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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2019, 22:14 »
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Phew - what a month! $9650 earned from my activities.



OK - it is the first of April, but it was a very good month - best ever, with $3663 earned. Full details, as usual, are here: https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/04/april-1-report-on-earnings-from-stock-photos/

If you want an email each time I post something on the blog, you can sign up in the top right. I'm going to work on a what sold where post in the next day or two.

Steve
Great post.

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angelawaye

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« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2019, 20:57 »
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Nice job! Very impressed! Not sure how you can support DP though. They are an awful agency.

« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2019, 22:32 »
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I'm confused... did you earn $9,650 or $3663?

Your post says $9650, yet - you only list $3663???

steheap

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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2019, 09:00 »
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I'm confused... did you earn $9,650 or $3663?

Your post says $9650, yet - you only list $3663???

My attempt at an April Fools report was perhaps too subtle. It was, of course, $3663. I thought the rest of the post made that clear. Sorry.

Steve

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« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2019, 09:37 »
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Phew - what a month! $9650 earned from my activities.

OK - it is the first of April, but it was a very good month - best ever, with $3663 earned. Full details, as usual, are here: https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/04/april-1-report-on-earnings-from-stock-photos/

If you want an email each time I post something on the blog, you can sign up in the top right. I'm going to work on a what sold where post in the next day or two.

Steve

Still good in any case, nice to see that people who work hard are making decent returns for their efforts.


« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2019, 09:40 »
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I'm confused... did you earn $9,650 or $3663?

Your post says $9650, yet - you only list $3663???

My attempt at an April Fools report was perhaps too subtle. It was, of course, $3663. I thought the rest of the post made that clear. Sorry.

Steve

Ah,kk. For me - $9650/month in royalty sales would be a good wage. Still $3,663 is quite good. I believe after about $3,000/month in sales (at least for north america) - then it starts to become 'livable' if you are living in a small to mid-sized city. Anything above that starts to become fun money :)

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2019, 09:45 »
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I'm confused... did you earn $9,650 or $3663?

Your post says $9650, yet - you only list $3663???

My attempt at an April Fools report was perhaps too subtle. It was, of course, $3663. I thought the rest of the post made that clear. Sorry.

Steve

Ah,kk. For me - $9650/month in royalty sales would be a good wage. Still $3,663 is quite good. I believe after about $3,000/month in sales (at least for north america) - then it starts to become 'livable' if you are living in a small to mid-sized city. Anything above that starts to become fun money :)

Or like myself, have four other sources of income, so I can continue to "make money" on Microstock?  ;D

steheap

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« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2019, 09:55 »
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Yes, I was going to say that - I don't see any path to creating a living wage (in the USA) out of this activity. The headwinds are too strong. But as a supplemental income stream, it is fine.

Incidentally, I'm impressed with Society6 as a place for more artistic shots. I've only got 32 pictures there, and my store has been open for no more than 6 months perhaps, but I get $20-$30 a month from it. Again, not fantastic in the grand scheme of things, but getting arty shots onto someone's wall does feel better than seeing a shot of a bitcoin on a webpage somewhere. I wrote about my latest sale on my blog today.
https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/04/society6-more-sales/

Steve

« Reply #33 on: April 05, 2019, 10:00 »
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I'm confused... did you earn $9,650 or $3663?

Your post says $9650, yet - you only list $3663???

My attempt at an April Fools report was perhaps too subtle. It was, of course, $3663. I thought the rest of the post made that clear. Sorry.

Steve

Ah,kk. For me - $9650/month in royalty sales would be a good wage. Still $3,663 is quite good. I believe after about $3,000/month in sales (at least for north america) - then it starts to become 'livable' if you are living in a small to mid-sized city. Anything above that starts to become fun money :)

Or like myself, have four other sources of income, so I can continue to "make money" on Microstock?  ;D

Cool, what else do you do/what types of income sources? (Me too for that matter - but I think it would be fantastic to make a living from doing this, because it is quite fun!)

Brasilnut

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« Reply #34 on: April 05, 2019, 10:16 »
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For me - $9650/month in royalty sales would be a good wage. Still $3,663 is quite good. I believe after about $3,000/month in sales (at least for north america) - then it starts to become 'livable' if you are living in a small to mid-sized city. Anything above that starts to become fun money :)

$3k/month goes long ways in most parts of the world! I'm in Portugal where the minimum wage is relatively low for European standards at $700/month.

$3k/month is a huge salary here. Same goes for microstock hot-spots such as Ukraine and Thailand.

« Reply #35 on: April 05, 2019, 10:27 »
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For me - $9650/month in royalty sales would be a good wage. Still $3,663 is quite good. I believe after about $3,000/month in sales (at least for north america) - then it starts to become 'livable' if you are living in a small to mid-sized city. Anything above that starts to become fun money :)

$3k/month goes long ways in most parts of the world! I'm in Portugal where the minimum wage is relatively low for European standards at $700/month.

$3k/month is a huge salary here. Same goes for microstock hot-spots such as Ukraine and Thailand.

Ah, where I live, $3k usd/month pays the basic bills (living, food, internet, rent - not owning, etc). You need more than that to start to do fun stuff.

