How blogging made me a better negotiator

Blogging taught me how to negotiate

Let me tell you a little story about how blogging gave me the confidence to negotiate my worth.

I remember the first time I ever made any money off my blog. I was astonished that somebody would pay to place content on it. Blogging – still the easiest yet hardest thing I’ve ever done to earn money.

From then on, it was a slippery slope, I admit. There was a time when I accepted way too many sponsored posts.

But despite that, I still didn’t say yes to everything. I was reasonably picky. There were some compromises I just didn’t want to make.

I started negotiating, somewhat regularly, with potential advertisers. It was easier than I thought. Faceless people behind an email address. A business transaction. If they didn’t want to pay my rates, that was fine. No deal. There are plenty of other advertisers out there who can, and do. I don’t need your money.

I’ve lost count of just how many email threads with stingy lowballers I closed off with ‘if your budget increases in the future, feel free to get in touch’.

And if my blog is worth more than that, then I’M certainly worth more than that.

Turns out that was really good practice for real life.

And that is how blogging helped boost my confidence, leading to my first actual pay negotiation.

5 thoughts on “How blogging made me a better negotiator

  • Reply Genie October 28, 2015 at 10:09

    Go you! This post makes me happy. As a creative and a blogger, it can be hard to price fairly when people see your work as “fun”.

  • Reply Anne October 29, 2015 at 02:40

    Fascinating!
    I had a hilarious win with blog negotiating yesterday, where I didn’t check an email account for a day and in that time the guy came up in price twice! I mean, I ignored him on purpose as part of my negotiation tactics 😉

  • Reply Cat@BudgetBlonde October 29, 2015 at 11:05

    I think there are a lot more life lessons you can learn from blogging (like how to negotiate) than most people realize. It’s not just about writing about your life and putting out there for the world to see. There’s a lot more to it than that.

  • Reply Karen November 9, 2015 at 16:41

    Out of all the things I learned in blogging (and am still constantly learning about), I never gave much thought about how it teaches you to negotiate. I’ve turned down offers that seemed good, but weren’t a good fit for my blog. While other people would just tell you it’s just a blog, other serious bloggers/bloggers who have been doing this for awhile know that the blog is your brand- an extension of yourself. So you would only want what’s best for your blog.

  • Reply Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank November 9, 2015 at 23:36

    I have learned a lot from blogging. Aside from exploring various topics, I am able to learn how to relate with different people, which I think has boosted my confidence and made me realize that it’s fun to have a close relationship with them.

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