Best Ways to Support Other Business Owners or Bloggers on Instagram

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Supporting other business owners does not necessarily mean buying their products or services. Maybe you have a friend who is a web designer, but you don’t need a website or you already have one. Maybe you have a friend who sells beauty products, but you don’t need anything right now. This does not mean you cannot show your support!

Here at Girlcrush Collective, we’re all about women supporting women, so we’ve put together a list of easy ways to support your friends’ blogs or businesses on Instagram, without spending any money.

Here are some simple ways to support others on Instagram:

Follow them and like their posts

This one really goes without saying. Follow their Instagram account and like their posts! This is especially important at the beginning of their venture. When starting out, business owners and bloggers will have small followings and rely on friends and family as their main engagement on Instagram.

Comment on their posts

Follows and likes are great, but comments are huge! Even just a few words related to their post will help. This kind of quality engagement lets Instagram know that it is a good post that others are resonating with, so be sure to leave a comment when you see a new post!

Share their posts to your story

This is the virtual way of recommending someone to your own audience. Even if you just use Instagram for personal use and don’t have a ton of followers, this still provides quality exposure. You never know if your followers are looking for something that can be provided by your friend!

Shout them out in your stories

Similar to the previous tip, shout them out in your stories. This does not necessarily need to be you sharing a post of theirs to your story, even just a text post telling your followers about them can be beneficial!

Tag friends who may be interested in their business

If you have a friend who is a wedding photographer and another friend who just got engaged, tag them in the wedding photographer’s post! This is a simple, free way for you to help out two friends! Don’t underestimate the effect that tagging a friend in a post can have.

Tag friends who may be interested in their blog

If you have a friend who has a travel blog and another friend who is about to backpack across Europe, tag them in the travel bloggers posts! It’s beneficial for both friends and takes less than a minute of your time.

Recommend them to others

This one goes beyond Instagram. If it comes up in conversation with someone, mention them. You don’t necessarily need to tag your newly engaged friend in your wedding planner friend’s post. If you’re with them and they are talking about planning their wedding, mention your other friend’s name!

Similarly, if you’re with your friend who is about to travel to Europe, let them know the name of your other friend’s blog or Instagram account so they can get any of their tips or suggestions before they go! Word-of-mouth is one of the oldest marketing strategies in the book, but it is still incredibly effective. We trust our friends, therefore we tend to trust their suggestions over commercial marketing.

Save their posts

Saving Instagram posts (clicking the little flag icon on the bottom right of a post) is a valuable way to engage with posts. While others may not know that you saved it (i.e. it’s not public the way that likes and comments are) it still tells Instagram that it is a good post.

Remind them that you are proud of them

Small compliments and reminders that you’re proud of and impressed by your friend’s blog or business is huge. It’s very common for business owners and bloggers to have days where they feel discouraged and want to just throw in the towel, so you never know how badly your friend may need to hear some words of encouragement. Also, we tend to only share the good things on social media, especially when representing a business, so it’s always good to check in and make sure your friends are doing well.

Supporting your friends businesses or blogs does not have to be hard, expensive, or time-consuming. These are all simple ways to show your support, even if their blog or business is not necessarily relevant to you personally!

Do you have any other suggestions for supporting your friend’s ventures? Let us know in the comments!


how to support other bloggers or business owners on instagram without spending any money
how to support other bloggers or business owners on instagram without spending any money

The Best Business Tips We Have Learned from the Kardashian-Jenners

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There’s no doubt that the Kardashian-Jenner clan is one of the most polarizing families our generation has ever experienced. But why is that?

They always raise the question, “What are they famous for again?” No matter what you think they should or shouldn’t be famous for, you can’t deny that they are the most ingenious businesswomen in the game. I mean, how else would all of us know what’s happening in each of their lives even if we don’t religiously follow #KUWTK?

Kris Jenner and her army of beautiful, trend-setting daughters may be our own American version of a royal family, but they have a lot to teach their people.

