The best online work from home businesses are always those you already have a passion for.
So if you have a passion for photography then it makes sense to find a way you can work on the internet selling your pictures. But as always, earning a substantial income from selling photography online can take a lot of hard work and determination.
Work from home option 1 – Stock photo websites
On stock photo websites like iStockphoto, StockXpert, Fotolia and Shutterstock you can upload your photos and earn a commission for every sale.
Sounds like the perfect solution, right?
The only problem is that the commission you can earn is depressingly low – maybe only a few cents rather than the dollars you might be hoping for.
Another problem with stock photo sites is that when you submit your photos you also lose control of your pictures. This means anybody can use them inappropriately or to promote products you don’t agree with. Unfortunately, when you register on the website and submit your photos any control you had gets signed away.
One alternative option is photographersdirect.com. This website pays higher commission and gives you much greater control over the price, purpose, how often photos are used, in which media etc. The only drawback is that it might not attract as much traffic and sales as the stock photo websites.
So you might want to trial both photographersdirect.com and the stock photo sites to see what income you can earn before quitting your day job to do online work from home selling your photos.
Work from home option 2 – Setup your own online photography website
Setting up your own website will give you full control over your photographs and potentially earn a much larger income.
Creating a photography website is the easy part. You can get a professional looking photography style website design from Themeforest for less than $40 which you can then customise with your own branding and content.
The tricky part is getting enough visitors. Tactics include promoting your website by posting photos onto Facebook and Twitter with a link back to your website. You could also post a few sample photos onto sharing sites like Flickr and Photobucket, with links back to your main site.
You could also consider promoting your photos offline and referring people to your website to see your full portfolio. Consider attending local craft markets and fairs where you can hand out business cards to anybody that might be interested.
So to conclude, it is possible to run an online work from home business selling your photography. But it can take a while to spread links back to your website throughout the web and to attract enough buyers, so it’s sensible to keep your day job until the sales start rolling in.