Many of your hobbies can be turned into business ideas that can make you money. As a digital photographer you can sell those beautiful photographs online. Here are some ways to do that.
Digital photography allows you to capture a variety of images in a variety of formats. For instance, remember when you used to visit the carnival or amusement park and they took those old-fashioned pictures of people? The pictures looked faded, but that was simply a sepia tone. You can create the same effect on your digital camera when you edit a photo.
Stock photography is one of the best ways to break into the online digital photography market. You can sell your photos to others who need pictures for websites, newsletters, magazines and e-zines and other media. Surf the Web lately? Many of the photos look the same. Your photos can add a new flavor to what is currently being offered. There is never any harm in seeing how your images will be perceived.
First, understand how the stock photography business works. On these sites, customers can purchase pictures or lease them for a certain amount of time. On some sites, photos are free to use when signing an agreement of use and including a link back to the site.
As a photographer, you will make more money if your photos are leased as opposed to being sold. The one time sale may net you some cash but the lease will provide a continuous source of income off of that one photograph. And, many people can pay to lease the photograph at one time. Through the leasing process, your work will be viewed by a large audience.
Start by researching current stock photography sites. Find one that offers the leasing option to customers and also has an easy-to-navigate site. Begin here and test the waters with your work.
Now, all you need to do is produce some quality work. Look at other stock photographs. What do they have in common? Are the pictures clear? Can you make out all of the features of the photo? At the least, your photographs need to be clear with the subjects in the foreground.
Another consideration is the type of digital photos you are trying to sell. More of the same that already exists won’t be received well. The stock photography companies are out to make money too. Don’t be afraid to try some new ideas for holiday photos or for everyday photos. They will let you know what does and does not sell.
In the meantime, create a website or blog with links to the stock photography sites featuring your work. This will send more people to view your photographs and may lead to other opportunities in the future.
Empathy or ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’ (before you judge them) is always the key to inter-network communications. We have organizations that protect everyone in the ‘workplace’ from unfair treatment. Yet sometimes people are so abusive and insulting to customer service agents especially when feeling ‘anonymous’ online.
To start out with, the fact is that businesses usually make the ‘ground rules’ for a transaction. The consumers do not walk in and tell them how they are going to do things. Yet some refuse to follow simple directions or protocol when using a helpdesk. Maybe they don’t (won’t) understand because they think it is real technical to have a ‘ticket’ system. So they actually have an aversion to the instructions. They refuse to learn. Supposedly it is everyone else’s responsibility to take up the slack for that.
Yet if they can even do email they may be capable of understanding the concept of a ‘thread’ where there are back and forth replies – we write to someone, they write back in REPLY to our communication, and then we make further comments and send it back to them again and on and on.
Nobody in their right mind would expect a conversation to go back and forth over time by making separate individual emails that reference some unknown other communication but not include the actual details. Without the HISTORY being there in the same document of what we are discussing, it is difficult if not impossible to follow the conversation and give a coherent reply.
Yet people insist the helpdesk/customer service should pay attention to them even if they submit 5 tickets for the same issue, and worse, never acknowledging having received a response previously or any clue what the current status of the issue is. Unless you require them to go and look up their previous ticket themselves to read the details of the situation, you will be forced to either use cold canned (generalized) messages or to spend an inordinate amount of time repeating things over and over times 100 different people, and doing research for them all, just to know what they are saying.
They expect customer service to follow 100 conversations that go on over weeks, when they contact ‘support’ again about the same issue — without even using their last name or membership ID – NOthing – like they are the center of the universe, and you should know it is them and if not then it is on you to try to figure it out (and give a coherent reply to the question or issue).
These ‘folks’ are so zoned out in their entitlement mentality that they actually make it difficult if not impossible to assist them. It is like they ‘shoot themselves in the foot’ because they refuse to follow the directions or to cooperate with the business or corporate operating procedure. So instead of being helped with their initial problem, the agent is forced to try to get enough information to proceed with techical or administrative support. And in some cases each time it is like who is this person? Does the situation sound familiar?
So pretend like it is you and try to treat people as you would like to be treated. Be professional, polite, and give people the respect to follow their directions if you are at their website, business or program, particularly when you are asking for help. Try to be logical about giving them the details they need to understand what you want. Your full name, membership ID, domain name, email address that you use for that program, anything to help identify yourself.
If you are being asked for help, then of course you should attempt to help as many people as you can as best as you can. To ’empathize’ with other ‘helpers,’ pretend you are preparing to provide answers or solutions when you realize you don’t know the question or who is asking. You really want to do your best, but you haven’t been given the necessary details.
