Family life is hard enough already if you’ve
got six kids running around, without adding cameras into the mix. And yet, that’s the exact premise of the hit
reality show OutDaughtered, which sees insanely busy parents Adam and Danielle Busby struggling
to keep track of their six adorable little girls: oldest daughter Blayke Louise, plus
the first set of all-girl quintuplets ever born in the U.S. The masses are more than happy to tune in
to TLC each week to get their Busby fix, but how much do Adam and Danielle actually get
paid to allow viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their chaotic lives? “Oh my gosh. These girls are giving me a migraine.” Though the Busbys do have additional sources
of income, nobody would begrudge these particular parents a little extra money. And if certain sources are to be believed,
OutDaughtered is a cash cow for the Busby family. According to InTouch Weekly, who spoke to
reality producer Terence Michael in 2017, families on similar shows stand to earn around
10 percent of their show’s budget. Michael estimated at the time that TLC likely
budgeted around $250,000 to $400,000 per episode of OutDaughtered, which means the Busbys could
be pulling in around $25,000 to $40,000 per episode. It’s hard to imagine, though, that TLC wouldn’t
have upped the budget for this obvious ratings winner, meaning the Busbys could be bringing
in even more than that for each episode. Considering that as of 2019 they’ve done 52
shows over five seasons, they’re looking at a total payout between $1.3 million and $2
million or more. While a cool couple million sounds like a
lot of money for allowing a few cameras to follow you around, it does come with its own
set of challenges. Danielle Busby told StyleBlueprint, “The biggest challenge is on two sides — on
the personal side, the logistics of doing anything. The other is this life of people watching
you. It is the security and the safety of our lives
and the girls. We choose to share God’s story, but it’s still
a scary world, and we can only protect so much of our home. But we do go outside the house […] it’s
just being in the public eye is a little bit scary.” As for their “normal” jobs, it’s hard to say
how much they earn, but they’ve got plenty of irons in the fire. We know that Adam previously worked as a Key
Account Manager at a safety equipment company pulling in around $80,000 per year. But as of September 2018, he went into business
for himself under Adam Busby Media, and by the end of 2019’s season, Adam had accepted
an offer to become a partner in a wellness company with which he had previously worked
producing commercials. While Danielle’s LinkedIn does show her working
as a “Project Coordinator Team Lead,” as of 2019 she does not actually hold a traditional
full-time job. After all, who can remember to update their
LinkedIn status when they’ve got six kids? Speaking to People in 2016, Danielle explained
that managing their finances wasn’t easy, saying, “It’s been a big drop because I used to work
full-time and we had two incomes coming in. We had to make the call when I was pregnant,
to make [the kids] a priority, and it took me away from my job.” Danielle does, however, work as an independent
beauty consultant, and co-owns CADi Fitness, a fitness apparel shop that she founded with
her sisters. As if all that wasn’t enough, the super busy
Busby couple also run their own Amazon shop, which features Adam and Danielle’s recommendations
for camera gear, kids’ books, and all the things you’ll need to feed six little ones
— topics they are clearly experts on. “Look at that shirt!” “Poo-poo with a bow.” Their online clothing store, Buzz World, features
apparel, hair bows, and jewelry. In other words? They’re hustling. It’s an impressive hustle, too, considering
how busy the Busbys are. Speaking to Country Living, Danielle said, “The most difficult part of having a large
family is just the logistics of doing anything and everything. It takes some thought to do everything from
cooking dinner to getting out of the house.” A profound understatement if ever there was
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