Write For Us! (And Get Paid to Do It)

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We Interrupt Your Post for an UPDATE!

July 27th, 2016

Wow, Ladies (and singular brave Gent).  You have all blown me over with your creativity and openness!

We have had 81 applications submitted!

Yowzers.  

The Editorial Team and I have been pouring over them for the past few weeks, and we still have more to go.  I had no idea you were all this talented!!!

Seriously, perhaps I should just retire and do “open blogging” or something, you were all so wonderful!  Alas and alack, Citibank Mortgage says I have to continue to work, so here we are. (Should be Citibank Meanies.)

I honestly don’t know yet how many writers we can accept (but I can tell you…my husband would have a heart attack if I told him we hired eighty writers), but we are going to be working hard over the next two weeks to try to whittle things down.

If you haven’t heard from us by August 10th, it unfortunately means that we are unable to move you forward in the hiring process as a Provisional Writer for Mighty Moms.  It’s a big Debbie Downer to have to type that, but it is what it is.

Know this, though, I have so enjoyed getting to know you better, and praying for you – for where ever life leads you in this year, whether that’s with Mighty Moms or in some other amazing (even better) adventure elsewhere.

with a heart full of love and gratitude for all of you,

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Incredible Infant is growing up!

We are blossoming into a whole new website:  MightyMoms.club

Finally!!  🙂

We may not have a treehouse or a “No Boys Allowed” sign (we love our men!) but we will have what all good clubs want:  FUN!

This means we’re going beyond our usual fare of baby articles and expanding to include other topics like…

  • pregnancy
  • toddlers
  • preschoolers
  • organization & design
  • food & health

Adding all these new categories and subjects means we need a LOT more team members!

Hows about you become one of them?  🙂

Writing for Us = Money

99% of the blogs you find online don’t pay their writers. People are expected to write for free in return for a link to a personal blog.

We aren’t looking for free guest bloggers.  We are looking for paid writers to join our part-time staff.

If that statement makes you feel a little under-qualified, let me offer some reassurance:  Paid doesn’t always mean professional.

We don’t want journalists. We want parents.

Mighty Moms has two missions :

  1. Be the most entertaining, enlightening, and encouraging parenting blog on the web.
  2. Provide a source of additional part-time income for parents.

If you are on board with those two missions, I want you to apply to join our writing staff.  


“I lovChristi Bennette writing for Mighty Moms. It allows me an opportunity to take off my “mom hat” for a while and put on my “writer hat.”

I get to discuss topics I’m passionate about, and I’m paid to do it! And the Mighty Moms team is amazing to work with. It’s a “win” all around.”

~ Christi Bennett


How to Apply

The application process is simple.

  1. Download the Mighty Moms Writers Application here and read through my Crash Course in Blogging.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Email the completed application to Jenny Blake at jenny@incredibleinfant.com.

All applications must be received by July 25th, 2016 in order to be considered.

The application is saved in WORD – if you need it in Mac Pages email me at heather@incredibleinfant.com 

Do’s and Don’ts to Remember

A Few DON’TS to Follow

  • Don’t submit any sales-y articles.  We want content-rich, helpful and entertaining posts!
  • Don’t submit any article that you’ve written for someone else.  All entries must be original.
  • Don’t follow up with Jenny after submitting.  She will write back to let you know she received your submission.  If you don’t get that email within 48 hours, feel free to follow up to make sure she received it, but please don’t email her about the status.
  • Don’t submit dry dusty articles that feel like they’re straight off of Baby Center.  Give those articles personality and life!  (If you’re not sure how to do that, here are my best tips!)
  • Don’t submit articles that aren’t yours.  Yes, we do check to make sure the writing is not borrowed from somewhere else online.
  • Don’t be judgmental, controversial, or bossy.  We want entertaining and educating encouragers!  

