If you like drawing or doodling either with a pencil or on your computer, or if you are into photography, then you can earn good money selling your arts on microstocks. In this post I will tell you how to register to ShutterStock – one of the most popular and profitable among stocks:
Click here to start. You will see the Contributors home page like the one below. Click “Sign Up Now”:
Then you will see the form where you have to write down your real name and lastname (as in Passport), username and residential address:
On the same page you will have to write down your email, and phone number. You will be also asked to choose a Payout Method, which can be Check by Mail, PayPal and Moneybookers – and write down your PayPal or Moneybookers email.
Post-Soviet countries should either use Moneybookers or Check. I suggest to use Moneybookers, as getting a check is a really long procedure.
In the section “How did you find out about us”, you may write “From Anastasiia Kucherenko, ID 102853”.
Then you are asked to classify your level of professionalism in drawing/photographing. You can use any, really, it doesn’t matter.
Tick “Illustrator” under “Which of these describe you”:
On the same page: if you are contributing to other stocks, you may write down in “Other Agencies” section.
Tick “I Agree to the Terms and Conditions” and press “Continue with Sign Up”:
After this you will be asked to upload your ID (passport, driver’s licence or any other with your photo, date of birth and name on), so just choose the JPG file and click “Upload”:
The first step is done! Yay!
After you signed up, you will have to prepare 10 images for the exam.
Feel free to ask me for suggestions or critique about your exam illustrations in the comment section below or simply write to my email: ychty.vse (at) gmail.com
You can have a look at my Shutterstock portfolio here.
I have been contributing to Shutterstock for over 4 years, but only half a year ago started taking it as a full-time profession. Doing it as a hobby helped me to build a strong base and develop my vector skills. Now, after these 6 “full-time” months, my earnings almost tripled and hopefully will grow in future. :)
So if you can use any of the vector editing programmes I would really suggest you to start microstocking either as a hobby or as a profession. It helps to broaden horizons :)
Here are some more useful posts about microstocking: