When typing into Google “do bloggers…” each option that pops up has to do with money. One question is: “do bloggers pay taxes?”- and the answer is YES. In the past few years that I’ve been blogging I started working with brands, and then had to pay my taxes. It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea, and I thought to myself “why don’t they teach this in high school?”- good question! That’s where TurboTax comes in, and their new Absolute Zero promotion.
Like the graphic says, TurboTax Absolute Zero promises 0 hidden costs to file both federal and state taxes for the first time with TurboTax Federal Free Edition. No other company or service provides that, but this year TurboTax is opening Absolute Zero up to 60 million Americans. The main thing I love about TurboTax is that you don’t need to know anything about taxes, but can still file on your own. As both a student & self employed blogger, this is a life-saver!
TurboTax even has a page of Tax Tips for Bloggers, which I definitely recommend you to check out if you’re a blogger and make money from it. The first time I had to pay taxes was a few years ago, and my dad got me TurboTax and I was easily able to do it myself, and I was surprised at how simple it was. And now with Absolute Zero, TurboTax is making it even easier!
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I recently got a hair cut that was not what I wanted or expected, to say the least. My frustration with my hair, something I was so excited to have done, inspired me to talk a bit about my hair history and worst hair cuts I’ve had, since my hair cut story is pretty dang funny, if I do say so myself. You’ll have to watch for yourself, but moral of the story is don’t let someone who doesn’t speak your language cut your hair!
Yeah…that hair cut was just a mess from the beginning. I am glad I can make it work, but looking back at my old horrible hair cuts made me appreciate that my hair right now isn’t *that* bad, or bad at all, really. I’m just a drama queen. I like my new hair when it’s straight, it’s okay curled, but I loathe how it looks naturally (which is how I usually wear it). And when I put it in a ponytail all day and take it out, I look like coconut head. Awesome. Thankfully it grows fast.
These old photos of me make me cringe so hard! But, I am glad my hair doesn’t look like that now. The good ol’ pixie cut was a result of chopping one side of my hair off with scissors, and my mom freaked out! And then, the atrocity on the right, as memorialized by my freshman yearbook (2006-2007), was a Supercuts hack job that I cried about afterwards. I don’t know what it was supposed to be, it was just a mess! I don’t know who that would look flattering on.
What was your worst hair cut like? Share your horror story in the comments!
As a beauty blogger, I find that I never have the space to answer questions that aren’t related to beauty. So, I decided to open the floor up to my readers and YouTube friends to ask me ANYTHING! Get creative with those questions. Would love to talk about FIDM, my current college, studying abroad in Italy this fall, Invisalign, being a “big girl,” boys, etc. I want to give you the opportunity to ask me as many questions you may have, and because I don’t think many will ask, I will be able to answer nearly every single one! I am planning on answering the questions in August, maybe around August 19th, my 22nd birthday, so get to thinking! Don’t be afraid to leave a comment with 10 questions, I want you to!
I have been making YouTube beauty videos for the past 5 years, so I thought it was about time for me to give some of my tips to those with small channels. I myself have a smaller size channel, but since I’ve been in the YouTube community for so long, I’ve seen it grow and develop and would like to think that I know a thing or two (or five, actually).
The condensed-soup version of that 10 minute long video is…
Leave a link to your latest video when commenting on videos. This is free promotion for your channel that not a lot of creators are utilizing yet. When the YouTuber or even someone reading the comments sees your comment, they will know you make videos and are more likely to check it out. And you don’t even have to mention it! I always comment about what the video is about, I don’t shamelessly promote myself, as you can see in this comment below. Comment from I love makeup.’s new video series, Picture Day with Mamrie Hart.
Know when to network. Know when and when not to sign. Don’t sign with the first that knocks at your door. Networks are best when you live in a big city and will attend events they will be at, or you have a ton of subscribers and can’t manage yourself. I’m glad I have a network, and I generally like them. I believe there are ways to improve how the network manages smaller YouTubers, and I hope to see improvement in that soon. But, I still get a lot of benefits since I live locally in L.A. and can attend events like IMATS, Generation Beauty, BeautyCon LA, and even VidCon. A good tool to research networks is Social Blade, which you can also look up YouTubers on and see what network they are signed to.
Collaboration & collab giveaways. It’s hard to plan collabs in person, but do them virtually or test the waters through a collab giveaway. I recently did one and found that it grew my subscribers and the amount of views I get per video. But, it hasn’t done much for interaction. I also kind of hate YouTube giveways because they are drama. Blog giveaways using Rafflecopter are straightforward!
One exciting video I was featured in this year was Stilababe09’s DIY Your Life on Seventeen. I was actually casted for this video, but click on the playlist to see a few more videos I’m in.
Attend Events & Network. If you can afford it and are serious about your channel, this is a great thing to do. Attend events relevant to your content, YouTube in general, or are local in your area. I’d recommend doing this if you’re signed to a network, because the big ones usually have some sort of get-togethers with their talent. Don’t bother showing up to an event without business cards, unless you’re Miley Cyrus (but, you’re not). I have used Vistaprint since I made my first business cards when I was 16 and love the price, quality, and service. This topic also pertains to social media. Reply to tweets of creators you love, for example, and they’re more likely to notice you if you are always interacting!
Be Consistent. Uploading weekly is key. Prefilm and upload on private if you don’t have time to film a lot! If you aren’t uploading on a regular basis, any subscribers you have might forget about you!
I think that’s all I have to say this time. I can talk about YouTube for days. It’s a great platform that is very different than blogging, but I love them both. It’s actually one of my goals of this year to really re-brand my channel and make it better than ever because I’ve been bored with my content. I’m excited to study abroad, because that will make for some awesome videos I’m sure!
Share a YouTube tip of your own in the comments! Promise my next post won’t be so technical! Back to the beauty.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and today Oral-B at Target has some great giveaways going on for Dad, and asked me to share a story about my dad!
First off, Oral-B is hosting the Power Dad’s Smile Everyday contest with over $1,000 in prizes! Share a photo of you and your dad on twitter or instagram using #oralbsweeps until June 15th. You could win their Father’s Day Power Bundle, which includes an Oral-B Black ProfessionalCare 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush, the Braun Series 7 760 shaver and a $250 Target GiftCard!
Now it’s time for my story about my dad. I wasn’t really sure what to share before, as I’m kind of a private person, but I knew I wanted it to relate to the fact that I do YouTube and Blog. When I started my YouTube channel in 2008, I thought I wanted to be a makeup artist. So, my dad, who has an MBA, told me to make business cards. I made them in Photoshop, because I had a photo class that taught me a few things. I made a mint green and black design with scalloped edges and a photo of my eye. I was a 16 year old with business cards. I can’t actually recall ever giving anyone those business cards, and surely have the majority of them in my room somewhere. But, “Makeup By Olivia” was a thing. And because of that, I now know how important my business cards are, when I go to events for brands and network with other bloggers! Essentially, my dad became my business manager without me even knowing it! And that definitely hasn’t changed! I’m constantly getting advice on what to do, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Happy Father’s Day, dad! Share a story about your dad in the comments below, or how you are celebrating. I’m looking forward to a brunch buffet!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.