Selling Lots of Little Media: Micro Sales Add Up
Forbes has a story about amateur photographers who are making decent money posting their personal pictures for sale on stock photography sites. iStockphoto and Shutterstock are two sites that allow users to upload and sell photos for low prices. The artists make about 25 cents a download, but it adds up. Forbes reports that last year, iStock paid photographers $20.9 million in royalties on $71.9 million in revenue. One man interviewed for the article has made $2000 on a snapshot of his wife.
Very interesting model here. Being able to make a living selling lots of little pieces of media (that you may be making anyway) is a nice option. This same system could be used for music loops and beats, stock video, sound effects, clip art. The micro job possibilities are endless.