Want to make money with your photography?
In today's post, I'm going to share five strategies you can start using to earn some extra photography income, whether you're just starting out or you're an experienced photographer.
If you'd prefer to watch or listen to the strategies I list in this article, check out my YouTube video where I cover everything in a little more detail:
1) Main Street Hub
Main Street Hub is a social media marketing company based in Austin, Texas. They work with small businesses all over the United States, managing their social media profiles and online presence.
Main Street Hub contracts with freelance photographers all over the nation so they can provide quality photos for their clients to use on their websites and social media profiles. That means if there are small businesses in your area who are working with Main Street Hub, those businesses will probably need photos.
That's where you come in.
Here's how it works:
When you apply and are accepted as a photographer for MSH, you'll be notified whenever a shoot pops up in your area. If the date and time work with your schedule, you simply show up at the designated time, take anywhere between 70-200 shots (MSH will provide you with a shot list so you know what you need to photograph), and once you're finished, upload all the RAW files onto their server.
Within 1-2 business days, you'll receive payment.
This is a great way to make some side money with your photography while also getting to know some of the local business owners in your area.
2) Sell Your Prints
This strategy is especially effective if you have lots of landscape photos lying around on your computer or hard drive.
Prints are popular gift options, so start offering them!
Instead of just offering them on your website though, list them on sites like Etsy, Storenvy, and Society6. These sites are online marketplaces, which means people are constantly searching them for things to buy.
I'm primarily a portrait photographer, but I list some of the long exposures I've taken of local landmarks in my city, and I've sold a handful of prints, ranging from 8x10's to 18x24.
The best part? It's passive income. You can take one image and it can yield you hundreds of dollars or even thousands of dollars if it becomes a popular item on any one of the marketplace sites.
The key is to make sure you're using the right tags and categories when you list your items. Make sure it's easily found, and experiment with different tags and occasions like "housewarming" or "wedding" to see what works best.
3) Amazon Associates Program
Imagine making a commission whenever someone clicks on an Amazon link on your blog or website and buys something.
You know that's totally possible, right?
Whether you enjoy writing about the gear and equipment you use, or you simply just want to list out your tools as a resource for other photographers, using Amazon affiliate links is a great way to make some side change whenever someone uses your link to purchase an item.
Signing up for the Amazon Associates Program is free.
Amazon affiliate links are super easy to implement, and they've helped me earn hundreds of dollars doing something I would have done anyway: recommending my favorite products.
4) Refer-a-Friend Programs
Do you have a favorite app or web-service that you use frequently?
Chances are, they have a refer-a-friend or affiliate program that will reward you if you send your friends their way.
Because I recommend them so frequently, I made sure to sign up for their refer-a-friend programs. Each program is unique and offers different rewards.
17hats sends me a $50 Amazon gift card every time someone signs up for their service through my link. (They have to become a paid customer for at least 90 days before I receive the gift card.)
Pixieset offers me $10 of referral credit or an additional 250mb of storage for every person that signs up for their service through my link.
Backblaze pays me a 10% recurring commission for every sale I refer.
MileIQ gives $25 for every referral that upgrades to a paid plan.
Think about the services you're using and research if they have a refer-a-friend program.
5) Instagram DMs
Yep, you read that right.
Instagram Direct Messages.
If you want to make money, you need clients.
And the best way to find clients if you don't have a budget for Facebook ads, Google Adwords, or good old-fashioned flyers?
Messaging your prospects directly.
But as with anything, in order to be successful, it pays to have a solid strategy.
I explain my strategy in detail in the video below. (Video starts at Tip #5.)
So there you have it, five strategies you can use today to start making money with your photography.
Leave a comment and let me know which strategy you're excited about the most!