a business can feel like a solitary venture but don’t let yourself stay holed up in your dorm room hacking away at a business plan. Some of the best business breakthroughs are born from conversations with other people. So go forth and network.

Find events at your school for entrepreneurs. Are any organizations based around starting businesses? Join or just attend their events. Organize your own event by partnering with an established organization. Find out what’s happening in your community. Are there any local or national organizations having events nearby? Is there an upcoming conference you can attend in person or online? Look to social media. Join Facebook entrepreneurship groups. Follow like-minded people on Twitter and Instagram. Find companies you admire and follow them on LinkedIn. Look for a small business or entrepreneur Meetup to attend. The internet is full of people ready to share advice and even pool resources.

Find a Mentor

One important part of starting a new business is finding a mentor, someone you can look to for advice or call on in a pinch. This should be someone you trust and admire and with whom you can have candid conversations. These folks are all around you in college, all you need to do is reach out to them. Talk to teachers, guest speakers, and alumni. If you’re in a fraternity or sorority, reach out to your fellow members. Connect with people on Twitter, LinkedIn, or new apps like Shapr. Be professional, be confident, be yourself, and make the ask. You never know who will say yes.

The Bottom Line

Starting a business always takes effort, moreso when you have to go to classes every day. With the right preparation and support, a successful launch and acing your finals are absolutely possible. Set your goals, know your needs, and find your resources. You’ve got this. Good luck.

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InstantWritings.com Review – Failure to Provide an Essay

InstantWritings.com Review

One of the hardest parts of being a student is essay writing. Sitting down, staring at a blank sheet of paper, trying to remember what was learnt in class all those weeks ago, it’s just not for me and I know it’s the same story for many others out there.

InstantWritings is a poor example of a service that takes away that struggle. The site attempts to provide a platform where users can pay to have their essays written and completed by a supposedly professional writer with the aim to provide great service and a low cost solution to high quality, essay writing issues.

Unfortunately, Instant Writings did not provide to expectation.

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Products & Services

Instant Writings allows students of high school age and above to sign up and submit work for a limited amount of services including, but not limited to;

  • Essay Writing (inc. admission essays)
  • Article Review
  • Case Studies
  • Coursework
  • Editing
  • Formatting
  • Presentation
  • Proofreading
  • Research Papers
  • Term Papers

The site covers a small range of subjects compared to other similar sites and gives the user the ability to choose from the number of sources used, what format the document should be submitted in and to what academic level you require.

Compared to other websites of a similar description, this is a poor range of services and topics cover. There is no proof of the quality of the writers on the site, a very basic review and testimonial system and no guarantees.

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Prices and Discounts

For my review test, I wanted a standard term paper, written to a college graduate level for my ‘accounting’ class. I specified that I wanted five sources and I wanted the paper written to an MLA format.

On the next page, I stated that I require the paper to be six pages (1650 words), single spaced with a five day deadline, written by the ‘best writer available’. The total price came to staggering $192.00. As it was my first time, I could get a measly 5% off the total price using the discount promotional code on the homepage.

It’s worth noting that in this promotional banner, the word coupon is spelt ‘Coupone’. Not a great sign for a website that prides itself on professional writing services.

You can also add Plagiarism reports ($10), Abstract pages ($15) and VIP Support options to your order. ($15). There are much more affordable writing solutions out there on the market.

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Services & Website Navigation

In all fairness, InstantWritings.com is relatively easy to navigate. Every page can be accessed via the fixed navigational bar at the top and pages are fast to load.

Upon reading the testimonials page, pretty much all of the review are 4.5/5 stars out of five but these reviews do strike me as legitimate reviews. There is no mention of what service each member used or what writing solution they paid for, meaning these reviews are relatively broad. This leads me to believe these reviews are false and that the website could be a scam or operating illegally.

There is a brief contact page where you can call, email and for some reason, the location of the head office. Many similar sites now offer in-site contact forms or live chat options so if you’re looking for a service with better customer service options, it’s best to look elsewhere.

