I will show you one of the best methods you can use for making a passive income. Millions of people are using this method to make a living, they are selling stock photography on stock websites.
You probably heard about selling stock photos, but you don’t know how it’s done, and how much money you can make.
I will show you how to start working with this method and I will explain why this stock photos method is still worth it.
What is stock photography?
Website owners, magazine owners, newspapers, and basically every other media need photos, and they are willing to buy them so they don’t have to spend resources in making unique and high-quality photos.
Now, there are many stock photography websites where you can upload your unique photos and if someone buys them, you will get a commission from each sale.
Why would someone even buy my photo?
Every single online article, blog, news website, newspaper, or magazine contains photos, and you can’t just use someone else photo without their permission, so website owners go to stock sites and they buy photos for commercial usage.
For example, someone writes an article about cats, and they need some nice cat photos, if they don’t have a camera they can’t really take a nice photo for their article.
They will go to the Stock website and they will look for cat photos there. If you uploaded some cat photos there, and if they buy your photo for their article, a Stock website will take give you 50% commission from that purchase.
What do I get from that?
You will get a commission for each sale, so if someone buys your photo you will get anything between 25 cents up to ten dollars per sale.
Some sites will pay more, some sites will pay less.
Start Making Money with Stock Photography
First, you need to collect some stock photos, if you are a professional photographer you probably have a million different images on your PC or your SD cards, so you just need to edit them, adjust colors, if you don’t know how there are a lot of tutorial on Youtube.
The next thing you have to do is register your account on some Stock website, I will list you few most popular sites:
If you want to make more money you should sell photos on multiple sites, not just one.
Some sites will just reject some of your photos, and you should not worry about it, there are a few reasons why they reject your photos, they will send you an explanation, the most common reasons are low quality, bad description, duplicated image…
You need a professional camera, so you can sell High-Quality images.
Even if you have a good camera you need to edit your photos, add some contrast, adjust colors, make them look professional.
How Much can you Make Selling Stock Photos
I contacted a few stock photographers and most of them make are making $0.5 per month per uploaded photo. (on average)
If you can upload 3 photos per day, that’s 90 photos per month.
After a few months of constant uploading, you would become professional and you will be able to upload 5 photos per day. (at least)
Some of these stock photo sellers uploaded more than 100,000 photos, and if they make just $0.5 per photo per month, 100,000 photos would make them $50,000 per month.
And guess what, this is one great example of a steady passive income, once you upload your photo, it will start making a passive income for life.
Also, check my article on How to sell T-Shirts on Teespring and make money.