There was a time, long ago, when knowing how to correctly spell a word was an accomplishment indeed. I would know – many moons ago, when I was in elementary school, I won 2nd place in a spelling bee. But now, other than the odd spelling competition, the need to know how to spell has fallen by the wayside.

And it’s all because of spell check.

Don’t know how to spell entrepreneur? No problem, just type it in Word or a Google search and the correct spelling pops up. I’m not a teacher (for those who are, please correct me if I’m wrong), but I predict that children growing up in today’s society will have a hard time spelling without the assistance of computers.

Now what does this have to do with business? Spell check has become not a tool, but a crutch that we rely on too much. The problem with spell check is that it’s smart, but not that smart—the computer doesn’t know the difference between there, their and they’re (although grammar check has highlighted my “their” in this Word document so maybe I underestimate it). It’s way too easy to run a spell check on a document and pronounce it done.

No matter what you’re sending, whether it be an e-newsletter to clients or a business proposal, make sure you get another set of eyes on it first before letting it go. Even if you do not have someone else to look at it, wait at least 24 hours, read it over again, and then send it out. You’ll be surprised how many mistakes you can find.

If you ever need someone else to look over your web copy, manuscript, or anything to do with words, feel free to give me a call at 250-964-3520 or e-mail me at I can help!