Bex Band is creating opportunities and support for women in adventure
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I NEVER IMAGINED...

I never imagined how amazing and inspiring Love Her Wild would become! The community was set up to provide opportunities and support to help more women find adventure in their lives. In such a competitive and judgmental outdoor scene, I wanted to create different space where women, regardless of confidence and abilities, could gain the benefits of going on adventures.

In the time since launching, Love Her Wild has achieved lots. Amongst other things, we have paddled women the width of the UK picking up plastic, taught bushcraft skills, run 5 successful mentor partnerships, celebrated dozens of female adventure successes and inspired many more to take their first steps.

But the best part of it all is the supportive and loving community of women in our private Facebook group. We don't judge. We encourage, congratulate and celebrate. And that's pretty special!



THE REALITY OF RUNNING LOVE HER WILD

It's time for me to be transparent, as I always promise to be!

There is a lot of work that goes into running Love Her Wild...doing interviews, writing new blogs, website maintenance, administrating the group, organising logistics for new adventures and expeditions, planning events, sorting out the legalities of it all (groan)....to name a few!!

If you don't know me yet, I'm Bex Band (that's me below!) and I have almost single-handedly been running Love Her Wild since it launched (special thanks to Gil, Emily, Naomi and Averil though for your help and support along the way). It has become a full-time, (often stressful) sleepless-night, job and actually costs me money to run.



Early 2017 I made a big decision to pull out of an adventure I was planning to do and to take a backseat on my own blog (and career) so that I could give Love Her Wild all the energy and time it deserves.

I haven't regretted it for a second. It's been an incredible journey and I'm so honoured to be a part of the group. But I need to make this sustainable so the community can keep going and growing. Which translates to making money.

I NEED YOUR HELP


Love Her Wild will now have a membership program which will be run via the Patreon website. Members can give as little as $3 (roughly £2) a month and will get a whole host of exciting rewards as a thank you. Check out the rewards section for more information.



The best part though is that by becoming a Love Her Wild member you will be giving back to the community. Your support will allow me to continue focusing on the things that make us so unique that don't earn a penny but need time invested in hem. For example....

- more mentoring programs matching experienced adventurers with those starting out
- a free monthly book club
- another Everest Adventure opportunity to get 'ordinary' women outside doing extraordinary things
- complimentary spaces on our adventures for deserving women (those who can't afford it, have suffered a bereavement, are recovering from ill health, etc)
- our first Love Her Wild retreat so members can get some head space
- conservation focused expeditions
- more advice and inspiration on the website geared specifically for women in adventure
- launching Love Her Wild ambassador of the year

WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT ON?

Quite rightly, you want to know where your money will be going. Here's how it will be spent. My hope is that eventually, I can build enough Patreon's that all of these costs will be almost entirely covered, with the rest coming from Event revenue:
  • Hosting and domain for our website
  • MailChimp to keep everyone up-to-date via our regular newsletters
  • Insurance so we can run our events and expeditions
  • Web development because there is always something that isn't working properly!!!
  • Deserving Women Scheme to cover the costs involved so that our adventures and expeditions can be brought to a wider range of deserving women
  • A salary to me to admin the group, organise trips, market our community so more women can benefit, amongst other responsibilities - I need to eat and (although I'm currently nomadic) eventually I'd like to be able to afford a roof over my head :)
  • An additional employee this is when Love Her Wild moves to the next level and I can bring in an additional person to help run the community!

Thank you for reading, considering and becoming a Patreon!!!

Bex xxx

Rewards
Oak Member
$3 or more per month
The Oak Membership might only be the cost of a coffee once a month, but it is a BIG DEAL for helping to keep our community going. And I want to thank you.....


Become a member of our private more intimate Facebook support group. Your name and photo will be added to the supporters page on the Love Her Wild website.


You will have access to discounts from our partners, along with regular Love Her Wild giveaways.

Maple Membership
$5 or more per month
Thank you so much for giving that little bit extra each month to support Love Her Wild. You are a true gem!


As a Maple Member you will get all the benefits as Oak but will have your name in the hat twice for every prize draw we do. So that doubles your chances of winning.


Willow Member
$10 or more per month
Wow! This contribution is really generous. Thank you, really.


Willow Member's will get all the same benefits as Maple but at the end of the year, you can expect a specially designed Love Her Wild gift.


