I recently sent out a survey asking if you would want to learn how to make money on Instagram. Your response: Heck yeah!
I have answered all the most common questions kids and teens have about making money on Instagram. Even though this information may blow your mind with the possibilities, it is not enough to help you get started.
That’s why I have searched the internet high and low to find the best and most affordable resources to help you make money on Instagram as a teen.
Have you heard of Udemy? Udemy is one of the greatest sources of affordable money-making knowledge on the internet. I have been using Udemy for years and I love it. Which is why I have hooked you up with a sweet deal. Only $15 to learn how to make money from Instagram. I know, right?!
Throughout this article, I will be recommending the best courses that will help you dive deeper into each question.
Here are your questions…and where you can find the answers:
How???? How do you make money on Instagram?
There are several ways to make money on Instagram.
#1 Create a huge following and leverage your audience size.
If you have a huge following, people will pay you for a shoutout or a guest appearance. Like this:
I once had a client who sold multi-colored pasta. I reached out to some Instagrammers who created #foodart. My pitch: I will send you a box of cool pasta and a little money, and you use the food in one of your posts and just give my client a shout-out. That’s it.
One popular food artist responded saying that she would be happy to do that. She cordially informed me that she charged $700 for one post.
$700!!! For using my client’s pasta like play dough and then taking a picture of it!! You could do that!!
She wasn’t overpricing me either; she had over 200,000 followers who loved her and trusted her. A single shout-out may have resulted in a significant amount of sales for my client.
In this Udemy Course, Sorin Contantin will give you 7 sites that will help you succeed with this approach. They connect you with people ready to pay to get in front of your audience.
#2 Sell your own product or service.
If you already have a business or have some sort of product or service that you want to sell, Instagram can help you get your name in front of more people.
Let’s say you have a lawn mowing business. You can use Instagram to interact with people in your neighborhood and all over your city. You can tell them about your service and make some appointments. If you are willing to invest a little capital, Instagram ads can tell people about what you do and lead them through an on-app process of making an appointment for you to come by. Here is a great Udemy class to teach you about Instagram ads.
Or let’s say you like to paint and want to try selling your art. You can create an Instagram that leads people through an in-app process of buying your stuff.
This leads to the second question:
What do I do? How do I get Started?
For starters, decide what level of expertise you have with Instagram. Then, decide what approach you want to take.
After you’ve figured that out, I think a wise next step would be to choose a course you want to follow and then DO IT. All of the classes I will recommend to you have different strategies, but they all work as long as you do your due diligence. Don’t watch all the videos at once and then flounder for 2 months, finally giving up. Do this:
Watch 1 video. Pause. Then implement what it is teaching. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. Then, once you’ve got that down, move to the next step.
Here are some Udemy classes that can help you based on your priorities.
- This is probably my favorite of them all so far. James York takes you from the very basics to the best ways to make money with Instagram.
- To figure out the basics of building and monetizing an Instagram account, try Instagram Marketing Crash Course for Entrepreneurs by Sorin Constantin.
- You’ve got an idea of what you want to do, but you don’t know how to use it to make money. This class takes you through the basics and then helps you create a “marketing funnel.” (i.e. shows you how to make a plan to make money.) If you have a website, this class will also help you connect them to maximize money-making.
- If you’ve got an idea and the money-making part mostly figured out, you are just asking questions like these: When do I post? What do I post? Who do I post for? Can I automate this? This is a good class for you.
- If you want to go viral, watch this one.
Is it hard?
The short answer: No. Not as long as you love and use Instagram, that is. Now, you aren’t going to make $5,000 by next month; you will have to be very intentional and consistent. You are going to spend a fair amount of time brainstorming and planning. But if you are committed and willing to learn, you can definitely make it work.
How much money will I make?
That depends on how popular you become. Social Blue Book is a place you can plug in your social information and get a general number of how much money you could make with guest posting right now. If you follow the advice of the Udemy experts, you can be sure that number will grow substantially.
Is it safe and legal?
Yes, there are totally safe and legal ways to make money on Instagram. But, don’t be stupid. Some tips to stay safe and legal:
- Avoid any “Black Hat” strategies to grow your account. They may seem like easy ways to make it to the top, but they aren’t honest and, believe it or not, they have a harder time succeeding. Remember the tortoise and the hare… Steady growth is always the surest way to success.
- Give credit where credit is due. Copyright is probably the grayest legal area on Social Media. While no one ever called you out for using someone else’s meme or idea on your personal account, it is a very different story when you are using that content to make money.
- Never post anything you wouldn’t want your Mom to see. I’m not just talking about your business account. Don’t delve in the dirty: it can tarnish your reputation and ruin future chances of impressing anyone enough to get them to invest in you. Plus, you want to make money on something that makes you feel happy, not guilty. Don’t sentence yourself to that kind of low work.
- Never post anything you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to see. Be careful about posting pictures outside your house (or anyone else’s) or using geolocation for non-public areas. Be wise about who you take pictures of. Make sure you set up some kind of double-verification for your Instagram login.
What qualifications do I need to have?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you responsible with your money? Can you track and pay monthly bills? Do you have a budget?
- Are you responsible with your Instagram account? Are you mature enough to post pictures that aren’t full of cleavage or other immodestly/sensuality? Are you prudent in your posting, respecting others and their property?
- Do you make goals? Do you regularly follow-through with them? Can you make a plan and stick with it, through thick and thin?
If you could say yes to these questions, you have what it takes. No age requirements, just maturity requirements.
If you couldn’t answer yes, it doesn’t mean that you throw this idea away. Just go home and work on those habits a little and come back in a month or two.
Can I do Anything I Want?
This is the one unclear answer I will give: it depends. Do your research. If competitors in your area are doing well, then you can probably be successful.
Another great resource is the How to Start a Website course that How to Make Money as a Kid offers. It’s free! Lesson 3 has some great principles about finding a good niche.
Do I Need to be Famous?
No need to be famous. You might become slightly famous, though.
What is the Start-up Cost?
I would give yourself $20 to take a Udemy class or two. From there, you can pay for additional programs (like photography, scheduling apps, etc.) but you don’t need any of that to become successful. If you are serious and really want to make money on Instagram then you might have to invest in some Udemy coures.
How many followers do I need?
You will obviously be more successful the larger your audience is, but everyone starts at zero. There are a million resources that can teach you how to get more followers. Be careful of black hat strategies and just focus on your target audience. Be willing to learn, connect, and contribute to others. You may be surprised by how the follows come in.
Where do I get content?
Nah, I’m being facetious. But only sort of. There are lots of sites that allow you to use and edit photography. Your chosen Udemy courses will most likely have their fair share of suggestions. There are many, many paid sites, but here are some of my favorite free sites:
But the magic happens when you make your posts all yours. When you brand them with that special “you-ness” that your target audience loves, your posts will rock!
Last thing…Once you are launched, be sure to tell me about your business so I can follow you!
I want so badly for you guys to be successful. If this is something you love, I know you will become a success! So don’t give up. Be the very first #cashhacker to create a business on Instagram…and then tell me all about it!
If you have any more questions about how to make money on Instagram, leave them in the comments below and I will do my very best to answer.
Best of luck!