Write for Handshake 2.0

If you like what you read on Handshake 2.0 and wish your own writing were a part of the site, we would be interested in hearing from you.


We welcome the views and expertise of guest writers.  While as a guest writer you’ll be unpaid, we hope you’ll enjoy the benefits of your work appearing on Handshake 2.0.  Here are our Writers’ Guidelines.


We welcome submissions from freelance writers and freelance content creators and pay upon acceptance.  These can be one-time submissions or part of on-going work as a contractor.  Here we describe an on-going position


If you are not a writer, or are a writer with multiple skills, our variety of positions may appeal to you. 

If you are interested in an on-going position, we invite you to consider these objections from the devil’s advocate:

  • It’s a contractor’s position, not a job. No automatic check deposit, no 401(k).
  • It pays $20 per piece.
  • It pays $20 per piece upon acceptance. You might do work and not get paid for it.
  • At first, you’re limited to two accepted pieces per week.
  • At first, you’ll write about assigned topics, not your own topics.
  • Writing is hard work.
  • Doing research to find links to support the writing is hard work.
  • It’s exacting work. All those rules and definitions and policies! And only 300 words?! Gee…
  • The writing has to be part of the mission?! You’re an artist, not a hack!
  • You have to provide an image or a video?! You’re a writer, not an artist!
  • Someone might leave a comment on your post that you don’t like. Too bad for you! Handshake 2.0 is about “conversation.” Unless they’re spam, comments stay.

If you read all that and still thought, “Yes, but…”, we welcome you to apply to be a writer for Handshake 2.0.


What we want for Handshake 2.0 is not good writing, but great writing.  We want great writing with perspectives on subjects that have never been read before. We think great writing comes from the inspiration, drive, and passion of the writer.


If you’ve looked at the site, you may have an idea of the context – business subjects of both local and global value, 300 words, with an image, conveyed with art, craft, and power.


We need posts that engage readers, attract and builds an audience, and weave in sufficient specificity and keyword selection to be useful to search engine users.  We welcome, and are grateful for, a large volume of traffic, but only if it results from a perception of value, not from keyword manipulation.


We also need all the links to be to the most contemporary, authoritative sources, yesterday is best, sources from 2009 are okay.


Are you open to attempting to write with greatness for Handshake 2.0?


If the answer to that is, “Yes,” we welcome you to apply to be a writer for Handshake 2.0.

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