How to Get Ink in Inc.

Spot a trend, solve a problem, whip up an infographic.

Inc-ArtSmall-business lodestar Inc. achieved profitability less than two years after its 1979 introduction, eagerly snatched up by small-business owners. The pub identified a need and filled it with service pieces on how to transform inspired ideas and innovative tendencies into a functioning, thriving business.

Those freelancers who are able to prove their stuff might just find themselves in a long-term, contractual relationship with the magazine. The place to look to break in is the “Tip Sheet,” section, which contains pieces that are “800 to 1,200 words, and offer solutions to problems vexing small businesses or highlight trends important to founders and startups.”

Alternatively, if you’re a data viz wizard, go for an infographic.

“We’re always looking for fresh, new ways to visually present data,” says [editor James] Ledbetter. “That’s a skill that some are very good at, but a lot of people don’t have.” A great example, which Ledbetter says ran in the May 2015 issue, depicted the impact of appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank, the hit reality TV show in which contestants attempt to get funding for their fledgling endeavors.

For more, read: How To Pitch: Inc.

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