I want to apologize to all of those who I have given the impression that I get free, high-value stuff all the time.
I’ve been asked quite often how I get all of these nice things, and unfortunately I’ve seemed to boast about them. I founded Coupon Friendly over 4 years ago…and it took 2 of those years to really get my name out there, and finally legalize it as a business (hello, LLC.). I not only share deals, but I also test products out. I have a job (besides being a mommy of 5) – a mommy blogger…and yes, that is actually a job title. I get compensated in both money and products to try out. They pay for my time and my readership. So when I say I get free products, I really don’t.
Being a mommy blogger isn’t one of those “get rich quick” schemes. You have to work for it, just like everything else. And patience…which was personally hard for me, because I simply have none! 🙂 Companies out there are always looking into finding ways to get their names out there. One of the cheapest ways to do that is to work with bloggers with a high number of readers. It not only is cheaper, but it eases the company’s mind knowing they most likely won’t get taken advantage of. Unfortunately there are people out there (including a few bad bloggers) who will take the product (or money) and run. As an LLC. – and even if I didn’t have a legal business – I have a reputation to uphold. I want to grow Coupon Friendly enough to have steady income to help my husband (who also owns his own business, and is my IT Director for my website – lucky me!) and our family’s income. We have 5 young children to take care of.
I work at home, on my own time (sounds like I’m self-employed, don’t I? haha), which I love. If I have an emergency with one or more of the children, I can take off work as long as I want. I don’t make money at that time, but that comes with the territory. It’s great having this opportunity to be a work at home mom. But that’s what I am….a work at home mom. I run a mommy blog. So when you see me post about “free” products that I have received, or compensated opportunities, let me reiterate what I should have been saying before. I greatly apologize. They’re not free. I work with that certain company and am paid in products.
With all that said, by checking out my Coupon Friendly website, you are helping support my business. Print coupons, share a recipe you enjoy, and comment on a review you liked reading. Every little bit helps!
If you have a blog, please comment below the link and what you’re all about, so we can check it out. Share your passion!