Everyone wants to find that dream career where they are doing something they love and they are making money. I am no different in that regard. I wanted to make sure that I was engaging in a lifestyle that appealed to me. But I also wanted to find self-sufficiency. I was tired of my parents paying for everything and I wanted to make sure that when I needed to spend money, I was spending my own.
And that is why I turned to Instagram. I have always been someone who loves social media so it was a natural fit for me. I had a modest following on Instagram but I already knew the ins and the outs of the platform. I decided that I wanted to build up my following and see what that could do for me.
Boosting Instagram Followers
What I needed to do was make sure that I had a high enough follower count where I was gaining traction. And I had to do it through a lot of ways. I will admit that I did look up guides on how to gain more followers on Instagram. And I found some interesting results.
I learned that if I was to buy followers, views, comments and likes, I would have a much better chance of building an organic account that was gaining attention. And I did that for some weeks. I was still posting regularly and getting a lot of the usual comments, but this process helped a lot as well.
Now I was at a stage where I had around 30,000 followers. And I decided to pivot my content so that I could be seen as an influencer. I wanted to be more than a person who posted on Instagram, as you cannot make money in that way.
Being an Influencer
How do you become an influencer? It is a good question and it is one that I asked myself at that moment. What I found was that I had to pick some topics that I knew and cared about first.
I have always cared about fashion and styling and so that is the direction I took. It was simple at first. I would show my before and after makeup pictures. I would even show a short tutorial on how I was putting on my make-up, sped up so the video would be fine for Instagram.
And that is when I started to get a lot of people asking me about what I was doing. They wanted to know about my outfits, my style and any other tips that I had for them. And soon I was having brands reaching out to me as well.
Since so many people were watching my outfit and makeup videos, I was getting brands saying they wanted me to wear something or use their makeup for my next tutorial.
And so I started to make money. I now have partnerships, while I am also given free items through these companies. It is a great situation. I am always under pressure to create new and engaging content. But I also know how much I can get out of this platform.