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Dana Berberich

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About Me

Experienced writer with more than 20 years working in the writing and editing industry. Skilled in Content Creation, Editing, Journalism, Publications, and Creative Writing. I particularly enjoy writing about all areas of business, real estate, and health. Strong media and communication professional with a BA focused in Management & Organization Development from Spring Arbor University.

Industries I Write About

Alternative Medicine

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Apparel & Fashion

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Arts & Crafts

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Banking

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Building Materials

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Commercial Real Estate

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Construction

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Consumer Goods

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Cosmetics

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E-learning

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Financial Services

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Furniture

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Health, Wellness & Fitness

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Investment Banking/Venture

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Leisure & Travel

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Management Consulting

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Marketing & Advertising

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Mental Health Care

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Museums & Institutions

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Online Publishing

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Real Estate

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Recreational

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Public Relations

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Publishing

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My Writing Samples

Brief Portfolio

Sampling of writing from a number of different types of publications.

https://danageorgeberberich.contently.com/

Student debt holding back millennials

Student loan debt impact on millennials.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/06/sponsored-student-debt-holding-back-millennials/

Want to pay rent with a credit card? Think again

Bankrate article.

https://www.bankrate.com/credit-cards/use-credit-card-to-pay-rent/

Romantic Getaways Along the Pacific Coast

Article for Hertz.

https://www.hertz.com/blog/travel/things-to-do/romantic-getaways-along-the-pacific-coast

Experience

Correspondent

Write features, primarily real estate, education, and health-related.

Company: Bay Area News Group

I worked there from 2/2013 until now

Senior Writer

Researched, interviewed, and wrote about stem cell pioneers.

Company: Regenerative Medicine Institute

I worked there from 5/2008 until 4/2011

Novelist

Authored four novels -- three historical and one paranormal.

Company: Dorchester Publishing

I worked there from 9/2005 until 7/2015

Freelance Writer

Wrote for newspapers, magazines, corporations, and non-profits.

Company: Various

I worked there from 7/2004 until 9/2005

Reporter

Beats included business, real estate, health, home and garden, and human interest.

Company: Jackson Citizen Patriot

I worked there from 8/1999 until 7/2002

H&R Block

Coordinated with media outlets for Henry Bloch and his support staff.

Company: Coordinator, Assistant to the President Program

I worked there from 2/1983 until 11/1984

Marketing, Paper Products

Supported marketing efforts of paper product unit.

Company: Procter & Gamble

I worked there from 6/1978 until 12/1980

Languages I Write In

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Things You Should Consider Before Filing For Bankruptcy

Given the number of ads on television encouraging people to file for bankruptcy, one would be tempted to believe that wiping out debt has no downside. I'd like to write a realistic piece about the true cost of bankruptcy, including how long it stays on their credit report, the difficulty in finding housing, and other ramifications. I would also cover alternatives to bankruptcy.

Content type: Blog Post

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5 Things You Must Do Before Opening a Small Business

Although opening a business is one of the most exciting times in a person's life, there are a number of things that must be taken care of prior to launch. Even if someone is opening an online store, things like incorporating, opening a bank account, getting a federal tax ID number, obtaining a business license in their state (and often, city) are musts.

Content type: Blog Post

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Your Home as a Gallery

Tips to create a gallery atmosphere in your home. Large or not-so-large, any home take on the cool, sophisticated feel of an art gallery and this blog will show you how.

Content type: Blog Post

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Saving for a Down Payment

The idea of saving for a down payment on a home can seem daunting to a first-time home buyer. I would like to write a piece outlining the actionable things people can do today to begin to save. I'd also like to cover a few things buyers may not be aware of (like low down payment programs, grants for first time home buyers, etc).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: home buying,down payment,saving,special financing programs

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How to Create a New Home in a New Country

Hello. As someone who has moved to another country and recognizes the challenges that can face expatriots, I would like ot write a blog about the actionable steps one can take to make the new country feel like home. As easy as it is to get homesick, it helps to have a plan in place to build a new, better life.

Content type: Blog Post

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Featured Home Blog

Hello. As a news reporter, I have spent more than 20 years writing about real estate. I wanted to pitch writing a featured home blog for two reasons: people love "seeing inside" a home, particularly if it's not their own, and featured homes are a great way to bring attention to a particular area or neighborhood. Just let me know if you're interested or need anything else written.

Content type: Blog Post

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It's Time to Own a Home

As someone who has been writing about real estate for more than 20 years (and has written dozens of articles about rent-to-own), I would love to write a blog that encourages people by breaking the process down into easy-to-understand, bite-size pieces. I read your company profile and think you're correct. Too many people see homeownership as being something for "other people" and not for them. I would like to help change that notion.

