Understand Your Value and Know Your Worth

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Just yesterday I had a brief but significant episode, which opened my eyes and mind to a fundamental truth about my blogging career. So important, in fact, that I have decided to share my thoughts with you.

People blog for a wide range of reasons, and as many of you may remember my first attempts at blogging stemmed out of my love for my newborn daughter and the first clothes I tried to sew for her. Initially, it served as a platform for me to share my budding sewing skills with the world. I had no further intentions than that at the time. But little by little, my blog evolved into a vehicle for documenting how my personal fashion style developed side by side with my motherhood journey. It became my hobby and a way for me to take time off from my then quite demanding professional work as a fashion journalist and stylist.

But eventually, fashion and beauty retailers and eventually larger brands discovered my blog and approached me with requests for me to promote them and it started to become a source of income – modest in the beginning, but showing a growing potential for monetization as it is lovingly called in the blogosphere. This is the point in anybody’s blogging career when it is crucially important to know your worth, which I now want to write to you about.

There are times in your life including in your blogging activities when you have to work for ‘free’. Times when you have to contribute without receiving or to put it more directly when you have to work without being paid or at least not being paid what you feel you should have earned. But in so many aspects of life, you eventually reach that pinnacle of any career where you can look at your achievements, realize the value of your contribution and that is the time to get/demand what you deserve.

In the specific case of a blogger and influencer like myself, clients, of course, love to see us posting about their products and services for free. Or rather than paying you a fee they will offer free products, access to invites-only events and even free travel and accommodation in return for your promotional posts. And hands down, sometimes such offers can be very tempting – especially luxury accessories and clothes, which I love – I mean who doesn’t?

But at the end of the day such goodies won’t pay your electricity bill, your household shopping, or raise your child, so if you want to turn your blogging into a main source of income, it’s time for you adopt a different and more self-confident approach. Companies and PR agencies do have budgets for advertising so be proactive and state your fee.

Not only is asking for payment appropriate and necessary, if you need to pay the running costs of website maintenance and still have some money left for yourself since your own time has a significant value in itself, which you should never underestimate. It is also a source of motivation to do a better job which is up to the quality standard you expect of yourself. Or in other words, while a more modest fee will only allow you to make a basic and sometimes uninspired effort, the higher fee will give you the freedom to give the client your best in terms of innovative ideas, high-quality text and perfect photo quality, which in the end they will definitely appreciate. And most importantly, being given the chance to do an amazing job will both heighten your self-confidence and happiness with your work.

However, it is not always about money but the value you are getting, If you believe that a certain non-paying gig will propel your career, take you to a beautiful destination in the world, improve your shoe closet etc., by all means go for it!  it’s about the value your are getting, and while in most cases value is measured in monetary form, sometimes personal gratification can mould you into a more productive person. Be picky in such instances, nobody should ever take advantage of you.

You attract what you believe you are worth so understand your value!

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  • Great info Silvia. Thanks for sharing

    • Silvia_njoki

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Mumbi Sarah

    What a great read dear Silvia. I am not a blogger or digital influencer, but I feel stuck in my personal career. After 4 years i dont see any growth career wise and even the money does not motivate me, I feel so uninspired but this has got me thinking… I know I am good at what I do and I deserve better

    • Silvia_njoki

      awwww all the best in your career. Keep your head up and know your worth!

  • Good read with good advise… Thanks for sharing.

    • Silvia_njoki

      Karibu dear!

  • Nancy Mwikali

    This really encourages especially me as a new blogger thanks Silvia

    • Silvia_njoki

      🙂 You are welcome

  • CozyZen

    I just started a home decor blog and it’s an outlet for me to share ideas. Haven’t thought about it as a way to make money but thanks for these ideas.
    http://www.cozyzen.com

    • Silvia_njoki

      All the best with this 🙂

  • Sylvia Wanjiku

    Very insightful article! I’m a blogger and can somehow relate. Thank you so much for sharing. 😊

    • Silvia_njoki

      You are welcome !

  • grace muriuki

    Thanks for the insight and being open & generous with this kind of info.

    • Silvia_njoki

      You are welcome !

  • Njeri

    Insightful piece

    • Silvia_njoki

      Glad I could share

  • Wangari

    I love your website’s new look and I loved this piece. It felt incredibly sincere and had lots of teaching points for wannabe bloggers such as myself 🙂

  • Ivy

    Now this is the Silvia that I love and she inspires me so much. I loved this post. Please keep sharing more blogging secrets with us. We appreciate you.

  • DOLLYPINKY

    I ove this!Time to be more creative with my blog.Thank you
    Dollypinky.com

  • Afrikana Viola

    I really needed this. T
    hankyou very much for the wonderful advice 🙂