So... You'd like to Write For Startups.co?

Hi There!

 

We’re thrilled that you’d like to contribute to Startups.co! We are always looking for articles that inspire, give insight into current trends and offer actionable takeaway tips. 

 

We have a major soft spot when it comes to sharing original articles detailing your personal entrepreneurial successes —and failures; the lessons learned and the fresh perspective you've gained on your startup journey.



I. What we're looking for:

We're looking for fresh perspectives on topics our readers care about. To ensure you’re offering an original idea:

  • Search past articles on Startups.co. You'll discover what topics our readers enjoy and what we've already written on a topic. Make sure the article you pitch offers something our readers and editors haven’t seen.

  • Consider your personal experience. What problems have you overcome?  What unique perspectives can you bring? Tell that story.

  • Look to current events. News events and industry changes might spark an article only you can write. Consider if you have insights into how a change might impact current practices and how business owners can be prepared.

  • Provide key takeaways: Stories that don’t give readers actionable advice or takeaways likely won’t be selected for publication. To us, “advice” means usable, numbered tips readers can put to use right away. Tips should be clear enough for a reader to put into action right away. The best tips are often ideas our readers haven’t seen before but offer them a new solution to a common problem.

  • Use trustworthy sources: Be savvy about the sources you cite. Rely on primary sources as much as possible. And remember -- Wikipedia crowdsources information from the public and doesn’t always offer the most accurate information. In general, we like to see writers weave in at least a few links to other articles published on Startups.co or other websites where readers can find more information or additional resources on the topics discussed.



II. Before You Submit:

  • Proof your article. Sloppy work won’t be accepted by our editors. If your piece is riddled with typos and/or factual errors, it will not be accepted.

  • Want to impress us? Then, review our style guidelines. Startups.co has special guidelines for things such as capitalization, terms and punctuation. Check your article against it before submitting.

  • Cite your sources. If you quote someone or cite a statistic, link out to your source. This will help readers learn more about a topic and bolster your writing. Additionally, not having these links could slow the publication of your article. Don’t expect that your editor will do your legwork for you. Please link to the original source. 

  • If you interview someone, please say so in the piece. Your editor and the reader will want to know that you have conducted original reporting.

  • Disclose any financial relationships. Please acknowledge financial relationships, if any exist, with the companies or individuals you write about or link to. This disclosure is very important to us and our readers. Violating this rule could lead to your article being removed from the site or the end of your ability to contribute to the site. If you have questions, please talk to your editor.

  • You cannot receive money from a business or person in exchange for writing about them. It is also against our policy for contributors to sell links in their articles to people or companies. Contributors found to be violating these policies will be barred from publishing in our network.

  • Support your argument with multiple examples. Prove your argument. Please use more than just one example (of a company, study, entrepreneur, etc.) to illustrate any point you make.

  • Submit original work. Work you didn’t write is not acceptable. Warmed over posts (something you published previously with just a few new tweaks added) are also unacceptable. 

  • Make sure your article isn’t overly self-promotional. Mentions of your company, book or skillset should be used to demonstrate your expertise on a topic. The effect should serve to educate, not advertise. Articles that excessively promote your brand, company or product likely won’t be published. Excessive links to your products or initiatives will likely be deleted. (One or two links are fine. 10 links are not.) 

    All things considered — we trust that you can strike a balance between your business interests and discussing topics that are relevant to the greater Startup community.


  

To get started, simply choose one of the options below: 

1 Submit an original piece of content.

Have an original and unpublished article that you'd like to share?

Send it over! If it's a fit, we'd love to feature it on Startups.co!

2 Apply to be a Startups.co contributor

Are you passionate about entrepreneurship, startups and the lessons learned along the way?

Startups.co is always looking for authors that inspire, give insight into current trends and offer actionable takeaways.

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