The first sequence of questions I sometimes get requested when folks discover out I’ve a weblog are, “Do you get free stuff sent to you?” Answer: Yes! I get a number of packages a day and I imagine the individuals who reside in my constructing suppose I’ve a web based procuring downside. Second query: “Do you get paid to wear clothes?” Yes! How freaking cool is that? And the 3rd, and my private favourite: “But like, do you even work?” Oh sure. Let me clarify.
Hi there, my title is Audree, or as my close-knit follower crew would say, Simply Audree Kate or “SAK.” I’ve been running a blog for greater than 5 years complete and doing it full-time for a couple of 12 months and a 1/2; however I’m additionally a contract style stylist and style editor on the aspect.
I began SimplyAudreeKate.com the summer time after my freshman 12 months of faculty at Arizona State University as a method to showcase my style work. There was not a style program at my college on the time, so I wished to nonetheless seem related and aggressive when making use of to internships and jobs down the street.
I showcased stitching tutorials, thrifting hauls, styling suggestions, style week recaps and business interviews. Over the following 3 years of faculty, I slowly gained a neighborhood following and likewise began posting my very own outfits and private tales. I all the time assumed the weblog would dissolve as soon as I entered the “real world,” however after I graduated in 2015, the running a blog business began to growth.
I moved to New York after commencement and freelanced at a number of style and girls’s print magazines, together with Glamour, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine and Editorialist. After a 12 months of working in print, I made the laborious resolution to say goodbye and pursue styling and my weblog. That summer time, I sat down and discovered a marketing strategy and funds and employed an intern and dove into Simply Audree Kate 110 %.
Today, I weblog full time; handle a small workforce of 4 interns; freelance fashion for numerous manufacturers, magazines, modeling companies and private shoppers; and I’m additionally super-excited to be the freelance style editor right here at StyleCaster. So, to circle again to my commonest 3rd query I get requested, sure I do work — 3 jobs, really; and I’m right here to inform you what a day within the lifetime of a full-time blogger is like. And very first thing’s first, it’s much more than cute OOTD (outfit of the day) Instagram pics (despite the fact that that’s scheduled into my every day to-do checklist.)
My schedule is rarely the identical: Each week and day varies relying on whether or not I’m styling, touring or engaged on a sponsored weblog challenge, however I do attempt to keep a semi-routine schedule to remain on monitor and have a productive week. All that stated, right here’s a common concept of what my common workday seems like.
“It involves a lot more than cute OOTD Instagram pics.”
6:30 a.m.: Wake up
I’m not a morning individual, however since my days are all the time packed to the brim, I’ve to maximise my time. I make breakfast and occasional and prepare for my shoot with my photographer, Sam. Before I depart my condo, I publish the every day weblog publish, share it on social and put together my first Instagram.
8:00 a.m.: Photo shoot
I shoot with my photographer about 2 to a few instances a month for outfit footage, and every shoot incorporates about 3 outfits. I’ve discovered that taking pictures in bulk and upfront is the simplest for my schedule. I plan out which gadgets are sponsored and wish element pictures, the theme or topic of the weblog publish and the a number of shoot places.
Sam and I’ve been working collectively for over 3 years now and handle to shoot all 3 seems in lower than an hour. When leaving the shoot, I publish the primary Instagram for the day and head to the subway for my conferences. (In actual life, I’m not hailing cabs in Manolos like Carrie Bradshaw — I’m trekking to the subway with a number of baggage in walkable footwear and mapping out my subsequent location.)
“In real life, I’m not hailing cabs in Manolos like Carrie Bradshaw.”
9:00 a.m.: Press previews & conferences
I attempt to schedule any conferences, model previews or occasions very first thing within the morning so I can have a strong chunk of time at my pc later within the day. During busy seasons when new collections come out, I sometimes have 3 to 5 previews every morning.
I am going see the brand new collections, chat with the publicists and types and take footage of product. This is one of the best ways to community and meet folks within the business. Plus, it’s a fantastic alternative to see any new upcoming merchandise I can pull for styling, the weblog or StyleCaster articles.
