Are you a handy with a camera? If you are then freelance photography jobs could provide a great way to earn some extra income.
Many of us have experienced tough times in the last couple of years. The world economic downturn has put a strain on finances and has resulted in job losses.
If you have been downsized or made redundant because of these conditions then you could probably use a way of putting some money in the bank.
You may have hundreds of great photos lying around; if so; put those skills to work by seeking employment as a freelance photographer.
Although it's important to be able to take pictures, this is only one aspect becoming a self-employed photographer.
When doing freelance photography jobs, you also need a lot of general business skills, such as time management skills, the ability to do computer work at home, marketing and promotional skills and the ability to create opportunities for yourself.
Create a website to showcase some of your photography. You can make some of your photos available for sale. You can do this using free hosting and software, though it is more professional to buy a domain name and build a website.
Spend some time thinking about who might need your services -- perhaps you know a couple who is getting married or maybe your child's or grandchild's school needs someone to take a class picture. These are great ways to get started with freelance work as a photographer.
Don't forget to search freelance job boards for photography jobs. Craigslist is one useful option where you can search for jobs in your city or the surrounding area.
When looking on freelance job sites, check out jobs for design and illustration as well as photography; you may find some hidden gems there.
Finally, you can also use the photographs that you have already taken to earn some extra income.
Did you know that webmasters and designers have to find photographs and images for many website pages? This is often a time consuming and difficult task for someone who does not have the technical skills in this area. There is a clear need for a service provider to identify and fill those needs.
There are several stock photography sites such as Istockphoto where you can also upload your photographs and earn a royalty every time they are used.
This is another way to enhance your profile and put you in a great position to earn money from freelance photography jobs.