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« Reply #75 on: March 06, 2017, 15:01 »
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people tend to exaggerate, especially men, the size of their income and we know what the other one is but this is a PG rated site thus I cannot say ... ;)



« Reply #76 on: March 06, 2017, 15:40 »
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people tend to exaggerate, especially men, the size of their income and we know what the other one is but this is a PG rated site thus I cannot say ... ;)
I don't take anything anyone says here about their income seriously....no disrespect to anyone in particular but theres a log of trash being talked..

« Reply #77 on: March 06, 2017, 15:42 »
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What would be the purpose of lying about your income on an anonymous forum?

I think it's more likely that people who don't sell that much don't want to face the reality that other people are in fact doing much better in the same business. It's not as comforting as "oh well, everyone's having a hard time, so it's not my fault"...

« Reply #78 on: March 06, 2017, 15:58 »
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What would be the purpose of lying about your income on an anonymous forum?

I think it's more likely that people who don't sell that much don't want to face the reality that other people are in fact doing much better in the same business. It's not as comforting as "oh well, everyone's having a hard time, so it's not my fault"...
I don't know but I do know non-existent people have been taken off the site who claimed 1,000,000 sales on SS. Its usually the same people who talk about their income who complain of sales doing badly in recent times. What people say may well be true I'm neutral on the subject but as I have no idea who they are I don't take it as gospel.

« Reply #79 on: March 06, 2017, 15:59 »
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I don't know why people lie about it but they do. I wouldn't necessarily believe me either. Doesn't really matter. I would certainly check someone's basic math and knowledge of how revenue and profit works before taking them too seriously. I would also compare what they are saying about the industry with my own figures to see if there is any possibility that it makes sense.

« Reply #80 on: March 06, 2017, 16:08 »
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I don't know why people lie about it but they do. I wouldn't necessarily believe me either. Doesn't really matter. I would certainly check someone's basic math and knowledge of how revenue and profit works before taking them too seriously. I would also compare what they are saying about the industry with my own figures to see if there is any possibility that it makes sense.

Math is easy...

U said double net income of 5000 dollar...is 5000*2=10000
Taxes: where i live and most of western country u pay for this kind of earning from 40% up...so to have a net of 10 u need a gross of at least 17-18... Maybe u live in subsaharian country and pay nothing of taxes.

« Reply #81 on: March 06, 2017, 16:23 »
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I realize you're talking about living well off of little money in many posts, but in general, when it comes to talking about income here it makes little sense to compare figures after tax since everyone lives in different countries.

When numbers are thrown around, it's what we get from the stock sites into our payment provider accounts. I don't care what you paid your mom's friend to model or what the tax rates in your particular country are. I care about how big the payouts are.
« Last Edit: March 06, 2017, 16:26 by increasingdifficulty »

« Reply #82 on: March 06, 2017, 16:32 »
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Math is easy...

U said double net income of 5000 dollar...is 5000*2=10000
Taxes: where i live and most of western country u pay for this kind of earning from 40% up...so to have a net of 10 u need a gross of at least 17-18... Maybe u live in subsaharian country and pay nothing of taxes.
:-X nevermind. Keep doing what you're doing.

« Reply #83 on: March 06, 2017, 16:41 »
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I realize you're talking about living well off of little money in many posts, but in general, when it comes to talking about income here it makes little sense to compare figures after tax since everyone lives in different countries.

When numbers are thrown around, it's what we get from the stock sites into our payment provider accounts. I don't care what you paid your mom's friend to model or what the tax rates in your particular country are. I care about how big the payouts are.

u are right. i just answered this guy. but no problems everybody is right...happiness!!

« Reply #84 on: March 06, 2017, 16:42 »
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Math is easy...

U said double net income of 5000 dollar...is 5000*2=10000
Taxes: where i live and most of western country u pay for this kind of earning from 40% up...so to have a net of 10 u need a gross of at least 17-18... Maybe u live in subsaharian country and pay nothing of taxes.
:-X nevermind. Keep doing what you're doing.

u to:) no problem. but my math was correct:))

ShadySue

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« Reply #85 on: March 06, 2017, 18:08 »
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I realize you're talking about living well off of little money in many posts, but in general, when it comes to talking about income here it makes little sense to compare figures after tax since everyone lives in different countries.

When numbers are thrown around, it's what we get from the stock sites into our payment provider accounts. I don't care what you paid your mom's friend to model or what the tax rates in your particular country are. I care about how big the payouts are.

