Friday, September 9, 2016

Buyer Beware: Affiliates Among Us

I've been writing on this blog in some capacity for 5 or 6 years at least and its main purpose was to be a creative outlet for me to sift through my thoughts and feelings.  Documenting family events, pictures, and any business ventures were largely secondary.  One of my loftier long term goals has been to write/blog for profit in some capacity, especially as we have chosen to live on my husband's income so that I can stay home.  While that may not happen quickly or directly, it is something I'm pursuing to help support our family.  About a year ago, I applied to the Schoolhouse Review Crew and was given the opportunity to try out different educational materials for free with the assignment of writing about our experiences.  As a result, my curriculum library has certainly grown, but I've also developed some profitable relationships with many of the curriculum vendors, also known as becoming an affiliate.

Becoming an affiliate usually just means that if anyone purchases something through my link to a company, I'll get a percentage of commission off of it.  It doesn't mean you would pay more or have to pay differently somehow.  It just means I get a small kickback.  I'm sharing this with you so you can know and understand the circumstances.  All of the companies that I participate with have products I have tried in my own family so they aren't just random.  They also will come with a review that shares what I think of the products - what I liked and what I didn't - to help you determine if it is a good fit for your situation.

My hope is that if any of the products I review and share with you are something you choose to buy, please be mindful to use the affiliate links I provide (when available) because it will support my family directly!  There is also a new blog page just for all of the companies I am an affiliate of where you can access them directly.  If you ever have questions about a company or products, please feel welcome to contact me.  

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