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February 08, 2022

3 Ideas to Make Passive Income as a Photographer

What is passive income? Normally, when you need a little extra cash, you’ll pick up a few more hours of photography work. But there’s a way you can make money without working any extra time at all.

Passive income comes while you’re sleeping or at your studio because it comes from tiny sources that slowly grow. You'll invest a little time on the front-end, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Keep reading for 3 ways you can make passive income as a photographer. 

1. Put Your Photography to Work on the Web

Certain websites are made for people like you who want to sell items as a side job. They give you a platform to sell your photographs, and only take a small percentage of your sales as a fee for using their site. Don’t worry, though; you still make a majority of the profits! Selling one image over and over can rack in hundreds of dollars without having to do anything except for posting it on the website.

2. Write an eBook

This form of passive income can be hard work at the beginning, but once the eBook is written and released, it will provide you with income for years and years. Think of skills you can teach or processes you can explain, and start writing! Here's a (very brief) rundown of what your process might look like when you write an eBook: 

  1. Brainstorm topics that you know a lot about. Choose the one you're the most confident in writing about.
  2. Create an outline of the ebook's overall structure. 
  3. Break down each chapter into manageable chunks. 
  4. Write it! Set aside time each day to work on the eBook. 
  5. Be sure to use colors, images, and pullout quotes or statistics to engage your readers.
  6. Upload to your website and start marketing your eBook!

Looking for examples of completed eBooks? Head to to see fully designed, info-packed examples. 

3. Sell Your Own Products on the Internet

The internet is broad and infinite, and there are tons of ways to make money with your photography. Consider adding your photos to novelties like playing cards, mugs, keychains, t-shirts... really anything you can think of. There are plenty of services available online to help you get started in just a few clicks, so get selling today! 

For more ideas on how to make money as a photographer, check out this article about how to create content for your photography business.