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The Real Taylor Stanford

 

Lets get honest for a second. I am sick of not seeing real people in this space. Yes there are a few, but not enough of them. I am putting my Instagram selfie up here not because I don’t have or couldn’t take a professional photo but because It’s real.

It’s what I really look like writing this right now from my living room floor. I am an overweight, college football loving (go big red!) business women who works her butt off (most of the time wearing comfy clothes not luxury items)because that is just me.

I don’t want to waste my time on Instagram acting like I am something I am not. I want to grow this business, and help you grow your blog by being honest.

I am a 21 (almost 22) year old midwesterner (by marriage) who started her first business at 8 cleaning my friends rooms and selling their crap at garage sales.

I was born in Florida and never grew up rich, but that didn’t stop me from trying.

At the age of 9 in 2006 I was trying to use MySpace to get on the Disney Channel because I had heard people talking about MySpace on MTV. I also started watching YouTube videos as a way to try and figure out what I wanted to do for a career, and for entertainment.

Where I grew up garage sales were the norm. I quickly realized the value of selling junk you didn’t want or use anymore, by the time I was 10 in 2007 I was telling my friends I would happily clean and organize their rooms if they would let me sell their stuff. So that's just what I did I would clean out my friend’s rooms and have a garage sale in my grandparent's driveway.

In 2008 I started seeing reviews on YouTube for this thing called an OraBrush which was a tongue brush. It got me thinking that If I got a camera I could make videos and get a free OraBrush. So that's just what I did. For Christmas, I begged my parents for a camera, and like nice parents they got me a camera. Right away I started googling things like, “how to make a video,” “how to edit a video for free”, “how to post a video to YouTube”, and eventually I figured it out.

Once I figured out how to edit and post a video I got to figure out how to contact companies. I started googling “how to contact a company” “how to find a companies email” “who to contact at a company for a partnership,” and eventually finally “orabrush PR contact” and to my surprise they emailed me back and told me they would happily send me an OraBrush for a YouTube review. What does an 11-year-old want with a tongue brush anyway?

 

I always sucked at school, which probably has something to do with being dyslexic. So after some convincing in 2009, I convinced my parents to let me do online school.

That was a bad decision on their part but really worked out for me.

I continued to create videos and work with brands on top of that I became obsessed with DailyBooth, Facebook, and Twitter. During that time I started to see blogs take off and decided to start my own blog. After a few months, I was making$1000 per month.... until the ad company realized I was 12.

Around the time the ad company realized I was 12 my parents realized I had stopped doing school and was only focusing on my online side hustles.

So they sent me back to public school. Which put my internet side hustles on hold for a while. I still blogged and used Pinterest but for free in my free time cause I liked it.

In the time from 2012-2015, I got a real job working retail. It taught me that if you work harder than everyone else you will move up faster than everyone else, and get more say than your peers.

In 2014 I met a boy who lived in Nebraska, and at 18 in 2015 I decided to marry him and move across the country from Florida to Nebraska for “college” with roughly $100 in my pocket and a plane ticket.

Well I quickly realized I needed to get a job so I found a job working at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the dining hall and that really sucked.

So I decided to use what I had been doing my whole life and use blogging, and social media to find my way out. So after trying to convince my husband I would know what to do if I started a self-hosted website for a few months he reluctantly gave me his credit card and said: “fine, if you think you can do it just do it but you better be successful.”

So I jumped right in and started SmartAndSimplistic.com. In my first month, I made $300 talking about college and being married young. 4 months later I had saved 6 months of all our expenses and quit my job. 8 months later my husband left his job.

In 2017 I started Too Influenced Media a media agency that creates first-class media for companies so they can gain attention in the ways that work today.

Lets build a community of real people building real success. Let’s not be fake perfect entrepreneurs.

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