Upon visiting the frequently asked questions page, you’ll notice there is only 19 very broad questions that are not very helpful and more times that not, ask you to contact the site for more details.

This, alongside poor customer service options, means that using the site and the task of proving its credibility is very difficult. There is also no clear option or statement saying how, or if it’s even possible to receive a refund for poorly written content.

Many of the frequently asked questions state that there is a 30 day money back guarantee and that payments to the site are completely safe and secure. This would be great but there is no form of security badge present on the site and no suggestion of a leading payment platform operating with the site.

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Mary Walton‘s conclusion on InstantWritings.com:

Although Instant Writings initially comes across as quite a professional site, looking to the details and pricing, there is a lot to be explained. Typos throughout the website, expensive services and little to no trust reviews on websites such TrustPilot, there are much better websites available to take your essay writing tasks.

Rated: 1.9

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ExpertWritingHelp.com Review – A Scam

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Having heard from some friends about the services offered by ExpertWritingHelp I decided to check them out and hire them to write a university paper.

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Who Are Expert Writing Help?

As they seemed like a big business, I assumed they’d have someone ideal to do my paper. It seems that they offer a bunch of services that are super easy to order, but it’s a bit of a scam as their ‘experts’ do not live up to expectations.

Services

I kind of trusted them because they didn’t just write essays and papers for different levels of education, but they’d also proofread them. I figured that the writers must be high quality if they would critique other work, so I figured ExpertWritingHelp.com was legit and safe to use. I decided to sign up, create an account, and the next time I went to log in/sign in I made my order, for what I thought was a custom essay.

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Prices and Discounts

It’s hard to say exactly as there are lots of factors that make a difference to price – the higher level of education and how fast you need it are the biggest factors. Like most students, I only used the service when I was desperate and had little time, so my 3000 word paper in 2 days cost $275. There was a discount code available as part of a promotion, but this was only 10%, so the prices are quite high. If I’d needed this in a matter of hours I’d have ended up paying $500 – or even more for a longer essay.

Quality of Papers

Unfortunately, I couldn’t even hand in the paper they sent me. I probably spent as much time re-writing and making changes as if I’d just written it myself. They’ll make revisions for free, but these are very minor. The main hint that the quality is low is that Expert Writing Help will offer to do a lot of work in three hours – there’s no time to make something good, they prioritize profit.

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Customer Support

It’s almost impossible to find a way to contact them, no phone number, no email, and very little support when you have a problem. I couldn’t get a refund for my bad paper, and I’m sure their advertising is on the border of illegal/legal as they do not live up to expectations.

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Mary Walton‘s conclusion on ExpertWritingHelp.com:

I had to leave a review to warn others from using this site, which I would rate as 1/10. The prices were high and the quality was low. If you don’t have time to write or edit your own papers, look for help somewhere other than this website.

Rated: 1

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KingEssays.com Review – Price Is Far Too High

Kingessays Review

If you need a writing service, should you sign up with the KingEssays website? They say that they write some of the best essays out there. If you’re not sure, I’ve written this review to help you tell if they’re legit, or just another scam.

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Services

There’s a few services listed on the bottom of the KingEssays.com website. If you need an essay, assignment or thesis written, then they can handle it. However, they can’t compete with other sites who are offering so much more. Why don’t they offer editing services, or resume writing? If you need something a bit different written, you’ll have to go elsewhere.

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Quality of writers

I made an account so I could order several papers and get a feel for how the writers did their work. What I got back wasn’t encouraging. The essays I got back weren’t as good as anything I could have written myself. It felt as though the writer I had didn’t have the same academic background as me. How could they write for me if they had no education in my field?

Prices

I paid $32 for my essay. That was an undergraduate essay, two pages long and delivered within 10 days. That seems like a deal, but I’ve seen much better writing services offer papers for less. I also noted that there was no promotion code or discount on offer. You can’t get anything for free these days, but I felt that price was far too high.

