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Author Topic: How do I know when I am doing bad in the Microstock Business?  (Read 5612 times)

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Goofy

« on: January 19, 2014, 11:54 »
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I thought maybe we could make a list for fun thus here is my first entry on that list:

1. When Fotolia is my number one seller


Shelma1

« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 12:16 »
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2. When the PP clawback is more than I usually make all month at iS.

« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 12:48 »
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When the only food you can afford is leftover props.  Donuts, apples and beer.

« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 13:00 »
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When you pay the entirety of the janitor's salary at iStock and he still makes twice as much as you.  ;D

« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 13:15 »
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5. When you're an IS exclusive.

6. When you start to suspect that DT exclusivity wasn't such a brilliant idea.

7. When you're an IS, DT and FT exclusive at the same time and luissantos84 discovers it.

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 13:38 »
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8. When Yay stops to promise that they will delete your portfolio tomorrow, and just does it

Goofy

« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 13:49 »
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all great and funny replies!

9. when most photos is the only one accepting your photos

Goofy

« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 15:36 »
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10. When you owe the IRS more than you made that year  :'(


« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 15:53 »
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11. When you have so few sales that you don't bother to check your balances for 5 years and forget both your logins and passwords.

(In my defense I only uploaded about 50)  ;)
« Last Edit: January 19, 2014, 15:56 by Gel-O Shooter »

« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014, 15:55 »
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5. When you're an IS exclusive.

6. When you start to suspect that DT exclusivity wasn't such a brilliant idea.

7. When you're an IS, DT and FT exclusive at the same time and luissantos84 discovers it.

Pure class  ;D

mlwinphoto

« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2014, 16:42 »
+1
Isn't doing bad in the microstock business a given?

« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2014, 17:07 »
+6

When you realize that you are putting twice of the effort for keeping the earnings steady or you get 10% more of earnings out of it and you put the blame on your efforts and promise yourself to try harder and start investing the time that belongs to your family, friends and cut your dog for 50% of his walks.

When you take your last 10 sales a cumulatively you are lacking few cents for pack of bubble gums.

When you start inventing jokes about it and realize that reality itself is funniest joke you can think of.

 

 

« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2014, 17:14 »
+12
When you sell 1000snds of images and then talk to your brother, the freak artist in the family, and he says he just sold a tiny watercolour for the same amount as you earned.
Then he mentions oilpaintings.

« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2014, 17:29 »
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Or when your day job employer pays you more from the time you spend smoking outside than you earn from your images

Goofy

« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2014, 17:57 »
0
"Or when your day job employer pays you more from the time you spend smoking outside than you earn from your images"

So true, I don't smoke but maybe I should start! If you take say 15 min per cigarette and have four breaks than my daily earnings would be around $56 which I don't even come close to in my microstock business for sure on  a regular basis... 

ShadySue

« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2014, 18:31 »
+1
Or when your day job employer pays you more from the time you spend smoking outside than you earn from your images
True, but day jobs aren't always a bed of roses either.

donding

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« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2014, 22:54 »
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That's obvious....when you don't make any sales and wonder why.

Goofy

« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2014, 23:12 »
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"When the only food you can afford is leftover props.  Donuts, apples and beer."

and the donuts, apples and beer are stale! plus all that salt you added to the beer to make it foam up lol!

« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2014, 23:28 »
+14
When you get Stockholm Syndrome towards Lobo.

« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2014, 03:33 »
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When you start to forecast whether your next payout will arrive in time to pay towards your funeral costs

« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2014, 07:13 »
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5. When you're an IS exclusive.

6. When you start to suspect that DT exclusivity wasn't such a brilliant idea.

7. When you're an IS, DT and FT exclusive at the same time and luissantos84 discovers it.

ahahah ;D

« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2014, 07:59 »
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When the  time spent to shoot, prepare and upload your images is high and the returns on your investment are so low that you can't help but conclude that you have just lost your time, like thousands of others, to the only benefit of stock agencies...

If you think about it, you represent the unhappy majority ;)

« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2014, 09:38 »
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Well that cheered me up :)

« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2014, 09:53 »
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When you're an iS exclusive and you ardently defend their every move while trashing their competitor and you suddenly realize your payouts are no longer enough to pay your internet bill, your connection is terminated and you can't post on MSG anymore.

« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2014, 10:06 »
+3
When your infrared photos are rejected for "White Balance issues". 

When you became a contributor after July and have a lower than 99% acceptance rating at IS. 


 

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