It’s update time!
I put together a pretty amazing proposal (if I do say so myself ) and sent it off to the brand. I was actually very proud of it and the template will be useful in the future. I also did a lot of number crunching and figured what number I would be beyond-happy to work for and figured if I needed to negotiate down, I could and still be happy. My quote ended up a little over the $1k price we mentioned.
They said they would review and get back to me. They left me hanging for over a week so I figured it was a no. I reached back out and they responded, “we don’t have the budget to proceed.”
But honestly, it’s fine! I’m to the point where I know how much time I spend on something like this, the stress involved, and what I feel I am worth. If a brand isn’t willing to pay that, then my time is better spent investing in myself and my own blog.
Also @Megan I really enjoyed the recent podcast episode with Kyleigh from Barley and Sage, I actually had already read through her resources on pricing and it was super helpful in figuring out my own value. That episode only reaffirmed that I am on the right track with my pricing, even if that means hearing “no” sometimes.
Thanks to everyone for the helpful feedback and encouragement! It really gave me the confidence boost that I needed. On to the next one!