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Deadlines

I ordered my essay with the understanding that my work would be sent to me as soon as it was written. I got the feeling though, that my essay was written at the last minute. I got it right on the outside of the 10 day time frame. If you’re rather nervous about your essays, you don’t want to be waiting until the last minute.

Customer service

You need to know it’s safe to order with King Essays. After all, many services straddle the line between the illegal/legal. When you login/sign in with them, you can contact them on their support number, or online. I tried to get a refund on my essay as I was so unhappy with it, but I had a real struggle. Customer services just weren’t interested in helping me.

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Mary Walton‘s conclusion on KingEssays.com:

I can’t recommend KingEssays.com at all for your essays. The writing wasn’t up to scratch, the time keeping was poor, and the pricing wasn’t the highest I’ve seen, but you aren’t getting your money’s worth with them. Instead, go use another, better reviewed service. There’s plenty out there who will really give you your money’s worth. As a student on a budget, it’s the only sensible option.

Rated: 1.9

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SigmaEssays.com Review – Poor Quality

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Exams and term papers hit students all at once, and they search for help at essay writing services. So, I decided to review one of them – Sigma Essays.

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Website – 2/10

My first red flag should have been when I only had to provide a few details for my order. It was almost too easy to use – they did not ask for enough specific information to be able to create the essay I wanted.

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Services – 3/10

SigmaEssays.com, like many others, treads the boards of being illegal/legal, and may also be called a scam as their advertising is so false: they claim to use experts but the quality is poor. They only offer papers for Bachelor’s/Undergraduate level, so this isn’t appropriate for Master’s or PhD students, though they’ll offer some professional services like resumes and statements of intent.

Prices and Discounts – 4/10

You can reduce the suggested prices as there is a discount for new customers, as well as promotion codes when you login/sign in or sign up. The price varies depending on how quickly you want something, as the price can be up to three times higher for a 3-hour turnaround. The prices are quite low, an average 2000 word student paper would cost $100 for 6 day turnaround, though the best deal is for 2 weeks –most students don’t have that long.

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Quality of Papers – 1/10

The signs were all there that the quality would be poor. The prices of SigmaEssays were towards the low end, which should have warned me that they aren’t paying the best writers. Plus as they will offer to write a ten page paper in a matter of hours, they not prioritizing quality, as no legit term paper could be produced in such a short amount of time. I only had a small paragraph box to describe what I wanted, but this was largely ignored, as most of the essay is padding, not real content and the sources used were dated and questionable.

Customer Service – 2/10

I wanted a refund and to cancel my account, and I even threatened a negative review, however they would not give me anything back for the poor quality paper I received. They would make minor adjustments for free, it was not salvageable. I used the contact number, but got little support, and it’s safe to say I will never use this service again.

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Mary Walton‘s conclusion on SigmaEssays.com:

Overall, I would only give this service a 1.1/5. While the paper was terrible, at least it was cheaper than others so I’ve lost time and effort more than money.

Rated: 1.1

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Do You Need a Business Degree to Start a Business?

Business Degree

Entrepreneurs start businesses in many ways. Some dive right into building their companies. Others complete training and education first. Do you need a business degree to start a business? Though there is no rule saying you must earn a degree; many successful startup stories begin with a college education.

Do you need a business degree to start a business?

If you’re like many aspiring business owners, you’ve considered going to college, but you’re hesitant about pursuing a business degree. Looking at how other entrepreneurs got started might help you decide which route is best for you.

Hugely successful entrepreneurs with no business degree get a lot of publicity. They are business world heroes who skipped the institution and forged their own paths to the top. Passing on the cost of higher education to run a profitable company is an attractive plan. But, is it the norm for today’s business owners?

According to the most recent statistics, the answer is no. A 2012 Manta survey revealed that most business owners (64%) had some form of education after high school. Of those, 23% had bachelor’s degrees and 17% had graduate degrees.