As a dedicated supporter, you will also be my go-to if any unique opportunities arise. And will also get a profile (which can include a link) along with your photo and name on the Love Her Wild website.

Beech Member
$25 or more per month
This contribution makes a huge difference to the support and opportunities I am able to offer women in adventure. Thank you so much!


You will get all the benefits of Willow members but your name will go 3 times into any prize draw.


I'd also love to arrange a one-off 1 hour Skype call so I can get to know you and any plans or goals you have coming up that I might be able to help with.

Willow Member + Monthly Mentoring
$100 or more per month
 As well as getting all the benefits as our Willow Members, you will receive a 1 hour monthly mentoring session on Skype with me, Bex Band. An accountable and coaching session to help you acheive your goals.


There are 2 things I can help you with...


1. Building and growing a brand or blog

In the space of a year, I have grown Love Her Wild to 4,500+ members. Within 10 months of launching, my own blog (www.theOrdinaryAdventurer.com) was receiving 7,000 unique monthly visitors and combined I have a social media following of over 8,000. I now get paid work speaking or delivering events, organising expeditions and via affiliate programs. I came second place in Outdoor Blogger of the Year 2017 and have been shortlisted for TGO Personality of the Year.


And I really did start from nothing. No network or contacts. Which is why I know you can do it too :)


I love nothing more than working with like-minded individuals to inspire their growth. I will spend time getting to know you and your website and where you want to take it. Can provide advice on different areas including SEO, social media and getting sponsorship opportunities (either products or services - like free hotel stays or activities). Monetising your website and making money through affiliates and advertising. As well as some inside tips on what has worked for me.


2. Adventuring

Firstly, being accountable is a fantastic way to ensure your adventure happens...so let that be me! I'd love to help you come up with an idea (I've got lots!) if you haven't already, put into action the planning and what needs to happen before leaving for your expedition. I can offer tips on logistics as well as saving, getting sponsorship or reducing costs in other ways (free accommodation or discounts) and also on charity fundraising (I've raised over £20,000 for charity from challenges I have done). Plus, often the more important things, like confidence and building skills.


If you have any questions or want to run ideas past me before committing, feel free to drop me an email: [email protected]

I NEVER IMAGINED...

I never imagined how amazing and inspiring Love Her Wild would become! The community was set up to provide opportunities and support to help more women find adventure in their lives. In such a competitive and judgmental outdoor scene, I wanted to create different space where women, regardless of confidence and abilities, could gain the benefits of going on adventures.

In the time since launching, Love Her Wild has achieved lots. Amongst other things, we have paddled women the width of the UK picking up plastic, taught bushcraft skills, run 5 successful mentor partnerships, celebrated dozens of female adventure successes and inspired many more to take their first steps.

But the best part of it all is the supportive and loving community of women in our private Facebook group. We don't judge. We encourage, congratulate and celebrate. And that's pretty special!



THE REALITY OF RUNNING LOVE HER WILD

It's time for me to be transparent, as I always promise to be!

There is a lot of work that goes into running Love Her Wild...doing interviews, writing new blogs, website maintenance, administrating the group, organising logistics for new adventures and expeditions, planning events, sorting out the legalities of it all (groan)....to name a few!!

If you don't know me yet, I'm Bex Band (that's me below!) and I have almost single-handedly been running Love Her Wild since it launched (special thanks to Gil, Emily, Naomi and Averil though for your help and support along the way). It has become a full-time, (often stressful) sleepless-night, job and actually costs me money to run.



Early 2017 I made a big decision to pull out of an adventure I was planning to do and to take a backseat on my own blog (and career) so that I could give Love Her Wild all the energy and time it deserves.

I haven't regretted it for a second. It's been an incredible journey and I'm so honoured to be a part of the group. But I need to make this sustainable so the community can keep going and growing. Which translates to making money.

I NEED YOUR HELP


Love Her Wild will now have a membership program which will be run via the Patreon website. Members can give as little as $3 (roughly £2) a month and will get a whole host of exciting rewards as a thank you. Check out the rewards section for more information.



The best part though is that by becoming a Love Her Wild member you will be giving back to the community. Your support will allow me to continue focusing on the things that make us so unique that don't earn a penny but need time invested in hem. For example....