If you contact ‘support,’ and you mean that something ‘doesn’t work’ or that you ‘can’t’ do something, then describe what you mean by that – do you get error messages? what do the error messages say? Or a blank screen? what is the address or URL of the website where the problem happened? What were you doing when it happened?
It’s a revenue sharing business relationship between the affiliate who agrees to promote the products or services, and the merchant who gives them.
The affiliate advertises the product owner’s services and will get a commission for each profitable referral. Every time a buyer is referred to the merchant’s website, via the affiliate’s efforts, and makes a purchase order, the affiliate gets a share of the profit. No fee is as a result of affiliate until profitable outcomes are realized. Compensation is based on either number of visits (Pay-per-click), registrant (Pay-per-lead), or commission for each sale (Pay-per-sale).
The opportunity to earn in affiliate Internet marketing can solely be limited by the affiliate’s willpower, creativity and strategy. It is a brilliant method to earn online, and also you would not have to provide your personal product or service to make a buck. By advertising your product owner’s products passionately, you get more in return. Making an Income in Internet affiliate marketing often start small but can get larger fast because the marketing campaign begins to build up steam.
There are a lot of ways that an affiliate marketer can do to maximize their profits.
If you ask any affiliate marketerhow many affiliate checks they’d want to receive, they may most certainly want to get as many as possible. Some affiliate checks are small, amounting to nothing greater than $25. While others are giant and may simply reach the hundreds and even more. Over time, these affiliate checks could build up to a very spectacular amount. Nevertheless, making a fortune in affiliate marketing is just not instant. You must put in sufficient work and effort as well. You have to use your imagination to seek out more ways to draw extra net traffic that can convert to gross sales for the merchant and revenue for you as well.
What number of affiliate checks do you want to obtain?
Most affiliate marketers will enthusiastically reply that they want to receive as many affiliate checks as possible. Nonetheless, is it as simple as it sounds? Does becoming a member of many affiliate marketers guarantee extra affiliate checks that actually amount to one thing? The answer is no, most affiliate marketers assume that joining multiple affiliate applications is a clever option. Because, it is vitally simple to hitch affiliate packages, and there may be really nothing to lose, affiliate entrepreneurs are tempted to join as many applications they can get their palms on. Thus, they fail to offer their affiliate packages enough attention and work that they ought to receive. The maximum potential of the affiliate programs are usually not realized and the resulting earnings from these programs will almost definitely be disappointing.
The best way to realize multiple streams of earnings is to focus on one associates program first. Select a product or service that you can promote passionately. Choose a product by which you could have full trust. The best services and products to promote are those who you utilize personally. Your prospects will have the ability to sense your sincerity every time you promote a product that you’ve experienced. This can enormously improve your credibility in addition to your product’s marketability and will actually encourage your prospect to purchase or get the product or service.
-then you may proceed to becoming a member of another affiliate program and repeat the process.
“Too much, too quickly” is a typical pitfall in affiliate marketing. Joining too many affiliate packages concurrently in the hopes of getting multiple streams of revenue simply doesn’t work.
Focus first on one associates program and work on it in order that it makes an excellent profit. Then, go find one other promising program and give it your best effort. The question should not be what number of affiliate checks you need to obtain, however what number of “excessive-paying” affiliate checks you can receive. The reply lies in your determination to succeed and dedication to maximize your earning potential. With the right instruments, the fitting actions, and perseverance you’ll be able to positively make an excellent revenue out of affiliate marketing.
I was once asked the following question by someone on my email list: “If there’s some advice you wish you’d received before starting an online business, what would it be?.” It’s a great question, and one I’ll examine here as I’d imagine my answer would be very useful to all those about to embark on the amazing adventure of beginning, and hopefully growing, a profitable online venture.
Anyone I’ve ever met in business will agree on one thing. It takes a huge amount of work and effort to start and grow a business. And it’s a continual, and often steep, learning curve every step of the way.
The best thing you can do on starting out is to have accurate expectations on what your journey to success will be like.
So don’t buy into the hype that is sometimes still perpetuated about the possibilities for overnight success, about the ‘4 hour work week,’ the ease with which you can grow a successful business, and so on. If you believe that when you first start in business, or that there’s a ‘secret key’ to success, you’re setting yourself up for early disillusionment, demotivation, and failure.
On the other hand, if you’re ready to put the work in, to meet the challenge head on, and throw everything you’ve got at it (and then some!), you’re far more likely to succeed.