A Few DO’S to Follow

  • Do write from the heart.  You have a unique voice – one that has gained you friends and the love of many.  Picture your article as if you and I are sitting down for coffee.  Be yourself, and let your personality shine through the page.
  • Do research on your topic!  None of us know everything, so don’t feel pressure to come up with something that’s never been written about before.  Feel free to reinvent the wheel in your articles – just cite your sources!
  • Do complete a little get-to-know-you on the Incredible Infant Team. A little sleuthing will help you spot themes and hobbies that perhaps we already have in common, which you can tie into your application.  It’s a like a job search, right?  You wouldn’t walk into an interview without knowing a bit about the company first!  This is your interview. 🙂
  • Do download my Crash Course in Blogging.  I’ve been a successful entrepreneurial blogger for nine years.  In that time, I’ve picked up on quite a few writing hacks that separate the meh from the magnificent.  It’s completely free, and I absolutely recommend you read it. It will make a HUGE difference in your end result!

Chelsea StanleyWhen I first became a mom, Heather came to my rescue time and time again with her wit and wisdom.  Now, I get to pay it forward and encourage other mamas as part of her writing team.  

Moms encouraging moms…it doesn’t get more empowering than that!

~ Chelsea Stanley


Let Me Predict Your Questions

What Does the Hiring Process Look Like?

After you submit your application and writing sample, here’s what will happen next.

  1. Jenny will check to make sure there are no disqualifiers (i.e. it’s plagiarized).
  2. She will forward your application and writing sample to the Editorial Board anonymously, so we can evaluate based on the writing only.
  3. The Board will choose our finalists the week of July 25th, 2016.

When Should I Hear Back About My Application?

We will only be contacting those writers who we’d like to move forward as Provisional Writers.

If you don’t hear from Jenny by August 5th, 2016, it means the Editorial Board didn’t feel you were a good fit for Mighty Moms.

That doesn’t mean you’re not a good writer.

There are thousands of awesome writers out there that wouldn’t fit with the unique readership we have here.  So don’t be discouraged!  We just may not be the best fit for your skills.

How Much Does the Position Pay?

We aren’t just looking for guest posters – we’re looking for new members of our team.

Provisional Writers ~ People who have been chosen to write four articles for Mighty Moms.  (How often you write is your choice.)  These articles are still considered part of the hiring process, so they are not paid.  They will help us see how you handle deadlines and work with the rest of the team.

Regular Writers ~ Individuals who have been officially hired.  You can earn $35 – $50 per article, depending on your experience and the type of post you are writing.  (Some posts require more research than others, so pay more.) How many articles you write will depend on your availability and the content needs of the blog.  (Hint: I do offer bonuses for articles that get a lot of shares or comments in the first two weeks!)

Content Editors ~ Individuals who are paid an hourly wage to oversee the content creation for a particular category within the website.  Usually promoted from within the Regular Writing staff.

All these positions are considered part-time, so there are no benefits included.  Regular Writers are paid as independent contractors, so you will be responsible for your own taxes and I will send you a 1099 form at the end of the year (if you make more than $600 in a year).

I highly recommend writing for Incredible Infant/Mighty Moms! It’s fun and rewarding to create content that supports parents during those important early years. Heather’s leadership is positive and encouraging, and her creative team is an amazing group of people who understand balancing work and family life. Be prepared to learn a lot and be inspired in your own parenting through your work here!  ~ Rachael Dadabo

How Often Would I Need to Write?

Family always comes first.  Writing for Mighty Moms is a commitment that will work around your family and life schedule.

Don’t feel pressure to overcommit.  We’d rather have an awesome article once a month, if that’s all your family can handle.  Just remember, the more you write, the more you’ll make!

Even if you can only write a single article a month, it’s still worth it to apply.  As you move through the hiring process, we can always increase your writing (or decrease it) later, depending on your availability.

What Should I Write About?

What are you interested in?  What do you like to talk about with your friends?  At it’s core, Mighty Moms is about connecting with friends about the common adventure we’re all in: parenthood.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Tips for pregnancy, babies, toddlers, preschools – from health and education, to crafts and playtime
  • DIY projects you’d like to share
  • Design or organizational ideas for the home
  • Any suggestions for running a household, from laundry and cleaning to budgets and meal planning
  • A struggle you’ve overcome and want to share with others

If you’re really serious about becoming a regular writer, don’t neglect to read through the Crash Course in Blogging.