Content type: Blog Post

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Easy, Practical Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Hello. As a reporter who has written about real estate for more than 20 years I have noticed a trend -- millenials who avoid homeownership because they believe they cannot save for a down payment and don't understand the many programs available to first-time buyers. I would like to write a blog that covers both issues. I would also touch on those with student loan debt and how that does not have to prevent them from buying.

Content type: Blog Post

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5 Mistakes People Make With Credit Cards

The fact that those who can least afford to make credit card mistakes are those most likely to makes it a tough subject (albiet important). This blog would cover some of the mistakes people make with their credit cards, including using one to pay another, buying things they can easily live without, and making interest-only payments.

Content type: Blog Post

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5 Smart Ways to Use Your Credit Cards

This blog would cover five of the ways credit cards can actually benefit one's overall financial picture. I would want to include points like how paying credit on time positively impacts a person's credit score, how some cards offer discounts to responsible users, and how credit cards can be used in emergency situation.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Teach Children About Money

This blog would cover how many of our financial habits were learned in childhood and how to teach children to make good financial decisions. Ideas would include teaching kids about the benefits of putting a little of their allowance away each week and to think about potential buyer's remorse before making a purchase (asking themselves how quickly they are likely to tire of an item before they buy it).

Content type: Blog Post

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What is a Secured Loan?

This piece would help readers understand what it means to have a secured loan and the downside of not repaying that loan. I would also cover the benefits of making timely payments and building credit.

Content type: Blog Post

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How a Credit Check Impacts Your Credit Score

We all have a credit score, but not everyone understands precisely how it works. I would like to write a blog that explains what a credit score is and how each inquiry impacts that score.

Content type: Blog Post

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Budgeting for Newlyweds

Few things are more stressful for a newly married couple than coming up with a budget that works for both of them -- particularly if they have vastly different views on finances. This blog would focus on several issues: having a frank discussion regarding each partner's current financial situation (including credit score), working together to set mutual financial goals, and coming up with a realistic budget that will help them achieve those goals.

Content type: Blog Post

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Helping the Family Settle into London

Hello. I didn't see anything quite like this on your blog but would like to propose a piece that offers actionable ways to help ones family feel more at home after moving to London. As someone who has been an expatriot, I know how much I would have appreciated a blog that offered advice I could use. I have extensive experience writing about large cities (primarily NYC) and like the idea of making moving a little easier.

Content type: Blog Post

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The Value of Your Time

Financial advisors -- like many professionals -- may not always take into account the value of their time and howmuch of that time they can save by allowing someone else to worry about their billing (and collection). I would like to write a blog that outlines the ways AdvicePay ultimately saves time and money.

Content type: Blog Post

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As Need Writing Assignments

Hello. As a reporter with more than 20 years experience, I have learned the importance of writing in a way that is thorough and easy-to-understand. Prior to journalism, I used my business degree to work for a number of Fortune 500 companies and learned the value of offering a clear message. I see that you seek a long-term writer who can work with you to create content that enhances your brand and grows your customer base. I would like to be considered for the position.

Content type: Article

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The Power of Socializing

For seniors, there are few things more valuable than socialization -- an undertaking that can be particularly difficult for those who immobile, suffering memory loss, or simply shy. I would like to write a blog about ways to become more social, even when there are obstacles to overcome. I will include the ways socialization enhances seniors physically and emotionally, and also offer actionable ways to integrate socialization.

Content type: Blog Post

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The History of a Beautiful Smile

I propose a blog about why society places such an emphasis on strong, healthy-looking teeth. Back when barbers doubled as dentists, no one expected their neighbors to have a pearly white smile. Today is different. A great set of teeth is indicative of good health and even prosperity. After sharing some of the most interesting facts about the history of dentistry, I would end the blog with a call to action, encouraging readers to find an experienced, well-qualified cosmetic dentist.

Content type: Blog Post

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Real-Life Stories

Hello. I propose a blog that features a patient (perhaps a trial participant) who has benefitted from this more humane medical treatment, underscoring the value of the work you do. If a patient is unavailable, I would be happy to interview a physician working on the project to talk about the real-life benefits. As an aside, I was senior writer for two years for a stem cell provider and know that personal profiles are useful tools for inspiring confidence.