Do you need a degree to start a business?

Technically, no. But, whether aspiring entrepreneurs should go to college for business is a heavy debate. While some are against earning a business degree, others say it makes all the difference.

Why some say you don’t need a business degree

Though most owners have at least some college experience, not all support business degrees. Many career paths require you to hold credentials to work in the industry. Business ownership is not one of those. So, if there’s no education needed to own a business, why go to college?

Here are some common reasons for starting a business without a degree.

The cost is high

One of the biggest explanations for business owners establishing companies without a degree is the cost of college. Education expenses vary widely by school, program, and degree. Depending on the track you choose, you could end up owing a lot of money for a business degree.

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides experience in business strategy, accounting, and marketing, among other subjects. This level of training is valuable to business owners, but it comes at a price. According to MBA Programs, the average cost of MBA tuition is $50,000 per year or $80,000 for the full two years.

Costs don’t stop after commencement for new entrepreneurs. The internet is full of startup ideas that require little or no overhead. But, usually starting a business requires cash. A 2009 study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation said the average cost to start a business from scratch is just over $30,000.

Put these figures together, and you’re looking at an expensive future. Of course, not every business owner’s debts are the same. There are financial aid programs available and less expensive business degree options. Entrepreneurs also have a variety of small business funding options, such as SBA loans, business credit cards, and angel investors.

College takes time

Aspiring business owners don’t want to clock in and out of their jobs like robots every day. They are passionate about their ventures, which drives them to grow their companies. Often, entrepreneurs want to start their businesses right away.

Building a business takes time. With so much to do for the business, entrepreneurs might feel that a four-year degree is too long to wait. And, they will likely have to take extra courses required for the business degree that have nothing to do with their business plan. For certain individuals, time might be better spent developing the startup.

Support for business degrees

The majority of business owners have at least some college experience. Though you don’t need a degree to own a company, education can make you a better business owner. Here are examples of how a degree can help you as an entrepreneur.

Gain communication skills

As a business owner, good communication skills are crucial. If you can’t sell, you won’t make money. College teaches you how to communicate with different audiences (one-on-one and to a crowd) through multiple channels (written and verbal).

University communication experiences transfer into operating a business. From generating leads to negotiating prices, you need to be able to “talk the talk” in diverse settings.

Be a problem-solver

As an entrepreneur, you constantly face new challenges that you must overcome to stay in business. You use your resources to solve problems and adapt to changes. A business degree gives you pre-ownership insight so you don’t have as many startup lessons learned the hard way.

A business degree prepares you in many ways to run a business. What skills do you need to start a business other than problem solving? You also need to understand time management, how to organize, and project management. College will help you develop the ability to make a road map for your goals.

Create a network

A large part of building a successful business has to do with your connections. People introduce you to mentors and clients who help your company grow. By earning a business degree, you have a professional network before you start your company.

With all the technology available, word-of-mouth is still a valuable tool for business owners. Long-term relationships in business form over time within your network. With a business degree, you shake influential hands that can help you get your operation off the ground after college.

Have a backup plan

By getting a business degree, you’re not putting all your eggs in one basket. If your company fails, you have that degree to fall back on. Considering only about half of new businesses survive the first five years (according to the SBA), it’s a good idea to have a backup plan.

Even if you learn how to start a small business that is profitable, you might find that entrepreneurship is not for you. One Bureau of Labor Statistics survey showed that baby boomers held an average of 11.7 jobs. And, people are jumping jobs more than ever. Having a business degree will make transitioning into a different career a smoother process.

We’re human beings. We fail. We change our minds. We evolve. For entrepreneurs, a business degree offers experience needed to run a successful business and opens doors to future opportunities.

Amanda Cameron is a content writer for Patriot Software, LLC. At Patriot, she explains difficult payroll and accounting topics for small business owners.

