Got A Camera? Make $1000 In A Weekend!
Do you have a camera? It doesn't have to be a fancy one. A good digitial camera will be good enough.
You don't need a dark room to develop your photos either. Photo software on your laptop or PC will work just as well. With digital photography, you sell your photos and send them digitally to the buyer. Let them get them developed.
Thousands of people are finding that doing freelance photography on the side is a great way to make extra cash on the side part-time. $1000 in a weekend is even possible.
I would suggest not entering the wedding photographer market just yet. Build up a reputation, portfolio, a website, and more equipment before doing that. Yes, the wedding photographer commands larger fees....baby steps.
A few areas where freelance photographers can make steady cash are:
- Dance School Recitals - All parents want photos of there little girl or boy on the stage. You see them all show up with cameras and camcorders...but here is where you have the advantage - you are in the front row or better yet, backstage! You have the best vantage point. Work with Dance School owners, give them a piece of the action for giving you access. You can even let the owner pre and post market your services to the paretns!
- Children's Sports Photos - Same concept as the dance recital. Youth sports are huge on the weekend. Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, etc. Talk to the town Recreation Directors, President of the Athletic Associations, coaches, etc. Don't offer these people a piece of the action because they are either volunteers or public officials and would certainly be unethical or possibly illegal. However, you can offer to give the association a portion of the revenue. Then the photo shoots become a fundraiser for them and it gives you a tax write off! Another play off of this is to become the "Official Photographer" of an Athletic Association or High School or College Athletic Department. With this moniker, you could even offer to sell your photos to the local newspaper when they have articles about the team and their most recent contest.
- Real Estate Photos - In this competitive marketplace, often the biggest edge is the ability to put pictures of a property in a brochure, newspaper ad, or online. The real estate agent or contractor often does this themselves. but let's be honest here, the photos that they often take are on the run because taking photos isn't making money for them. Contact a real estate agent or contractor and offer to take photos of their listings and projects (for a fee, of course). Because you are not in a rush, you can take as many photos as possible, narrow it down to the best of the lot, and let the agent or contractor choose.
- Churches - Same concept as the Dance Recital or Sports photos. You have a large group of people and one central figure to contact who can essentially do the "marketing" for you. Many congregations now take photos of all of their flock, both individually and as a group.
- Ebay, Auctions, and Antiques - Many people, myself included, want to sell stuff on Ebay, but just can't get to taking the photos.
- Birthday and Graduation Parties - Many people bring cameras to these events and take pictures, but often are not in a position to take the best photos, take photos of their closest friends at the party, or have every intention of taking photos but are too swept up in the party to take photos. You get hired to take photos of the party and are completely objective because you are not part of the party.
There are probably many more ways to do this, but I hope these ideas are a good start.
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