Here’s a very cool free tool for creating a customized disclosure policy for your blog or website: http://disclosurepolicy.org/

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The executive summary section in a business plan is intended to provide a summary of the most important information that your investors or financial institution needs.

When writing an executive summary, keep it brief. You have the opportunity to elaborate on the information in the rest of the business plan, but if your executive summary doesn’t catch the reader’s attention they won’t continue on to read the rest of the business plan.

Like a cover letter on a resume, your executive summary needs to be written in such a way that it interests the reader enough to spend some time looking at the longer document.

I’ve found some good websites that have free templates for writing the business plan executive summary:

Example executive summary (downloadable template)

Article explaining how to write an executive summary

Website that offers a free report on writing an executive summary

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1. What is your overall feeling about the work we did for you? (circle one)

a) completely happy

b) very happy

c) somewhat unhappy

d) very unhappy

Why? _____________________________________________________

 

2. What did you like about our company? (circle as many as you wish)

a) customer service

b) quality of work

c) reliability

d) price

e) other (please specify): _________________________________

 

3. What suggestions for improvement do you have for us? (please be frank – it helps us improve our service)

 

4. Is there anything else you’d like us to know? 

 

5. May we use your comments as a testimonial on our website?  ___ Yes ___No

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It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone who has been a part of our lives.  When that person is gone, there’s a hole where (he or she) used to be in your life. That’s what many of us are feeling today.

Some of you knew ______ (name) better than others, but you’re here because (he or she) had an impact on your life, and you want to honor that.  And because (he or she) did affect you in some way, it’s not going to be easy to say goodbye.

At such a difficult time, it’s important to remember the good memories we all have of _______ (name).  By holding on to those memories, we can focus on the good times we had together, and help each other find comfort in this difficult time.

Some of you may remember when _______ (name) was _______ (share a short story about the person such as a childhood memory; be sure to keep it positive).  Or perhaps others of you recall _______ (share another positive story from the person\’s life).

Even as a child, _______ (name) made a difference in people’s lives.  (Share a brief story about the person’s childhood that shows that he or she had an impact on someone, even in a small way.  Be sure to keep it positive.)

_______ (name) was always _______ (list a positive quality about the person such as an honest person, a good listener, a great cook, et cetera).  (He or She) always _______ (explain how that positive characteristic affected the person’s life, such as he or she had the best green bean casserole at Thanksgiving).  (He or she) was also _______ (list another positive quality about the person), which always came through when _______ (share how others could see this quality in the person).

And more than anything else, _______ (name) was _______ (name another positive quality that really defined who the person was, such as faithful, generous, a community volunteer, et cetera).  I remember _______ (share a story about the person that expresses that quality, such as church involvement, donating time and money to charities, et cetera).

It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who had a big impact on our lives.  It’s always hard to lose someone you know, to let go of (him or her), and move on.  But if we keep those good memories in our hearts and minds, we can find comfort, and _______ (name) will always be with us.

Just by being here, you’re showing that _______ (name) had an impact on you. And that’s a great comfort to me to know that (he or she) touched other people’s lives in the same way (he or she) touched mine.  And that’s how I’ll always remember _______ (name).

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Testimonial for an inspiring teacher

Vicki Robin entered my life at exactly the right time. After decades of striving for achievement and accumulation, I was searching for more meaning. Vicki taught me that the key to “more” is actually ”less”. Doing less, consuming less, worrying less. Finding the quiet place that represents “enough” for me. What I love about Vicki is not only does she walk her talk, she’s also realistic about the challenge of change. She recommends small steps that feel right for you. She won’t ask you to completely transform your life, although you may just find that you do!

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Sample 1

We appreciate your inquiry.  We have received your e-mail and will
respond as soon as possible.

Our normal business hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST, Monday to
Friday. We are closed on weekends, but will respond to your enquiry as
soon as we get back to work on Monday!

Sample 2

We have received your e-mail and will begin processing it shortly. Once we have researched your request we will respond to your e-mail with as much detailed information as possible.

Our normal business hours are from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM EST, Monday to
Friday and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturdays.

Please note that this is an automated response and replies to this email will not  be answered.

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Internet consultant Daniel Watrous recommends that you ask customers for their input on things like a logo design. Here’s his suggested writing template:

[begin email]
SUBJECT: We need your help!

Hi,

This might sound a bit rushed, but we’re in over our heads (again). We could just slog through this one on our own, but we think you might be uniquely qualified to help us solve our problem. Could you do us a small favor?

You see, while we’ve been working hard to make great content for [sitename], the site ‘logo’ (if you even call it that) has gone a bit, ummm, stale. We thought it looked great when we started the site, but sooooo much has happened.

