From stock photo hobbyist to microstock pro

© Mocker
Browse any microstock message board and you will find countless discussions about turning your microstock hobby into a career. Let's face it; this is a fun business to be a part of and if it is at all possible to turn it into a career, we would all jump at the opportunity. But how can we accelerate the process and take steps to move into the professional microstock protographer or illustrator arena?

One of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your hobby into a job (part-time or full-time) is to re-assess your workflow and make changes that shift that workflow into a more efficient, business-oriented process. If you are working in a cluttered area, with many distractions and very little organization, clean up your workspace and create an environment that is more like an office. Create a schedule for yourself, and stick to it. If you only have an hour a day to devote to microstock work, make sure that you put in that hour every day, at around the same time each day.

Finally, make decisions based on good business choices, not personal preferences. Don’t limit your choice of agencies to work with based on your personal feelings about them. We all love Dreamstime, but don't be afraid to explore some other avenues of getting your work sold. Also, don't limit your work to things that are appealing to you. Stock image buyers require a vast array of image types and subject matter, so don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone and explore new ideas.

If you start to think and act like a pro microstocker, you will begin to transform your hobby into a job and your income will reflect this change.

Photo credits: Mocker.

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March 01, 2010


Good pointers and an encouraging blog. Thanks.

February 17, 2010


Excellent advice.

February 17, 2010


Nice post Mike :) I need to de-clutter my workspace, myself. Still working on that, going on 4 years -hahhah

February 17, 2010


Great advice.... need to follow ur advice.

February 17, 2010


thank you for the great advices,very welcome!

February 17, 2010


thanks for the advice - your port is great, well done :)

February 16, 2010


Actually, David, that's after less than 3 years here. I started in April 2007. It's still not quite enough to make a full-time living on, but I do treat this like a business and dedicate a significant amount of time to it. And it has certainly paid off.

February 16, 2010


Its incredible 411 images and over 5000 downloads albeit over 4 or 5 years. If you have other markets then it must be possible to generate at least a modest income. Your advice is very welcome and gratefully accepted. David.

February 16, 2010


" We all love Dreamstime, but don't be afraid to explore some other avenues of getting your work sold."

Good point. And great pictures. I like them, keep working.

I wish you all luck.

February 16, 2010


Thanks for the business tips. You have a wonderful portfolio and your sales are great!

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