Times are grim for startups that sell products and services to creators. Some are folding, while others can’t pivot their businesses away from the creator economy fast enough. The creators themselves, however, are proving to be far more resilient.
Consider Katerina and Yinon Horowitz, a couple who quit their full-time jobs four years ago to finance their world travels through their blog and Instagram account. When the pandemic torpedoed the advertising deals with hotels and other sponsors that were supporting them, the Horowitzes shifted gears to create short videos about their family life and new home in South Florida.
A possible new threat arrived last year as fears about the economy spooked many advertisers, but it was a false alarm for the Horowitzes. The couple has seen their income from advertising more than quadruple over the past two years, and brands are still banging on their door. Rheem, a maker of air conditioners, recently signed a long-term sponsorship deal with them.