If you love taking pictures, setting your own schedule, working where you want, and doing what you want, then we have the career for you: freelance photography.
But where to start? Keep your profile and parts portfolio in as many places as possible. Having too much work is better than not having enough. And there are plenty of websites out there to help freelance photographers like you stay in business.
Here at ZipBooks we want to help small businesses like yours. So, here’s a short list of sites that are looking for photography like yours:
Journalism Jobs: Since most of the jobs are related to traditional journalism (writing, reporting, editing, etc.), search for jobs related to photojournalism. Users can save the jobs that really interest them while they craft the perfect pitch.
Upwork: An old stalwart with new(ish) branding. Upwork is the lovechild of Elance and Odesk and is a great spot for freelance photographers. Land the golden client and make some money.
Flexjobs: A site dedicated to telecommuters. Use it to find the right freelance photography job anywhere in North America.
People Per Hour: Connects talented freelancers with those looking for some good photography. Sounds like a win-win.
Get Photography Jobs: Use this website to find photography jobs specific to each state. Great for the freelancer that isn’t interested in being stationary.
Freelancer: Find the perfect client by browsing available projects and jobs. Sign up and make it happen.
Thumbtack: Helps put local professionals in touch with potential customers.
LinkedIn: LinkedIn may consider themselves part of social media, but that isn’t their only value. Use the site to find potential freelance photo opportunities.
Reddit: The PhotographyJobs subreddit is a solid spot to check in regularly, especially if you are already active on Reddit.
Craigslist: It may not be quite the bustling job center that it once was, but photographers can still use it to search for local freelance jobs.
For those that truly want to make money shooting what they want, try selling your work to a few of these websites that specialize in high-end stock photography.
ShutterStock: They’ve paid over $500 million total to their contributors. Get in on that money.
123RF: Another big player in the stock photo game is looking for contributors. Earn up to 60 percent of commissions when users buy your shots.
BIGSTOCK: They’re partnered with ShutterStock and are looking for good photographers. Users can keep the copyrights to their photos.
Paid Pictures: Simply submit seven pictures for review and get ready to make some money if approved for more shots.
FOAP: Sure, the name is weird, but the concept is solid. Sell pictures straight from your phone. Download the app and get ready to shoot some great pictures.
Fotolia and Adobe Stock: Sell your pictures to the world’s largest creative community. Simply create an Adobe ID and get going.
There are plenty of industries that need specific pictures, or have a clientele looking for specific pictures. Here is a short list of places to check:
Online Profile Pros: Submit your application here to give you access to a huge network of people looking for stellar profile pictures for their dating profiles and such.
Magic Memories: They may not have the most glamorous jobs, but for people looking to break into photography, this could be a good first step.
Obeo: Join up with Obeo to shoot photos for virtual tours of real estate. Use that experience to show your versatility.
Users can also scour the giant lists of available jobs at employment aggregators. Here are a few of the more popular options for freelance photographers:
Show off your skills. Use social media and other websites to effectively showcase your talent to an ever-increasing audience.
Create a website that displays your talents and portfolio. Use that as a starting point to branch out to marketing yourself via social media and more traditional freelance channels.
Facebook: Using social media is a great way to get some traction in the freelance market. Create a Facebook page for your photography, include your contact and website information, and update your portfolio often.
Twitter: Twitter is a great place to gain work by interacting directly with your customers and other businesses that are making creative decisions. Twitter gives users the chance to network and put their product on a seemingly open market.
Instagram: The beating heart of any social-media savvy freelance photographer. Think of it as a curated dating profile to spark businesses’ interest without a need to commit right away.
Now that you have the tools and resources needed to make the leap into freelance photography, get your name out there and get some contracts.
Tim is Founder and CEO of ZipBooks. He keeps his desk really nice and neat.