« Reply #36 on: April 05, 2019, 11:46 »
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For me - $9650/month in royalty sales would be a good wage. Still $3,663 is quite good. I believe after about $3,000/month in sales (at least for north america) - then it starts to become 'livable' if you are living in a small to mid-sized city. Anything above that starts to become fun money :)

$3k/month goes long ways in most parts of the world! I'm in Portugal where the minimum wage is relatively low for European standards at $700/month.

$3k/month is a huge salary here. Same goes for microstock hot-spots such as Ukraine and Thailand.

Ah, where I live, $3k usd/month pays the basic bills (living, food, internet, rent - not owning, etc). You need more than that to start to do fun stuff.
$3K income is not $3k salary though....you have the costs associated with producing the work. Paying models, props, travel equipment etc. If you can clear $3k after that I would say in most places i'e not major cities that's plenty for a fairly decent but modest lifestyle.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #37 on: April 05, 2019, 11:51 »
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I'm confused... did you earn $9,650 or $3663?

Your post says $9650, yet - you only list $3663???

My attempt at an April Fools report was perhaps too subtle. It was, of course, $3663. I thought the rest of the post made that clear. Sorry.

Steve

Ah,kk. For me - $9650/month in royalty sales would be a good wage. Still $3,663 is quite good. I believe after about $3,000/month in sales (at least for north america) - then it starts to become 'livable' if you are living in a small to mid-sized city. Anything above that starts to become fun money :)

Or like myself, have four other sources of income, so I can continue to "make money" on Microstock?  ;D

Cool, what else do you do/what types of income sources? (Me too for that matter - but I think it would be fantastic to make a living from doing this, because it is quite fun!)

I'm 100% behind your "quite fun" assessment.

I have been self employed since about 1970, always had second job, played in bands, managed a bowling alley, bartender, to make ends meet, so there for being your own boss. Not as great as it sounds. No benefits at all except no BS office politics and when I golfed I could come in at 9AM and no one asked me why I was late.

That business is pretty much dead, but a few good customers left. Since I am the business, my photo expenses, some of them, I track and they are a deduction. I depreciate the camera equipment, track miles for some events, and have a large buffer unclaimed, in case I ever get audited again. I'll just say, Keep Good Records!

eBay, I buy at auctions, sell on eBay. I don't do that intense find sales kind of buy and sell that some do, but for someone who wished to do that, there are ways to buy locally and sell on Amazon and eBay for a good profit. I just do research and try to cherry pick things that I can flip easy. I also have bought at resale shops or garage sales (trunk sales) and taken to the auctions. It's hit and miss. For eBay I stay away from trendy items, too much variability, breakables and antiques. Anything small that's easy to ship is the top of my list.

Rich Uncle (made that up, I always wanted one though?) No inheritance, no IRA, sold almost all my stock that I accumulated since the early 70s. That paid off all my debts so I could start over. That was a source of income until last year, last was buying a better used car. Also used last savings to buy an abandoned home, which is cheaper than paying rent. That's not income, it's more about cutting expenses. Office is in the back bedroom now, more expense cutting.

Social Security. It's nice to get some "free money" every month. Not nearly a living income, and keep in mind, unlike being employed, I paid in 100% not 50%. Another reason why self employed only sounds good.  ::)

Safety team, flagging and communications, independent contractor for assorted race groups and race tracks. Day work, Summer only, April to Mid-October. Nice people and great fun! If life at this point is about fun at doing what I enjoy, I've hit the sweet spot at 72.  ;D

Photography led to those connections, while working at the tracks led to more access for photography, magazine, website and media connections. Nice two way relationship. Lots of time and work for a "retired" guy?

« Reply #38 on: April 05, 2019, 12:13 »
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Wow. An interesting life.
People usually talk past in a "look at me" and giving advices way.

You give so many ideas and options and in a so cool manner.
I rarely compliment unknown people online, so:
Thanks for this post.

:)


Brasilnut

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« Reply #39 on: April 30, 2019, 16:06 »
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« Reply #40 on: April 30, 2019, 16:17 »
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April 2019 earnings report is out with a special Turd of the Month Award!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/04/30/brutally-honest-earnings-report-april-2019-including-turd-of-the-month-agency/
Thanks for posting. I would have thought Wemark should be the turd contenders. I have uploading on hold until I see some evidence they have sold anything!!!!

Brasilnut

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« Reply #41 on: April 30, 2019, 16:22 »
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April 2019 earnings report is out with a special Turd of the Month Award!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/04/30/brutally-honest-earnings-report-april-2019-including-turd-of-the-month-agency/
Thanks for posting. I would have thought Wemark should be the turd contenders. I have uploading on hold until I see some evidence they have sold anything!!!!

Thanks! Certainly strong contenders for the next months. I'm willing to give them a bit more time though...

I believe that Steve has had a few sales on there, so that's encouraging.


« Reply #42 on: April 30, 2019, 16:29 »
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April 2019 earnings report is out with a special Turd of the Month Award!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/04/30/brutally-honest-earnings-report-april-2019-including-turd-of-the-month-agency/
Thanks for posting. I would have thought Wemark should be the turd contenders. I have uploading on hold until I see some evidence they have sold anything!!!!
Thanks! Certainly strong contenders for the next months. I'm willing to give them a bit more time though...

I believe that Steve has had a few sales on there, so that's encouraging.
Nice to know it may be possible but they have hardly hit the ground running in their bid to revolutionise the industry ;-).


 

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