For the first few months at least – but more realistically, years – it can involve twelve hour days (often more), seven days a week. It’s all consuming, and can take over every aspect of your life as you know it.
You need the absolute dedication, commitment and drive it takes to succeed. Even when ‘successful,’ there will be bumps in the road, down times, times when it seems nothing’s going your way and you feel close to accepting defeat and giving in.
But it’s at times like these when the wheat’s separated from the chaff, and true success is actually created. You pick yourself up off the floor yet again, figure out what the experience is trying to teach you, and keep on going on. One thing’s guaranteed – if you do stop, you fail. If you’re going to succeed, failure’s not an option.
(Study the back-story of anyone who you consider to be very successful, and you’ll find they’ve all had their moments. For example, the vast majority have been through bankruptcy, and some of those more than once. Just one example would be Donald Trump who has so far filed for bankruptcy four times.)
So in summary, prepare for hard work, give it all you’ve got, and persevere through the hard times. Ultimately, the rewards are there if you’re prepared to rise to the challenge. And the best reward is actually the journey itself.
Don’t Fear Failure – Just Do It Anyway
It might be a good idea to pick up a copy of Susan Jeffers’ best-selling book, ‘Feel The Fear … And Do It Anyway’.
So many people never start their business in the first place simply because they fear it won’t work, they’ll be made to look a fool, they’ll lose everything, and so on. Or they’ll find excuses in the form of other things they need to do first before they can start – but ultimately all rooted in fear of failure.
And so they never become all they can be, never reach their full potential in terms of what they can offer to the world, and live a life of regrets and unfulfilled dreams.
That’s not just a loss to them, but a loss to the rest of society in terms of the unique value they could have offered.
So my best advice would be to acknowledge you’re fearful – that’s perfectly normal – but just to start anyway and see where your journey takes you. Unless you start, you’ve failed before you’ve even begun – and to me that’s a great deal more scary than embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.
Define Your Goals – And Maintain Your Focus
Any journey needs a destination, and starting an online business is no different.
In starting a business, you need to decide what your goals are. And be precise. What exactly are you looking to achieve?
Once they’re defined, you then need to fully commit to achieving them. I don’t want to get too metaphysical, but the universe has an uncanny knack of conspiring to deliver what you’re fully focused on achieving.
Keep focusing on your goals until you achieve them. Find what works for you in order to keep your focus laser-sharp. For example, stick them on the wall or your bathroom mirror, convert them into affirmations to recite day and night, commit to achieving them with friends and family, or any combination.
Finally, understand that while focus on your goals is important, they’re not set in stone. Circumstances change, as do your own needs and desires, and you should be willing to adjust them as you go forward. If your goals no longer make sense for you or stop resonating, adjust them accordingly. They can be as flexible as you need them to be, but the important point is to know where you’re headed and what you’re working towards.
Avoid Information Overload – Find Some Key Mentors
There’s so much information out there, a lot of it contradictory, it can leave you in a form of analysis paralysis and you just don’t know which way to go. That’s true whether you’re just starting an online business, or you’re five years down the road.
The truth is, there is no right way, different tactics and strategies will work for different businesses at different times, and may or may not work for you.
I’d advise to follow a few key mentors, and use their information to guide you, but ultimately you need to find out for yourself whether something works or not and your own experience will increasingly become your guide.
Listen To Your Market – And Adjust Accordingly
As your business develops and you start gathering leads and your first few sales, you’ll start receiving feedback. This may be negative or positive, but the negative messages you receive will actually be most useful for the ongoing success of your online business.
– What are your customers frustrated by? What could you deliver to ensure greater levels of satisfaction, and thereby hopefully increasing levels of referrals to other potential customers for your business?
– What are your leads or prospective customers asking you about? Are you delivering what they are looking for? It could be that your original idea for a business needs completely overhauling in order to actually deliver what the market is looking for.
If so, don’t stubbornly stick to your original idea when a potentially far more profitable one is staring you in the face. Many successful businesses end up delivering products and services radically different from ones the business owner originally envisaged.
The best type of market research isn’t doing endless surveys before you even start a online business. It’s diving straight in, and then listening carefully to your market and adjusting your business accordingly to match.
Ultimately, however, the most important advice would be that you need to decide to succeed and absolutely commit to it. There can be no turning back or retreating to your old, familiar zones of comfort. It’s got to be something you commit to at a deep, internal level.
As Tony Robbins once said, “It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”