If you already like taking photographs on your travels, taking short 30-second to four-minute video clips in addition to those still pictures is a great new way to profit. You don’t need fancy equipment and it’s a lot easier to get started than you might think.
It’s the next big thing.
When I first started looking into this opportunity, I had no idea the market was so big. Hotels and resorts want these short 30-second videos. But so do tourism boards, realtors, spas, restaurants, nonprofits…even manufacturing plants, stock agencies, and websites selling goods and services.
Studies show that 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today. And another 1.2 billion videos tomorrow and the next day. Watching videos on a smartphone is now the second most popular activity for people after checking the weather.
Now the idea of shooting video may seem a bit intimidating, I know. But hear me out. It’s easier to get started in the travel-video market than you may think.
You don’t need fancy camera equipment since most good cameras now have a video feature. Even some smartphones and iPads take saleable-quality videos these days.
If you can learn to use that little video button on your camera (or you have a smartphone or iPad that records video), you could make $200-$4,000 for each video clip up to four minutes in length.
What’s more, you can take these skills on the road while you travel but you can also use them right there at home, recording videos for local businesses, realtors, spas, and more.
And because it’s still a pretty untapped market, the barrier for entry is low, meaning your videos don’t have to be of perfect quality to sell.
Plus, it can be much more lucrative than just shooting simple still photos. Videographer Tom Reissmann told me he’s earned the following range of fees for short videos…
- A 30-second video clip of a hotel sold for $500.
- A two-minute video clip of the city of Barcelona following in the footsteps of the architect Gaudi, a look behind the scenes of the famous FC Barcelona soccer stadium, and shots of delicacies at the market hall La Boqueria sold for $2,000.
- A four-minute video clip of an exclusive family resort in Spain, complete with paella dinner, underwater shots in the pool, and shots of the children interacting with local animals sold for $4,000.
And these fees are on top of the complimentary meals, hotel upgrades, and experience packages he also received. And it’s fun, too. Take a look at some of the short video clips here, and see if you can do this.
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