11:00 a.m.: Team SAK assembly
After my morning conferences with manufacturers and publicists, I meet with my interns and we shoot my OOTD look on my private digicam or telephone. I all my very own life-style, magnificence or element content material, so my interns additionally assist me with that. Once we’re accomplished taking pictures, we head to a espresso store and work.
12:00 p.m.: Coffee store & work time
I don’t go into an workplace, so I primarily work from my condo or espresso outlets with my workforce. My interns are all school college students, and I see them every a few instances every week. We go over their duties for the day, discuss analytics and the editorial calendar for the month, talk about upcoming weblog sponsorships and brainstorm content material.
I publish about 5 weblog posts every week, so there’s all the time one thing to be accomplished. Some days I’ll have a few convention calls or lunch conferences, however I attempt to carve out strong workforce time for writing publish drafts, modifying images, sending article drafts to sponsors, going over contracts with manufacturers, answering 1,000,000 emails and all the time ingesting a big iced espresso.
I like working in espresso outlets as a result of I can get a bit of stir-crazy in my condo every day. My workforce picks new espresso outlets to strive every week relying on the neighborhood we’ve conferences or occasions in, and it’s a good way to change up the “office scenery.”
“Each night typically contains a mix of product launches, networking, cocktail hours or dinners.”
6:00 p.m.: Events
I’ve press occasions 3 or 4 instances every week, and every night time sometimes incorporates 2 or 3 occasions. They’re sometimes a mixture of product launches, networking, cocktail hours or dinners. I hop between occasions with business and blogger mates and finish my night time round 9 p.m. The occasions are a good way to community and see new product, and it’s one of many solely methods I actually get to see all my mates all through the week. On nights after I don’t have occasions, I’ll go to the fitness center or hang around with mates.
9:00 p.m.: Work half 2
Once I get house, I bathe, make dinner (if the occasion didn’t have meals), meet up with my roommates and open all my new mail. Then I’ll publish one other Instagram and dive again into work. I write my StyleCaster articles, pull product from manufacturers for upcoming picture shoots, reply emails, edit images, and so forth.
I’m an evening owl, and this time is productive for me since new emails aren’t coming in to distract me. I’m on my own in my bed room “office” space and might zone in on work. During this time, I additionally name my household, who all reside in Arizona, take heed to podcasts or watch Netflix. I don’t usually set a bedtime since my to-do checklist is unending, however I’ll work till I really feel like I’ve hit my max or notice I’ve to get up sooner than normal the following morning.
Before I am going to mattress, I plan out my outfit for the following day (it critically saves a lot time), do my skincare routine, pack my bag and write a to-do checklist for the next day.
2:00 a.m.: Bedtime
I’ll be the primary to confess I don’t sleep sufficient. I envy those that handle at the very least eight hours an evening, don’t want espresso and get up for yoga or spinning. I usually need to power myself to show in round this time so I’m not extraordinarily exhausted the following day.
“My to-do list is never-ending.”
Even although my days are packed, I like each 2d of it and wouldn’t change it to return to an workplace job. Each day is totally different, and a few days I’ll be on set for a photograph shoot from 8 a.m. to six p.m., then head to occasions or house to work — or on the very uncommon day I’ve no conferences, interns or occasions, I received’t depart my sofa or placed on make-up. Being in a position to weblog and work for myself full time has given me the pliability to journey, work on a number of tasks without delay and be utterly in control of my to-do checklist and schedule. It’s a whole lot of laborious work, and I can assure that every blogger — whether or not they’re full time, half time or model new — will agree with me.
“I work over 90 hours a week and still go to bed with a smile on my face.”
I do contemplate my weblog an organization, and with that, I’m each single division. I’m the boss, editor, author, social media, finance, authorized, inventive, artwork, picture, advertising and marketing/PR and human assets. I work over 90 hours every week, have an interminable to-do checklist and nonetheless go to mattress with a smile on my face. Blogging or freelance is certainly not for everybody, nevertheless it works for me. In the tip, it’s greater than social media numbers or free product; Simply Audree Kate is a enterprise, and 5 and 1/2 years in the past, I by no means imagined I’d be capable of do it full time, help myself and meet a few of the most unbelievable folks alongside the best way.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.