Aug 28, 2019
Are you an entrepreneur? While the
startup, paperwork, and hustle is never easy, often the hardest
part is asking to be paid what we’re worth. My guest this week is
Brandi Riley, and she’s tackling this issue head on. Brandi is a
blogger at Mama Knows It All and founder of Courage
To Earn, an online community for creative female
entrepreneurs. Brandi is a thought-leader and powerhouse in the
content-creation industry. She is using her knowledge, skills, and
passion to inspire women to pursue their creative purpose and get
paid for it. Join me as I talk with Brandi about going after your
worth in both business and life.
3:31 - Brandi 101
- Brandi started blogging when her
daughter was almost a year old. She had no idea she could earn an
income doing it, she was just looking for a way to get her feelings
- Once she joined a few Yahoo blog
pages, she realized she could earn an income from
- After working for a number of
years in social media, marketing, and freelance, the one thing that
stood out in all of her experience was that women were not talking
- Brandi started Courage to Earn as
a challenge to digital content creators to help them figure out
ways to earn more money.
- Shortly after her mother-in-law
passed away, Brandi realized her mother-in-law could have left her
stressful, low-paying job to pursue her talents as a seamstress if
she’d had someone to help her begin.
8:15 - The “How To”
- Courage To Earn is a place where
women are empowered to learn. Brandi strives to help women with the
emotions that are tied to asking to be paid what you’re
- The Courage to Earn community
holds women accountable to each other without the ugliness that can
be associated with internet communities.
- Consistent transparency is a
pillar of Courage To Earn. Not only does that mean that the
community talks about opportunities, they share all the details
that come with each opportunity.
- Brandi also has a team of women
supporting her to help make sure that the Courage to Earn community
prioritizes collaboration over competition and abundance over
- Being aware of our mindset helps
us determine what’s for us and how we can celebrate both our own
victories as well as the success of others.
14:47 - Recognizing Your Worth Is A
- While working a full-time job that
was her passion, Brandi couldn’t afford to pay rent, bills, and
childcare. While her boss gave her a raise after she asked for one,
it was troubling that he didn’t understand why she needed
- Recognizing your worth is a
process that doesn’t happen overnight. It became clear to Brandi
through a series of events over time that she had to be the person
looking out for financial health.
- Even if we don’t get what we want,
we can learn to ask for it regardless of what we think the result
will be. It’s not always cut and dry, but we can also grow our
negotiating skills over time.
- It’s more productive to understand
why a certain issue makes us uncomfortable, rather than being upset
by the person involved with the situation.
- You can still be upbeat and
positive while asking for what you’re worth. Talk about what you
think you want so that the you’ve presented an opening for your
needs to be considered.
- Moving forward, Courage To Earn is
focusing on global impact by creating opportunities for more women
to find jobs, hiring more women for digital support positions, and
holding more in-person meetups for women to cultivate their
relationships. Ultimately, Courage to Earn will be a go-to resource
for women to learn.
41:38 - Getting To Know Our
- Hear Brandi’s thoughts on recent
trends, what song she’d choose as her theme song, her biggest pet
peeve, and more. You’ll love hearing the details of what it means
to Brandi to run a business with purpose.
- (19:28) “I realized I can be happy
in my work, and still get paid what I’m worth.”
- (19:53) “They weren’t looking to
just throw money at me because I was such a great person. That’s
when it became clear to me that I had to be the person to look out
for myself financially.”