Guest Blogger Application
Thanks for your interest in blogging for BuildMyBiz®. We’ve put together a few guidelines to make it easier for you to write for us. Please take a look before you submit a proposal, so we can give our readers the informative posts they need in a way that compliments the style and tone of BuildMyBiz.
Who Reads the BuildMyBiz Blog?
Our readers are entrepreneurs who are looking for help with starting a business, growing their existing business, or making their existing operations run more smoothly. Many have employees, or are thinking of hiring. Some are Paychex Payroll clients looking to optimize other aspects of their businesses.
What Topics Does the Blog Cover?
BuildMyBiz offers broad coverage of a variety of topics of interest to small business owners. We ask only that your post falls under one or more of the following categories.
- Employee Benefits
- Funding and Finance
- Just for Fun
- Payment Processing
- Women Entrepreneurs
You’re welcome to make a case for a new category if you feel that it would be of interest to our small business owner readership.
What Should a BuildMyBiz Blog Post Accomplish?
Our blog posts should provide useful, timely information to entrepreneurs interested in starting, growing, or managing a business. A blog post can be educational, entertaining, instructional, newsworthy, promotional, or all of the above—as long as the subject is of interest and use to our target audience. Ideally, our blog posts should also be highly sharable through social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
How Long is a Typical Blog Post?
We prefer blog posts between 150 and 300 words. If you would like to write a longer article, please contact us about the possibility of writing for the Materials or News section of BuildMyBiz.
What Should a BuildMyBiz Blog Post “Sound” Like?
Entrepreneurs have a creative, dynamic mindset and the means, ability, and desire to make their visions a reality. This is in contrast to a managerial mindset, which specializes in creating order and efficiency through controlling, evaluating, and administrating business practices.
Blog posts on BuildMyBiz.com should reflect the entrepreneurial spirit—the anticipation, excitement, and passion our audience will bring with them.
Based on the nature of our audience, the content tone for BuildMyBiz.com should be:
- Knowledgeable, but not overly technical.
- Clear, but not remedial.
- Concise, but not choppy.
- Friendly, but not folksy.
- Dynamic, but not overactive.
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|The separate areas of literature on strategic leadership, competitive intelligence, management of technology, and specific characteristics of the company’s change process propose their respective importance for successfully implementing business innovation.Excerpt from a popular business information site.||Unless the end of Daylight Saving Time completely threw you, your clocks, and your calendar for a loop, you’re well aware that today is an important day here in the U.S. Small businesses have been at the forefront of many debates, political discussions, and all-around election conversations, so it’s important to cast your ballot. On a lighter note, once you’ve successfully gotten your I Voted Today sticker, consider having a bit of fun at your business with some Election Day promotions.Excerpt from the BuildMyBiz Blog|
What Should My Blog Post Link To?
Depending on the topic, BuildMyBiz blog posts should include text links to one or more related resources on BuildMyBiz (articles, webinars, demos, etc.) and/or respected external websites, such as your business website, forbes.com, wsj.com, etc.
How Do I Submit a Blog Post?
- Send the topic of your proposed blog post, examples of other blog posts you’ve written, and any links you want to include through the guest blogger form on this page.
- After you receive approval from BuildMyBiz, please email the contents of your blog post and bio information to info at buildmybiz.com
- We will reply with any suggested changes and/or the scheduled date and time your blog post will be published to https://buildmybiz.com/blog/.
- Payment – Bloggers anticipating payment for their work should complete our partner form rather than the guest blogger form on this page. Decisions regarding any paid blogging relationship will be made by the BuildMyBiz team based on our partnership needs at that time.
- Editorial Control – While you are under no obligation to make any suggested changes to your blog post(s), BuildMyBiz reserves the right to publish or not publish posts from guest bloggers as we see fit.
Do I Get a Byline?
We will list your name and title in the byline for any blog posts you write for BuildMyBiz. Clicking on your name will bring up a page with your bio information and all of the posts you’ve written for the site.
How Can I Share My Blog Post?
Do we want you to share your blog post with the world? Absolutely! Facebook it; tweet about it; email it to your relatives (especially the ones that own small businesses.) We certainly will. We want to get the word out about you too, as you build your business and add to your expertise. After we’re all rich and famous (or more rich and more famous), we look forward to bragging about when you blogged for us.