Reaching Goals In The New Year – Hello 2018

Ahhhh oh my goodness, hello 2018! Anyone else just as stoked as I am?! I always love the idea of a fresh start whether I’m trying to change something or not. This year feels like a new beginning with endless opportunities. I have a good feeling about the next 12 months – how about you?!

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There are so many things I’d like to accomplish in the next year for not only myself but my blog too! I thought I’d share what’s been on my mind lately as well as my plans for the future!

Blogging Goals

My blog goals are pretty simple. I want to learn more about my audience (i.e focus more on trends and what others are interested in), invest in a new lens or camera for better photography, and find a way to help other influencers grow! If I can accomplish those three things in 2018, I’ll be happy!

Of course there are smaller things on my mind too like learning how to shoot portraits better and make my Instagram embody more of me instead of product shots. But I feel like those are always on my mind!

Back To School

The biggest goal this year is to get back into school. I loved attending college and felt like I had a purpose for getting out of bed in the morning. I miss learning and educating myself in a structured setting – something I never thought I’d miss. I’m in this funky part of life where I don’t know what to do next and I’m hoping this new college endeavor will help me unravel something great.

Buying A Home

The next thing on my list is buying a home. My husband and I have thought about this for a while and since he’s returning from his deployment soon, now is the perfect time for us to buy. Despite the cold winter weather, we’re hoping to find a home we like fast and close on it quick. When we both want something, we do everything in our power to get it. Doesn’t matter what stands in our way. The pre-approval is official and we’ve already been eyeing some options. Fingers crossed it all falls into place!

Travel Often

This upcoming year I’d love to travel more or just as much as I did in 2017. I went to Florida twice, Texas, Indiana, and Cuba just to name a few! My husband and I already have a weekend trip to Minnesota in March planned but I’m thinking there will be many more trips ahead. A couple in particular I’d like to see include New York and Canada!

My resolutions sound incredibly easy to accomplish when typed on the internet! Let’s hope I’ll be able to check off each thing on this list next year! What do you want to accomplish in 2018?! Leave a comment down below to share your thoughts!

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How I Made My First $1,000 Blogging

This first year of blogging has been incredible, a learning process for sure full of unforgettable opportunities. Throughout this journey, I’ve been lucky enough to make a few extra dollars doing the thing I love most. This post will focus on how I’ve made an income while blogging and how you can too!

Reach Out To Brands

This is first on the list because truly I wouldn’t be making anything or receiving any free product without reaching out to brands myself. Up and coming companies are in need of people to show off their product. These brands need you as much as you need them. I’d say I’ve spent about an hour each day emailing, messaging, and calling the companies I’d be honored to work with. It’s not easy and I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone more than I can count on one hand…even two! For every 9 no’s I get at least 1 yes which just proves I’m doing something right by putting myself out there!

In the beginning, don’t be discouraged if brands would rather collaborate on posts in exchange for product rather than payment. Establishing a connection with the company can be much more rewarding and beneficial in the grand scheme of things. Brands want to develop a trust with the people they work with and I don’t blame them! I’ve tested the waters with many companies that have now allowed me to create content on a long-term basis for real money. It’s all about proving yourself and selling the services you can provide.

Download Apps To Make Connections

I think a handful of bloggers forget about accessible free apps that can help them grow! For instance, I’ve made a few good paychecks off of apps like Popular Pays which connects Instagrammers and bloggers with real-deal brands. Companies such as Kraft, Macy’s, Chameleon Cold-Brew and so many more are listed on the app.

Once you find a brand you’d like to work with you pitch a creative idea to them, request the amount of money you’d like to make, and answer a couple of questions regarding your social platform. From there, the brands can choose to work with you or not. The process is easy and completely cost-free to the influencers!

Some other great apps and networks include SocialNative.com, Obvious.lyMaverick.co + Collabor8, and Influenster.

Establish A “Blogger Resume”

This is more of a tip but I’d highly recommend creating a blogger resume. A single document or media kit that can be sent out to potential partners and companies is important! Some things I’ve included in mine are my contact information, a collection of my best photos or written pieces, my analytics from my social platforms, and a professional photo of myself with a description of what I do best! This goes along again with…selling yourself!

Use Affiliate Links

The last and final thing I did over this last year to make my first $1,000 was using affiliate links. You can do this easily by signing up online with some of the brands you may already know and love! Personally, I’ve found the biggest return by using affiliate links through Target and Amazon. You basically earn a percentage of the purchase someone would make by using your link!

The app Reward Style also does an awesome job of simplifying the affiliate link process by putting everything you’d need in one place. You can easily search for a product and see what percentage you’d make if someone bought the product using your link, you can copy links, and keep track of your commission!

So that’s the jist of it guys! 2018 is near and now is the perfect time to make some financial moves! If you have any suggestions that I didn’t mention in this post – please leave a comment down below!

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