So this post is an update about what’s going on with Equestrian Boots and Bridles, some opportunities I wanted to share with you guys about collaboration opportunities you might want to get involved in and also about how I started this blog as my first online home business and to maybe inspire you to start thinking about starting your very own home business.
Equestrian Boots and Bridles Blog Updates
I haven’t done an update for Equestrian Boots and Bridles in quite some time. So I really wanted to include some updates in tis post and let you guys know what’s been going on with us and new stuff that’s coming up in 2018.
For those of you who don’t know me yet, my name is Martina and you can learn more about me in the About Me page here. I run Equestrian Boots and Bridles and more recently, my fiance – Zach – has started to help out a little as well with setting up the store, getting products, etc.
I’ve resumed 100% of all writing responsibilities
We’ve had some writers for the blog posts in the past although it’s very difficult to find writers who are as knowledgable about horses and equestrianism as I’m comfortable with, so I eventually decided to manage all the writing myself after testing out both independent writers and writing companies.
There’s still some of our posts that I know are not quite up to the informational standard that I would like for you guys but I promise I’m working on it to make sure that everything is up to the highest standard in the next few months.
We’ve also had some help with our website and our store from Donna and Sophie. Over Christmas, however, we have actually parted ways because the equestrian niche is an exteremely specialized space and I’m just quite picky about what we publish and that it’s 100% helpful and informative.
For the time being, I’ll be doing all of the writing myself and Zach will be helping me out with running the store, which if you haven’t checked out yet, I would be so happy if you went to take a look when you have some time!
Our store is also expanding and we’re already carrying a bunch of different really awesome items. If there’s anything you guys want to see more of in the store, please do not hesitate to let me know what you guys would like to see it, and we’ll try and source some items that will cut it.
10% of all profits are donated!
As you guys already might know, 10% of all our profits will go directly to equestrian rehabilitation centers in North America. We will be releasing a report at the end of 2018 after our first year of operation on how much money we’ve been able to raise and how much money we’ve been able to donate.
Equine Business & Collaboration Opportunities
Equestrian Ambassadorship & Sponsorship
For our store, we already have 4 ambassadors but are looking for more so if you’re interested, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re really looking to create long-term mutually beneficial relationships with passionate riders in any equestrian sport.
Equestrian Blog Guest Posting
We might also have some guests posting going on more in the future since I’ve taken over all the writing. So if you love horses, have any funny or interesting stories or educational stuff you think you could add to our blogare interested in guest posting for us, please let us know. I would love to have you working with us!
Equestrian Product Distributors
You might have noticed that we just launched our store this past January. We are already fairly well established in Canada and the US but we are also looking to expand right now more so in Europe. That is still under way in terms of contacting local distributors there. If you are a distributor for equestrian products in Europe (or anywhere else for that matter), you can let us know, and we’d be super happy to get in touch and discuss partnership opportunities with you.
Equestrian Apparel and Tack Suppliers
Also, if you remember, we started launching the beginning of a clothing and tack line last fall but unfortuantely we had to slow down a little bit because of issues with our supplier. We are in the process now of looking for a new supplier to work with – so again, if you’re a supplier of equestrian apprel or tack, feel free to get in touch!
We are quite picky and detailed in our designs and have a lot of requirements for our suppliers because we really want to make an exceptional clothing line and really add value to our brand.
So it is going to be a little bit more time before we will be able to fully launch our own line of apparel and tack equipment. Stay tuned for that – I will be sending out an update when we’re ready! I am hoping we will be able to start production before the end of 2018; however, again it does depend on supplier.
Online Home Business: How I Started This One & You Can Too
The last thing that I want to share with you guys is that I started another blog besides Equestrian Boots and Bridles, although this one is my first one and very near and dear to my heart as are you guys, of course!
Over the last few years, in creating, managing and growing this website and all of the stuff associated with it, I also have developed a passion and a real interest in the world of online marketing and online home business.
