The poll we did back in early June on how many shoots PFRE readers do each year suggested that a large proportion (around 40% or more) of real estate photographers are doing real estate photography on a part-time basis.
While this doesn’t surprise me, a couple of business articles I ran across recently explains why this is more clearly:
- This article in Business Insider points out that freelance photography (which includes real estate photography) is a top paying freelance flex job.
- This article at smallbiztrends.com lists some interesting stats about the freelance “Gig economy”. This article concludes that “millions of people around the globe are opting for greater independence in their work lives. As a result, they are joining the growing movement that is the gig economy. Advances in technology have made it easier to accomplish than ever before.”
Over the years I’ve sort of figured this out from talking to people that were getting started in real estate photography. When I started this blog, at first it amazed me how much interest there was in real estate photography. But the more I understand this business the better sense it makes.
My conclusion is: that real estate photography has tremendous potential as a freelance profession where you can decide what volume of work you want. And you can do it geographically almost any place you want. These days it’s more than just 20-year-olds that can use a job like this! Everyone can use this kind of job to fill-in where some other job is not bringing in all the dollars you need. Real estate photography is a very flexible business.