When you are just starting out, your main focus should be on building your platform, creating consistent content for your target market and growing your email list. The tools below will help you get started in the right direction, even on a tight budget.
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One of my favorite tools is Grammarly. I first began using Grammarly as a Chrome app, but then added to my iPhone, Word, and I finally upgraded to a paid plan. Even the best writers make mistakes in the prose and very few people are really good at editing their own writing.
Grammarly fills in the gaps. Grammarly is a good spell checker, but the real power comes from the grammar, style, and plagiarism checker. It has different setting depending on the type of writing you are doing, whether it is business, casual, or technical.
Grammarly runs mobile on Apple and Android products. It is really helpful correcting mistakes in quickly written text messages or email. I began using the free version on my iPhone. Grammarly can be downloaded as an extension for Chrome and many other browsers. It worked so well, I downloaded the free version for Microsoft Word and Outlook. One caution will Word, turning on Grammarly disables Ctrl-Z (the undo command) and revision tracking. For this reason, I leave Grammarly turned off until I have completed the document and make all of the changes at once.
Most of the features are available in the free version, but I purchased the upgrade to get access to the plagiarism checker. It never hurts to double check and it is very robust. It usually picks up quoted text that I have cited and confirms the original location.
Both the mobile apps, web version, the PC version, and the Mac version are stylish and unobtrusive. The explanations are clear and easy to understand.
Grammarly sends weekly emails, that show you top three errors and your overall percentage based on words reviewed and consistency. You could use Grammarly as a crutch for your writing but all of the tools are present to help you improve and stop making repetitive mistakes.
With the lasted release for Google documents, there is no reason to not give Grammarly a try. It is free to try and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the level of support this program provides.