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Turn Negatives Into Positives

Let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room. Kim made good out of the leak of her “adult video” with Ray J. Back when it was released, it was a time in American culture where that could (read: would) end someone’s career and destroy any kind of reputation they held. Nonetheless, she turned lemons into champagne and the rest is history. She must of had a Ted Talk with her sisters because they have all followed suit. Now if that isn’t the story of the century, I don’t know what is.

What you can do: Every time a client criticizes or you see a flop with a product, take what is wrong and study it. Learn from the mistakes and see what you can do now to improve.


Stay on Top of Brand Management

And how did the most infamous family become famous? Many could and have claimed “nothing.” But really, it’s fully because they stay on that Kardashian brand #AllDayErryDay. If you see a big booty girl, you automatically say jokingly, “She must be a Kardashian!” Or even a woman with full lips or with bright blue hair, you can’t help but to think of those dang Kar-Jens!

What you can do: Make something undeniably *you*. Whether it’s dyeing your hair a color of your brand or playing a certain song in the background while you make videos. Associate something to you and your brand - but make sure it’s something that you’d want to be attached to you!

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“If somebody says no, you’re talking to the wrong person.”

- Kris Jenner


See Behind the Brand

You don’t need a 24/7 camera crew to follow you around all day while your life is being broadcasted on E! And these businesswomen don’t let it stop there. They give you an in through every known app in modern society. Even going so far in creating their own apps! But we know everything that happens, or everything that ~might~ happen - their hints online tell us more than even saying what’s going on! (Helloooo Kylie’s pregnancy?)

What you can do: Do live videos or stories that show a day in the life of you and your biz. Keep it interesting by showing the failures you sometimes have to go through or even a process in which is unique to you and your business. Launching a new product or service soon? Drop hints all over your Insta!

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take your business seriously, but Know Your Limits

We have all seen the meme “The Devil works hard but Kris Jenner works harder.” It’s hilarious because it is so true! We can take note of Kris’ business strategies when it comes to making every one of her daughters a walking cash register. On one hand, we can see her in this shrew-ish, “Kimberly-listen-to-me-right-now” kind of character. She takes the business that is her daughters seriously, but never to the extent where it will cost her or them peace. She is their momager for a reason - no one knows her daughters’ limits better than Kris!

What you can do: Understand your limits. Have fun doing what you love while making money from it, but know when you need to stop. Sometimes it might be your body asking for you to slow it down or maybe even your family and friends. Always hustle, but do it your way.

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Honesty is the Only Policy

If there is another thing these girls are known for is for keeping it real. Just because they’re like this on-screen doesn’t mean it stops there! They keep it real in everything they do in their biz. Why else would everyone tune in every Sunday night? Would you want to watch a show with people just all being nice to each other? Hell no and we wouldn’t either!

What you can do: Maybe you don’t have to be like Kourtney and say literally everything that’s on your mind, but don’t be a season 2 Kim (TBT to her “little white lies phase.”) Keep your audience in the know, but professionally. It lets them know you have nothing to hide and nothing builds trust faster than a transparent leader!


Always Be Adding to Your Biz

If it’s one of them making a socks business, or turning their cosmetics into a billion dollar company, or publishing a book of selfies, these folks never stop hustlin’. Each of them adds something new to the family business. Even now with Kim wanting to start practicing law, there is something to be added - even if it means a career change.

What you can do: Now we’re not saying if you sell skincare products you need to jump into a catering business just to keep things spicy! What you’ll want to do is keep evolving with the times and change your brand/style/products when you feel necessary. If a place like Taco Bell continues to always change their branding to stay relevant, then it should be highly considered for you to do the same.

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Age Isn’t an Excuse

Whether you’re 21 like Kylie or 63 like Kris, grinding and working hard has no age limit. As we all know, Kylie has become the youngest self-made billionaire ever. There are tons of people who think being 21 years old means that all you ever do is party and not have a fully developed brain.

