by Lesley Flowers
(Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
If you are known among family and friends as the person always running around with your digital camera taking pictures everywhere you go, and you have a talent for taking decent photos, then you are already equipped to run a lucrative business from your home. In no time you can be pocketing cash from your hobby.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to make money with your photos is to sell stock photos. Website and, print publishers are always in need of good photographs for websites, books, magazines, newsletters and more. They are willing to pay for the right to use your photos in their work.
There are numerous stock photo sites on the web where customers purchase the right to use photos. They are essentially renting or leasing your photo for that purpose. One huge advantage of this business modelis that you can sell the rights to many different people to use the same photo.
Spend a little time looking at the various stock photo market websites available to you. Once you have located a site which allows you to sell the use rights to a photo rather than require you to sell the photo outright, then take some time to get a feel for what is available on the site. Also spend some time researching niche markets and their photo needs. The more you know about your market before you spend your time and effort producing your photos, the more sales you will make.
Once you know your market, now is the time to use your skill and creativity to produce some quality work that will appeal to the markets you have researched. This is where you get to be an artist and have fun while earning your money. In order to maximize your profit potential, you will need to create a fairly large portfolio of images to start with.
Once you have an inventory of pictures, then you need to promote your product to the buying public. There are numerous ways to do this. The least expensive method is to start participating in as many webmaster and marketing forums as you can.
Use a link to your photos in your signature. You can also advertise in niche forums and newsletters or use Google Adwords to drive traffic to the photos you have for sale.
Most of the stock photo sites are set up so that you can track how many times your photo has been viewed. Keep watch on the number of views compared to the number of sales in order to try to maximize the effectiveness of your marketing.
If the first stock photos site that you select doesn’t make sales, the problem may be the site or it may be the niche you chose to produce pictures for. This is where your research can pay off. If you already know there is a demand for photos in that niche, then you know you need to try another site to sell your photos.
If you already own a digital camera for a hobby, and you are competent and creative working with digital photos, then selling stock photos is a great business model to get into to make extra money without needing a huge amount of start up capital!