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« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2014, 21:26 »
+4
If you even have to ask these questions, you're in the wrong business. There are much easier ways to make a living!

You have to do the work and You have to figure it out for yourself! Your art will be more meaningful when you do.

Now get to work!


WRONG BUSINESS YOU MEAN FOR WHAT?? MICROSTOCK???

Yes, Microstock is a business. If you want to make the money you're talking about, you better start thinking of it as one.........


« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2014, 22:34 »
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I am confused about the $11,000 do you mean total or annually or what?

As others have said it is impossible to say as everyone's circumstance
 are different.  Even excellent work might not do as good as older ones beause of search placement.

A rule of thumb I was given when I started was $1 per image per year.  You should do better if the work is good but for projections and budgeting that is what I use.

If you need $11,000 quickly I would suggest another line of work.

« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2014, 23:59 »
+1
.  If you're thinking that ms is an easy way to make $11 K then I think you're going to be disappointed - that boat sailed a long time ago -

Yes, it was called The Mayflower.  ;D

« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2014, 00:09 »
+11
This is the kind of questions we get thanks to all the articles, books, blogs making microstock sound like a get rich quick scheme.

« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2014, 02:51 »
+9
...I'M MORE A VECTOR ARTIST. I'M REAL SERIOUSLY INTO THIS BUSINESS AND CAN AFFORD TO WORK HARD, REAL HARD INTO IT TO HAVE A COOL AND QUALITY PORTFOLIO(MAY BE 2500 IMAGES BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR). YOU EXPERIENCED MICROSTOCKERS HERE, ADVICE ME PLEASE. AFTER HOW MANY MONTHS(BASED ON GENERAL CASES YOU KNOW BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S NOT THE SAME FOR ALL) WHAT IT TAKES(MONTH, PORTFOLIO SIZE, ETC....) TO ATTAIN $11000? I REALLY NEED ADVICES NOW. I WANNA DO IT, BUT NEED MORE MOTIVATIONS....AND ADVICE ME ALSO ON THE BEST OF AGENCIES...THANKS A LOT TO EVERYONE WHO CONSIDER THIS AND REPLY ME..

You need a portfolio of at least 10,000 across multiple sites (see the Microstock group forum list to research the top earning sites) to make an easy $1,000 per month (submit 50-100 illustrations weekly). You need to find a niche and a unique style as well. It's a brutal industry that rewards creativity and ingenuity. As others have written, don't make money the sole motivating force. Expect to put in 5-7 years to reap the rewards you desire. Peace.

I think this is far too prescriptive, a portfolio of 10,000 images is absolutely huge for a vector contributor, and to suggest someone can submit 100 vectors a week on a regular basis is not a realistic proposition, and to also suggest all that work would only bring in $1000 a month is also not necessarily true. I think to be a successful vector contributor you do need to be a reasonably proficient illustrator already though, and that may be something you need to concentrate on first.

« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2014, 07:14 »
+3
Microstock is not the place for fast money...
If you are doing this just because you really need fast 11k $ i suggest you drug dealing or some illegal business

Legal money will never be easy

« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2014, 09:15 »
+12
This is the kind of questions we get thanks to all the articles, books, blogs making microstock sound like a get rich quick scheme.
You can tell when the party is over when there is more money in showing how to do something than in doing it.

« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2014, 09:47 »
+5
This is the kind of questions we get thanks to all the articles, books, blogs making microstock sound like a get rich quick scheme.

Exactly. There was a time, however, where one could make good money in micro stock.  I guess the word that micro stock has hit the top of the S curve hasn't quite been "revealed" yet. :-\

« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2014, 12:15 »
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This is the kind of questions we get thanks to all the articles, books, blogs making microstock sound like a get rich quick scheme.

yes, way before those "... for dummies", i bought the book which launch me on my maiden voyage as a photographer *how to make a million dollars doing photography*  or something like that.
i think he sold a lot of books to goofballs like me, lol.. and he did make a million, but not from photography. 

  write "how to" books , like all those how to play blues/metal/speed.. licks, etc make more money than the guitarists themselves.

« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2014, 16:37 »
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I am confused about the $11,000 do you mean total or annually or what?

As others have said it is impossible to say as everyone's circumstance
 are different.  Even excellent work might not do as good as older ones beause of search placement.

A rule of thumb I was given when I started was $1 per image per year.  You should do better if the work is good but for projections and budgeting that is what I use.

If you need $11,000 quickly I would suggest another line of work.

note that when i say i need $11000, it does not imply to be monthly or annually-this is just ridiculous and i know it...but what i meant was with good quality vectors online and a large portfolio, within how many years would i be able to make that money...in short, i want to know if there is a constancy in the income of microstockers or it all depends on luck!!