Kris has become the momager of her daughters and hasn’t stopped a single day to ensure that each and every one of them has the life that they have always wanted. At 63, people may think of retirement and that now is a time to hang up the hat. Have you seen Kris lately? She ain’t going anywhere anytime soon, honey!

What you can do: Do not listen to the opinions of others when it comes to your age. People will always have something to say about age and careers, but what do they know? If you’re being told you’re too young for something, don’t wait until you’re “too old” for it later!

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Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself

Never be afraid to live a life where you are 100% yourself. Don’t take cover, always make sure you feel comfortable in your own skin. And most importantly, don’t feel like you need to wait 60 years to become your true self, like Bruce Jenner, a.k.a. Caitlyn Jenner, did.

What you can do: Remember that it’s your life, your business, your brand, and other people’s opinions are irrelevant. Be you, do you, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. The Kardashians would not be who they are or as successful as they are if they worried about what people thought about them!

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Accept That You Might Be Polarizing

Ever heard of the saying “any publicity is good publicity?” Well the Kar-Jens certainly have. They may be one of the most polarizing clan in all of Hollywood and maybe even in American history. Even fellow celebs have been open about their distaste for them. (Oh, how we love a good Twitter feud!) But that doesn’t stop them from being who they are 24/7. They are women who own themselves and are confident in all that they do.

What you can do: Accept yourself and accept that not everyone will love you right away. It may take days, weeks, even years for someone to understand where you’re coming from. However, at the end of the day, it isn’t your job to make them like you or your biz or to change yourself so they will. Be who you are and as long as you love what you’re doing, who cares!


Surround yourself with positive, supportive people

Talk about #WomenSupportingWomen! They may not get along like 89% of the time, but no matter what, they will always support each other. Even if they don’t see eye to eye at first, they find it in themselves to have their sisters’ backs when they need them the most.

What you can do: Hype up your crowd! Be the ultimate hype-woman for all the women in your network. There’s nothing better than one queen help fix another queen’s crown without having to tell the world it was crooked.


“I feel like we are so blessed to have the support system and the best family to really just support each other no matter what we're going through.”

- Kim Kardashian


Find Your Voice & Yell From the Mountaintops

*insert Kim’s ugly crying face here* If there is one thing for sure, it’s that the Kardashians know exactly what their voice is and who they can reach with it. They know their platform and utilize it every day - whether it be their opinions on politics, gossip, or just current events in general.

What you can do: Find out what you’re passionate about and advocate for that. Use your platform for good and broadcast about the things you find important. Not only will this associate you with a cause, but it will shed some light onto what you are really interested in.


Building an Empire Takes Time

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it sure did fall in just one. If you can remember way back in 2007 when KUWTK first aired, you’ll find that they were...kind of normal? Fast forward to 12 years later and you almost would have never known that they ever cooked their own dinners! They never openly worried about them not growing - they all stayed confident and hustled until they got what they wanted!

What you can do: Don’t lose faith because things feel stagnant or down right now. As long as you put it out into the universe that something great will come from all this, your attitude (and life!) will quickly change. Successful businesses take time to really reach their full potential. Don’t stress, babe. Just think - What Would the Kardashians Do?

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kylie jenner billionaire

Although America’s royal reality TV family may have a notorious reputation for being, well, too real, they can teach you about business like nobody’s business. Think what you want about these divas, but there’s a reason why they are rich and famous - hustle hard, market harder. Find yourself in your business and attach that to everything you do. Who knows? Maybe you’ll beat out Kylie for World’s Youngest Billionaire!

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business lessons we have learned from the kardashian jenners
business lessons we have learned from the kardashian jenners

How to Avoid Burnout as a Blogger or Entrepreneur

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Being business babes, we have all struggled to want to open our laptops up and see what’s in store for today. However, have you ever thought “Man, I just can’t seem to know what to do lately.” Or even the dreaded, “What am I even doing with work anymore?” Us here at Girlcrush have felt ourselves get to that point. With blogging you get writer’s block and can’t think of any new ideas. With business you can’t help but to not want to deal with any new problems or ideas that may have risen. You kind of just wish things could go on autopilot while you went back to bed.

