When I started my blog several years ago I didn’t realize what I was getting into. I began it to share my styling tips and knowledge with a wider audience than just my personal clients. Image Consulting is hugely rewarding but it also took a major hit when the economy tanked a few years ago.
About a year ago my blog morphed from a hobby into a full-time business. It began to take up most of my waking hours plus cost me money to host, deliver my emails and get the technical assistance I need. I also needed to upgrade my camera equipment because my photos were too blurry. My husband is retired so I need this blog to cover itself.
I never thought of this as a business until my daughter told me her MBA class had chosen my business to study. Me? A business? Yes! At 60 I’m an entrepreneur running my own business. I’m also working like a one-armed wallpaper hanger to juggle all the balls and keep it going. It’s a lot of work and I love it!
I’m approached daily by brands and companies who want me to promote their product or service. I’m very choosy and turn down most offers that come my way. Some bloggers will tell their readers everything is fabulous…I won’t.
I was approached by a company last month to promote their hair product. We emailed back and forth several times before it became clear they didn’t care about my opinion and just wanted access to you. Who is “you”? You’re my readers who I value and respect. They were offering me money to reach you for a product I could not endorse. Not happening!
I’m paid by some brands to try their products and if I like them, I share them with you. If I don’t like a product you’ll never hear about it. I’ll contact the brand, return the merchandise and say no thanks.
I also use affiliate shopping links which can generate a small income for me if you buy things through the links on my site.
Thank you for supporting the brands I share that allow me to continue this blog. Your comments make my day and I’m so happy you’re here. Would I continue to do this if it cost me money? Probably, but it would be a challenge.
I love your questions and ideas for posts so keep them coming and I will do my best to answer them.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.