So, you have an interest in contributing content to Hustle&Co? That’s excellent. We’re here to tell you what we’re all about, and share some of the details around the guidelines we’ve established for our network of writers.
What we’re after
About us: AND CO is building the infrastructure for the future workforce. Sounds exciting, right? Well, it is. So get excited! We hope you’re already digging our product (😉), but if you’re not, go ahead and give it a spin. Actually using AND CO will help you understand a bit more about our mission and our personality.
About Hustle&Co: We created our online magazine & content hub, Hustle&Co, to provide practical information for freelancers and forward-thinking insights into the next generation of solopreneurs. Parallel with the tools and technologies we build to power the independent workforce, our aim is to provide valuable content to make our readers’ lives easier, and inspire them to think about their work in new ways.
About you: The AND CO Contributor Network is our dedicated team of independent writers who help us bring this editorial mission to life. Want to get in on the fun? Keep reading.
On to the basics
Let’s start with the topic: If you’ve browsed our blog, you’ll notice that we cover a range of themes, spanning from the most practical (“How to File a Tax Extension”) to more philosophical commentaries on the future of work.
Every contributed article should be crafted around one of the following categories:
- Freelance Knowledge: Tactical tips, how-tos and guides for getting things done better or more efficiently. (We’re founded by Germans, so you best believe efficiency is a major thread!)
- Hustle: Dedicated to the people, organizations and communities that are approaching their work and/or their careers in exciting and innovative ways. Here you’ll also find a series called, “The Hustlers,” which profiles unique personalities in the freelance world.
- Future of Work: Insights into trends specific to the growing independent workforce, and what movements like digital nomadism and “Slash Workers” mean not just for freelancers, but for corporations and society at-large.
- Lifestyle: Articles centered on freelancing as a lifestyle, including topics such as health and wellness, travel tips and more.
Submitted articles should be crafted around a single, focused topic or keyword.
🚨Important notes on format: For consistency, we require all contributed articles to follow the same editorial guidelines. Please review (and re-review!) the checklist below before submitting.
- Check length: Is the piece between 1,200 and 1,500 words?
- Check flow: Does the article follow a singular, coherent flow? Does every word, paragraph and section count?
- Check relevance: Is the article written for freelancers, solopreneurs, digital nomads and/or other segments of independent workers? Does the information conveyed directly relate to their specific challenges, goals or needs?
- Check tone: Is the article straightforward, yet conversational?
- Check your sources: Are you points clearly stated and backed by trusted experts or media outlets? Be sure to give proper credit by linking out to your original sources.
- Check for images: Have you included at least three supporting images?
While we’re at it, here are some additional rules of the road:
- Invest some time in writing a strong lede. It doesn’t have to be overly clever or cutesy, so long as it gets to the point and draws readers in.
- No Oxford commas, please.
- Contract words where it makes sense. Don’t be shy!
- Write out numbers one through nine. Use numbers for 10 and up,
- Use em dashes without spaces—like this.
- Avoid using exclamation marks unless something is really, really exciting!
- When sourcing statistics or facts, hyperlink to where the full report or study can be found elsewhere.
- Paragraphs should be short; no more than two to three sentences each. If you have a longer paragraph, break it into shorter pieces.
- Please follow AP Style. (Here’s a reference guide if you need it.)
Phew. Now, on to some general best practices.
Advice from our writers
We spoke with some of our writers to hear what works for them. Here’s what they shared:
- “Don’t be afraid to conduct interviews. Many experts will be happy to go on the record as a source if it means they are established as a thought-leader in your article.” Pssst: If you need help identifying experts to reach out to, AND CO’s Editor is here to help.
- “Start by establishing a thesis. What do you want readers to think or feel after reading it? Use this as your starting point and ground the entire piece around it.”
- “Organize your thoughts into an outline before drafting. Review these guidelines before writing so they are top of mind. This will save you time in the revision process.”
Questions? Email email@example.com.