Payouts are pretty irrelevant if you don't consider expenses, at least in terms of particular expenses used in making the images.

« Reply #86 on: March 06, 2017, 18:32 »
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If you're willing to live in a hut on the beach in a third world/ developing country eating just rice and a few veggies, then, yes there is a living to be made from microstock alone

« Reply #87 on: March 06, 2017, 18:57 »
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If you're willing to live in a hut on the beach in a third world/ developing country eating just rice and a few veggies, then, yes there is a living to be made from microstock alone

I like beaches and I'm vegetarian.  Does the hut has fiber speed internet? 

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« Reply #88 on: March 06, 2017, 19:14 »
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If you're willing to live in a hut on the beach in a third world/ developing country eating just rice and a few veggies, then, yes there is a living to be made from microstock alone

Heck, even with my good paying day job (techie) and my microstock business I live like that on West coast of USA  :(


« Reply #89 on: March 07, 2017, 03:14 »
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Payouts are pretty irrelevant if you don't consider expenses, at least in terms of particular expenses used in making the images.

Not when I hear numbers from other contributors and want to see how much a particular portfolio brings in. It's all just being curious, not deciding whether it's worth copying their pictures and figuring out the cost to do so...

Cost will always be very different. Many of the best images in the world are made using natural light and a free model, while other people feel they need $20,000 worth of studio gear.

« Reply #90 on: March 07, 2017, 03:21 »
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Payouts are pretty irrelevant if you don't consider expenses, at least in terms of particular expenses used in making the images.

Not when I hear numbers from other contributors and want to see how much a particular portfolio brings in. It's all just being curious, not deciding whether it's worth copying their pictures and figuring out the cost to do so...

Cost will always be very different. Many of the best images in the world are made using natural light and a free model, while other people feel they need $20,000 worth of studio gear.
Yes its one piece of the jigsaw if you can get a peek of the port that produced it.

« Reply #91 on: March 08, 2017, 01:10 »
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A dollar per image in one year is pretty close that I am getting with 403 files on the Shutterstock


« Reply #92 on: March 09, 2017, 23:02 »
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You can make a living doing pretty much anything, if you're willing to put the work in.

This business is the same as any other business. There's money, you can have some money, and how much money depends on how much effort you put into it.

« Reply #93 on: March 10, 2017, 03:22 »
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You can make a living doing pretty much anything, if you're willing to put the work in.

This business is the same as any other business. There's money, you can have some money, and how much money depends on how much effort you put into it.
Exactly. There's Pablo Escobar and there's most drug dealers living in their mother's basement.

« Reply #94 on: September 30, 2017, 22:28 »
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Hope some day to live from MS.

Quasarphoto

« Reply #95 on: October 01, 2017, 09:41 »
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Depends where you live and how many files you have. I would say about 10,000 good quality and variety photos would yield some decent income to live in a developing country.

« Reply #96 on: October 01, 2017, 11:19 »
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I do this for a living in video for the past 7 years! I do video mostly and love it! That said you have to work your butt off!!!  https://www.pond5.com/artist/craftedshutter#1/2063

« Reply #97 on: October 01, 2017, 11:38 »
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I do this for a living in video for the past 7 years! I do video mostly and love it! That said you have to work your butt off!!!  https://www.pond5.com/artist/craftedshutter#1/2063

I've always enjoyed your work. Very good stuff.

« Reply #98 on: October 01, 2017, 12:42 »
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The numbers in this thread with regards to earnings and number of people doing it full time are way off.

sure they are much more...a lot of people eran net 5000..i doubt.
Well I don't think I am in the top 200 and make more than that profit. So there's that.

you make more than 5000 dollar net profit every month.ok.

strange i read you always complaining now you make more than 60k net..year. sure.
I make more than double that. Doesn't mean I have to like being shafted by the agencies.

Jonbull, continue complaining and blasting the ones who works hard and do a good liviing. Maybe if you'd spend half the time and energy I see you spending only in this post you would also get 6k+ per month. It does happen, took me 5 years to build but you can get there. Then you need to stay active and follow the market in order to maintain the revenue, but it's part of the job.

« Reply #99 on: October 01, 2017, 22:13 »
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Depends where you live and how many files you have. I would say about 10,000 good quality and variety photos would yield some decent income to live in a developing country.
Thanks!


 

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