How to Make Money by Taking Pictures with Your Smartphone!

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Making money online may seem to be a very limited option. After all, everyone is telling you to become a blogger or an affiliate marketer. And if everyone is one of those, then the competition is too high to make any actual money.

But here is the thing: You don’t always need to be any of those to make money online. There are tons of other ways.

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I have talked about making money selling stuff you don’t want or by just taking surveys. These are two easy and simple options.

Today, I will be talking to you about another easy way to make money online, and it only requires that you have a cell phone camera. That’s it, really! If you have a smartphone, you are already one step closer to earning a few bucks online.

I have a video explaining how you can making money taking pictures with your smartphone. You can watch it below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more content.

Little Disclaimer:

I am not promising you the moon. You won’t make millions selling images online, but you will earn a few bucks here and there. It is NOT a business as much as it is a hobby that turned out to be profitable.

Let’s find out how to make money taking pictures with your smartphone.


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This is a simple way to make money online. However, this is not money you will earn in cash, but rather in offers and cashbacks. All you have to do is have your phone with you when you are shopping and take pictures of your receipts. You need to make sure you are buying from accepted stores and locations. Ibotta is a simple to use tool for this purpose.

JobSpotter (by Indeed)

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You know that moment when you are walking past a store, and you see “help wanted” and you think, “I wish I knew someone who could profit from this”? Well, now you don’t need to know exactly who will benefit because you are getting a reward either way.

JobSpotter is an app that was created by the company “Indeed” that specializes in finding jobs for people who use their service. With JobSpotter, they are offering Amazon gift cards to users who submit pictures of “help wanted” signs.

The App is available on both the AppStore and PlayStore. You can just walk around in your daily life and snap a picture of a sign. As you get more points in the app, you will redeem them for gift cards and buy yourself something nice.

As you can see, this does not require anything from you except paying a bit more attention to the store windows you walk past in your morning run.

Recommended: 5 Ways To Get Free Amazon Gift Cards

EyeEm (50%)

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The platform’s slogan is: Everyone’s a Creator. That is because they know how easy it is to create outstanding pictures with just your smartphone. If directors are able to use phones to shoot and edit entire films, you can for sure take an awesome picture on your own.

Using EyeEm, you can upload pictures you take using the App on both your Android or iOS phone. What you need is make sure they are awesome.

EyeEm will pay you 50% for every picture that gets sold on their platform. It works by connecting businesses, journalists, and even bloggers with content creators. If someone finds your picture and decides to buy it, EyeEm will take care of the transaction for you and give you the money. The best part is that you can sell the same picture to as many clients as possible. You get 50% of the price every time someone buys, and you still get to keep the copyrights for your picture.

That is such a sweet deal for a photographer!



Clashot is almost the same as EyeEm, but they have a maximum payout of $80 per photo. They work basically the same way as they connect content creators (you) with potential businesses (clients).

Clashot is mostly active on Android, and many of its successful users focus their efforts on creating the best images possible. Clashot allows you to upload as many pictures to the platform as you want, but only a selected bunch will make it to the marketplace.

The admins of the platform will select the most interesting and appealing photos and put them on sale. You will receive a notification letting you know your picture is on sale and you will earn money for as many pictures sold. Again, one picture can be sold multiple times, and you will make money all the time.

Foap (50%)

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Pretty similar to EyeEm but with a bit less traffic, Foap offers you 50% commissions for pictures that are sold through the platform. They accept both pictures and videos for submission.

You can easily make money taking pictures with a smartphone on Foap. You just need to download their applications from Android Playstore or the AppStore on your iPhone. Once you register, you can go ahead and upload your pictures and videos. You will earn money for every picture that gets bought with a 50% commission. Most content on Foap goes for $10, which means you earn $5 for every picture you sell.

Or Become a Stock Photographer

If you are really good at taking pictures on your phone, you get cut out the “middleman” from selling your pictures. Most of the platforms I mentioned above work in partnership with stock photo companies and sell on their platforms.

If you know your photos are really good, you can go straight to these websites and submit your work. It may be actually your new career.

There are many websites that you use to become a stock photographer. Using these three website, you can easily make money taking pictures and uploading them to their platforms.

  • GettyImages

Whenever you’re looking for a celebrity picture, you will likely find it on GettyImages. It is a large database of awesome pictures that you can buy. You can upload your own pictures and earn money that easy.

  • Shutterstock and Depositphotos

Fewer celebrities and more generic picture, ShutterStock and Depositphotos have a large database of images you have probably seen many of them today. Most pictures used in blogs come from websites that are owned by ShutterStock and provide copyright free images. Selling on these two platforms allows you to have access to the wide base of clients always looking for new pictures that make them stand out.


You can make money online by taking pictures with your smartphone as long as you have a good camera and like to have some fun with it. Look for the right angle, snap a picture and put it up on the many apps and websites I just showed you. You’ll start earning a few bucks in no time.

If you want to graduate up to something that can scale much higher, check out my free 5 day blogging and traffic primer course. I also have my premium, more advanced Blogging and Traffic Masterclass if you’re really serious. (Another way to make things go much faster is to get personal help of someone who has done it before.

(…Another option is to have someone make your blog for you.)

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