As a stay at home mom looking for supplemental income, the most important thing we can do is to look for a way to earn money with one of our hobbies or interests. Making money at home does not have to be direct sales or network marketing. There are infinite possibilities available to make money at home.
One hobby my sister has always loved is photography. Since we were little, she used to pour thorough photo books, and take various pictures of strange objects with her camera. Once digital cameras came on the marketplace, she has had one on her at all times. But she never really went to any class on learning how to take professional photos. So imagine her happy surprise when she realized how easy it was to earn additional income through her digital photography hobby, despite the fact that she had no formal training! There are many ways you can earn money with your digital camera at home. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. Selling Stock Photos
There is a huge online market for royalty free stock photos. Simply put, photographers, both professional and new amateurs just coming on the market, take a wide variety of photos on everything. These photos can be of people, places, things, events, you name it. The photos are then uploaded to one of dozens of profitable stock photo sites where individuals and companies all over the world can purchase the rights to use them for a relatively low price. They then use these photos royalty free on their website, in promotional materials for their companies, and for other uses. The photographer gets paid for each person who buys their photo. The more photos they take, the more money they make!
2. Photography Field Services
A little known way of making money with your digital camera is by taking pictures for insurance companies and financial institutions. Whenever a home loan is refinanced, the financial institution will pay a photographer to go out to the property and take a few snapshots of the home for appraisal purposes. The photographer does not interact with the home owners, and is generally paid a very decent fee. This type of work can also be done for foreclosures, repossessions, insurance claims, and other types of insurance and financial institution needs. The photographer generally needs little to no experience in order to get these types of positions. The best part about doing these first two types of digital photography work is that you can usually take your children with you! The perfect work at home solution for a mother who has small children at home.
3. Freelance Photography
Once your photography skills improve, you can even branch out into your own freelance photography business. There are many different options for this type of work. You can take pictures professionally for occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, graduation, and new babies. Or you can even start to take photos to submit to magazines and news publications. There is a huge, growing market in this field.
4. Mystery Shop Audits
For those who are familiar with secret shopping or mystery shopping, adding in your skills as a digital photographer can come in handy. Many mystery shop companies have auditing assignments available which require a few photos to be taken. The pay for these shops is generally low, about what a typical mystery shop would pay, but the amount of paperwork to be filled out is usually less, making audits an attractive addition to your mystery shopping skills. My sister, the family photographer, is currently taking stock photos to list up on one of the major sites. She is excited to be putting her favorite hobby to use, and plans on eventually making this her full-time income.