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AcademiaWriting.com Review – Missed Deadline

Academia Writing Review

AcademiaWriting say they can get an essay to you with only 12 hours notice. Is that legit, or just another scam? I was curious, so I made an account to find out more for this review.

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Services – 4,5/10

There appears to be plenty of services on offer on the Academia Writing website. There’s essay and assignment writing, as well as ebook writing, presentation creation, and dissertation work. At first, I was surprised when I couldn’t find proofreading as one of their offered services. However, I found that they do offer it, only it’s been spelled ‘proodreading’ on the site. Oh dear.

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Quality of writers – 2/10

I made sure to sign up and put in an order, so I could see for myself what the writing is like. Some services border on the illegal/legal, so I wanted to make sure AcademiaWriting.com are the real deal. Turns out, they send you an essay, but the quality is dreadful. The essay was full of easily fixed errors, and the writer’s knowledge left something to be desired. I wouldn’t have been able to use this at school.

Prices – 3/10

I paid $45.98 for my essay. This price was for a 2:1 standard undergraduate essay, at 2 pages long and delivered within 10 days. That price is rather high for what the site could offer, and I have certainly bought better papers for less in the past. What was rather disheartening was that the only discount you can have is a small amount of money off, if you place a certain amount of orders. I couldn’t find another promotion code for you.

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Deadlines – 1/10

You expect an essay to be delivered within the time frame given, when you order it. I wasn’t as lucky with this service. The deal was to deliver within 10 days, but I had to wait an extra 24 hours before I got my essay. As you can imagine, I wasn’t impressed.

Customer service – 3/10

Academia Writing say they’re a safe place to order from, and they offer all kinds of support. There’s a phone number to ring, live chat, or on site messaging if you need their help. I tried to get a refund thanks to my late essay, but the customer service team wasn’t very helpful. Not great when you’re selling yourself as having the student’s interests at heart.

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Mary Walton‘s conclusion on AcademiaWriting.com:

You’re free to contact any writing service for your essay, but I can’t recommend Academia Writing. You’ll need to login/sign in before you can talk to them, and I’m not convinced they care enough about what they’re giving you. I would contact another writing service, if I were you. Get a better essay for less money, and from a company who understands what it’s like to be a student!

Rated: 1.7

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CheapEssayWritings24.com Review – Don’t Use It

Writing an essay is one of the most monotonous tasks students today undertake. Sifting through endless class notes, staring at a blank piece of paper or screens trying to decide where to begin.

CheapEssayWritings24.com unfortunately does not provide an even ample service to cover this increasingly in-demand issue. Featuring a poor interface, sky high costs and quite frankly, unacceptable review system, there are much more convenient and more affordable solutions on the market.

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Products & Services – 4/10

At first glance, when on the homepage, the website doesn’t initially seem too bad. There’s a list of services where the user can choose what academic level they would like the paper or essay written to, as well as a choice of papers including;

  • Essays (inc. admission essays)
  • Dissertations
  • Course Work
  • Articles
  • Term papers
  • Presentations & a few others

In total, there are 38 services and this may seem like a lot, but on closer inspection, you’ll see that many of these services seem like ‘filler’. This includes ‘Movie Review’ and ‘Book Review’. Many other companies offer these services and many more.

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Moving down the page, there is an acceptable range of deadlines to choose from and the user can also choose how many pages the essay needs to be (6 pages = 1650 words).

For our example, I chose to purchase a Master Level term paper that’s 10 pages long and I need it delivered in five days. The total came to a breathtaking $220. This is frankly too much for the average student and there are much more affordable solutions out there. The price again increases when you click continue and add the subject, topic and choose how many sources should be used and what format the paper should be.

Website & Navigation – 5/10

Being able to find all the information you need easily and quickly is so important when using a website such as Cheap Essay Writings 24. There is a handy side menu which pops out for easy navigation and is easily the best feature on the website. The website loads all pages reasonably quickly and all pages are clearly labelled.

