Easy Money For Your Smartphone Photos
March 11, 2014

Easy Money For Your Smartphone Photos

As time goes on, I am becoming increasingly confident that it is possible to make money online doing the kinds of things that you might do for free, just for fun. This doesn’t necessarily mean those ads that say “I make $5000 a day sitting in my bedroom!” (not that I have had any particularly bad experiences with those personally, but they just seem a bit too good to be true for most people), but it is possible to make a bit of extra income.

The Internet is still a playground for chancers and scammers, but there are a lot of legitimate opportunities too. One such opportunity is with the app Foap. The idea is simple: upload your photos – smartphone photos are of a high enough quality to qualify – and then if anyone wants to use them, they will pay a small fee.

Having not begun to use the app myself yet, I am a little confused as to the level of payment. ABC News says “Each photograph on Foap sells for $10. The owner gets $5 and Foap gets $5.” But then they go on to give examples of people who have done well on Foap, including Duyum Dulom of California who sold a picture to Heineken for $100, and they also say “MasterCard paid Foap user Adam Hamilton, 42, of Portland, Maine, $500 for this picture of his son playing in the snow. Sneaker and apparel brand Puma paid Hamilton $2,000 for an image.”

Either way, the fee is at least $5 and possibly more, it seems.

Big companies are making use of images on Foap, and along with those above others mentioned are L’Oréal and Sony. Obtaining images through this method is much cheaper for them than paying traditional providers or employing their own photographers, and another reason is that with the advent of social media and widespread Internet presence they have the need for greater and greater numbers of images.

David Los, the co-founder of Foap, points out that natural images capturing the moment are always popular, and this is perhaps easier to attain with normal people taking photos in real situations, than it is in a set up studio version of someone ‘celebrating a birthday,’ for example.

Another potential online money making outlet that I personally have only just started to look at is Fiverr.com. On this site, people offer any service that they think people would use for the fee of $5. Actually, the site takes $1 – which at 20 percent seems quite high – so the fee to the seller is $4. There are quite a few professionals on there whose fee would normally be much higher; the example I can personally give is a proofreader. There is also more novelty stuff of almost endless variety, but the good thing is that people can browse and maybe come across something they think would be fun. It is unlikely, for example, that a maker of quirky fabric beavers would benefit from too many people Googling ‘seeking novelty fabric beaver maker USA,’ but once a Fiverr user spots it, they may just think hey, why not.

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John is a freelance writer from the UK, currently living in Japan and thoroughly enjoying their food and whiskey. His first novel, Three Little Boys, and his travel book, Following Football, are currently available on Amazon.com.

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