Shelma1

« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2014, 16:45 »
+5
If you have a few thousand good vectors you should be able to make that kind of money. Vectors tend to bring in a higher amount per image than photos, I believe. But you need to *not* try to copy the best-selling vector images, because they sell well for a reason and already have a good search position. It will be very difficult to knock high-selling images off the front page unless your work is amazing.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2014, 18:58 »
+2
I am confused about the $11,000 do you mean total or annually or what?

As others have said it is impossible to say as everyone's circumstance
 are different.  Even excellent work might not do as good as older ones beause of search placement.

A rule of thumb I was given when I started was $1 per image per year.  You should do better if the work is good but for projections and budgeting that is what I use.

If you need $11,000 quickly I would suggest another line of work.

note that when i say i need $11000, it does not imply to be monthly or annually-this is just ridiculous and i know it...but what i meant was with good quality vectors online and a large portfolio, within how many years would i be able to make that money...in short, i want to know if there is a constancy in the income of microstockers or it all depends on luck!!

It took me 2 years with photos on several agencies.

« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2014, 19:03 »
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If you have a few thousand good vectors you should be able to make that kind of money. Vectors tend to bring in a higher amount per image than photos, I believe. But you need to *not* try to copy the best-selling vector images, because they sell well for a reason and already have a good search position. It will be very difficult to knock high-selling images off the front page unless your work is amazing.

thats well said..copying best sellers is a bad thing i used to do with nothing in return...but from where do you guys get your inspirations???

« Reply #38 on: December 22, 2014, 19:04 »
-3
I am confused about the $11,000 do you mean total or annually or what?

As others have said it is impossible to say as everyone's circumstance
 are different.  Even excellent work might not do as good as older ones beause of search placement.

A rule of thumb I was given when I started was $1 per image per year.  You should do better if the work is good but for projections and budgeting that is what I use.

If you need $11,000 quickly I would suggest another line of work.

note that when i say i need $11000, it does not imply to be monthly or annually-this is just ridiculous and i know it...but what i meant was with good quality vectors online and a large portfolio, within how many years would i be able to make that money...in short, i want to know if there is a constancy in the income of microstockers or it all depends on luck!!

It took me 2 years with photos on several agencies.

two years with vectors??

« Reply #39 on: December 22, 2014, 19:28 »
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but from where do you guys get your inspirations???

It flows right out of you. Your heart,your soul, it just needs to get out into the world. The creative drive is the basis of all art,wether it is commercial art or art for the heart.

Of course you need to learn your craft well, to be able to express yourself,of course you pay attention to what people buy to adjust your work to please the client, but I think unless you really get into the flow it will be very difficult to create anything - music,writing,painting,dance...you need to be able to tap inside yourself first before looking for inspiration from outside.

At least that is the way it works for me. Beyond all the analytics,the data,the visual trends, if I didnt love getting creative,loved to try new things and learn from mistakes all by myself I could never do this job.

« Reply #40 on: December 22, 2014, 19:41 »
+5
I am confused about the $11,000 do you mean total or annually or what?

As others have said it is impossible to say as everyone's circumstance
 are different.  Even excellent work might not do as good as older ones beause of search placement.

A rule of thumb I was given when I started was $1 per image per year.  You should do better if the work is good but for projections and budgeting that is what I use.

If you need $11,000 quickly I would suggest another line of work.

note that when i say i need $11000, it does not imply to be monthly or annually-this is just ridiculous and i know it...but what i meant was with good quality vectors online and a large portfolio, within how many years would i be able to make that money...in short, i want to know if there is a constancy in the income of microstockers or it all depends on luck!!

LUCK? I'm surprised you've had so many people take time to answer your questions to be honest. Do what everyone else does and work hard and find out for yourself whether it's going to work for you by trial and error. This game is a labour of love that only gives the very top contributors a decent living. Most people make a meagre living and usually make additional money elsewhere.

« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2014, 21:19 »
+9
I am confused about the $11,000 do you mean total or annually or what?

As others have said it is impossible to say as everyone's circumstance
 are different.  Even excellent work might not do as good as older ones beause of search placement.

A rule of thumb I was given when I started was $1 per image per year.  You should do better if the work is good but for projections and budgeting that is what I use.

If you need $11,000 quickly I would suggest another line of work.

note that when i say i need $11000, it does not imply to be monthly or annually-this is just ridiculous and i know it...but what i meant was with good quality vectors online and a large portfolio, within how many years would i be able to make that money...in short, i want to know if there is a constancy in the income of microstockers or it all depends on luck!!
$11,000 annually is not ridiculous, rather quite doable.  However, whether the time invested would have produced more income directed towards other pursuits is another question.  This is not an easy business and working a minimum wage job would likely produce more income per hour invested.  But that would not be nearly as much fun.:-)


« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2014, 22:37 »
+6
If you have a few thousand good vectors you should be able to make that kind of money. Vectors tend to bring in a higher amount per image than photos, I believe. But you need to *not* try to copy the best-selling vector images, because they sell well for a reason and already have a good search position. It will be very difficult to knock high-selling images off the front page unless your work is amazing.

thats well said..copying best sellers is a bad thing i used to do with nothing in return...but from where do you guys get your inspirations???

