Earn Money Taking Photos, Yes, Maybe, or No?

You have probably heard of people making money selling photos online and figured you could do it too. Well, in this case, you are absolutely right!

I myself was just like you a couple of years ago. I had a good job, but I couldn’t say no to some extra cash every month. So when I got myself my first digital camera, I started taking photos of the things I found interesting. Then, I begun to submit my photos to specialized websites, waiting for the miracle to happen.

Well, it wasn’t a real miracle, but I managed to make a couple hundred dollars during my first month in business. I didn’t see this as a business opportunity, so I kept taking photos just when I was in a certain mood, let’s call it “inspirational”.

It was not until I went on a trip to Thailand that I discovered its true potential. During the 2 weeks spent abroad, I filled the 8 GB memory card I had in my digital camera: almost 4000 photos!

When I got home, I uploaded them to the websites I was working with, expecting some kind of success. But what happened was truly unexpected! During the next 2 months, I made a profit of a little more than $10.000! And I am still getting some residual income from those photos (I get paid every time someone downloads one of my pictures).

The kind of money you can expect to get for a single photo submitted to these specialized websites can be anywhere around $2 to $7, depending on the size and quality of the picture.

Earning $2 every time someone downloads one of your pictures may not seem like much, but if you managed to take a couple hundred pictures every month, it would certainly sum up. And how long could it take you to shoot 200 photos? Two, three hours? That means a profit of about $400 for only a few hours’ work!

And the best part is that you don’t need to be an expert photographer to achieve this. All you need is a digital camera and an Internet connection!

Now before you rush off and buy a Digital Camera, with a huge memory card and start snapping, be aware of some of the difficulties. It is fine to photograph scenes and edifices to your hearts content, but be aware that these photographs are very common and have to be strikingly different to make you sales. What does sell is pictures of people doing unusual and therefore interesting things, and once you include other identifiable people in the photograph you need to get release forms signed by each person in the photo. These need to be kept on file and made available to purchasers if required, usually corporates and larger firms will require evidence of your possession of these documents, Google “photograph release forms” to get some examples and carry them in your camera bag. Signing this form give you express permission to do with that image, anything you wish, without the person or people in the image having any further claim. This can increase the cost of obtaining photographs as many people will not sign without some form of payment, because they know you are thinking of getting some payment. It used to be that picture taken overseas were not as vigorously checked for compliance, but in this age of the internet and global communications, most of the people you take pictures of could find out that you are selling them, even if it is just by chance. The other difficulty with this requirement is that often the best shots are spontaneous, and by the time the picture is taken the person has gone and finding them in a huge metropolis is almost impossible; or your picture is of multiple subjects some who willingly give the release and others who resist. So be warned, it is easy to take the photograph but not necessarily easy to meet all the legal requirements associated with making money from your images.

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E-commerce Explained

E-Commerce is way of doing business transactions electronically.  The word electronically in this context means that in E-Commerce business transactions gets completed via electronic medium. This electronic medium mostly uses computers on Internet. The transaction may also be done through a mobile device, smartphone, iPad, Kindle, Android Tablet then it is mobile commerce. Mobile commerce is a subset of E-Commerce.

Several simple example of E-Commerce includes:
An individual purchases a book on Internet
An individual withdraws funds from ATM
A retailer orders merchandise using an EDI network or suppliers extranet
An individual or business calls a toll free number and orders the requirements using the seller’s interactive telephone system.
A manager orders office supplies for his office using Internet on a commercial website set-up for the seller.
An individual reserves a travel ticket or a room in a hotel using the Internet by surfing the related website using a few clicks of mouse.

A Complex examples could be:
A student visits the website of a bookstore on Internet and makes inquiries about the availability of an out of stock book. The bookstore employee receives the the enquiry and sources a digital copy of the book and responds to the enquiry with the  option and costs. The student agrees and uses a payment processor to pay for download and the book store employee gives the student a key to download the digital book. The bookstore employee harvests the students contact details and areas of interest and adds to a database which will email customers when books of possible interest arrive in the store or are put on sale.

E-Commerce transactions are great for small business as well as large because payment is made before goods are made available for digital download. The only things you should be aware of is:

a) Ensuring that your payment processor links are set-up properly

b) Ensuring that your server for the sales page and downloads is not going to crash because of  bandwidth or data transfer issues with your hosting company, or limitations in your own server set-up.

c) Ensuring that money back guarantee’s are honoured in a timely and friendly manner.

Remember, when you enter the world of digital downloads and E-Commerce that you expose yourself to the wiles of hackers and internet criminals. Ensure you have updated, anti-virus and malware plus I recommend the Avast Internet Security Suite, they have a free program if you want to check it out here http://www.avast.com/index, but any of the numerous anti-virus programs out there will provide you with protection, if you keep it up to date.  This precaution will help protect your financial information from others, who have no right to it. You can play your part as well by changing your passwords to critical accounts and sites.

To facilitate E-Commerce requires you to possess  an attitude that is open to change, innovation etc. Security of information is good if you take the precautions mentioned above and the quality of the product can usually be ascertained by going to forums that discuss the product or products of that type.