You may have noticed that I have my Melanin Magic store where I sell merchandise like shirts, throw pillows and mugs. I've had that for a couple of months, and although I haven't been promoting it as much as I should, it does provide me with a couple of coins here and there. Thus, a lot of people have been asking me how I sell merchandise online, where do I get mugs printed, where do I get shirts printed and all of that stuff. You'll be happy to know that I do not have the time, energy, or space to keep all these items in my house. This is one common misconception about selling merchandise: you do not need to get your T-shirts or products printed, and then torture yourself trying to mail them out every day. I will tell you that mailing out my Make Yourself Marketable book manually every few days is such a drag. While I don't mind it, because I like to touch each and every book, I do realize how I may drop the ball for time to time. I'm busy and I might not get to the post office on time, or I run out of padded envelopes. Both of those are the types of things that you need to take into consideration when you're running a shipping operation.
I'm going to be real honest with you. My Instagram and blog photos are whack. I hope in a few weeks that will no longer be the case, but right now my Instagram and blog photos are definitely a work in progress. I am a student at heart, so I have studied the different trends that make both blog and social media photos stunning. I would look at accounts like Mattieologie's and wonder "how the heck does she get it right?" There are some basic principles of photography that you must follow like lighting and composition, but there is one small tweak that you can make to your photos to upgrade them from blah to bomb: photo backdrops and backgrounds. A great background gives a photo more personality and can tie your page and site together nicely. It can be a great way to create brand consistency if you use the same background or style of background repeatedly. From my IG stalking, I mean research, I have compiled 7 different options for DIY photography backgrounds that are cheap and require no time to set up
If you're like me, you are probably all the way OVER asking people to take pictures of you and a photographer just isn't in the budget yet. If you're traveling solo, live alone, or just have stingy, lazy friends, family members and significant others, finding a good and willing photographer in your life is damn near impossible. For a while I used to miss out on 300-like photo opportunities because no one was around or wanted to take my picture. :: Cue the violins. :: Since then, I have mastered taking my own blog photos, flat lays, outfit photos and even headshots. It's not super expensive to do-it-yourself if you have the right equipment.