African American Business Link
Local content * International context * Since 1994
Opportunities with AABL
Stringer correspondents, sales representatives needed

News Correspondents

Do you have an itch to write? If you have an interest in online journalism you might consider submitting articles to AABL.

Participation

We are looking for part-time and occasional contributor to add articles on business, economic, cultural, sporting, technological, polítical and social affairs across the country.

Of course the main focus of the magazine is the experience of persons of color, their companies and organizations. Topics of interest include starting a business, regional experience, local customs, keeping or losing ties to one's culture during relocation, furthering one's education..., and the list goes on.

In addition to writing such articles, we ask our contributors to contribute to the calendar and to help build the online directory of businesses and organizations in our region. (Helping to build the directory is also an opportunity to earn sales commissions.)

Note that our goal is to integrate such businesses and organizations into the US mainstream, so we welcome articles about businesses and organizations of all communities.

Compensation

We're happy to share our tools and even some of our proceeds with our writers. Initially, payment must be largely in kind while we build up our advertiser base.

(1) Web Site. Every participating writer will receive a web site initially set up as a web log (blog), complete with a calendar, spam-free contact form, and image gallery. We will initialize your site as soon as we accept and publish your first article. These sites are expandable to full-featured business sites and are normally priced at $19.95 to $149.95 per month depending on the feature set. To qualify for the free site, the author must submit at least two articles per month, of which at least one must be accepted for publication.

(2) Professional Credit. Contributing authors will be listed in our staff list and will have a personal page in the magazine. Selected articles may qualify for a by-line. All articles will be linked to the staff page, forming a credit list that may be valuable to the writer as part of a professional résumé.

(3) Stringer Fees. We will pay ten dollars for each article accepted and published and five dollars for accompanying photos we use, with an optional bonus (max. $20 per article). Contributions to online posting forums or blogs do not count as articles. To qualify for payment articles must be read and approved by the editorial board and published in one of the news or editorial sections. Articles of exceptional merit may qualify for a bonus. All articles submitted become the property of AABL once published unless we release that right within 30 days of submission. Writers must attest to originality and copyright.

(4) Profit Sharing. Each year we reserve a proportion of any profit for distribution to writers based on their proportional contribution to our article database in the same year. The amount is determined annually by management.

Employment Status

All occasional writers will be treated as independent contractors. Unless otherwise agreed, you will not be an employee of AABL or any of its providers. You must have your own computer and access to the Internet.

How to Apply

To be considered as a writer, please fill out and send our inquiry form. We will reply promptly.

Advertising Representatives

Advertising representatives sell products ranging from simple directory listings to complete web sites. Openings and opportunities are continuous. Persons with ad and Internet sales experience are preferred. Work part or full time.

Commissions

A commission of fifteen to fifty percent is paid on original sales. Contract values range from under $100 to several thousand dollars per year. Renewal commissions are paid on selected products and follow-on sales while the representative remains actively involved. The commission is based on contract value and on the amount of customer service and retention effort required.

Bonus

An annual bonus is paid based on sales volume and other factors. The amount is determined at the end of each fiscal year and is paid only to active representatives who have met certain minimum sales criteria.

Products

See the advertising page(s) for product descriptions.

How to Apply

Please complete our application form.


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