Melissa Brock worked as a social worker, but when she had a baby, she decided to stay home to raise her child. Although she found her new role fulfilling, she worried about her family’s finances.
“I’d get this nagging feeling that I wasn’t helping to contribute enough to the family,” she said. “We were also getting further into debt on top of the student loans that I’m still paying off.”
Then she heard about Foap, a mobile app that allows users to sell smartphone photos online. Since she signed up, she has earned nearly $900 by selling her pictures.
“Foap isn’t steady income, but it was a breath of fresh air,” said Brock. “It has allowed me to do something I love without any judgment and I can earn a few extra bucks on the side.”
If you’re looking for a new side gig, here’s everything you need to know about making money with Foap.
What is Foap?
Foap is a free app available for iOS and Android devices. When you sign up for the app, you can upload your smartphone photos and sell them through the Foap marketplace.
Many small businesses, marketing agencies, large corporations, and other companies use Foap to buy photos for their websites, blogs, and social media accounts. You take home half of the sale price of your photos.
You can sell pictures more than once. If you have an in-demand photo, it might sell hundreds of times.
Although selling photos with Foap won’t generate a full-time salary, it can be a good source of passive income. Your photos can earn money for you for months and even years after you upload them, without any further effort from you.
How to sign up for Foap
To start selling your photos via Foap, download the app onto your smartphone. It will prompt you to create an account by entering your email or logging in via Facebook. You need to enter your full name, birthdate, and location.
Then, you can start uploading photos from the albums on your phone or take pictures directly through the app. Foap requires that each photo have a resolution of at least 1280 x 960 pixels.
For example, the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and newer versions can take photos with the required resolution. Newer Android phones also have the proper resolution. You can adjust your camera’s default resolution by going into your phone’s settings and selecting the camera features.
As of March 23, 2018, Foap pays photographers only via PayPal. So you’ll need to enter your PayPal information to get paid.
5 tips for selling more photos
Although Foap can be a good side hustle for earning extra cash, the amount you make is dependent on your efforts and the quality of your photos. You can increase your chances of selling more photos by using these five tips.
1. Post many photos
Catherine Douma found the signup process to be very simple and it’s been a lucrative source of side income for her.
“Since joining up, I know I’ve made $2,000 at least,” said Douma. To replicate her success, Douma recommends posting many photos on the app’s marketplace to increase your chances of making a sale.
“Upload lots of photos,” she said. “You cannot expect to upload 10 photos and immediately start selling, so don’t give up on the app immediately.”
2. Diversify your photo subjects
Don’t limit yourself to one type of photo. Instead, use a range of subjects to maximize your chances of finding a buyer. According to Foap, some of the most popular photos are authentic images featuring everyday situations.
For example, candid photos of friends enjoying coffee, people walking their dogs, or photos of people shopping will sell.
3. Use relevant tags
When you upload your photos, the app will prompt you to submit tags and a description so that companies can find them.
Entering relevant tags, which are words to describe the images, can increase your chances of making a sale. You can enter five to 100 tags for each photo.
4. Join ‘Mission’ contest
Instead of earning small amounts for a photo, you can get more by doing what the company calls a “Mission,” which has a starting prize of at least $50.
Missions are contests containing requests for specific types of photos from brand-name companies. Photographers submit photos and one winner is chosen. However, the companies might buy some of the other photos submitted even if they didn’t win.
Some brands will send you their products for free, so you can use them in your Mission submissions. Brock says she’s received free notebooks, gloves, cleaning supplies, and even cosmetics.
5. Research what sells
Although photos of landscapes can be beautiful, they aren’t often used by brands. Instead, companies use stock photos that are relevant to their products.
On the Foap app, you can research which photos sell by clicking on the “Explore” tab. You can view recently sold photos to get ideas on what companies are buying.
Making money online
Although selling photos through Foap can be a helpful side gig, it’s an irregular source of income. One month you might sell dozens of photos, and the next, you might not sell any. Because your earnings can vary so much, it’s a good idea to view Foap income as an occasional windfall rather than something you rely on to pay the bills.
For more ideas on how to make money, check out our list of the best side hustles.
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