Earn an extra £26K a year from your photos – easy way to boost your income
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Earn an extra £26K a year from your photos – easy way to boost your income.
More and more people are turning to side hustles and side businesses to sustain their lifestyle, and it’s a sad truth of the modern economy made clear by lockdown and the most recent tax rises. Anyone can be a photographer with nothing more than a smartphone, regardless of their experience, and this growth has coincided with people’s desire to have almost every aspect of their lives and the world around them photographed, creating unlimited income potential.
Essentially, an on-demand photographer receives a brief of sorts telling them what the client requires a photo of, and sometimes they are able to put their own creative spin on a brief as well.
There are an array of websites and apps that will either sell the photos or commission on-demand photographers to complete tasks.
Selling only two photos per day can see people pocketing more than £500 by the end of the week – and that’s estimated from the low-end of the photography market.
Selling photos online can see a range of profits from £1 to £90 for a single image, and on-demand photographs generally come with a higher profit margin – although it can require more out-the-box thinking to comply as much as possible with the brief.
Apps like Snapwire allow potential photographers both on-demand tasks and a marketplace to sell images already in their portfolio, making it possible to sell a single image multiple times, compounding potential income.
Snapwire has one of the highest paying on-demand platforms, with requests ranging from £36 to £54 per image.
Some other apps of interest to budding on-demand photographers:
Dreamstime expands the photography skillset to illustrators, videographers and audio-fanatics, accepting all format of creative artistry including traced illustrations which can sell for up to £4 per download.
Scoopshot works as ‘the middle man’ to connect businesses and individuals all over the world with photographers that have the right skillset, interest and experience to match their project requirements.
Twenty20 provides a platform for photographers to showcase their portfolio in a digital gallery, selling their images online and finding potential clients for future photography gigs.
One of the most well-known stock image sites, Shutterstock sees thousands of customers buying images on their site every day, meaning thousands of photographers are getting richer too.
How to get started
Everyone with a smartphone is a photographer, it’s just a matter of finding the correct platform to showcase one’s images to the correct audience.
Most on-demand photographers have the basic necessities, with videographers and audio technicians requiring a bit more equipment.
Generally, having a decent camera, with that being on a smartphone or not, some equipment to provide light and a good understanding of photography principles can see almost anyone getting thousands of pounds every month by selling images.
Having a portfolio of one’s best images is a good way to start, especially as most of these websites require ‘tester’ images to ensure they are compatible both on a technical level and with what their clients are looking for.
A few websites will require a ‘listing’ fee to keep a portfolio online, but if a photographer sells just one image a day this fee won’t even dent their monthly earnings.
By Samantha Leathers
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Ten most in-demand jobs right now in addition to lorry driver shortage
The ten most in-demand jobs
There were 1.66million job vacancies at the end of August, according to the latest figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
- Lorry drivers – 100,000
- Nurses – 79,123
- Programmers and software developers – 68,929
- Carers – 49,751
- Primary school and nursery staff – 30,574
- Chefs – 29,996
- Sales assistants – 26,183
- Cleaners – 24,148
- Metal working roles – 19,748
- Carpenters and joiners – 6,364
Aside from the hiring spree, jobs in certain careers are in high demand at the moment due to the pandemic and Brexit.
The lack of workers is mostly due to Europeans facing too much red tape to work in the UK after Brexit.
It is also down to many staff being forced to stay at home and self-isolate during the pandemic.
The problem is likely to keep getting worse, according to KPMG head of education, skills and productivity Claire Warnes.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler.
Happiness is…selling photographs.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I always give 100%…Which is why I lost my job as an exam marker!
Love is…being in perfect harmony.
A time to take photographs for fun…A time to take photographs for money.
1917 The first RSPCA animal clinic was opened, in Liverpool.
1997 Elton John started a six week run at No.1 in the UK singles chart with “Candle in the Wind ’97” as a tribute to Princess Diana. It became the best-selling single of all time.
2004 Legendary former Nottingham Forest and Derby County boss Brian Clough died from stomach cancer at the age of 69.
2012 Apple’s new mapping service for iPhone users was launched, with many errors. It relocated London – England to London – Ontario, Paddington station vanished and Dublin was gifted a previously undiscovered airport on a 35 acre working farm. Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, was nowhere to be found while the Welsh town of Pontypridd was transplanted six miles north-west and placed where Tonypandy should have been.
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