Start Your Side Hustle With Instagram (4 Ways To Do It Quick)

A lot of people post on social media for free, while others make money from their posts. Maybe you’re one of those people wondering how you can create a side hustle with Instagram and turn it into a money making platform.

There are several things you can venture into to make extra side hustle income. Some of these hustles need thousands of followers while others simply need smart Instagram marketing tactics. Below are four simple things to try out.

Selling Products Online

People on Instagram are very visual. They simply want to see beautiful pictures of different things. They can be of your pet, your favorite shoes or that nice dress you’re selling. You can create an online retail store and run it through Instagram.

This social media platform has helped many sell products and services through their personal or business pages. You only need to invest in good photography that captures what you’re selling clearly. People love beautiful, inspiring images and are more likely to buy if the images are professionally captured.

So if you’ve got a winning T-shirt design, your own teen fiction novel or custom made jewelry… you could be cranking sales through your IG account in no time.

Influencer Marketing

This simple side hustle has to be everyone’s favorite. Today Kylie Jenner is one of the most prolific influencers on Instagram boasting a total of 123 million followers and an image that has 18.2 million likes!  It is believed that she bags about a million dollars per sponsored post, an amount that many would gladly take home.

What does it take to be a successful Instagram influencer?

First, of all, brands do not just pay for exposure, they pay for influence as well. You need to not only have tons of followers but you also need to command attention and authority.

Your followers should religiously believe in your brand choices and be willing to copy your style. It’s all about being an opinion leader and shaping people’s choices.

Build a brand that has droves of fans/followers handing on your every post and you could be banking some sweet cashflow as you create a side hustle with Instagram.

Affiliate Marketing

Do you want to earn a commission through making sales? Instagram allows that as well. Affiliate marketing can bring you extra cash flow every time your followers click on a link that leads to a particular brand’s website or page.

For instance, if you’re promoting shoes, you can place a link to an online store displaying the shoes on your bio, timeline or Insta stories. When a follower clicks on a link, the company you’re working with pays you a commission.

The more clicks you attract, the better your pay. It all narrows down to convincing your followers to click the links.  Plus this is a fantastic way to create a side hustle with Instagram since all you have to do is drive traffic to your affiliate offers!

man taking picturesSell Your Images

Have you ever heard of the term “Instagram models?”  That term is thrown around carelessly and often and it is used to mock people who post a lot of good images on the platform.

Interestingly, you can become an Instagram model by selling your images to stock free websites or to businesses for marketing purposes.

If you take captivating images, you can use them to make money. Businesses today are constantly looking for models to work with, unfortunately hiring models offline can be costly. You can sell your images and make extra money.

All you need to do is invest in good creative photography and find a brand or website that is willing to pay for your images.  It’s a perfect way to create a side hustle with Instagram.

Final Thoughts…

To wrap it up, creating a side hustle with Instagram could be a few posts away. If you post regularly, then it’s high time you started earning from it.

However, you have to consider this as a business and think about factors such as niche, input and output. Certain niches such as fitness, health, food, fashion and photography tend to attract more followers than others. As for the input, you will mostly need to invest in good photography in order to maximize profits.

Lastly… be patient and grow your brand (and profits) with time.

It’s soooooo worth it!


Jason is a key member of the marketing team here at AWOL.  He brings a wide range of skills sets to the table such as copywriting, content and email marketing.  When he’s not helping to crank out the latest marketing campaigns, he is addicted to spreading an attitude of gratitude through inspirational speaking, collecting fedoras and anything Bruce Lee… Waka!


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