We’ve spent hours (days, weeks and months really) on projects and tutorials and dozens of our readers have contributed wonderful articles too. We’ve been through site crashes and technology foibles. We’ve changed things a few times and just can’t seem to find the right look.

But then we realized that you are our ‘look’. That’s why we think you’re the best person to help us right now.

What we want to find is some type of ‘logo’, for lack of a better word. Something that would represent the lives of the women behind our blog and the values we all represent.

The bad news is that our attempts so far just haven’t produced the results we hoped for. In fact, you can see them here:

[linktodesigncontest]

So how can you help? There are a few ways (and you don’t even have to be a designer).

The most simple way to help us out would be to [reply to this email/post a comment at link] telling us what you think [sitename] has become and what it means to you. Just open up and let us know why you follow our blog and what it has done for you.

If you feel like you have an eye for design you could go to our design contest above and vote on the submissions or even submit your own. Be as creative as you like, since we really are all about you. If you have the best design you’ll win the prize money too!

The last way that you can help us would be to forward this email to your family and friends that you think might have a good design idea for us.

[sitename] is really all about you. Thank you. We really can’t wait to hear what you think and incorporate that into who we become.

Sincerely,
[end email]

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This ___________ (type of product) is provided as is without any guarantees or warranty. In connection with the product, the author, ___________ (your name or company name) makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, of title, or of noninfringement of third party rights. Use of the product by a user is at the user’s risk.

Not exactly the type of disclaimer you’re looking for?  Try the legal forms on this website.

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If you have a blog, website, ebook or other information product it’s a good idea to include a disclaimer for such things as earnings, warranty and limits of liability.

The following samples of liability and earnings  disclaimer templates provide a starting point for the wording you need – but keep in mind that they are for information purposes only and may not be exactly right for your needs (see, I just included a disclaimer there!)

By the way, if you need a disclaimer or release of liability for something other than an information product, I recommend the release of liability forms on this website.

Example 1: Limit of Liability Disclaimer (for Information Provided)

The information contained in this product / on this site is for information purposes only, and may not apply to your situation. The author, publisher, distributor and provider provide no warranty about the content or accuracy of content enclosed. Information provided is subjective. Keep this in mind when reviewing this guide.

Neither the Publisher nor Author shall be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damages resulting from use of this guide.  All links are for information purposes only and are not warranted for content, accuracy, or any other implied or explicit purpose.

Example 2: Earnings Disclaimer

Earnings Disclaimer: The income examples on this website are just that – examples. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that everyone will achieve the same results. You understand that each individual’s success will be determined by his or her desire, dedication, background, effort and motivation to work. There is no guarantee you will duplicate any of the results stated here. You recognize any business endeavor has inherent risk for loss of capital.

Not exactly the type of disclaimer you’re looking for? Try the release of liability forms on this website (when you get to the website, look for the link “Release Agreements” under the heading “Legal Rights”).

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If you market your products or services through affiliate marketing (paying a commission to other people to send customers to your website), you should have an affiliate agreement. An affiliate agreement is a statement of terms and conditions that affiliates must agree to abide by. Some of the issues that you might want to cover in your agreement include:

  1. affiliate commission amounts
  2. when the affiliate will be paid
  3. website restrictions
  4. linking and tracking
  5. ppc and coupon guidelines
  6. affiliate termination procedures and reasons
  7. return policies
  8. maximum or minimum payout amounts
  9. limits to your liability

How affiliate marketing works (source: Wikipedia)

Your affiliate agreement can be as formal or informal as you like. I’ve got some examples of both types below.

Examples of short affiliate agreements

Unconventional Guides affiliate agreement

Johnny B. Truant affiliate agreement

Example of formal affiliate agreement

AFFILIATE AGREEMENT

This agreement describes the terms and conditions for participation in the (Insert Your Affiliate Program Name Here) Affiliate Program. The terms “Affiliate,” “you,” and “your” are referring to you, the applicant. “We” and “our” refer to (Insert Your Affiliate Program Name Here).
We are independent parties and this agreement will not form any partnership.

AGREEMENT DURATION

This agreement will begin upon our acceptance of your affiliate application and will end when terminated by either party.

Termination may happen at any time, with or without cause, by giving the other party written notice of termination.

MODIFICATION

By posting a Change Notice or a new agreement on this site, we may modify any of the terms and conditions within this Agreement at any time and at our sole discretion. These modifications may include, but not limited to changes in the scope of available referral fees, fee schedules, payment…

Continue reading this sample affiliate agreement (please note that this link to the sample affiliate agreement does not imply an endorsement of the Afftraq affiliate tracking system. I don’t know anything about the Afftraq service – I just like their sample agreement.)

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