Browse any microstock message board and you will find countless discussions about turning your microstock hobby into a career. Let's face it; this is a fun business to be a part of and if it is at all possible to turn it into a career, we would all jump at the opportunity. But how can we accelerate the process and take steps to move into the professional microstock protographer or illustrator arena?
One of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your hobby into a job (part-time or full-time) is to re-assess your workflow and make changes that shift that workflow into a more efficient, business-oriented process. If you are working in a cluttered area, with many distractions and very little organization, clean up your workspace and create an environment that is more like an office. Create a schedule for yourself, and stick to it. If you only have an hour a day to devote to microstock work, make sure that you put in that hour every day, at around the same time each day.
Finally, make decisions based on good business choices, not personal preferences. Don’t limit your choice of agencies to work with based on your personal feelings about them. We all love Dreamstime, but don't be afraid to explore some other avenues of getting your work sold. Also, don't limit your work to things that are appealing to you. Stock image buyers require a vast array of image types and subject matter, so don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone and explore new ideas.
If you start to think and act like a pro microstocker, you will begin to transform your hobby into a job and your income will reflect this change.