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Tired of being broke? I can’t blame you. Being a content creator is a difficult job. Some days it feels like a never-ending race to convince people our work is worthy of a paycheck. Contrary to popular belief, you can make money as a creator even with a small following.
When I started Dopes on the Road in early 2013, it was a way to get all of my LGBT travel safety tips out of my head and out into the world – literally, so they wouldn’t keep me awake at night.
Eventually, I started building relationships with other bloggers. When I started sharing my insider tips on how I was able to make a full-time income from working with brands without having millions of followers, I was pretty quickly inundated with questions all from bloggers asking for advice on how they could work with brands, too.
BUT I was traveling the world, maintaining my relationship, and selling freelance articles about my adventures.
So, I was pretty busy.
All while building Dopes on the Road on the side and really starting to create a hub of knowledge for LGBT travelers….slowly but surely Dopes on the Road grew. Like a lot.
In December 2017, one day I was chatting with my wife about ways we could help other bloggers and it hit me. Most bloggers need help finding opportunities.
It was just a few weeks before the holidays in Merida, Mexico and rather than thinking about tinsel and eggnog I was building an excel spreadsheet of companies I’d worked with in the past.
2.2 seconds later, I was obsessed with the idea.
And just like that, the first Companies that Pay database for bloggers was born, an online database and guide all about bloggers with smaller audiences learning to work with brands.
I immediately put my heart, soul, personal industry contacts into building out the database.
I launched the database, hoping that maybeeee 2-3 bloggers would use it and 1 of them could find something amazing they’d never done before.
Flash forward to a month later, and over 200 bloggers have the database.
The feedback was incredible with….
- Bloggers pitching themselves to brands and hearing a YES within 24 hours
- Bloggers doubling their income from brand collaborations
- Bloggers saying they learned more from the guide about monetization than they had in several years of blogging.