How to earn money

Do you want to learn how to make money online? In today’s digital society making money online has never been easier! Whether you want to have a small side hustle or a full-time online business making thousands a month this article will give you some incredible ideas so you can start making money online this month!

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1. Photobooks & Others

Photobooks are a great way to sell your photography. I’m not talking about 300-page hardbacks, but small, 20 page pamphlets.

This can be a useful tool in getting your name out there, and to see if it can be a money-making venture for you.

You can be as creative as you want, even making the books yourself. There are also many small publishers who will create them for you, giving you the lion’s share of the proceeds.

This is best suited to creative projects, rather than very technical landscapes, but there are markets for all niches.

Postcards are also cheap to produce, yet can offer people small affordable prints to share and send. Even jigsaw puzzles, mugs and notebooks can be decorated using your images.

Overhead shot of a girl reading a photo book - how to make money with photography

10. Edit & Retouch for Other Photographers

If you find yourself proficient in photographic editing, you can use this to your advantage. Lightroom and Photoshop are two great pieces of software that some photographs don’t know how to use, or they have no time to work with.

Portrait and fashion photographers are very busy, requiring outside help when it comes to retouching. You are able to work on these images for a fee, from the comfort of your own home.

This is one of the most difficult ways to make money, only because Photoshop requires practice, skill and talent. This takes a while to learn, as your range of skills needs to be excessive.

Every photographer will need a combination of different techniques for the images they need.

A close up of a computer screen being used for editing photos on Photoshop

9. Small Businesses

A great way to stay local and utilise your photography skills is to look towards local businesses. They will need images to promote themselves, without spending thousands on huge campaigns.

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By going around, knocking on doors and introducing yourself, you can start to build up contacts. Take a printed portfolio with you, which will only grow with each new business.

For better chances, come up with an idea or concept for each business. This will set you apart, offering something different for each new cafe, bistro, restaurant, etc.

By building up a rapport, allowing for other business opportunities, such as selling prints and postcards.

An overhead shot of a busy cafe scene - getting started as a professional photographer

8. Competitions

This is one that most people seem to forget about, probably because they think that they’re not good enough. I assure you, you are.

I went round one of my models’ house and up on the wall was a pretty terrible photo of her when she was younger. It looked like a friend had taken it in a playground. It turns out that some photographer won $2,500 for it in Canada.

My jaw dropped. I couldn’t take my eyes off the thing, it was just so… average.

It doesn’t take long to enter a competition at all and, if you’re stuck for which ones to enter, I suggest this website.

At the very least, it will get your work out there and maybe even critiqued too, if you’re lucky.

A quirky shot of an orange cut in half with its skin painted sky blue, on a sky blue background

7. Stock Photography

We’ve all heard of stock photography, for better or for worse.  The idea is that you upload your photographs to a website and pray someone downloads it, netting you some cash.

Instead of waiting for someone to find your photos, you can submit them to a whole variety of stock photography websites.

Add keywords and people will find them – if your photos are what they’re looking for, they will buy them. Most stock websites do not require exclusivity.

When I say buy, I really mean license. You can continue to sell photos time and time again and make a good living out of it if you have a large portfolio. The more images you have, the better your chances are on making money.

On some websites, you get a higher commission with the more you sell.

Commissions vary depending on the site you use but here are a few to consider: iStock, BigStock, and ShutterStock.

An overhead shot of 8 people joining hands

6. Assist a Photographer

Assisting as a photographer is one of the best ways to find work and start making money. You also get to learn a whole lot.

You will need a strong portfolio if you’re expecting to go and work at weddings and such.

There are other high-end work possibilities, such as fashion or portraiture, where you won’t get behind the camera but can still gain experience and make money with photography.

Professional photographers often need assistance for jobs, which you should expect some compensation for. The biggest advantage of all is that you don’t have to look for the work, it comes to you.

Finding people willing to pay you the money you want for the work you’re good at. This is the dream and naturally the hardest part about getting started with photography.

If you’re assisting as a photographer, they have all of this setup and you will start to learn how it’s done. Take some time now and find local working photographers in your area. Contact them, ask if they would like an assistant.

Offer to do the first time for free if you like because, if you’re any good, then they will want you back.

On another note, the photographer may allow you to use their studio for free, or even help you find clients.

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I assisted fashion photographers here in Budapest, and there were many jobs they didn’t want to do as the budget was too small.

A professional photography studio set up

5. Photograph Events

Event photography is one of the greatest opportunities to make money. You will find, from a small amount of research, that your local area will have many photographable events.

Weddings are just one, but what about state fairs, fairgrounds and markets?

On top of these, you can look towards the club and bar photography niche. Every bar and club needs images to promote themselves, and specific nights they hold.

Focusing on people having a good time can net you a nominal amount of money for relatively easy photography.