Listen, Linda! We’re here to help. Listed below are signs, how-tos, and preventive options to take burnout to burning up the Internet! Burnout happens to the best of us, but we can and will get through it!

Burnout happens when you avoid being a human for too long.
— The Blissful Mind

Signs That You’re Burning Out:

These are just some signs that you or someone that loves you may recognize within. Obviously we all have our off days and we’re not claiming to be doctors, but if you find yourself in the midst of the following, you may be running yourself dry.

You feel exhausted with every day/simple tasks

Are you feeling as if you’re in a rut? And when you have normal tasks, do they feel like they are harder than usual? Girl, we know the struggle. This might be one of the most common tell-tale signs that things aren’t going as they should.

You find you’re talking & thinking negatively

You might be finding that nowadays you have been a little too hard on yourself. We’re all about being the best ~YOU~ you can be, but we can have really high and unhealthy expectations of ourselves. And you might feel like others may have similar expectations for you, but all you can think of is how you’re disappointing yourself and them.

Your mood & appetite have changed

People might notice that you’re getting a little more snappy or moody lately. You might not be talking to your inner circle, either. Heck, you might even be able to tell that you’re a little more fussy than normal. Your appetite also speaks volumes when you’re stressed. You can find yourself with little to no appetite or even being a lot more snacky than usual.

Work feels just like that, work

Rather doing something you love and enjoying your job, your work feels like a drag. We’re not saying that you have to jump for joy every time you get out of bed for work, but you shouldn’t be dreading it. This should be an automatic red flag if you typically love doing your work but now you’re taking the long route to get there.

Motivation is nonexistent/Writer’s Block

You aren’t feeling it today. But you haven’t been feeling it for a while now. No new ideas are popping up for you and you can’t fathom any coming in the near future. All you feel like doing is asking the universe to take the wheel and wake you up when new things happen.

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What To Do:

If you find yourself in the midst of the above signs, here’s some advice on how to handle them. If you feel like none of these are helping, you may want to consider contacting a medical professional.

Address what is causing the stress

Once you recognize what is causing you so much stress and causing your burnouts, then you can start eliminating those factors. If you feel stress coming from others, a giant to-do list, or by another similar problem, you can now start a plan to tackle these head-on.

Schedule breaks during your work day

Although we would like to think that powering through the day is the best idea, taking breaks through the days is better for your mental health. How would your car feel if you drove it cross-country, non stop? Probably super damaged. That’s why you need to give it a rest and oil it when necessary - so do the same for yourself!

Step away when you feel symptoms arising

There’s nothing wrong with knowing your limits and making adjustments to make yourself comfortable. When you feel yourself getting exhausted and burning out again, remind yourself that you can 100% step away from what is making you feel this way.

Give yourself a hiatus

Go off the grid. Turn off your phone. Don’t watch the news. It is so easy to get consumed into an alternative reality and try to escape from this one. But sometimes that isn’t the healthiest alternative. Putting down your phone and taking a drive or meditating will help not only distract you from the hassles of work, but still keep you present within your own reality.

Reevaluate priorities and goals

Maybe you’re putting too much pressure on yourself and the quickest way to know if you’re doing that is to put your priorities and goals in check. Are they attainable? Keep them. Are they a long shot? Save those for a rainy day - just not today. Make sure you have your sights set on what you are able to do at this point in time.

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How To Prevent it From Happening Again:

These tips aren’t only from preventing burnout to happen again, but use these as guidelines to not allow it to happen if it hasn’t happened to you. We want each and every one of you to enjoy life to the fullest - not racing through because you’re uncomfortable. Take time for yourself because self-care is the best thing you can do before helping others. You have to put your oxygen mask on you first before you can help others!

Slow down

Life doesn't need to be as fast as a Monday morning in NYC. Allow yourself to slow down on the regular and let things happen one thing at a time. Not everything has to be done today, not everything is do or die - you got this babe!

