The Christmas period, and the build up to the Christmas period which now starts right after Thanks Giving, is one of the best times of the year to make money with photographs, however you need to be thinking about how to make money with them long before the time.
Even though Christmas trees, decorations, logs on the fire, glasses of mulled wine, the Christmas lunch etc. has been photographed thousands, if not millions, of times before people still buy images of these things, so you should exploit this.
There are several ways to make money with photos, however I only ever focus with one and that is selling my photos via a print on demand store, and the one I use is Zazzle. In my experience, stock photography websites aren’t worth bothering with so rather than waste time with them I would suggest focusing all efforts in to a print on demand store.
Okay, many people say if you’re trying to make money on the internet not to “put your eggs in one basket” however the opportunities to make money with photos on the internet is shrinking so the choices are limited.
The best thing about print on demand stores is as well as using photos on the typical greetings cards, note cards, post cards, calendars and the like there are loads of other products on which to put your images.
With products like necklaces, plates, aprons, t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, tablet sleeves, laptop covers, hoodies, sweat shirts, keychains, pins and badges, lapels, charms, pitchers, watches and clocks, baby clothes, blankets, fleeces, throws, pillows, shower curtains, bath mats…… the list goes on there is a huge potential market to exploit, and a lot of money to be made in the process.
All you need to do with the print on demand stores is upload your photos, add them to whatever products you want to sell your product on, add a bit of text or, better still give the buyer to add the text they want to add, and then place it in the market place for sale. When someone buys a product with your photo on it you earn yourself a commission, and whilst it may seem low once you start making multiple sales every day those commissions soon add up.
One of the best things about the Print on demand stores is they are totally free to use. That’s right, you don’t have to make any financial outlay so there is no risk whatsoever. The print on demand store does everything which leaves you time to go out and capture more photos to make money with or to do a bit of promoting and marketing the products featuring your photos. With print on demand stores you don’t have to buy stock, you don’t have to pay or arrange printing, you don’t have to deal with shipping or none of that – the print on demand store does everything for you, which is really cool.
If you are in the position where you have a hard drive full of Christmas and festive photos not seeing the light of day I would recommend you trawl through them, find the best ones and upload them to a print on demand store, such as Zazzle and try and make some money from them.
Okay, you don’t want people buying personal family Christmas photos, and in all honesty the majority of people wouldn’t anyways but you could put the generic Christmas photos on there. As a rule of thumb I ask myself one question before I upload any photo to Zazzle, and that is “Would I buy a product with this on?”
If the answer is no then I don’t upload it, I mean I only want my best photos out there, but if the answer is yes I upload it, create a range of suitable products with the photo on it and then promote them items to the general public.
I was always told that making money with photos online is hard work and boring. Okay, it is hard work and you have to put in the effort but selling through Zazzle is far from boring, and when those Paypal notifications come in saying you have earned X amount of dollars in the last month it is all worthwhile.
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