If you are a freelance writer who is building an entrepreneurial business, you may be interested in writing about entrepreneurial issues. If so, have a look at Entrepreneur online.
A leading magazine in terms of entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur Magazine’s online version is updated more frequently than its hard-copy sister publication. This means that articles and information are constantly updated and absolutely current. The challenge for good freelancers is firstly to identify newsworthy subject matter and then to write it in the style of the publication. Mind you that’s the challenge with any form of quality media.
Entrepreneur Magazine is very specific in terms of its needs and the type of freelance writing it will accept. While they invite interested freelance writers to pitch for stories, they warn that it is vital all articles meet their needs in terms of content. This means that you need to do your homework and take the time to read the kind of material they publish, especially online. They can afford to be picky when it comes to quality.
While there are many different types of stories they like, for example how trends affect the success or failure of entrepreneurial businesses, there are approaches that they don’t like. For instance, they very seldom accept profiles on entrepreneurs unless the person is willing to share success secrets or discuss issues that will help and encourage other entrepreneurs.
The proprietors of Entrepreneur Magazine do not communicate with freelancers via telephone, and they warn that it takes at least six weeks before they decide whether to accept or reject articles. They only buy first worldwide rights (including electronic rights) to articles, so you can’t rehash old stories. They pay on acceptance.
If you look at the current online issue, you will get a good idea of the kind of material they publish. It ranges from their cover story about top US football player, Drew Bees buying into an entrepreneurial business and backing local entrepreneurs where he lives, to an interesting look at BP and its so-called green marketing approach versus reality in the Gulf of Mexico. The latter article also discusses several successful entrepreneurial businesses who have taken the “green” lead. It’s an interesting read that may give you inspiration to write.
Be aware that many print publications have an online version. Some magazines have stopped publishing their print issues entirely, as they focus online, where their advertisers are focusing too.
Tip: explore both versions of a magazine, to see where the print and online versions differ.
If you’re already an established print magazine writer, online magazines give you additional markets and opportunities.