Why I’m Scared To Ask For A Fee

Why I’m Scared To Ask For A Fee

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading up on pitching as an influencer. I’ve had this blog for 2 years and was finally brave enough to add it to my LinkedIn account this week (feel free to connect with me, it’s a sad little profile right now). There are people out there who don’t have a much bigger following than I do, but they’re regularly making money from their blog which is something I rarely do. And it’s because I’m scared. 

Take Tuesday for example, I got an incredible opportunity that combines the theatre world that I love with the beauty world that my blog had its start in. People on a very useful Facebook group I’m part of would be all over it, asking what the available budget was and whether expenses were covered. But I’m a little too polite for that. 

Ah, typical Brit. Doesn’t want to discuss money. Well actually, it’s not that. If I get an email with an opportunity, I feel like it’s a bit rude to make it sound like I want money. Blogging is just a hobby of mine, not my job. But it could be. I have no plans to become a full time blogger anytime soon, heck I can barely afford to buy a single flight to Bruges with the money I earn from this site, but I’d like to be able to supplement my income a little bit more. Support staff in education do not earn a lot!

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That’s why next month I’m going to be less of a pushover. I’m going to ask if there’s a budget available. I’m going to be stronger willed when I reply to opportunities that find their way into my inbox. And I’m not going to be scared of rejection. How can I be scared of losing something I didn’t have in the first place?

Side note: apologies that so many of my post run along the line of ‘help me I’m having a crisis with my blog’, but I promise this is going to stop soon. I’ve been starting work early and finishing late this week giving me very little time to finish posts that require deep thought. Don’t fret, they’re coming soon!

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  • I think it’s important to know when to ask for a fee and when not to. If I am emailed a collaboration opportunity that I really really want, and the terms are already pretty generous, I would consider waiving a fee, as it’s something I would love to have the opportunity for anyway. That may be controversial, but it’s just my opinion! But in most cases, I will reply to any potential collab email with something along the lines of…”I’d love to work with you, this sounds like a really great opportunity so thank you for thinking of me. May I enquire as to the budget for this particular opportunity please? Look forward to hearing back from you.” Go on girl, you can do it! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x