Follow your break schedule

Keeping up with your newly established break schedule should be a priority getting back on track. Make time for yourself through the day, no matter how busy it gets!

Find daily inspiration

Whether it be Pinterest, something cute your dog is doing, or looking back on old posts/products, try to find some inspiration to help keep motivating yourself through the day (or even week!) Not everything has to be limited to being “daily” - you can do weekly or even monthly lists for inspiration!

Accomplish goals that mean something to you

When you finish an objective that has meaning to you and you can physically see the results of it, it clicks in your head that hey! You did it! Doing so will make you have a sense of pride and accomplishment, which will lead to more motivation!

Find a support group and allow people to help you

Accountability is always a great way to make sure you stay on a path that you want to stay on. Having loved ones keeping you on track all the while making sure you are keeping yourself healthy is a great way of helping you out so you don’t have to put all the pressure on yourself.

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At the end of the day, try and find peace in the stillness of your current life. You can try to do anything, but you can’t do everything. When you feel like your mind has too many tabs open, try closing them - one at a time. But make sure you save your work first! And our best advice for anyone struggling on balancing your time and management, the most productive thing you can do sometimes is rest easy, babe.

Ted Talks for When You’re Feeling Burnt out:

Have you felt burnt out as a blogger or business owner? What do you do to prevent it or relieve it? We’d love to hear new ideas!

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avoid burnout as a blogger or business owner
avoid burnout as a blogger or business owner
avoid burnout as a blogger or business owner

The Importance of Having a Morning Routine

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Listen, we all know that the morning can bring nothing but hitting that snooze button again and again just to jump out of bed with only enough time to put one leg through a pair of pants while chugging down a cup of coffee. Too relatable? Yeah, it is for us, too.

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Having a morning routine is actually psychologically important for making the rest of your day run smoothly. How you set the tone first thing in the morning is, give or take, how the rest of your day will flow. Now wouldn’t you want a more balanced and positive day just by allowing yourself some time in the morning to let that happen? Uh, sign us up!

Now before we dive in, look at the word “routine” not as a “gotta get up early check list” but more so as creating your own lifestyle for your days!

Ideas For Your Morning Routine

Get 7 to 8 Hours of Sleep

    • Studies have shown that the average adult needs to sleep for around 8 hours in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle and mindset. Although sometimes we feel as if when we sleep for only 4 hours we have more energy, it’s the same feeling for when you get a sugar high. It might feel like you have a lot of energy now, but you’ll have a crash later.

Get Up on Your First Alarm & Open the Blinds

    • Studies have proven people who get up on their first alarm (rather than hitting snooze a couple dozen times!) have more productive and energetic days. To help tempt you from clicking your lock button, open your blinds when your first alarm goes off. Typically, the sun will already be up and will pour its light into your room. It’ll help motivate you to get out of bed to get that sunshine out of your eyes!

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Get Up to Watch The Sunrise

    • We know that daylight savings makes this a little hard to accomplish at times, but maybe plan a few days during the week to make time to watch the sunrise (if applicable.) It will make you appreciate the little things and hey, what can beat a beautiful sunrise?

Don’t Check Your Phone ASAP

    • Adjusting your eyes from being shut for hours immediately to a blaring LED screen can really cause some destruction. Once your eyes are adjusted after a couple of minutes, then go ahead and check!

Drink Water

  • Before anything else enters your body, make sure you get a drink of water first. Think of it as the oil of a car engine, without it, things just don’t run as smoothly! If you’re not a big water drinker, try adding cucumber and lemon to add flavor and benefits! Even though wanting to reach for that coffee pot is instinctual, just a cup of water beforehand is sufficient!

Make Your Bed!

  • If you caught our newsletter about getting your life together, you’ll remember we talked about a book written by Admiral William McRaven that centers around how making your bed first thing in the morning can literally change the way you do things. The premise is to show that making sure you do one simple task every morning, it creates a habit and that can translate into every sphere of your life!