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Customer Service & Feedback – 4/10

The only other feature this site does well is offering decent customer service. There are a number of clearly labelled contact options including email, phone and even a live chat feature (despite it taking several minutes for each reply). There is also a semi decent FAQ page.

Unfortunately, there is absolutely no testimonials or review pages. This means that you cannot see anybody who has previously used the site and hear what they had to say. This either translates to poor service and the company has no good reviews or the company lacks credibility and is not a legitimate site. There is no mention that the site uses a secure payment system.

As it turns out from our example, the writers on Cheap Essay Writings24 are not native English speakers. The text itself was also riddled with mistakes.

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Mary Walton‘s conclusion on CheapEssayWritings24.com:

Although CheapEssayWritings24 is a fully functional website with some potentially great features, it leaves a lot to be desired. With some minor tweaks and investment, this could be a great writing solution but as it is currently, there are much better alternatives that are more affordable and give a much better service.

Rated: 2.1

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Learning Management Software or LMS Trends that Schools Should Know

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are used by universities, colleges, and schools to offer e-learning courses in addition to their conventional courses on campus. Companies also utilize this type of software to offer online education and training to their employees. For these reasons, the LMS market is expected to boom to more than $7 billion by the year 2018 and the global e-learning market is expected to rake in revenue of about $31 billion by 2020. You can select a suitable LMS for your needs by reading the expert reviews in a reputable directory’s list of SaaS software. LMSs have evolved and changed over the years and in this article I provide you with details about the latest trends in this industry that you should be aware of.

Tin Can

The previous SCORM format has made way for Tin Can API, and leading LMSs are incorporating this change. Tin Can API offers many advantages compared to SCORM. While both formats enable you track time used up on assignments as well as test completion, Tin Can API goes a step further and gives you the chance to see detailed results, utilize your content and learning materials outside the LMS, and move seamlessly between different LMSs. For these reasons, Tin Can API has become popular among educators and content authors.

Open Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Systems

Cloud-based SaaS products allow easy setup and use of LMSs and they can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. But they have the drawback of minimal customization. In comparison, open source products are easy to customize, but their drawbacks are frequent downtime and administration. Open SaaS platforms are the answer as they incorporate the best traits of both systems and provide easy customization as well as minimized setup expenses. As a result, open SaaS systems are becoming popular as they reduce ownership costs and offer service delivery for the unique requirements of companies.

Gamification

Gamification uses gaming mechanics and elements to add a fun element to education and LMSs. It improves learning speed and retention among students. As a result, gamification has become a popular trend in the learning industry. Top LMSs are increasingly incorporating gamification and improving their portal design and interface as well. Gamification increases engagement, allows learners to employ strategies such as time management, and make use of incentive and reward systems. As a result, the education process becomes entertaining, and the learning potential is improved through incentivized behaviors and processes.

Social Learning

Social networks have become popular because they enable people to schedule stuff and share information with their contacts. Millions of people have formed online social circles and keep themselves informed on what their friends and contacts are up to, and share intimate details with them. Now, the education and learning industry is making use of social networks too. LMSs use them to provide access to learning materials to learners and enable them to collaborate and share content and knowledge in their social circles. Going further, we can expect LMSs to deliver adaptive and personalized talent management and training solutions to learners through social networks. Leading LMSs will start using knowledge collaboration and social learning tools such as Twitter, blog, communities, discussion forums and more.

Blended Learning

This is another growing trend in the learning industry. Companies are using blended learning to provide in-depth training to their employees. LMSs are integrating practical and digital learning tools and supplementary materials to augment classroom learning. Plus, users get hands-on experience. Thus, blended learning helps LMSs to provide more effective learning to both corporate employees as well as students. Another advantage is you can use a single website to schedule exams and tests, and organize and monitor them. Plus, it reduces the overall expenses of training. Because of these numerous benefits, I’m sure we’ll see more of blending learning in LMSs in the future.

