Offsetting cost of this hobby...microstock?

Started Feb 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
tundracamper Senior Member • Posts: 1,818
Re: Offsetting cost of this hobby...microstock?

I agree heavily with the above.  In addition, property taxes, insurance, and all that mess change when it becomes a "business."

I do appreciate you posting your numbers.  I have been seriously contemplating my "exclusivity" over at iStock.  Your ShutterStock numbers gave me a big pause when I first saw them. They are quite big when compared to the iStock numbers.  However, when I did an apples-to-apples comparison, I may just stay where I'm at.  When I look at your total income relative to the number of images (i.e. $7,044/1901), that comes out to about $3.71 per image per year.  Of course, I am assuming the other portfolios are simply a subset of those on Shutterstock since it has the most images. When I look at my total iStock income for 2012 relative to the number of images I have today, the result is just under $3.80 per image per year.  Given that I have added quite a few images the past few months, I am not so sure the extra headache of managing multiple portfolios would be worth dropping exclusivity for a increase in income that may not happen.  Of course, if I were starting from scratch in the last year or so, I would definitely go the multiple agency route as the "exclusivity" road is not near as enticing as it used to be.  In my case, though, it looks like staying may be the best move financially.

Interesting information.

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