Hiring: Freelance business reporter

Must have experience working as a reporter in the business or startup worlds

Want to join us?

The role

We’re looking for several freelance reporters who have experience covering the startup world and/or business to join us in a freelance capacity for They Got Acquired.

Our mission is to change the definition of startup success by covering 6-, 7-, and 8-figure acquisitions in the online space. These deals don’t tend to get headlines because they don’t return huge multiples to investors, yet they can be life-changing for founders and offer valuable insights for the builder community.

You’ll tell the stories of these companies and the founders that grew them, in a fun voice that’s interesting to read.


What we look for

About you

  • You can write in a fun, engaging style
  • You have at least 1-2 years of experience working as a reporter covering business or startups (we also welcome more experienced reporters; our pay rate for this role varies based on experience)
  • You’re awesome at scrappy online research and know how to dig beyond the obvious sources
  • You’re seasoned with first-person interviews: navigating phone conversations, helping sources feel comfortable, and getting answers to tough questions
  • You’re creative and enjoy finding unique angles for each story
  • You’re comfortable with the metrics and acronyms in the startup space, for example: churn, SaaS, equity, ARR
  • You enjoy being part of a small, scrappy team that’s building a business from scratch
  • You’re a problem-solver who suggests solutions alongside pointing out problems
  • You get just as excited (or more!) about a company that bootstrapped to a $2 million sale compared with one that raised VC and sold for $200 million
  • You double-check your work, turn in clean copy, and care highly about accuracy
  • Your work is upheld by journalistic ethics

Your responsibilities

  • Write stories about online businesses that have sold for 6, 7, and 8 figures, spotlighting companies and founders the world might not otherwise learn from
  • Use your reporting skills to learn information about deals that haven’t been covered elsewhere (though we uncover the deals themselves and assign you those stories)
  • In addition to crafting copy, add details into our database for each story
  • Occasionally write accompanying promotional copy, such as Twitter threads

These posts are typically 350-600 words, and our preference is for reporters to commit to submitting one each week. We like interesting, often-anecdotal leads whenever possible.

We’ll assign companies for you to cover, though you’re welcome to bring your own ideas as well.

You can see lots of examples of these posts on our website, including:

Compensation

This is a remote position on a freelance basis. Work whenever you want and wherever you want, so long as you do the job well.

We pay an hourly rate or a per-post rate that’s based on experience.

We’re a new startup that’s still figuring things out. The ideal candidate wants to be part of that evolution.

Still keen?

About the company

Our mission at They Got Acquired is to redefine startup success by highlighting “small” exits, especially those by bootstrapped and underrepresented founders.

By joining us in these early days (we launched in February 2022), you’ll get to learn about what it takes to grow a media company from scratch.

Our team is entirely remote. We believe it’s possible to make a meaningful impact and reach millions of readers without working ourselves into the ground. We love this work — and we also enjoy life outside of work.

Read more about our team here.

How to apply

Here’s the application. No resume or cover letter required.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Questions? Here’s how to contact us.