This is also a great opportunity to meet DJs, musicians and other artists who also need photographs themselves. A face to face meeting is much more powerful than an email.

Offer to give the patrons the images for free, and they can visit your website or give you reviews in exchange.

In turn, this will bring you more work in the long run.

A candid event photography shot of friends enjoying themselves in an outdoor party setting

4. Local Paper

From travelling around, I found myself in Equador with a lot of spare time. I wanted to see what it was like working for a newspaper. So I located the offices of the largest newspaper I could find (El Diario) and showed them my portfolio.

They took me on immediately as an intern. This got me free food and free transport through taxi vouchers. It went pretty well, and they wanted me to stay and work for them after the internship (I was 23).

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay any longer as my situation changed, but they wanted to keep me.

There are two main ways that you can do it.

Firstly, if you have a strong portfolio of images and an established relationship, you will begin to find that they will be contacting you when they need a photographer.

The day of staff photographers is almost over, and the freelancer gets much more work than they used to.  From here, so long as you have the aspiration, you can expand your portfolio, moving onto bigger and better things.

The second way to work with them is to go out yourself and capture local events or news stories.

You’d be surprised at how easy it is to get a press pass for local events. I’ve done it before and no one even asked to see a portfolio, or who I work for.

Take these photos to local papers and start to earn money (always charge them; they have a budget for this sort of thing).

Pick up the phone and call your local paper today. In my experience, a phone call is a lot harder to ignore than an email.

Close up of a business man reading a newspaper

3. Photo Tours / Workshops

Something that I use to make money with my photography gives photo tours. The beautiful city of Budapest is a great place, not only as it is a truly magnificent place in terms of architecture, but it is a UNESCO protected the place.

Tourists and photographers alike come here to experience the culture and cuisine, but many want ot leave with great images. This is where I come in. I offer a 3-hour tour, maximum of five people, and I show them one of the most interesting districts.

We focus on street photography, camera settings, how to spot a good location and rule of composition.

They book with me based on the reviews I gained previously, and the fact that I have lived here for many years. I know the city better than they do.

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This is a perfect opportunity to offer continual help through your blog or website, and they can follow you on social media platforms.

If they really enjoyed it, they might even tip you. Americans always tip, as it is part of your culture.

If you are confident enough with your photography and feel you could show people how to capture great images, give it a try.

Spend a few days going around your location at different times of the day and see what is possible. It might just be your forte.

A red city sightseeing bus with motion blur in the background - make money from street photography

2. Teach / Educate / Blog

Ok, so teaching is always a possibility. There will always be more people who know less about photography than you do. They need a start, to find their way and many will turn to a teacher rather than looking on their own.

You could teach through multiple methods. I teach photography on a 1-to-1 basis, so we really focus on what the aspiring photographer wants to try and get more help with.

This also includes areas such as Creative Live, where you can create courses that people will pay for. Niches will bring you more people as fewer photographers teach them.

Starting a blog is another great way to get people to see your photos. The more people see it, the more they can buy from you things such as merchandise, Lightroom Presets and Amazon Affiliate links.

You won’t make a killing from the get-go, but you do have to start somewhere.

If you’re interested in blogging and want to know more, I would suggest visiting IncomeDiary, another site I write for with a lot of solid material to learn from.

A close up shot of 4 people at a professional meeting

Why Should You Use WordPress For Your Blog?

WordPress powers more than 30% of the Internet. With that many users, WordPress help is widely available. More likely than not someone before you had similar issues to yours, and you can expect to find solutions fairly quickly.Additionally, choosing WordPress will allow you to use a wide network of plugins for different purposes, often free of charge. for example, Caldera Forms makes a great and free contact form plugin.

Caldera Forms plugin page on wordpress.org

Furthermore, WordPress was initially intended to be a blogging platform, and some of the features a blog has (comments for example) are embedded into its core by default.

There are many other reasons. WordPress is extremely flexible, and it is used for anything from a simple recipe blog to websites that have hundreds of pages.

WordPress is also quite user-friendly, especially when you get into it. You expand the features of your website by installing plugins and tweaking their settings. Most of the time you will not be required to enter any code.

Also, and this is extremely important for bloggers, – you are the owner of your website. Yes, you still have to follow some rules that hosting companies set, but, you will have much more freedom to run your site the way you want it on WordPress, compared to some other platforms that basically own your blog, and the content on it, and you only pay a monthly rent. WordPress, on the other hand, is open-source, and it will stay that way forever, making your content truly yours.

Lastly, the flexibility of WordPress is very budget-friendly. You can invest heavily in your website, if you want and if you can afford it, but that is not mandatory. You get to choose your hosting, themes, plugins. There are free options for almost everything, and you can get your website going for really cheap.

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