Online Photography Jobs for Teens & College Students

Online photography jobs are one type of online jobs for teens. Photography jobs are great for teens who are creative and love to take photos.

Although job opportunities in this field are a bit limited for teens under 18, it is still possible to make money online with photography despite your age.

For teens under 18 years old, your options include joining a site that allows teens to sell their services or photos or creating your own site to sell your services or photographs on.

Once you are over 18 years old, your options widen and you can sell your photos on stock photography sites or you can join freelance sites and sell your services there.

The following is a list of online photography jobs for teens:Online Photography Jobs for Teens

Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell services starting at $5. One of these services includes photography. One way you can sell your services on Fiverr is to post a listing offering to take a photo of something (a product, a person, etc). The listing can start at $5 but since that is rather low for original photos most of the photographers on the site charge between $20-$45 for photos.

Another way to sell your photography services on Fiverr is to offer stock photos. Stock photos are photos that can be purchased and used for specific purposes such as commercial purposes. The same photos are sold over and over to multiple buyers, instead of to just one buyer, but are sold at a lower rate.

To sell your photos as stock photos, post a listing offering a bundle of royalty-free stock photos for $5. Most of the stock photo gigs offer between 25-35 photos for this price. Mention in the description that they are royalty-free stock photos that can be used for any purpose. You can make the listing for the stock photos on one particular photo subject or you can give the customer a list of photo subjects to choose from, such as animals, fashion, technology, etc.

Fiverr pays via Paypal, Payoneer or direct deposit. Both Paypal and Payoneer require you to be 18 years old to sign up for so you’ll have to use your parent or guardian’s account if you are under 18. Your money may be withdrawn 14 days after the order is marked complete. The minimum age to join is 13 years old.

Etsy

Another place teens can sell their photos is on Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace where artists, photographers, etc can sell their goods online. Some of the goods that can be sold on Etsy are art photographs and prints as well as custom stock photos.

Most art prints and photographs on Etsy sell for between $30 to $100 while stock photos sell for just under $10 for a single custom stock photo with your logo/text/image.

To sell on Etsy you’ll need to open up a shop and post listings for each print or photograph you have available. You must pay a small fee to list each item and Etsy also takes a small commission from each item sold. Payments are made via Paypal after the item has been marked as shipped.

The minimum age to join Etsy is 18 years old but minors are allowed to join if their parent or guardian agrees to be responsible for the account.

Sell Your Photos or Services On Your Own Site

If you’re having trouble finding work on other sites because of your age or etc, you can always start your own website and sell your photos there. It’s also a great way to showcase your work if you want to find work as a freelance photographer. The types of photos you can sell on your site are prints of your original photos or royalty-free stock photos.

Although setting up a website sounds like it would be complicated and expensive it really isn’t. Registering a website only costs between $1-$10 and you can get hosting for between $5-$9 a month. I don’t recommend using a free website on blogspot or etc because you don’t technically own the site and the company can shut you down at any time for any reason. You don’t want to do all that hard work building a business to find out that it has suddenly been shut down one day for no reason.

To sell photos and collect payments on your new site, if you are using wordpress, you can install plugins, such as WordPress Photo Seller Plugin or Sell Media Plugin, which allow you to display and sell your photos and collect payments.

Another thing you’ll have to do if you start your own site is you will need to promote the site in order to find customers. You can do this a number of ways.

One way is by posting an ad on Craigslist. Write an ad describing your photography services (do you sell stock photos, do you specialize in product photography, do you do portraits?) Post the ad by going to the site and clicking on the “Post to Classifieds” link on the upper left sidebar. Then select “service offered” from the menu and then select “creative services” from the next menu. You’ll need to create a Craigslist account if you don’t already have one but they are free and easy to sign up for and there is no minimum age to join.

Once you make a little bit of money from your photography business, you can help grow your business by buying and running ads. Two of the best options are Facebook ads and Google adwords ads. You’ll need a credit card or access to a bank account to do this so ask your parent or guardian if you don’t have one of these.

If you are 18 or older, you can also sell your photos on stock photography websites. These are websites where people can purchase the right to use your photos for commercial purposes. Although photos don’t sell for a lot of money on these sites, usually between a few cents to a few dollars, the upside is you can sell the same photograph over and over to different buyers.

Most of the sites offer non-exclusive rights, which means the photographer keeps the copyright and can sell the images on other stock photography sites. This is a great way to make recurring passive income with your photographs.

The only requirements are the photos have to be professional grade and meet each site’s standard of quality and you have to be at least 18 years old to join.

Some popular stock photography sites are
Shutterstock.com
iStock.com
BigStockPhoto.com

In addition to selling on stock photography sites, if you are over 18 years old you can also sell your photography services on freelance sites such as Upwork.com and you can sell your photos as art prints on sites like FineArtAmerica.com or Artpal.com.

Sources:
Graph Paper Press: How to Successfully Sell Your Photos Online As a Photographer: https://graphpaperpress.com/blog/sell-photos-online/
Fiverr.com: Photography: https://www.fiverr.com/gigs/photography

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