There are so many ways to make money with photography, and some of them don’t even involve leaving the house (except maybe to take the photos). And since you guys loved our first article 11 Places to Make Money Online with Photography so much, we thought we’d get out there and find you some more.
Selling your photography online may be a great option for you for several reasons:
A) You’d like the practice and feedback before hiring yourself out to private clients.
B) You’d like to make a passive side income.
C) You have extra photos you’d like to find a market for.
Whatever your reason, selling your photos online can be fun and give you a boost of confidence every time someone buys one!
So what are we waiting for? Here are 11 more places to make money online with your photos:
Bigstock is increasingly becoming one of the internet’s biggest stock photo distributors. They accept images in almost any category, and once you’re approved as a contributor, you’ll earn 30% from every download.
PhotoShelter is a little different from the others we mention in that it is an e-commerce platform that you can set up through your own website. The benefit of this is that you get to decide pricing and display yourself, but it’s advanced enough to include SEO and cloud storage for all your photos. Give this one a try if you’d like to keep more of your earnings!
Another platform similar to PhotoShelter, SmugMug lets you set up your own storefront to display your photos and manage orders. But the cool thing about this one is that it allows your customers to order other products like books and greeting cards from your images. They also only charge 15%, so you’re able to keep the majority of your profits. Picture it on Canvas and CafePress are two other similar websites.
Creative Market is an increasingly popular marketplace for all kinds of creatives, including graphic artists and photographers. They offer subscribers free resources every week, luring customers in to view more products. You’ll earn 70% commission from every download.
5. 500px Prime
500px Prime’s basic membership is free to join and you can begin submitting your photos right away. These photos are used primarily by big-name companies and you’ll retain 70% of your profits.
Animals Animals is a place that sells photos of…you guessed it…animals! But they also cover other things in nature, such as trees and plants. If your images are accepted, they split the profits 50/50.
7. Sea Pics
Sea Pics is another nature photo site, but this one showcases ocean life from all over the world. You will need to submit your photos for review and you’ll retain 40% of your profits.
Etsy is the world’s leading marketplace for handmade goods, and it’s a great place to sell your photography as art. Just check out this photographer who sells unique carnival nursery prints among other genres of photos.
Envato is a marketplace for all types of digital products including stock music and photos. You can keep up to 60% of your earnings by becoming an exclusive author, and they claim that their top authors make over $20,000 a month!
10. Red Bubble
Red Bubble dubs themselves a “Global Marketplace for Independent Artists.” It’s a little like SmugMug or Café Press in that your customers can order items from your photos, but the difference is the audience. This website caters a little more to the indy artist crowd who prefer candid photos taken from a unique perspective over cheesy stock photos with fake smiles.
Stockxpert is a smaller website than some of the others, but has more lax contributor requirements. It’s a good place to start as a new photographer and you’ll get a 50/50 cut.
While selling your photos online can be a fun way to make a side income, it could take quite a lot of time and energy to make a living from it.
The fastest way to make a great income with photography is to establish yourself and a professional with your own business and clientele. And believe it or not, the process isn’t as scary as you probably think!
So many photographers never take the necessary steps to launch their careers for so many reasons, but we’ve got answers! Let me take you by the hand and show you how to build a six-figure photography business from scratch. You’ll only regret it if you never try!
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