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Happy new year people!! No, it’s not a typographical error because I’ve learnt so many new things in this first quarter of the year that I feel like 2018 is just starting. I’ve being using the past days to reflect and evaluate my life as a whole. One of the new things I’ve learnt is that berets aren’t as ugly as my high school made it look but in today’s post I’d be sharing with you lessons I’ve learnt from collaborating with brands in my two years of blogging in Nigeria.
What I’m Wearing :
Top : Gift from EveryThingNaArt
Jeans : Thrifted
Shoe : Newlook c/o Asos
Bag : Thrifted
Beret : Thrifted
LESSON 1 : YOU ARE WORTHY OF BEING PAID.
After blogging for a while, I decided it was time to monetize my blog even before I got my own dot com, not because I needed the money but because others were doing it and I’ve realized when brands pay, they are more professional about collaborations which saves you as s blogger or influencer a lot of headaches. I’m always grateful to my gut for giving me the nudge to charge the first brand I did because who knows, I might just not be making any money off blogging by now if I didn’t try when I did.
LESSON TWO : NEVER UNCHARGE A BRAND.
If you have a rate card, always stick to your prices because this world is a small world and all these brand owners know each other and will definitely talk to eachother about work especially if one has worked with you before. When prices fluctuates, there will be a sense of being unserious perceived and might deter them from wanting to work with you. Worse case scenario, if things don’t go well, nobody will care about how you lowered your prices.
LESSON 3 : ALWAYS STATE YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS
If you are a student and blogger like me or do not have a photographer husband, you might want to state that you have a tight schedule so brands don’t expect to send you items today and you have a blog post tomorrow. So many times, most brand owners do not know what it takes to create content, in other to avoid misunderstandings, write out a terms and conditions list as regards content creation and forward it to each client you get.
LESSON 4 : ALWAYS REQUEST FOR PAYMENT BEFORE POSTING CONTENT
On several occasions, I’ve had fellow bloggers ask me how I’m able to always get my money when I collaborate with brands and the answer simply is that I always get paid before I start to work on any project or at least an upfront deposit as I once worked with a brand that didn’t pay me for a job till a month after and even paid just half the agreed price, since then my motto became ‘work will only be done within 48hours after payment is received’.
LESSON 5 : DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO
I always tell people that without collaborations, I’d still very much be a blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love working with brands and I’m so glad I’ve been able to work with the amazing brands on my list but you should also learn the act of exclusivity. Working with several brands doesn’t make you any better of a blogger than someone that has worked with just a few that really align with their values. If a brand doesn’t meet up to your standard and value, SAY NO.
I’m so glad there is still 9 months to go in this year and I can’t wait for more lessons to be learnt. I really hope you’ve been able to learn something new from this post and also I hope you like my new beret as much as I do? Do enjoy the rest of your week and do not be afraid to learn and unlearn things, it’s VERY HEALTHY.
what do you think of the beret trend? Did you learn anything new from this post? Do share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment below, thanks you.