If you really can't come up with your own ideas, you don't belong in a job that needs creativity to succeed.

« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2014, 22:41 »
+4
but from where do you guys get your inspirations???

It flows right out of you. Your heart,your soul, it just needs to get out into the world. The creative drive is the basis of all art,wether it is commercial art or art for the heart.

Of course you need to learn your craft well, to be able to express yourself,of course you pay attention to what people buy to adjust your work to please the client, but I think unless you really get into the flow it will be very difficult to create anything - music,writing,painting,dance...you need to be able to tap inside yourself first before looking for inspiration from outside.

At least that is the way it works for me. Beyond all the analytics,the data,the visual trends, if I didnt love getting creative,loved to try new things and learn from mistakes all by myself I could never do this job.

Yes, yes, and YES!  Creativity and passion that makes success comes from the inside.  You won't get from a forum.

« Reply #44 on: December 23, 2014, 09:23 »
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i want to know if there is a constancy in the income of microstockers or it all depends on luck!!

There is no constancy - best sellers today could stop selling tomorrow and agencies often make changes that are not in our favor.  However, you can have some consistency if you have a large portfolio of high-quality images (or so I gather from those who do).  Like success in almost anything, luck plays almost no part - it is all about hard work, dedication, paying attention to what is needed and creativity.  As others have said, if your goal is to raise $11 K you will be better off to get a real job - that may be boring but is much more certain.

« Reply #45 on: December 23, 2014, 11:40 »
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...I'M MORE A VECTOR ARTIST. I'M REAL SERIOUSLY INTO THIS BUSINESS AND CAN AFFORD TO WORK HARD, REAL HARD INTO IT TO HAVE A COOL AND QUALITY PORTFOLIO(MAY BE 2500 IMAGES BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR). YOU EXPERIENCED MICROSTOCKERS HERE, ADVICE ME PLEASE. AFTER HOW MANY MONTHS(BASED ON GENERAL CASES YOU KNOW BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S NOT THE SAME FOR ALL) WHAT IT TAKES(MONTH, PORTFOLIO SIZE, ETC....) TO ATTAIN $11000? I REALLY NEED ADVICES NOW. I WANNA DO IT, BUT NEED MORE MOTIVATIONS....AND ADVICE ME ALSO ON THE BEST OF AGENCIES...THANKS A LOT TO EVERYONE WHO CONSIDER THIS AND REPLY ME..

I never read texts written in CAPS. Learn to respect the reader first, then ask an advice.

« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2014, 15:18 »
+2
I am confused about the $11,000 do you mean total or annually or what?

As others have said it is impossible to say as everyone's circumstance
 are different.  Even excellent work might not do as good as older ones beause of search placement.

A rule of thumb I was given when I started was $1 per image per year.  You should do better if the work is good but for projections and budgeting that is what I use.

If you need $11,000 quickly I would suggest another line of work.

note that when i say i need $11000, it does not imply to be monthly or annually-this is just ridiculous and i know it...but what i meant was with good quality vectors online and a large portfolio, within how many years would i be able to make that money...in short, i want to know if there is a constancy in the income of microstockers or it all depends on luck!!

It took me 2 years with photos on several agencies.

two years with vectors??

Read the answer! He clearly said "photos."

No Free Lunch

« Reply #47 on: December 23, 2014, 15:24 »
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To reach $11,000 per year in one year you better plan on working 18 hour days - 7 days a week for a full year! Also eating a full meal and taking a long hot shower will be a luxury that you will not have time for...

Semmick Photo

« Reply #48 on: December 23, 2014, 16:07 »
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To reach $11,000 per year in one year you better plan on working 18 hour days - 7 days a week for a full year! Also eating a full meal and taking a long hot shower will be a luxury that you will not have time for...

I do $10K per year now, next to my day job. I do not add many photos these days. My 2K images do the work for me at the moment. I am making that money now without putting in many hours. It was hard work to get here though. Imagine what 2K vectors can do.

« Reply #49 on: December 23, 2014, 19:54 »
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To reach $11,000 per year in one year you better plan on working 18 hour days - 7 days a week for a full year! Also eating a full meal and taking a long hot shower will be a luxury that you will not have time for...

I do $10K per year now, next to my day job. I do not add many photos these days. My 2K images do the work for me at the moment. I am making that money now without putting in many hours. It was hard work to get here though. Imagine what 2K vectors can do.

to be sincere, you are the only one among all those replies giving such a positive feedback...this kind of response does motivate dude....finally what i can conclude is the result is not the same for everyone....its so unpredictable..


 

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