How Many Followers on Instagram You Need to Get Paid and Make Money

Many Instagram influencers start to make money with under 10,000 followers.
Nano and micro influencers have gotten attention from marketers because of their engaged audiences.
Instagram influencers share how many followers they needed to get paid and how much they earn.
With a few thousand followers on Instagram these days, it’s easy to ask yourself: When can I start making money?The good news is, there’s no strict minimum.Many Instagram influencers get paid with less than 10,000 followers. Five influencers Insider previously interviewed, all with under that amount, said they got made money from brands to post to their small audiences.For instance, Tess Barclay, a Toronto-based nano influencer who creates lifestyle content, started earning money with a few thousand Instagram followers. Last May, she told Insider that she charges brands upwards of $154 for an in-feed Instagram post.”I always thought you needed a million followers, or a hundred thousand followers, to make money on social media,” Barclay told Insider. “But that’s really not true. There are so many ways that you can make it a business, even if it is part-time.”Read more about how how Barclay makes money as a nano influencer and the media kit she usesInstagram is also directly paying some influencers through incentive programs like “Bonuses” for Reels. Some Instagram monetization features like “Badges,” Instagram’s tipping tool for IG Live, require that creators have at least 10,000 followers. Many of these programs also are limited to certain countries, have an age minimum of 18, and require accounts to be registered as business or creator accounts on the app. While the doors have opened for many more creators on Instagram to start making a living, often they don’t start making full-time incomes immediately (although a fair number of micro influencers with under 100,000 followers work full-time as influencers). Read how 19 content creators turned their social-media side hustles into full-time jobsMeanwhile, may other influencers start making money by earning a commission from sales via affiliate marketing. Check out 7 top brands that work with micro influencers on Instagram, TikTok, and moreToday, Instagram influencers no longer need hundreds of thousands of followers to start earning cash.Here are a few reasons why:”Nano” and “micro” influencers (who typically have followings of up to 100,000) are being hired by many brands across industries. These smaller influencers have demonstrated the power of niche and engaged communities on Instagram, where fake followers and disproportional engagement have flooded the platform. Influencers can earn hundreds to thousands of dollars from these deals. Meta-owned Instagram opened its multibillion-dollar wallet and paid influencers, which it announced in 2021 with a flashy $1 billion investment into content creators through last year. The platform also introduced a creator-brand marketplace for sponsorships in 2022.Affiliate links are easier than ever to share now that Instagram widely rolled out the link sticker in 2021. Some affiliate programs do have their own requirements, however, such as LTK or ShopStyle.So, how much money are these influencers making on Instagram?Insider interviewed over two dozen Instagrammers about how much money they make, with follower counts from 2,000 to over 250,000.Here’s a full breakdown of our coverage:From brand deals:Natasha Greene, a food and lifestyle creator with 266,000 followersJehava Brown, a travel and lifestyle influencer with 197,000 followersKara Harms, a full-time lifestyle blogger and influencer with 77,000 followersJon Seaton, a college football star and creator with 83,000 followersTomi Obebe, a lifestyle influencer with 38,000 followersEmma Cortes, a lifestyle influencer and podcast host with 73,000 followersAisha Beau Frisbey, a lifestyle creator with 40,000 followersManasi Arya, a Gen-Z artist with 19,000 followersAlexa Curtis, a lifestyle influencer and entrepreneur with 22,000 followersMary Margaret Boudreaux, a fashion and lifestyle influencer with 90,000 followersReni Odetoyinbo, a personal-finance and lifestyle creator with 28,000 followersGigi Kovach, a part-time lifestyle blogger and mom of two with 12,000 followersTejas Hullur, a personal-finance creator and entrepreneur with 17,000 followersTyler Chanel, a sustainability influencer with 13,000 followersJour’dan Haynes, a lifestyle creator with 6,000 followersTess Barclay, a lifestyle blogger with 7,000 followersLaur DeMartino, a nano influencer and full-time college student with 7,000 followersJalyn Baiden, a skincare influencer with 7,000 followersJen Lauren, a part-time lifestyle influencer with 6,000 followersKayla Compton, a lifestyle nano influencer with about 2,000 followersFrom Meta Platforms, including Instagram:From affiliate links:Read more: Instagram is shutting down its native affiliate-marketing program after more than a year of testingA popular strategy that many influencers employ to land lucrative paid opportunities with brands is to create a media kit, which is a document showcasing the potential value an influencer can bring to a company. This usually includes a short biography, social-media engagement analytics, past collaborations, and any other relevant information. Most influencers have a template they use, which they customize according to the brand they’re reaching out to.Here are media kits influencers on Instagram have used to successfully land brand deals:Kayla Compton, a lifestyle influencer with about 2,000 followersJorge Alvarez, a mental health influencer with 2,000 followersStacy Kim, a travel and lifestyle influencer with 3,000 followersJen Lauren, a lifestyle influencer with 6,000 followersJour’dan Haynes, a lifestyle influencer with 6,000 followersLaur DeMartino, a lifestyle influencer with 7,000 followersTess Barclay, a lifestyle influencer with 7,000 followersPaulina Perez, a lifestyle influencer with 7,000 followersJoseph Arujo, a fashion and lifestyle influencer with 14,000 followersBri Seaberg, a travel and lifestyle influencer with 18,000 followersBlake Newby, a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle influencer with 25,000 followersGigi Robinson, a body image and mental health influencer with 38,000 followersMacy Mariano, a travel and style influencer with 184,000 followersJoel Bervell, a health education influencer with 194,000 followersNatasha Greene, a food and lifestyle influencer with 266,000 followersEric Stoen, a travel influencer with 372,000 followers

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