MAKE MONEY #27: Sell Stock Photos and Be a Bestseller

Difficulty: 2 (EASY)

Initial Investment: 2 (LOW)


Good For: Students, Photographers, Artists, Retirees, ALL CREATIVES

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Sell Stock Photos on Stock Photo Sites for Cash

Sell Stock Photos for Money

Who doesn’t love a great photo–especially if you are a blogger or writer who needs quality photo pics for your blog posts? You can get paid to post those quality photos that you take every day on your iPhone or Android. The average user has around 2,100 photos on their smartphone (2022 figures). In 2020, approximately 1,436,300,000,000 photos were predicted to be taken.

No Need to be a Photo Geek

If you love photography or have an eye for great-selling photos, you can get paid to post them on stock photo platforms. They can be faraway travel pics or just everyday shots. It’s up to you. Bloggers and SEO marketers require lots of copyright-free photos for their sites and for their clients. You do not need to be trained in photography, just be sensitive to the kinds of photos that people need.

TIP: Business-oriented images are very popular, of course, and can provide a steady side hustle income. So, think about taking photos of office scenes, computers, meetings, and office buildings to get a steady clientele of people buying your photos.

Where Can I Sell Stock Photos?

Shutterstock and Depositphotos are two of the big names that sell stock photos. They are constantly looking to widen the choices on their sites to include more photographers. Another site to consider is — a very popular stock photo site with over 100,000 or more visitors on any given day. They allow you to add personal watermarks and branding to your work which leads to more visibility–which is better, of course.

TIP: Think MONEY: cryptocurrency images and bank images are quite popular and needed by website owners every day.

How Much Money Can I Make on Stock Photo Sites?

Depending on the quantity, quality and uniqueness of your photos, you can make up anywhere from $200 to $500 a month according to