FAQs

We hope this page will prove helpful in answering any questions you have about BusinessZone. If you can't find your answer here, please get in touch with a member of the BusinessZone team directly.

Your account

How do I sign up for an account?
How can I change my username or password?    
How can I change my email address?    
Can I change or cancel my email subscription?  

Using the site

How can I blog on BusinessZone? 
Where can I find the blogs I’ve published?
Can I edit my blog once it’s been published?    
Where has my blog or post gone?    
What is the difference between Blogs and Discuss?
Is it possible to remove a post?
I have feedback on the site - where can I send it to?    

Writing on BusinessZone

What should my blog include? 
Do you have a style guide?
Can I write a feature for the home page of the site?

Advertising on BusinessZone

Can I advertise on BusinessZone?

 

Your account

How do I sign up for an account?

To sign up for an account, click on the orange person icon in the top right corner of the homepage and select Register from the drop down menu. Provide a username, email address and password, then click the Create new account button.

How can I change my username or password?

If you’d like to change your username, please email our support team. Include your existing username, the email address you signed up with and two or three username options in case your first choice isn't available.

If you’d like to change your password, you can click the Forgot your password? link on the login page.

How can I change my email address?

If you’d like to change your email address, head to My account (found under the orange person icon in the top right hand corner of the site) and choose Update my password & email from the navigation panel on the left.

Can I change or cancel my email subscription?

If you’d like to change your email subscription, head to My account (found under the orange person icon in the top right hand corner of the site) and choose Update my email preferences from the navigation panel on the left.

If you’d like to cancel your email subscription, you can click the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of an email. If you continue to receive emails after you’ve unsubscribed, please get in touch with our community team.

Using the site

How can I blog on BusinessZone?

If you’d like to blog on BusinessZonesign up for an account. You can then request blogging access by clicking My account (found under the orange person icon in the top right corner), selecting Become a blogger in the left-hand menu and writing a short message about why you want to blog on BusinessZone.

It'll help your application if you fill out as many details on your profile as possible (job title, company, etc).

We aim to respond to all blogging requests within seven days, so please be patient. If your request is approved, you’ll receive an email from us and the option to Write a blog post will appear in the left-hand menu.

You can read more about requesting blogging access here.

Where can I find the blogs I’ve published?

You can find a list of blogs you’ve published by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner and choosing View my public profile. You’ll then have the option to view any posts you’ve made.

Can I edit my blog once it’s been published?

Yes - once your blog is published, you’ll still be able to go back and make any changes.

Where has my blog or post gone?

Occasionally, our community team will edit or remove a post if they feel it breaks one of our rules.

What is the difference between Blogs and Discuss?

If you’d like to publish content to showcase your knowledge and experience, our Blogs section is for you.

If you have a query or topic you’d like to discuss with the BusinessZone community, our Discuss section is for you.

Please note that members are not permitted to post long-form content in our Discuss section. Any blogs found in our Discuss section will be removed and the user warned.

Is it possible to remove a post?

Our default policy is not to remove posts, unless they explicitly break our rules. If you’d like a post removed, please send a link to the post in question and the reason you’d like it removed to a member of the community team.

I have feedback on the site - where can I send it to?

We love to get feedback on BusinessZone, whether it’s about an article, a topic we’ve covered or a change you’d like to see in the future.

If you’d like to get in touch, you can email us at [email protected] or tweet us at @BusinessZone.

Writing on BusinessZone

What should my blog include?

Blogs are a great way to showcase your knowledge and experience in one of the most popular areas of the site.

Before posting, make sure your blog is:

  • Relevant: Contributors are normally entrepreneurs, investors or related experts
  • Honest: It’s helpful to share the challenges you’ve faced
  • Personal: Create an account using your name, rather than your company’s, and include as much information on your profile as possible
  • Free from self promotion: Blogs deemed excessively self promotional will be removed

Do you have a style guide?

The following points outline the key aspects of BusinessZone’s style guide. Outside of these guidelines please refer to The Guardian’s style guide.

  • Article titles: Headlines should accurately convey the content of the article. Only use capital letters for the first word and proper nouns 
  • Statistics: Include a link to the original source of any statistics included in your blog or article
  • Job titles: lowercase
  • Numbers: One to nine should be spelt out in full, 10+ should be numerical
  • Percent: All percentages should use the percent symbol (eg. 50%)
  • Speech marks: Double speech marks should only be used for direct quotations, otherwise use single quote marks. It’s useful to define where the quote comes from (eg. told BusinessZone, said in a statement)
  • Sub-headings: Use sub-headings to break up text
  • Article tense: Features and blog posts should be written in present tense. If quoting a report or document it should be past tense
  • Names of publications and article titles should appear in italics
  • Startups is written without a hyphen, scale-ups is written with a hyphen

Can I write a feature for the home page of the site?

If you’d like to pitch a feature directly, email [email protected] and include the following information:

  • A one sentence description about the author
  • Details of the company's progress (ideally turnover for the last two-three years, otherwise include another demonstration of traction)
  • A two-three line synopsis detailing what you want to write about

Please make sure ideas are aimed at the founders of growth-stage businesses (0-150 employees). We do not accept contributed articles from large companies.

Advertising on BusinessZone

If you’d like to advertise on BusinessZone, visit this page to get in touch with a member of our commercial team or download a media pack.