Free Spirits Need an Income Like This

It’s been a long time now since I transitioned from a traditional job to a footloose and fancy-free photographer but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Location independent income has become a mandatory part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you too are a creative person drawn to photography, it’s an amazing and rewarding adventure to create a life and career—or side income—that you love. I have had the chance to travel extensively, to visit places, see things, and do things I could only dream of before. In the process, meeting and making friends from around the world has enriched my life immeasurably.

Among the amazing places I have had the chance to visit is the Galapagos Islands. I took a picture flying out the last morning…and a few months back, I spotted it on the front page of Apple’s website. That was pretty exciting as I am a big Mac fan. Spotting photos in use is great but even better than that is the fact that photos are needed all the time from all over the world.

I used to work in social work. It is extraordinarily taxing and the “shelf life” for most workers in similar positions was six to 12 months. I did it for over 10 years and by then I was done…literally toast.

I left that job and career not having a clue what I was going to do next. I spent some time restoring myself and as I did the words of a wise woman I heard a few years prior came back to me…”if you are a creative being you must be actively creative in your life.”

Now, I had always loved photography. I just had no idea how I was going to make photography work as a career or business. But I kept taking pictures and learning all I could.

Eventually, I started getting a few clients and hanging my work in some local galleries…but more important at that point, I was being creative and loving every minute of it.

Then I stumbled onto stock photography and a whole new world of opportunities opened up before me. Over a dozen stock photo websites make it easy to sign up and submit photos. They do all the marketing and selling for you in exchange for a cut.

It’s been 10 years since I started and I still love what I do. I’ve made more money as a photographer then I ever made in social work. After two years I exceeded my previous income.

Location independence is built in to the job description of a photographer (well it should be) since you can literally “work” from anywhere in the world and as a stock photographer you just need a laptop and decent internet connection to upload your photos at the end of the day.

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