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  • Nothing starts your body up more like getting the blood flowing and warming it up! Stretching it out before leaving the house (especially if you have a desk job) will create long-term benefits that will strengthen your back and core so your body can withstand sitting for long hours. Exercising first thing in the morning engages and starts your metabolism up so that throughout the day your body is working properly when it comes to anything you eat or drink. There’s an app created but Johnson & Johnson made a 7 minute, all-encompassing workout - all at different levels! Here’s the link:

Meditate or Yoga

  • If you’re not about breaking too much of a sweat, try meditating or yoga. Sometimes yoga gets intense, but trying some simple yet effective apps will get the job done. Try apps like Headspace for meditation and Daily Yoga for easy, everyday moves that even strangers to meditation and yoga can do.

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Coffee Break!

  • If you live with a roommate(s) or a significant other, take some time in the morning to make a cup of coffee for y’all and talk about the day ahead or recap on the night prior! It’s a great way to build up your relationships plus getting human interaction first thing in the morning helps engage your brain muscles before you get to work!

Write in a Gratitude/Affirmation Journal

  • What is better than physically looking at all the great things happening in your life? Writing out what you’re thankful for in your life can really put things into perspective and change your whole look on not just your day, but life!

Plan out Your To-Do List & Eat the Frog!

  • Wait - what? Make a to-do list for your day, maybe even your week and check on it every morning. So what did we mean by eat the frog? Tackle the biggest/scariest/hardest task first, so that the rest of your list doesn’t look too tough!

Enjoy Quiet Time

  • What else is better than just hanging out in silence? Take this time to just hang out in your thoughts or make mental notes for later. Or if you’re spiritual, say your morning prayers or thank the universe for a new day.

Take Some Time with Your Kids/Pet

  • Being a mom is probably one of the most busiest jobs on this Earth. Try to take some time to bond with your kiddo(s) during breakfast. If they’re younger, give them a craft to do or a coloring book. This will help stimulate their minds as they start the days! As dog moms ourselves, we take our pups to the park every morning before work! It helps get their energy out while we work during the day while also being a great way to bond with them plus their getting some socialization!

Self-Care Bathroom Routine

  • Are you just like Jonathan Van Ness and have to make sure your face is moisturized for the gods, honey? What about that bed-head of yours? Get your jush on and get that mane tamed!

Eat Breakfast

  • This seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes we just forget! Try to avoid sugar-filled things so that you don’t crash before your lunch break!

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Play a Podcast in the Background

    • Did you know that our subconscious picks up on background noise? As you get ready for your day, play an interesting podcast! Maybe it’ll help brainstorm some ideas while at work.

Take Your Time

    • If you’re getting up and rushing to get out the door, your day is going to feel a little off the entire time. I mean we all know that feeling! But if you account for enough time in your day, you can 100% be able to casually stroll your way out the door and oh no! There’s a red light! Who cares? You created enough time in your morning to deal with anything!

Pack Your Lunch/Plan Your Dinner

    • Save time, energy, and money! (And possibly calories!) Pack a lunch for the afternoon rather than driving around getting fast food. Making dinner plans or planning out to make for dinner will save time trying to figure out something while you’re starving.

Do Something That Future You Will Be Thankful You Did

    • The last thing someone wants to do after work is some annoying chore. So while you have the energy to do it, do the dishes, vacuum, fold the laundry, spiffy up the place - just little things that will go a long way for your future self!

Don’t Stress Yourself Out in Creating a Routine

    • No one’s routine is perfect and maybe Obama’s routine won’t fit your typical morning. (Does having a 2,000 calorie blasting cardio workout before breakfast sound like something you want to do? Well maybe it is, we won’t judge. ;) But keep a level head and don’t pressure yourself in becoming a morning person if you’re not. Working a little bit day by day will help create a daily routine that will eventually fit for you. Trial and error is your best friend in all of this. Trying your best already shows that you’re looking for improvement, so keep at it!

Do you have a regular morning routine? Let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for new ideas!

