While the new year is fresh and it still feels weird to write 2008 instead of 2007, my partner and I have come to the conclusion that selling photos is one of the easier ways we earn money. Why?
1. No customer service! While I love my design clients, they all require after-sales support and recurring billing. Selling a photo is a simpler transaction, and you have Dreamstime to manage the customer service for you!
2. Growth. Each batch of photos you upload increases your earning potential. While my time limits the quantity of design clients I can take on, I'm not limited by the number of photos I can have online.
3. Freedom. Dreamstime don't phone me each time they need to sell a photo. They just send money via PayPal when I've earned enough to submit a request. I can take time off whenever I like.
4. Flexibility. If I want to earn more, I simply shoot and upload more photos. If I have other activities on, like getting married or traveling, I simply do it while my income continues.
For these reasons, I'm taking a calculated risk and committing more time to producing and selling photos in 2008. Of course this will involve a lot of learning if I want to improve my quality as well as quantity, but that'll be fun and rewarding itself.
Wish me luck!