We’ve all been there, sitting at a chilly office desk, staring wistfully at gorgeous views of the ocean on our laptops, or thinking about the digital nomad lifestyle that we all wish we were doing. If you’re working for corporate, then you will at some point feel the need to give up the 9 to 5. Creatives, most of all, are people who thrive on traveling. Well, what if we told you there is a way you can achieve this by building a creative portfolio with us? It’s a quick and easy process.
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So how do you get a portfolio of your own on 123RF?
Simply sign up as a contributor. Yeah, alright, done that, what’s next? Upload your creative content to our site. Want to know the trick to this? The trendier the content you upload, the better your chances of getting your creative stuff noticed – be it photography, vector illustrations, or digital art. And not just still graphics, either. Do you make animations or shoot videos on a large scale with a big production team? Even better. We think your content will be perfect for us. Are you into creating audio tracks, such as musical jingles, piano medleys, or even sound effects? Get to uploading!
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It doesn’t matter if you aren’t a professional creative. You could be elbow-deep in the corporate work life, dreaming about how you can give up the 9 to 5. Maybe you’re even thinking of earning more money by simply by selling your doodles. Stock companies are often looking for creatives to create content and submit them to their libraries. 123RF is no exception when it comes to receiving talent. We encourage all creators to start showcasing their creativity on their own 123RF portfolio. If people like your art style, for example, they’ll want to check out the rest of your content. When they visit your portfolio, they can choose to follow you to keep updated when you make your next round of content uploads. You’re able to check out who’s following you, too.
You’re probably thinking – this won’t make me fast money.
With the percentage of royalties up to 60%, you’ll find that cashing in on your works of art can be a pretty lucrative side income. You won’t be raking in big bucks in a short amount of time unless your content is absolutely in-demand. But you have to start somewhere. Once you get the ball rolling, keep at it. The trick is to stay in the design or photography loop with what’s trending, or timely. When you sign up as a contributor, stay tuned for the latest trending keywords in newsletters we’ll be rolling out each month.
You’ll be spending a bit of time figuring out what buyers are interested in, what sort of stock content is highly searched for, and how to keyword your creative uploads so that they show up in search results. Naturally, there will be a bit of a learning curve when you first start out. But that’s time well worth it when you’re able to earn, and eventually, be able to give up the 9 to 5.
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Luckily, we’re here to help you with that. Check out this page for tips on how to get started as a contributor. Stay tuned for our contributor newsletters that’ll help you stay in the know with the sort of content we’re looking for, and what sells. Once your uploaded stock content starts gaining interest from potential buyers, you’ll find that your earnings will increase, especially if they like your art style, photography, sound effects or video clips.
When you become good at figuring out what your niche is, and how to cater your content to your market, you might find your earnings increasing. Who knows, you might even be able to say goodbye to your cubicle farm. Once you give up the 9 to 5 grind, you’ll never want to go back.