Monday, August 3, 2015
I absolutely believe this quote to be true.
Many of you know that I recently quit my full time job to work for myself. I wanted to branch out on my own and try my hand making money at what I love best - scrapbooking! As I pursue this new endeavor, I want my followers to know where I'm coming from and what my plans are and how I'm making money.
I know people are sometimes wary of people promoting products for themselves and/or other companies, so...
Full disclosure...I quit my job. But, it wasn't something I had planned on and I still need a salary.
Full disclosure...I use ads at the beginning of my YouTube videos to make a little extra money. This is a very, VERY minor source of income, but every little bit helps. :)
Full disclosure...I am an affiliate for Amazon.com and Scrapbook.com. When I post links to products that I've used, I link to one of those websites wherever possible. Each time someone clicks on one of those links and goes shopping, I get a small commission of whatever is purchased. Again, this is a somewhat small source of income, but I'm very appreciative every time someone uses one of my links to buy something.
Full disclosure...Although I'm an affiliate, I only link to/use products that I love. I will not compromise on that. I would never recommend a product that I didn't love.
Full disclosure...I have been providing what I believe to be high quality, free content on my YouTube channel. I most definitely plan to continue that. I love the YouTube community and wouldn't be where I am without the people I've "met" through YouTube. I am forever grateful.
Full disclosure...I am developing a class. It is close to being finished. I will sell it right here on my website. I plan for classes to be a large part of my money making. I'm working really hard to make my classes content rich and totally worth the money. I'd like to keep them somewhat inexpensive because I know how hard it is to pay for something that is not physical product. That said, I believe that my many years of scrapbooking combined with my years working in this industry have given me a lot of insight on a variety of topics. I'm excited to share it all!
Full disclosure...I may also end up selling other things (like cut files or printables) as well, but we will see how things go.
Full disclosure...I am having a hard time adjusting to working from home. I definitely work more now than I did before because whenever I'm home I feel like I could/should be working. I have never been busier, but I am grateful that I get to choose what I'm working on and I am loving it!
Again, I share these things with you because I know that some might be curious and also because I want to be open and honest. I think transparency is undervalued and not enough people are willing to share what they are doing and what is working for them. I hope to be able to do a "full disclosure" post several times a year to keep you updated on how things are going for me!
I also wanted to let you know that absolutely realize that I took a huge risk. I don't know if people will like what I'm creating enough to want to pay for it. But I was willing to take that risk because I have a passion for memory keeping and I feel like this is my calling in life.
Thanks so much for your support and feel free to comment with your questions!
PS - I am pretty much obsessed with brush lettering right now. The photo above + my Instagram feed are evidence of that. :)