- more mentoring programs matching experienced adventurers with those starting out
- a free monthly book club
- another Everest Adventure opportunity to get 'ordinary' women outside doing extraordinary things
- complimentary spaces on our adventures for deserving women (those who can't afford it, have suffered a bereavement, are recovering from ill health, etc)
- our first Love Her Wild retreat so members can get some head space
- conservation focused expeditions
- more advice and inspiration on the website geared specifically for women in adventure
- launching Love Her Wild ambassador of the year

WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT ON?

Quite rightly, you want to know where your money will be going. Here's how it will be spent. My hope is that eventually, I can build enough Patreon's that all of these costs will be almost entirely covered, with the rest coming from Event revenue:
  • Hosting and domain for our website
  • MailChimp to keep everyone up-to-date via our regular newsletters
  • Insurance so we can run our events and expeditions
  • Web development because there is always something that isn't working properly!!!
  • Deserving Women Scheme to cover the costs involved so that our adventures and expeditions can be brought to a wider range of deserving women
  • A salary to me to admin the group, organise trips, market our community so more women can benefit, amongst other responsibilities - I need to eat and (although I'm currently nomadic) eventually I'd like to be able to afford a roof over my head :)
  • An additional employee this is when Love Her Wild moves to the next level and I can bring in an additional person to help run the community!

Thank you for reading, considering and becoming a Patreon!!!

Bex xxx

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Rewards
Oak Member
$3 or more per month
The Oak Membership might only be the cost of a coffee once a month, but it is a BIG DEAL for helping to keep our community going. And I want to thank you.....


Become a member of our private more intimate Facebook support group. Your name and photo will be added to the supporters page on the Love Her Wild website.


You will have access to discounts from our partners, along with regular Love Her Wild giveaways.

Maple Membership
$5 or more per month
Thank you so much for giving that little bit extra each month to support Love Her Wild. You are a true gem!


As a Maple Member you will get all the benefits as Oak but will have your name in the hat twice for every prize draw we do. So that doubles your chances of winning.


Willow Member
$10 or more per month
Wow! This contribution is really generous. Thank you, really.


Willow Member's will get all the same benefits as Maple but at the end of the year, you can expect a specially designed Love Her Wild gift.


As a dedicated supporter, you will also be my go-to if any unique opportunities arise. And will also get a profile (which can include a link) along with your photo and name on the Love Her Wild website.

Beech Member
$25 or more per month
This contribution makes a huge difference to the support and opportunities I am able to offer women in adventure. Thank you so much!


You will get all the benefits of Willow members but your name will go 3 times into any prize draw.


I'd also love to arrange a one-off 1 hour Skype call so I can get to know you and any plans or goals you have coming up that I might be able to help with.

Willow Member + Monthly Mentoring
$100 or more per month
 As well as getting all the benefits as our Willow Members, you will receive a 1 hour monthly mentoring session on Skype with me, Bex Band. An accountable and coaching session to help you acheive your goals.


There are 2 things I can help you with...


1. Building and growing a brand or blog

In the space of a year, I have grown Love Her Wild to 4,500+ members. Within 10 months of launching, my own blog (www.theOrdinaryAdventurer.com) was receiving 7,000 unique monthly visitors and combined I have a social media following of over 8,000. I now get paid work speaking or delivering events, organising expeditions and via affiliate programs. I came second place in Outdoor Blogger of the Year 2017 and have been shortlisted for TGO Personality of the Year.


And I really did start from nothing. No network or contacts. Which is why I know you can do it too :)


I love nothing more than working with like-minded individuals to inspire their growth. I will spend time getting to know you and your website and where you want to take it. Can provide advice on different areas including SEO, social media and getting sponsorship opportunities (either products or services - like free hotel stays or activities). Monetising your website and making money through affiliates and advertising. As well as some inside tips on what has worked for me.


2. Adventuring

Firstly, being accountable is a fantastic way to ensure your adventure happens...so let that be me! I'd love to help you come up with an idea (I've got lots!) if you haven't already, put into action the planning and what needs to happen before leaving for your expedition. I can offer tips on logistics as well as saving, getting sponsorship or reducing costs in other ways (free accommodation or discounts) and also on charity fundraising (I've raised over £20,000 for charity from challenges I have done). Plus, often the more important things, like confidence and building skills.


If you have any questions or want to run ideas past me before committing, feel free to drop me an email: [email protected]