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the importance of having a morning idea plus a list of ideas

#Sponsored - Tips for Collaborating with Brands with Jessica Alexis

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So, you’ve been eyeing this brand but don’t feel like you have the following to work with them? Well what if I told you the number of followers you have doesn’t always matter. 

#Sponsored These days, brands want content and eyeballs. Companies prefer to send influencers free products in exchange for content and publicity than paying for an Ad. Why? Because it’s inexpensive, you can track it and it’s a faster way of getting in front of new audiences. Influencer Marketing is so underpriced that brands are incorporating more of this into their strategies and spending less on advertising.

Here are some tips for collaborating with brands from Jessica Alexis:

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Don’t get it twisted.

  • Know your niche

  • Pick brands that you genuinely love or see yourself as a customer

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No expectations.

  • Detach yourself from the outcome don’t expect them to say yes! Keep an open mind.

  • Know that you’ll have to do some free work in the beginning before brands start reaching out for a collaboration. 

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It’s not stalking. It’s research.

  • Familiarize yourself with the company or brand. What type of content do they post, what are some key messages they get across in their feed. Who have they worked with? What’s their aesthetic? Who are they following? What hashtags do they use?

  • Pick brands that you genuinely love or see yourself as a customer 

  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Reach out to brands that are large, medium or small in size. You’d be surprised how many people would want to give you space or product in exchange for content.


You before me. Not the other way around.

  • Put their needs before your own. Yes, while it would be great to get a free product, think about the value you can provide (not the perks you’ll receive) to the company or brand. After all, it’s about quality content.

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Working with a brand is like dating.

Yep. You read that right.

  • Build a relationship with the brand before you reach out to them. Engage on their posts, DM them to show your support. Don’t just reach out when you want something from them. 

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“What do you bring to the table?” I am the table.

  • It’s important to know what your strengths or weaknesses are. If you’re good at photography, for example, let them know you are willing to provide content (photography) at no cost for their marketing and/or social media use.

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It’s not you, it’s me. Thank you, next.

  • Nobody likes to get left on “read.” Sometimes we face rejection, and that’s ok. There are so many other brands and small businesses that need your skills. Keep searching for the right fit.

  • If you feel like no one responds, look back at your intentions and why you want to work with them. Are there other smaller brands or local businesses that have a similar style/message you could work with?

sample email collaboration

Subject: Influencer Photoshoot at The Avalon Apartments

Hi Erin,

It's Jess from @thetrendyvoyager on Instagram. I wanted to reach out as I am interested in creating content with my photographer at the Point Street location in March. I would love to collaborate with The Avalon Apartments o provide you with hi-res images at no cost in exchange for taking photos at this location.

I am a lifestyle influencer from New York City, and I specialize in creating content for brands I love. In addition to providing you with hi-res images for your social media and/or marketing use, I can supply a blog post where my readers can learn more about your amazing apartments, amenities, and services. I can also include you in my January newsletter linking to the post and/or your website and social handles whichever you prefer.

Let me know if you're interested. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,


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Creator of The Trendy Voyager // @thetrendyvoyager
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Hey @avalonapartments social team!

I am a lifestyle and travel photographer from New York City interested in creating content for your apartment complex. I can provide images at no cost to you in exchange for permission to shoot at this location. Additionally, I can provide you a blog post where my readers can learn more about your lovely apartments. Please let me know if you would be interested in this type of collaboration.

Thanks for your time in advanced! I look forward to hearing from you.


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About Jessica:

A lifestyle and travel content creator from NYC, Jessica formerly managed Influencer Marketing at a major U.S. Airline. Since leaving this role, she has successfully been able to collaborate with brands like Beauty Blender, Usual Wines, 1405 Point, Plantbar, Hotel Hive, Majestic Punta Cana, Getaway House, Erin Condren, and Vive Cosmetics. She has been interviewed by #WeAllGrow Latina Network, and online community for Latina Changemakers. Jessica is also the Founder of her own Latina Entrepreneurs and Creator Community @BossChicasGlobal.