Feb. 2019: Right now I’m looking for ideally 1-2 writers to write 5 short posts every week about products YOU pick for our morning workwear reports. We’ll take care of images, adding affiliate links, and more, but it would be awesome to find someone who loves curating products and writing 2-3 sentences about them.
The Ideal Writer
- have recently worked in a professional role in a conservative office in a major metropolitan area for a minimum of 1-2 years
- are a bit of a fashionista but enjoy shopping a wide range of stores and budgets
- have fun with trends but are not a slave to them
- can reliably write things on a deadline
- consider yourself to be good at chatty writing styles (without use of gifs, emojis, or too much slang)
- are shopping US stores with US prices (sometimes inventory varies based on where you are located)
If you want to write anonymously or under a pseudonym I’m fine with that! If you have a blog of your own or some other home on the web that you’d like us to link to, I’m also open to that, within reason.
About the Content
Who you’re writing for: Our target demographic is a 27-year-old woman just out of law school and beginning to work in a conservative office like a BigLaw office; she isn’t sure what she wants to do next and wants to keep her options open. (In other words, you’re writing for Kat at 27.)
What your writing tone should be: Think “big sister at work” — friendly and chatty, but knowledgeable about the latest trends, what’s going to fly in a conservative office, what might raise eyebrows with the most senior staff, how you can style the recommended item, and occasionally how you can care for/launder the recommended item. (Additional info to include in your post: the size ranges and categories the product is offered in (e.g., regular, petite and plus sizes 00-24W), the price range, if you know there are multiple colors/options on different links, and important details that are always of interest like pockets, machine washability, lining, and more.)
What you’re picking out: CLOTHING items to wear to work — not shoes, bags, coats, jewelry, or other things — that adhere to these budgetary suggestions (all $USD):
Splurge Monday – Sky’s the limit; minimum of $200 (on weeks without a Monday post, we will start with “Splurge Tuesday”)
Tuesday – more than $150, but less than Monday
Wednesday – $100-$150 (but in any event less than Tuesday and more than Thursday)
Thursday – $50-$100
Frugal Friday – Under $50 — in recent years we have expanded to include full-price items that are more than $50 but are at a store with such frequent sales that there’s a good chance it will be predictably below $50 soon. For example, an $80 top at Ann Taylor or J.Crew, both of which have frequent 40% off sales.
Notes about sizes and availability: Once a week, one of the five items must be available in plus sizes (preferably pictured on a plus-size model). Because of the deadline, items are not acceptable if they’re almost sold out or only have “lucky sizes” left.
Notes about stores: Due to the editorial lead time and availability concerns, we have a big preference for stores with large inventories and not crazy turnover (e.g., NOT fast fashion stores like H&M or Zara where things sell out within a few days, or discount stores like Nordstrom Rack or TJ Maxx where there may or may not be a ton of inventory for that product). Otherwise, you can source the products from anywhere provided they are available for purchase online, with reasonable shipping times/fees to the US. We may have a list of preferred stores for 50% of your content due to free shipping or other analytics like reader purchasing decisions.
Right now our editorial calendar is a one-week cycle; we will need to get 5 days of posts all at one time, which will mean, as noted above, there is a preference against sale items and fast fashion stores. We can help you a bit with sourcing suggestions, probably via a Slack channel.
Offered pay is $10 per morning post, which if you do them quickly could be $50 an hour (or more if you’re fast). If you have ideas for other posts to write for the blog that are longer/more in depth, there are definitely opportunities to expand your role as a paid writer. Depending on how this solicitation for writers goes, you may be alternating weeks with a second writer (or I may eventually ask you to write afternoon “coffee breaks” as well). I will need a simple invoice and pay on the 1st and 15th of the month; Paypal and Freshbooks both work but I’m open to other options as well.
How to Throw Your Hat in the Ring
Please email us at kat at corporette dot com with subject line TPS WRITER and the following things:
- Resume (including any links to online writing you’ve done in the past)
- Pick 5 products for a full week of “workwear reports.”
- Write up two (2) of the products. (Most of my morning workwear reports are 150-200 words; if you hit 300+ words you’re probably spending too much time.)