Ultimate list of hashtags to grow your small biz and side hustle on Instagram

If you are wanting to make your social channels explode with new followers, increase your engagement and, ultimately, grow sales to your side hustle or small biz, then this ultimate list of hashtags to grow your small biz and side hustle is perfect for you.

I have broken down the hashtags into niche groups to help you decipher which hashtags will help you and your small biz.

ETSY HASHTAGS

#etsy #etsyshop #etsystore #etsysellersofinstagram #etsyseller #etsylove #etsyfinds #etsysuccess #etsyusa #etsygifts #etsynz #etsyhandmade #shopetsy #shopsmall #etsyfavorites #etsyelite #etsymade #artistsofinstagram #etsyuk #shophandmade #etsysmallbusiness #etsy #shopetsy #etsysale #etsytribe #etsybestsellers #etsymen #etsywomen #etsysellers

ARTIST HASHTAGS

#art #myart #drawing #digitaldrawing #drawdaily #wip #workinprogress #artists #artinspo #artstagram #artgram #artshare #artlover #paintings #instapainting #paintingoftheday #abstractart #mybeautifulmess #minimalart #design #sketch #ink #pencil #illustration #drawing #designinspo #designporn #designlovers #designblogger #designoftheday

SMALL BIZ HASHTAGS

#shopsmallbusiness #shopsmallbiz #onlinebusiness #homebusiness #smallbusinesslove #startupbusiness #businessowner #smallbusinessowner #beyourownboss #businessowners #entrepreneurial #startups #entrepreneursofinstagram #womensupportingwomen #ladyboss #bosslady #womenwhohustle

BLOGGER HASHTAGS

#blogginggals #bloggingcommunity #blogginglife #nzbloggers #bblogger #fblogger #contentmarketing #blogger #bloggingtips #bloggerlife #bloggersgetsocial #ontheblog #instagood

Also make sure to hashtag to what your blog niche is. For instance travel bloggers should use the hashtag #travelbloggers or #travelblogging, craft bloggers would use something like #craftblogger or #craftaholic, beauty bloggers #bbloggers or #beautybloggers etc.

How many hashtags should you use per post?

Long story short, there is no correct answer for this. Instagram offers a maximum of 30 hashtags per post, and some marketers swear by using all 30. However, other marketers suggest a maximum 5-10.

From my experience, I have seen great engagement with around 5-10, but I have also seen awesome engagement when I have used all 30 hashtags too. It also didn’t seem to do any harm to mu posts. Thinking rationally, Instagram has allowed the use of 30, so why on earth would they penalise their users for using that many?

Likes are starting to matter less and less. Here in New Zealand we can no longer see other people’s likes. It’s great! We can still see the number our own posts have gathered, but there is no way for anyone else to see how well your post did (unless they manually go through and count them!)

So far I have found the ‘like-less Instagram’ to be great. But I can see why a lot of ‘influencers’ fear the change.

At the end of the day, it is important to remember that no matter how many blogs, books and articles you read, or webinars you attend, social media and espscially Instagram is forever changing. What works for you one week may not work the next, and what has been doing wonders for you may work the complete opposite for your friend. It really is all about what works best for you. Trial and error is sometimes the only way to go!

Good luck!