Being a social media influencer sounds like a bit of a doss, but in fact for many it's a full-time job. 

Influencer marketing is a multi-billion pound industry used by millions across the world as their main source of income. 

You don’t need to be ultra-famous to make a good wage from social media influencing as the average UK wage for someone with more than 42,575 followers is £29,009.  

A social media influencer is someone who has created an online identity that they use to market products or businesses for money. 

Much like an entrepreneur, social media influencers use their platforms to find and exploit a niche. 

With more people than ever working from home, perhaps it’s time to take a page out of these Hampshire based influencers' books and try your hand at a bit of self branding.

Sophie Burrell 

@sophieburrell1

189k followers

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Rock chic Sophie Burrell is a well-known guitarist from Southampton with a massive 189,000 followers.

Burrell is an ambassador for many brands but has a long standing relationship with PRS Guitars. 

Followers can watch incredible videos of sophie shredding the electric guitar to tracks by the likes of Billie Eilish, Slash and many more. 

Clarissa Wright

@risswrightt 

1.2k followers

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The fashion and lifestyle influencer, Clarisa Wright, has an Instagram following of just over 1,100. 

Wright suffers from ulcerative colitis and her mission statement is to get rid of the stigma around non-visible disability in fashion, aiming to use the industry as a vehicle to celebrate these issues. 

She said: "Yes my page looks great but there are days where I wake up and I'm in really bad pain or I cant eat certain things.

"My whole goal and purpose is to do soemthing with what I've been given and show people that it is okay to talk about difficult things."

The fashion graduate is also an ambassador for clothing brand Rebellious Fashion and works with the brand to promote their latest releases and offer exclusive discounts. 

Elisha Jade

@thesouthamptongirl

15.5k followers

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The self-named Southampton Girl, Elisha Jade, originally made a name for herself after starring in Love Island back in 2017.

However, Jade is now a successful style blogger and local guide with more collaborations and endorsement deals than you could shake a stick at! 

Tina Neary

@thenearydiaries

13.9k followers

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Tina Neary, lovingly known as Plant Mum and mother behind the Neary Diaries is a lifestyle influencer who specialises in parenting, home decorating, pets and mental health

Keen to keep things real, Neary is frank and honest across her social media platforms about what it's like to be a woman, mother and wife. 

Based in Eastleigh the mother of two has over 12,000 followers on Instagram. 

Laura Belbin

@knee_deep_in_life

439k followers

Laura Belbin, also known as Knee Deep in Life, is a social media influencer based in Hampshire.

With a keep it real attitude Belbin attempts to break down boundaries and taboos around feminity, womanhood and motherhood. 

Offering up advice from personal experience with a hillarious and frank approach has gained Belbin a staggering 439,000 followers on Instagram. 

Have we missed your favourite influencer? Let us know in the comments.