One of my dreams in business was to get paid to travel all over the country. When I first started blogging back in 2010, I didn't quite know what that looked like. I just knew that it would happen someday.
Fast forward a few years and I am actually starting to get paid to travel. Many of my coaching clients are as well. Here's how we're getting paid to explore new cities while continuing to grow our businesses.
Become known for something.
The reason I get paid to travel is because I get booked for speaking engagements and large client projects that require travel. Same goes for my coaching clients who are all influencers in their own right.
The only way we've been able to do this is because we've become known for something. In my case, I'm the millennial money chick who digs credit card points. That means I get booked to speak on panels about millennials, money and most recently, credit cards.
Because I'm also known for being a pretty good marketer and having self-published a bestselling book, I'm often asked to speak on topics like marketing and blogging.
Another one of coaching my clients (they are actually a pair) have been traveling for events on behalf of financial companies because they speak about LGBT finances.
And yet another coaching client of mine has been paid to travel as a part of social media influencer campaigns because of her positive message about spirituality and finding your true purpose.
The bottom line is this: We're all influencers who cover specific topics. I don't talk about fashion, health, and money. The first two are interests of mine. I'm an expert in the latter. Companies hire people for their expertise.
In the beginning stages of my career, I wasn't getting paid to speak or travel. I would have to do things on my own dime and I'd speak for whoever wanted to give me a microphone.
If you're in this boat now, it's fine. We've all had to build up our experience before people actually start knowing who we are.
If you're not currently doing this and you still want to get paid to travel, you'll want to start showing up to industry events and perhaps volunteering to speak. Because I did this, I was able to make connections with people and brands who now pay me to travel.
Ask to get paid.
While we all start off doing things for free in an effort to gain exposure, there comes a time where you need to start asking to get paid.
Once I'd established my expertise and built my brand to a certain point, I refused to take on free speaking engagements. At the very least, they needed to comp my ticket to the event.
Fast forward to 2017 and I've started asking for air travel, hotel stay and a fee for the time in which I'll actually be speaking. Especially if I know the company asking me to attend an event has money.
If you're not sure how to go about doing this just ask them what their budget is. If they don't have a budget, then it's up to you to stand your ground and either try to negotiate payment or walk away. However, most times, if you've done your homework, you'll find that it really is as simple as asking to get paid for your efforts.
Getting paid to travel all over the country isn't a pipe dream. It's actually a reality for people who've put in the work to make it happen. You can make it happen for yourself too if you follow these steps.