L P BLACKI’ve always struggled with academic studies, I wasn’t clever in primary school or secondary school. However, when we did anything creative, I loved it (not cooking though) I took a GCSE in photography and got an A* and a B in Business studies. I’ve always wanted to work for myself, since a young age, I’ve worked in retail, call centers, offices in Mayfair and they were all awful. I’ve learnt some very valuable lessons working for other people and I would never change any experience I’ve had in the 9-5 work world. Being a manager at a young age taught me how to manage my time, it also taught me that not everyone will clap when you win.

When I started blogging 11 months ago, I didn’t realise you could make money from it, I just wanted to have a little project that was mine, a little space on the internet where I could share my thoughts, fashion and anything that was going on in this little head of mine. In a short space of time, I had brands approaching me asking me if I wanted to wear their clothes which was amazing, I thought it would take me a long time to start collaborating with brands. It quickly became apparent to my little business head that indeed, this can be a career and a full-time income. I did ALOT of research on bigger bloggers, when they started, how they were making a full-time income from Instagram and their blogs, everything they were doing, I started to suss it out. I spoke to a few of them and I read all their blog tip posts. All of my friends know I am google SAVVY, I google EVERYTHING, when I say everything I mean search: ” how much do you charge as a blogger with 10k on Instagram” kind of in-depth searching.

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Lauren Black

I always wanted to be a photographer, I was studying Fashion Communication where I could practise photography and editing etc. We broke up from Uni for summer in April/May, it was extremely early on in the year and I worked full time at Neals Yard to pay my bills alongside working intensely hard on my blog and Instagram. I couldn’t wait to go back to Uni in September until I got there… I would never promote not going to university, if that’s what you want to do then that’s amazing, equally, if University isn’t for you like me.. then that’s also okay.

The hint here was I was studying something extremely similar to what I had already started making liveable money from, I quickly found myself missing uni to work on my next blog post or to launch my youtube channel. I gave myself 2 weeks out of Uni to decide what I wanted to do, I spoke to my uni mates, my boyfriend and my family, they all pretty much said do what you feel is right, I mean some were like “omg I can’t believe you’re dropping out” but I just had a gut feeling, this is what I’m passionate about, take the leap. Don’t get me wrong being self employed and not knowing how much money you’re going to earn month on month is quite stressful but I would never have it any other way. I will often face time my other self employed friend Emma, as I’m still getting used to setting my own day out and not having anyone to talk to as I sit and write at my kitchen table. I think it can be quite lonely!

I dropped out of uni before, so it’s no surprise to me really that it’s just not for me. If I can build something for myself without a degree why do I need to spend so much money on one… That’s just my thoughts though! Blogging has bought so many amazing opportunities into my life and it’s not even been a year yet.. I’ve met so many inspiring lovely girls and had the best experiances with brands, so at this moment in time, although I’m still nervous at go-ing it on my own, It’s fine.


  1. Always do what feels right for yourself, the only person who lives your life is you. As long as you are happy & healthy that’s all that matters. Proud of you x

    1. Thanks so much for commenting! Oh god I know I have set playlists I listen too which help and then sometimes I just call my Grandma as she is self employed too haha xxx

  2. Awesome post Lauren and congrats on going self employed! I’ve recently gone self employed too so can totally relate to the loneliness and worry of getting enough money each month. If you ever fancy getting a coffee and sharing tips on how to stay motivated, let me know 🙂 xx

  3. You have done so well, and you will continue to do well. No level of education defines who you are. Keep putting in the hard work which you have been doing and remember if you see it in your mind, you’ll hold it in your hand! Lots of love and wishing you all the best xx

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