For several years, Acacia has loved helping family and friends in the area of writing; from resumes to typing papers, Acacia strived to make sure the people she helped got the best work possible. Throughout the years, she’s noticed that it’s not the work that gives her enjoyment, but helping others get an A on a paper or advancing in the workplace.
‘’Noticing how often people would come up to me for cover letter and resume help or even writing tips, it really drove me to want to go into business for myself.’’
Noticing her impact on others, she decided to finally go into business for herself! A. Okay! was born as a simple “play” off of her name and a coined English phrase when everything is up to standards. A. Okay is here to provide a middle-man service, while giving A1 customer service.
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In your own words, what do you do?
I assist professionals, business owners, and students to perfect their writing skills, jump into another career or advance in their career (cover letters and resumes), designing fliers for small business owners, and providing clients with successful writing tips.
Where did your skills for writing come from?
Growing up, my mom always made sure I used correct grammar when I spoke. This helped me develop a love for writing and typing writing assignments throughout my school career. Also, once I already had the passion for writing, my English professor in college, Ms. Martello, always gave me writing tips and exercises to help me hone my writing.
Share us some tips on how to become a better skilled writer?
Confidence, structure, and a handy thesaurus. When writing, your tone and attitude are being portrayed to the reader; having a sense of confidence enhances your likeability and the understanding your reader will have. In any writing assignment, structure is important because it helps to keep your intentions clear and straight to the point. For example, when you’re formatting a resume, make sure you clearly mark each section for the employer to pinpoint. Lastly, a thesaurus lessens your chances of using the same words and sounding repetitive. Using different words—although they have the same meaning—will strengthen your versatility among other candidates, peers, or whoever is reading.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
BE PATIENT!!!! When I first started out, I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself to be successful; by the end of the first week after my launch, I drove myself crazy! I had to remind myself to be patient and what’s meant for me, will always be for me.
What are the steps someone needs to go through when writing a resume?
Making sure their resume is eye-catching! An eye-catching resume consists of the correct font (i.e. Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial), correct size of font (typically 9-12 for the body), a clean-cut layout where the sections are clearly labeled, no unnecessary wording, and most importantly a skills and a profile section. Next, word choice is extremely important for a resume! The simple changes from “in charge of a team of five employees” to “managing a team of employees,” makes all the difference. Also, making sure there are at least three responsibilities/job duties, all in present tense, change the tense of the resume. Lastly, always have someone ready to be able to proofread your resume to ensure there are as few errors as possible. These few things may seem miniscule however, these are some of the steps I take when I begin to format a resume for a client.
What’s your favorite part of A. Okay! Writing Services? And why?
My favorite part of my business is the reaction I get from clients. I love seeing my clients happy, getting the job they wanted, or acing their writing assignment. I also love when clients recommend my services to others and brag about their service!
What sacrifices have you had to make during life?
Not spending as much time with my kids as I’d like. My son is four and my daughter is a little over one and a half and I typically get caught up with my work so much, I miss out on taking them to the park, one-on-one time, and other activities.
What steps do you take when you want to get through a less of a good business day?
I remind myself exactly why I became an entrepreneur and who benefits the most from my success. It took a lot of courage, self-talks, positive affirmations, tears, money, and so much more! I think of what I had to do to get here, where I was before, and where I want myself and my business to be 5 years from now. In other words, I find the lesson in the experience and move forward.
Do you believe in destiny or do you think you can control your fate?
As the poet, William Ernest Henley said in Invictus, “It matters not how strait the gate, how