You probably don’t know it yet, but we’re sure you’ll find the infographic below very useful one day… or very soon. Given that a good portion of professional creatives like photographers, retouchers, videographers, and graphic designers often lead non-traditional careers, it’s a valuable resource for those who are looking for various non-conventional ways to score gigs and some extra cash.
The infographic by TitleMax, which we spotted on Reddit, lists some 150 apps and websites that we can use to look for all kinds of gigs for earning money outside of traditional jobs. Of course, these already include some of the most commonly used resources by professional photographers and hobbyists for selling their work — stock photography websites like Shutterstock, Alamy, Adobe Stock, and Getty Images. However, multi-disciplinary creatives who also double as writers, bloggers, vloggers, visual artists, designers, illustrators, crafters, will also find a number of resources for these gigs.
Photographer-writers who want to publish their own ebooks, guides, digital publications, and even photo books and zines to sell can turn to self-publishing platforms like Lulu, Blurb, Barnes & Noble Press (previously Nook Press), and Issuu. Likewise, those who double as artists and designers or can use websites like Society6. Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress to convert their photos and artworks into various kinds of merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, stickers, posters, and framed prints. Do you make handcrafted goods or have some vintage stuff lying around? Etsy is the best place to sell those.
A lot of photographers also now make videos about gear, personal projects, travel diaries, and tutorials so it’s not surprising to see YouTube there. So if you’re thinking of going this route, keep at it and you may even get your videos sponsored or monetized through affiliate links. Need to upgrade your photography gear or simply want to clear your studio of old stuff? You can always sell them through eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist. Just be wary of bogus buyers! One thing we’d add there is Patreon, a membership platform that is currently one of the most popular ways for artists and creators to get sustainable income. If you enjoy creating content for an audience — or patrons — who are keen on supporting your work, this is definitely a resource you should explore.
Before you dive into any of these, keep in mind that some of them might charge you with sign-up fees or a percentage of your monthly income or per transaction. Do your research well to see what best works for you.