5 Ways To Make Money As A Photographer Beyond Internet Sales

by WorkFromHome on December 7, 2011

Photographers understand that selling their photos is what creates their income. They diligently work at taking the “perfect” shot and listing it on one or more sites that sell stock photos. They repeat this process over and over until the income they generate is at their desired level. Many photographers, however, find that they would like to do more than just create stock photos.

There are 5 easy ways to make money from home using your photographic skills that can enhance creativity and income at the same time.

  1. Photography Workshops and Classes: One of the easiest ways to enhance your income while sharing your talent is to create workshops in your community centered around photography. You can do something as simple as teach a “how-to” class, to something as exclusive as a weekend photo-taking trip.
    When you begin these types of workshops you will be amazed how quickly they will begin to fill. People like community-based programs and are more willing to participate than in corporate sponsored events. As each workshop ends in success the word will spread and it will be easier to fill the next session.
  2. Create a Blog: The blogosphere is an incredible place to share your knowledge and gain clientele. When you establish a blog and fill it with relevant information, you will establish a following. Photography tricks, product reviews, and current trend information will be seen as helpful to others.
    You can monetize your blog with advertisements and affiliate products that are related to your blog. You can also direct people to the photos you have for sale. It is a simple way to make money from photography.
  3. Create a local business using sub-contractors: Many photographers have turned away from the old brick and mortar business because it is so limited. You can only be at one event at a time, and there are always limited amounts of events in one area. However, you can create network of local photographers that are on call and cover multiple events at once. You provide the photographers with the client information and they provide you with a percentage of the sale.
  4. Street Fairs And Personal Exhibits: It is almost impossible to have your photos hung in a large gallery. It takes years and years of trying to get into a gallery, and even then there is no guarantee. You can, however, display your photos at street fairs, art shows and other local events. It is relatively inexpensive to purchase some display boards and a canopy. Fees for these fairs are very small. You can also create your own gallery and promote your photos as well as others in your area.
  5. Do Charity Work: Donating your time and services to a charity as a way to earn money sounds ridiculous, but it is a good way to create a clientele. People who work at charity events are generally people in the community that own businesses. These people will appreciate your donation and when they need your services will seek you out. It sounds very simple, but it is a great way to establish yourself in the community while creating future work opportunities.

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