I never thought that creating Equestrian Boots and Bridles would teach me as much as it did about business, but in interacting with other blog owners, store owners, distributers, suppliers, you guys and learning all about SEO, social media, marketing, etc. There was a lot of great stuff out there to help me and a lot of not so great stuff that consistently held me back.
I ended up started a new blog called Don’t Want A Boss. Please note that I don’t mean to offend anyone by the title, I just want to represent people passionate about doing their own thing rather than working for an employer at another company.
There is – of course – nothing wrong with working for someone else, I just personally never wanted to do that as my final goal. I wanted to create something that was my own and meant something to me instead.
Well to be perfectly honest, I actually just wanted to be around horses all day 🙂 but running stables and owning horses takes quite a bit of money and time. I decided if I could run a business online about horses then that would enable me to run it from the stables and also hopefully make the amount of money that I would need to live on the ranch of my dreams.
I’m still not quite there yet but getting closer all the time! In the mean time, I love being able to donate a percentage of all my profits to horse rehabilitation centres and building this awesome website full of tips, tricks, educational resources and entertainment for horse lovers like me has been such a pleasure all in itself.
Anyways, all of that is to say that I decided to start Don’t Want A Boss in order to help other people learn how to do all of this stuff that I’m now doing with Equestion Boots and Bridles if they have similar ambitions to me. And to help them do it with the few cherry picked resources that actually helped me and avoid all of the scammy stuff that just drained my energy, wasted my time and almost made me give up a few times.
So, What is Don’t Want A Boss?
The website talks a lot about online business, affiliate marketing, e commerce and investment opportunities in cryptocurrency (something else I discovered in my crazy roller coaster ride online). It also will talk a little bit about real estate, although I haven’t started that yet but that’s actually something my fiance does a lot of.
I know cryptocurrency is very new and still quite taboo but delving into it, I found out what is possible with it related to how finance is structured, investment opportunities, travelling, medicine and more! It’s really changed the way that I look at the world, which is why I’m very heavily invested in it right now (probably 60-70% of my portfolio).
So I decided to include it in the website despite some people’s aversion to it with all the scams going around because I also think thoughts a great way of earning income if you do it right. As a disclaimer, however, it is risky – as a new market it’s volatile to invest in. I’ve developed quite a few solid strategies that haven’t failed me yet but with a brand new market, you never know what could happen.
The blog posts are all written by me but we also do have a store that my fiance and I run together related to lifestyle items (home, patio, kitchen, luxury, etc.) where we just find items we love and think would be fun to sell.
My goals in starting it were to
1) Direct people towards great online resources and direct people away from bad ones
2) Build a great online resource in and of itself
3) Provide practical but also emotional support and guidance to new entrepreneurs
I really hope that it will help out people who are like me, people who have this passion that they want to do and they want to figure out how they can do that full time and still support themselves without replying on additional jobs, family, etc.
If you are interested in starting your own business, whether it be about jumping, horse care, stable decorating or anything in between, feel free to check it out and you can also check out my #1 recommended resource when starting an online business.
Also, feel free get in touch with me if you feel like you need a little bit more guidance on where to start and I’d be happy to help you out!
That’s it for Updates – Happy Riding!
I just wanted to update you guys on these things and keep you up to speed if you’re interested – as you know, my readers always get first pick 🙂
As always, just shoot me an email if you’re interested in anything I’ve talked about here or even if you just have a completely unrelated question – I’d be super, super hobby to help you out!
That’s pretty much it in terms of updates. I don’t have much more to share right now, but I will create more consistent updates throughout this year. I know that in the past, I haven’t been not good at updating you guys consistently enough about what’s been going on mostly because there was still just figuring out all out for myself but I think I’ve gotten everything down and we’re really picking up speed over here.
Also, just want to say that you guys are absolutely amazing – everyone who reads my articles consistently, follows us on social media, customers from the store, our ambassadors and everyone else who has supported us! I feel so blessed to have such an amazing audience.
Rest assured that Equestrian Boots and Bridles is just getting started.
We’re only going to get bigger and better for you guys so stay tuned and, as always, happy riding!