Increased Corporate Use

Companies have been using LMSs to train their employees and this trend is expected to pick up pace in the future as they realize that there are many benefits to investing in the personal development and education of their staff members. LMSs have proved to be a big help in management as well as customer engagement. Besides, training employees can boost morale and minimize turnover. Plus, business partners and customers can utilize the information dissemination and tracking features in LMS. Companies can use a good quality LMS to devise their customer service website and e-commerce strategies.

Video Learning

A Cisco report has predicted that video content will make up 80% of the global internet traffic by the year 2019. Users are expected to upload and share about a million minutes of video content each second. This trend is not surprising as videos have become a popular medium to tell stories, provide information, and captivate viewers. LMSs have capitalized on this trend and are including videos in their courses and blended learning plans. In addition to documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc., LMSs are supporting both uploaded and streamed videos.

Interactive E-learning Conversations

Unidirectional training is not that effective for knowledge retention and learning. As user preferences and behavior are continuously evolving, it is important to include interactive learning methods. You can do this by getting learner feedback to understand their needs. For this purpose, LMSs are offering surveys and polls to collect learners’ ideas, suggestions, opinions, and inputs based on which educators and companies can developed learning and development plans and strategies.

Smart Data

I believe there’ll be increased use of business intelligence (BI) elements in LMSs. BI helps to extract actionable insights from the large volumes of learning management information and data compiled by universities and corporations. They can use the data insights to improve processes and devise more effective learning and development strategies. This is likely to improve the reporting functionality of LMSs giving you the ability to quickly generate standard reports, apply needed filters, export reports to different formats, and view important reports as graphs and charts. This actionable insight will help educators and corporations to make smart learning and business decisions.

Use of APIs for Integration with Third Party Applications

APIs are used by companies to integrate the different best-of-breed business systems that they use. LMSs are following this trend and are offering API connectors to help enterprises seamlessly integrate the learning management system with third-party apps for data sharing and to easily manage different functions. This integration automates processes and workflows, and enables flow of information between different applications. All you need is a little technical assistance to use the APIs offered by your LMS to boost your organization’s efficiency and productivity.

Micro-learning

In today’s digital age, the human attention is declining year by year. Therefore, LMSs are delivering content in the form of small information nuggets rather than large volumes of data. This method fits aptly with learners’ attention spans and needs. LMSs are using blending learning to help companies upload and deliver small-sized content that can be combined with conventional training methods such as virtual classroom, ILT, etc. for holistic learning.

Conclusion

I hope this article has adequately apprised you on the key trends happening and expected to take place in the LMS industry. If you know any other trends or are using your LMS in an innovative manner to train learners, feel free to share the details with us.

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BoomEssays.com Review – Recommend It

There’s plenty of essay writing sites out there, so you want to find one that’s going to give you exactly what you need. This review will focus on Boom Essays, one of the more popular sites out there at the moment. Are they up to the task? They say that they understand that modern students have more to cope with than students of the past, and so they’re here to help. Can they help you get the grades you need?

What services are on offer?

As you would expect, Boom Essays offers essay writing services to you. This can include term papers, research papers, book reports, and more. They can also handle your dissertation, if you’re struggling to get that sewn up before the end of the academic year. There’s other services too that you may find useful. There’s rewriting, which is great if you need an existing piece rewritten so you can use it in your studies. There’s proofreading and editing, something that everything student should take advantage of. There’s even a CV and resume writing service. If you’re about to graduate, that’s something you really should take advantage of.

Who writes for you?

BoomEssays hand pick their writers, who are all at least trained to degree level in their chosen subject. There’s plenty of writers with Masters degrees and even PhDs too. This means that every writer is well placed to write you a well researched, excellent essay, every time.

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If you need a specific writer, that isn’t a problem. You can go through a database of the writers on the site, and pick the best person for the job. That’s good to know for students who want a writer who’s highly qualified, or one that’s been with the company for a while.

What are the papers like?

