“You get paid for what?” *sigh* I don’t know how many times I’ve had to explain that blogging can indeed earn you money, or even how many times I’ve had to explain how. If you’re not part of the digital world I can understand that it’s all a little bit confusing – people send me stuff and I charge them to do so?? Obviously, if you’re a blogger/social media queen/marketeer, you know that it goes way deeper than that, but to others, it can seem absolutely barmy.
Trying to explain the ins and outs of blogging aside, actually getting into the habit of charging for work can be tricky. I’m in that weird transitional phase where I’m starting to think semi-seriously about blogging full-time, so taking my finances seriously is a must (ew, adult) and I’m having to be much more stubborn when it comes to the work I do and don’t do. Working full time throughout the week means that my time is now precious; sometimes unpaid work is worth way more than £50 in the bank, and sometimes I get a wave of amazing paid work that I have to work my arse off to complete.
And now, gradually, I’m learning to say no – either to work that I just don’t have the time to complete, to work that isn’t that valuable to me or to individuals/companies that refuse to pay my rates.