Purposed, Popular, Passionate, and Paid
Hey there Richster Fam,
It's been a minute since I've taken some time to write but today I've got some things on my mind that I think need to be said. And today just so happens to be Black Women's Equal Pay Day-- so I think it's a PERFECT day for sharing!
I’ve been a true content creator for over 8 years. Its started off with videos, my blog, and now social media. After all these years I’m really grateful for getting to the point where I now have opportunities to collaborate and partner with brands that I love. Over the 8 years I feel like I’ve paid my dues-- doing some work for free, and others for close to nothing. Motherhood has really changed the way that I operate with knowing the value of what I’m worth and asking for it. What’s the worst that could happen? A brand/company that works with you can just say “no.” In that moment you can make a choice to proceed with the opportunity, or kindly request that they consider you when they have the budget to accommodate you (and your skills).
People will take as much as you allow them too-- and businesses are no different. If you are building a digital presence, and constantly posting for free then why would they ever feel the need to compensate you? For many people it may not seem like much, but content creation is a hard, time intensive, and laborious process… if you’re a mom it’s even harder. Unlike those who aren’t parents we have to work around nap times, play dates, cooking, cleaning, working (if you work from home, or have a 9-5), along with all the other things. In those small gaps of time we have to strategize the content, plan the content, write the content, shoot the content, edit the content, publish the content, promote the content, and then ENGAGE with the content. Basically, doing the full range of work if what a full marketing agency would do for a client’s work-- but as a one woman show. It gets exceptionally harder if you’re a mommy blog and all of the work that you’re doing involves your kids. You have to be extremely patient and aware of your kids, how they can be involved, and if they even want to be involved-- because it’s supposed to be fun for them, not work.
At this point, I’m not doing work simply for free product… As CardiB so eloquently put it, “I need cheese for my egg(s)!” Arria is starting school in September and it’s expensive… it has me shook thinking about college! Jaiyce will be right behind her. Then there will be sports, other extracurriculars, and as parents we also need to be growing and engaging with our interests and self-care as well… ALL OF WHICH REQUIRE MONEY! So while I definitely like free stuff (what can I say, I’m a thrifty lady!), I’m also a #LiveRICHMommy who is trying to build for myself and my children. I need a check.
Don’t get me wrong, I do often promote a lot of things that I love simply because I love sharing people/things that I love (especially #blackownedbusiness and #womenownedbusiness), and things that work in making life easier. Living rich isn’t JUST about money-- it’s about making the most with the resources that you have, and living a life of purpose. I’ve built my portfolio and have countless examples of the caliber and quality of my work, and I’m sure many of you have too. This message is about valuing our time, services, and skills as mothers-- because they’re worth being compensated monetarily.
It has also been a while, but I still also have a whole post in mind about following your instincts, and listening to your gut as it relates to those who you choose to work with. Remember the job that I was so excited about earlier this year in April? It was a for a company called Wellvyl, owned by a man named Christopher Kreitchman.** I worked with the company for about 2 months. There were about 5 very specific instances when I got weird vibes about Chris and the way he operated his business-- somethings I experienced personally, but most of them being second-hand from others sharing their accounts. Generally I like to give people the benefit of the doubt... until they give me a reason not to. So though I was hearing whispers of Chris' questionable character I didn't let it faze me or my work.
I was praised for my work even through the moment when Chris decided to discontinue operations, but even now (almost 3 months later) I still have not been fully paid for the work rendered. It has gotten to a point where I have filed a suit against Christopher, while was ruled in my favor-- and he still has yet to pay. At some point I'll probably do a video on this experience where I can go into further detail, but for now I'm just sharing this piece to encourage you all to trust your gut. As women, we are very instinctual creatures-- and it's by no mistake. So if you ever get any weird vibes about a person, their character, or there intentions (and if you hear about it from multiple accounts)-- take it for what it is.
As women, mothers, and businesswomen who are purposed, passionate, and yes, popular-- we deserve to be paid. Remember, ask not get not-- a closed mouth won't get fed. Speak up and demand your worth mama. Because if you don't, who will?
#LiveRich and Happy Dream Chasing!
**I'm only sharing this information to warn anyone who he may contact about working with him (on staff or otherwise), because he/his business are dishonest and potentially fraudulent.