Online part time job idea 16: Run your own stock photography store

Online part time job idea 16: Run your own stock photography store

The very first online part time job idea that I posted was selling your own stock photography. The primary reason for suggesting that was because stock photos are in very high demand, with creative agencies always looking for fresh and new photos for their digital and print products. All you need to do to become a stock photographer is to take some nice photos, upload them at any of the the major online stock photo agencies, and let them sell the photos for you. Nearly anyone can make money doing it.

However, there is a way to increase those earnings in a major way: run your own site and sell other people’s stock photos. This is a perfect option for anyone who doesn’t feel very comfortable behind the lens of a camera, and once you have your online store set up, it truly is a part time online job. All you have to do is sit back and let the store run itself.

Setting up a stock photo store is easy to do

Guess what? There is a company called Ktools that sells a pre-built stock photography store template which is extremely robust and powerful. All you have to do is buy a licensed copy, upload it to your web host, and you’re instantly in business. You don’t need to write any code or do anything complex – the setup process is quick and easy with easy to follow instructions. They will even install it for you for FREE if you prefer. It’s an awesome deal all around.

Once you have everything set up, you can begin promoting it via Facebook and Twitter to attract photographers. And since Photostore is completely automated and self-running, your photographers can upload and manage their content by themselves. You won’t have to do anything.

I recommend playing with the live demo on their website – it will give you a very good sense of what this product can do.

Have you thought about running your own photography blog?

If you’re not too keen on the idea of building a full e-commerce store to sell your own photography (but you still want to sell your work), I highly recommend blogging instead. Why?

  • It’s simpler than setting up an online store with an integrated shopping cart system
  • It’s more casual. Blogs are much better tools for helping your audience get to know you.

Anyway, I wrote an entire post which explains how to start a photography blog, so do check that out if it seems like it’s something you’d like to explore.

Prerequisites for running your own online stock photography store:

Start up costs:
The cost of Photostore ($250-400, depending on the package you buy), and the cost of web hosting. In the beginning, you don’t need a lot of web space so you probably won’t have to pay more than $10/mo for a good host.

Potential earnings:
The sky is the limit. There are plenty of people making a living running stock photo web sties part time.

A major key to success with this online part time job is making sure that you are selling top-quality photos. You’ll have even more success if you sell photos that are exclusive to your site and aren’t available anywhere else. Stock photography is a business where quality sells, and your store will be in demand if it’s filled with good stuff that nobody else has.

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