The most important thing you need to know is, how good are the papers you order? After all, you don’t want to spend all your money on a paper that isn’t going to get good grades.

Having ordered sample essays, we can say that the ones we got were well written and researched, with real thought put into how they were written. Past customers, both on their website and ones that we’ve spoken to, say the same. Many say that the service they got was outstanding, and the marks they got on the papers were high. It’s clear that if you want an original, well thought out essay, BoomEssays.com have you covered.

How’s the Boom Essays service?

As well as the quality of the writing, you need to know that the quality of the service is up to the right standard. There’s lots of guarantees on the website that fill you with confidence before you even order:

  • 100% money back guarantee: If you’re not happy with your work, you can get rewrites of it for no additional charge. If you’re still not happy, you can have your money back, no questions asked.
  • 100% authentic writing: Many essay writing sites are plagued with resold essays or even plagiarised writing. BoomEssays promises that every essay they sell is unique to you.
  • No hidden charges: There’s no extra charges you need to pay when you order with Boom Essays. The price you’re given when you order is the price you pay.

All of these guarantees have been in place every time we have ordered from them. The staff on their customer care team are always friendly, and help you out whenever you need it.

How much does it cost?

Of course, you need to know how much it costs to order an essay. With all essay writing services, the cost of the writing will depend on what you need, and how soon you need it. We priced up the following essay, which is the most common one students buy:

– 2:1 standard undergraduate essay
– 2 pages long
– Due in 10 days

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The price we got was $31.98 USD. This is an excellent price, considering the prices lesser sites charge for their services. Considering the quality you get, this is well worth paying.

There’s also discounts on offer, if you want to save some cash. There’s a 15% off discount if you enter 15OFF when you make your first order. There’s also lifetime discounts on offer, topping out at 15% off when you order over 100 pages total.

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Mary Walton‘s conclusion on BoomEssays.com:

There’s a lot of reasons why you should go with BoomEssays.com. Their writers are experts, and you can pick which one writes your essay. The quality of their writing is exceptional. Their service is second to none, and the prices are very reasonable. It’s hard to get this level of quality online, so give them a try the next time you need a paper. You won’t be disappointed.

Rated: 4.9

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Should Schools Start Later In The Morning?

Every parent knows their kids would rather school happened later in the morning. Who hasn’t had to yank their kid out of bed in the morning, in order to get them to school on time? The question should be asked though, should school start later in the morning?

It has to be said that school starts very early in the morning, much earlier than most people have to be in work. at some high schools in the US, students can be expected in as early as 7am. There are some good arguments for keeping the start time so early. If parents are dropping children off at school, then they can do so in plenty of time to get to work. If the day starts earlier, it can finish earlier, meaning children can get the most out of the rest of their day.

However, scientists are beginning to argue that making children get up so early in the morning is actually harmful to their health. In 2015, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even recommended that schools were made to start later, as the current start times are stopping them from getting the 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep that they need every night.

When students were examined by the Centers in a study, they found that being made to start early in the morning made them ‘pathologically sleepy’. It was put forward that teenagers’ internal clocks operate differently to other age groups. There’s a reason teenagers are known to sleep until noon; it’s because they can’t get to sleep until late at night. If they’re made to get up earlier and earlier though, they’re missing out on vital sleep.

When schools have trialled later start times, the effects have been startling. It was found that students were doing better in all of their subjects, especially math and science. There was a boost in attendance, and there was much less lateness from students than there was before. It was even noticed that there was a drop in the number of teen car crashes.

There are arguments for keeping the timings the way they are, though. Schools say that the power is out of their hands in order to change the school day. Parents also don’t want the day to change, as they often rely on older siblings to be home early in the day, so they can care for younger children until they get home.

However you look at it though, it’s clear that schools and children would benefit if they started later in the morning. Students would get more out of their studies and they’d even be safer on the road. It schools can work out how to change their schedules, this could be worth putting into practice.

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