Bonus Way to Make Extra Money that could lead to full-time self employment using pictures even if you don't own a camera
- Find out what the current sizes of the social media permanent pictures such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. For example, the banner image for LinkedIn (at the time of this writing) is 1584 x 396 pixels. And the profile picture for LinkedIn is 400 x 400 pixels. Do a search online for current sizes - they do change and they are all different!
- You will need a gallery of sorts for show & tell so you can get custom orders and get paid for them. To do that in an efficient & effective way, look online for your local businesses. Most will have at least a Facebook presence of some sort. Make a list of the ones that are, well, awful looking or even devoid of a picture at all. (More than you can guess are - lacking in pizzazz!) Those now become your local show & tell market!
- Find the pictures from Pixabay.com for that particular niche. Everything on Pixabay.com is in the public domain, whether pictures or short videos. For example, if you have a bakery that specializes in cupcakes find a picture of a cupcake. If you have a veterinarian find a picture of animals that that vet would be able to treat such as small animals or only large animals like horses & cows. If it's an automotive shop that replaces tires find a picture of a tire or tires.
- Using either paint.net or canvas.com or picsplosion.com, create a picture with words over it for each of the various size social media places.
- If you use picsplosion you can even actually curve the words up or down. The fonts they have are all in the public domain. You may have to take that image and resize it in paint.net or canva.com. I use a design program, Serif Page Plus 9, (now very cheap) to do my design work.
- Two ways to sell your service - and all you will be doing is emailing them their beautiful, digital, correct-size images, usually as a jpeg file after you get paid
- You can put your service up on Fiverr. Com and here's a video that shows how to do that.
- You can also contact local businesses and offer your services showing some of the ones you've already designed. particularly if you check them out on social media platforms and realize that their picture actually stinks and is just horrible.
- If your client has a photo they want you to use, but the background needs to "go away", then this simple, FREE program works great: https://www.remove.bg/
Hint: If you find one that doesn't have a good picture create a picture using their name and a great photo. Be sure to size them correct for the various social media platforms. You can upload these to your mini-tablet for show & tell.
Be reasonable on your prices and offer package deals - once you get the hang of it, you will get faster!
You will also be able to do custom pictures for anyone using this same method.
SUPER IMPORTANT: Make sure your own social media pictures are way past great! And, if you use Facebook to get the word out, be sure to set up a free business page and keep if off your private profile!
Check 1st to see if you need any local licensing to contact the businesses. Also, you can claim a free Yelp.com listing to promote your service.