It is all my best tips, taken over nine years of successful blogging. It will help you skip over the casual applicant and get your writing noticed.  Trust me, these tips will make your articles worth paying for. 🙂


Katie Yonke Guest PosterAfter I quit my full time job to become a SAHM, I was hoping to find a way to put my creativity and writing skills  to good use AND maybe bring in a few extra dollars each month too (Hello, date night!).

Working for Heather has allowed me to do just that. It’s a flexible, work-from-home-in-your-jammies “job” and I love it. Plus the Mighty Mom team is super fun(ny) to work with! Bonus points all around.  

~ Katie Yonke


Can I Submit a Video Instead?

Yes, as long as the video is a special content bonus complementing your article.  Even videos need a page with a catchy headline, an opening, and a conclusion!  The video would be the cherry on top of a good article, not the main course!

  • Make the video less than 2 minutes long.
  • Make sure you have good lighting and sound.
  • Check your background.  (Stacks of boxes or unfolded laundry are a downer!)
  • Write a loose script, and stay pretty close to it.  (Rambling does not a good video make!)

I Can’t Wait to Work With You!

I’ll be honest.  Expanding to Mighty Moms is terrifying.  All the sudden, this little thing I started years ago is blossoming into a whole new adventure I never could have dreamed of.

It’s an adventure that I really can’t take by myself.  It’s bigger than me.

This mission, to be the most encouraging and entertaining mom-blog on the web, requires a special posse of amazing women.

I’d love for you to be one of them.  🙂

xo

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Have More Questions?

If I failed to correctly predict YOUR question, please leave it below!  This way other people wondering the same thing can see my answer!


Meet Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at Incredible Infant and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007.  She's certified in baby sleep coaching (yes, that's a real thing), has served as an Expert Parenting Panelist for numerous events, and has been a featured writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, My Kid's Adventures, Cafe Mom, and others.  If it's 2am and you're desperate to read SOMETHING, click here for all her darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn't be allowed to blog.  


 

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Comments

  1. Lynelle says:

    Do you need to be in the USA to be a paid writer or are you happy to take on writers abroad I.e, Australia?

  2. I’m writing about healthy eating on limited time, is it appropriate to put in links to recipes? If so, from what sources? (I hate to direct people AWAY from the Mighty Moms site, but this is more of an “ideas” article than a “make these 8 wonderful muffins” article…)

    • Viki, I totally appreciate your thoughtfulness to ask this question! I am totally great with sending people to other websites, if the content and website they are heading to are stellar! We can add a special tag that opens the link in a new window, so they aren’t permanently sent away. 🙂 So, to answer your question, please feel free to link out! xo

  3. Heather says:

    I am writing an article that features ideas from Pinterest that I may have just put a few of my own touches on- as long as I cite this (that ideas originally came from Pinterest), is this okay?

  4. When you specify 500-850 words, does that include sub-headlines too?

  5. Hey Heather! Does the July 25th deadline mean I can submit tomorrow and still be considered? I just want to double check before I assume it’s fine and miss the window!

    • Melissa, I’m sorry I am just seeing this! Yes, because I was a bit tardy on my reply, I hereby do solemnly grant you an extension. 🙂 Can you have it to Jenny before Thursday morning?

  6. Gah! I missed the deadline (for legit medical reasons and not because the dog ate my homework, which he did not, as he only prefers the finest meats and cheeses). Are you still accepting applications? Best, K

  7. Are you still considering application for writer?

    • Jenny Blake says:

      Unfortunately, we are not accepting applications past the deadline stated. Thank you so much for inquiring, though. Have a wonderful day!

  8. Hey! I am just wondering if you are accepting part time articles from another blog writer? 🙂

    • Jenny Blake says:

      Hi Cameron!

      We currently do not have any open blog writer positions here at Incredible Infant. As we move over to Mighty Moms in the future, there may be some openings which we will post on the website. Thanks for your interest! Have a wonderful day!

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