Content type: Blog Post

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Five Ways to Deal With Difficult Tenants

Every landlord or management group has experienced their fair share of difficult tenants -- people who can't get along with neighbors, doesn't follow basic rules, or won't pay their rent. Rather than lose sleep over it (or allow it to impact other tenants), these five steps can mitigate the situation.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: management,real estate,landlord,tenants,difficult tenants

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Why Working with a Residential Property Manger is Good for You

Ask any real estate investor and they'll tell you: the easiest part of the journey is buying property. The challenges arise when it comes time to manage that property. This blog will discuss the real life benefits of working with a property manager, including: - Frees up time, allowing the property owner to pursue other interests - Prevents law suits by making sure all state laws are properly carried out - Offers the property owner's brand a more professional image

Content type: Blog Post

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The Less-Obvious Way Working With a Property Management Company Benefits You

There are the obvious things a property management company does, like help you find qualified tenants, collect rents, and deal with problems as they arise. But what about the less-obvious things they do? A strong management company is not afraid to play the bad guy when rents are overdue, help negotiate peace treaties between neighbors, and keep an eye out for other properties that might appeal to you. They keep abreast of property laws and otherwise look out for your interests.

Content type: Blog Post

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Five Ways to Update Curb Appeal

The first thing a potential renter sees is the exterior of your property. If they don't like the way it looks they are likely to drive on by. These five steps are sure to create the kind of curb appeal that makes renters want to see more.

Content type: Blog Post

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Landlord/Tenant Relations 101

This blog will offer 10 actionable things landlords can do to maintain a successful relationship with tenants and create a peaceful living environment -- particularly when dealing with a hard-to-manage renter.

Content type: Blog Post

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All The Right Reasons

This blog would focus on ways to motivate yourself to exercise and eat right -- how to find the one or two reasons for taking care of yourself that resonate. For example, one person may want to look better than his or her piers, while another wants to be strong enough to stay in her old, two-story home or travel the world, carrying her own luggage through airports . It's about taking care of yourself because you want to, not because you are told to.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: wellness,motivation,lifelong motivation,wellness goals

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How Diet Impacts Depression

Most of us have heard the term "you are what you eat" often enough to make us gag. What many of us did not learn about food is the way it impacts our emotions. This blog would focus on how food makes us feel about our lives -- which foods can make us feel absolutely blue and which support emotional well-being.

Content type: Blog Post

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Exercise and Depression

The statistics regarding how exercise impacts emotional well-being are staggering. According to Mayo Clinic, exercise not only prevents or improves high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis, but it also reduces anxiety and improves mood. The trick, of course, is getting started when you feel low. This blog would outline the way exercise helps and offer tips for exercising when it’s the last thing you want to do.

Content type: Blog Post

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Why Dogs Are Good For You

A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reports that dog owners are significantly more active during winter months than non-dog owners. In addition, dogs offer real health benefits, including lower levels of stress, decreased risk of asthma, and lower blood pressure. Dog owners also take 2,760 more steps each day than non-owners. That amounts an extra 2.6 hours of exercise each week. This blog will talk about all the ways having a dog can make us stronger and happier.

Content type: Blog Post

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The Ideal Realtor/Client Relationship

Everything about buying or selling a home can be stressful (even if it is one of the most exciting times of your life). Developing an honest, open relationship with your Realtor can make all the difference. This blog would offer actionable steps for enhancing the way a client interacts with her real estate professional. Steps would include issues such as communication, honesty, and cold-feet.

Content type: Blog Post

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Dos and Don'ts of Small Business Loans

It's easy for small business owners to get caught up in the excitement of growing their business. This blog will cover the things owners should and should not do when it comes to business loans. For example, do have a plan for where each dollar is going to be spent before applying for a loan and don't forget you are responsible for paying that loan back. The bottom line is about how to borrow money in a responsible way and how to make the most of the loan.

Content type: Blog Post

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How Personal Profiles Creates Lifelong Customers

A person's story is their legacy. One of the things I have tried to do over the course of my career is to write as many "Everyday People" blogs as possible. Not only does the person profiled read it, but so does his family and friends. And let's face it: we're naturally curious about other people. I propose a blog that talks about how telling the personal stories of customers, company leaders, and employees humanizes an organization and creates a sense of goodwill that is priceless.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: everyday people,blogs about customers,goodwill building

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How CB Antennas Changed the World

Because Tencom started out selling CB antennas, I thought it would be fun to step back into time and discover how the technology radically changed the way people were able to communicate. From police departments, to truckers, to the guy in his basement who could suddenly communicate with a CBer across the globe, CBs allowed the world to get a little smaller and more efficient.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: CB,history,technology

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