I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few brands in my short year of blogging. It is always exciting to be able to collaborate with brand. But there are things you should know and consider before working with one as a blogger. None of this is about any specific brand I have worked with in the past. These are just things I’ve learned over my time blogging. But quite a lot of them I learned just from receiving emails for collaborations. So I thought I would share some of my tips to help!
Don’t compromise yourself and your blog just to work with a brand. One example of this for me is that I don’t do wishlists on my blog. Although I do like to read them, I just don’t feel they fit my blog or benefit my readers. So this is something that I always turn down if included in a brand offer. Trust your gut and don’t agree to anything that you don’t feel will benefit your blog or readers.
There are “businesses” and “companies” that will contact you to collaborate. And although it may sound great you should always do some research on them. I have run into a few where after further research found out that it was a scam or not a reputable company. There are also brands out there where past bloggers have had negative experiences with, and often will write about on their blog. A few ways to tell if it may be a scam is to do your research, look at reviews, and if it’s too good to be true – it probably is. Also if a brand wants you to pay for any items yourself via Paypal or credit card, and then reimburse you, don’t fall for it.
Before agreeing to work with a brand, double check that everything that they want is laid out. I’ve had a few brands that once I agreed to work with them and they had sent me the item, wanted something else that wasn’t agreed upon at first. If this does happen to you just know that you’re not obligated to do it because you only agreed upon the first set of terms. So just to be safe, double checking before agreeing.
Although it may seem great to get “free” things as a blogger, there really is no such thing as free. Chances are you will be working on a post for that item/product. Which means hours of thinking of an idea, coming up with photos, taking photos, writing the post, editing and proof reading, and much more. So by the time you are done you have spent hours working on it. So that item or product is no longer “free”. Keep that in mind when working with a brand and know your worth. But also know that the brand is running a business, and wants something out the collaboration too.
And those are my tips for when working with a brand as a blogger! These are things I would of loved to have known, so I hope they help x
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!