Many youth in 2019 feel like they’re overworked and underpaid, usually quite rightly. However, there are some among us who are making an absolute fortune from a line of work that, until recently, didn’t even exist.
Abigail Ratchford is a prime example – raking in a huge £720,000 ($907,344) a year by posting photos of herself on Instagram and Snapchat.
The 27-year-old has amassed 9.1 million followers on Instagram and earns £6,300 ($7,937) per post.
Think about that for a second. Months of your alarm going off, putting your shitty work clothes on, getting stuck in rush hour, listening to Tim talk about his stupid kids, conferences meetings meetings, and eventually you may have accrued£6,300.
Meanwhile, Abigail whips on a camouflage bodysuit, gets her mate to take a picture, puts it on Instagram with the caption ‘I’ve never been one to blend in’, and viola, she’s 6,300 quid richer.
This is simply the tip of the iceberg though. The model, from Pennsylvania, USA, makes a shit-ton more through brand deals and calendar shoots and has made millions of pounds since launching her career.
However, Abigail said she never planned on this career; rather it took off after pics of her went viral on social media.
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “It happened completely by accident. I did a shoot kind of by accident and the pics ended up all over the place and got me plenty of attention.
“I started building my following after that and once I realized I could make tons of money through working with brands, selling merch etc, i was hooked.”
After developing an online following, Abigail moved to l. a. in 2014 and has done shoots for Esquire and Maxim. Her following has additionally helped her to acquire a whole host of lucrative brand deals.
She said: “Brand deals come in through my email which goes directly to my manager who then negotiates the deal and locks it all in.
“He is aware of the things I’m interested in, so that’s what he’ll tend to pursue.
“Lots of beauty and skincare, bikinis, lingerie, cool apps, all the things I would like to use in my normal life.
“Because of my following, I’m able to charge a certain amount if I endorse something, I have big contracts with Ignite and Fashion nova per month.”
Oh, and her annual calendar doesn’t hurt the old purse either.
She added: “When my calendar drops In October, I make about to six figures off that.”
As for the key to success, Abigail looks to put it down to not listening to haters and having many whiteboards.
She said: “Make a big vision board of all the large goals you wish to achieve, and then break them down into smaller ones.
“I have whiteboards everywhere in my house. I write out my goals for each month career wise, personal wise, things I want to work on within myself in order to grow and be the best version of myself I can be.
“Also, connect with the proper people, be nice to everybody you work with, build solid working relationships, don’t listen to haters, it’s simply white noise, cancel it out and have tunnel vision on your goals and dreams.”