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12 Ways to Make Money With Your Smartphone or Video Camera

Making Money With Your Video Camera and Video Entrepreneurship
Written by L. Scott Harrell

It may sound a bit simplistic, but if you have a video camera, or even a decent smartphone, and a little bit of skill, you can easily become a video entrepreneur and make money with your video camera right away. So, go grab your camera, check out the rest of our articles on vtrep.com, and start making some cash through video content creation! With these tips, and a little dedication, you can become a cutting edge leader in the video industry.

Video Entrepreneur Magazine’s 12 hottest tips on how to make money with your video camera or smartphone.

1. Capture Wedding Moments

The wedding day is one of the most memorable days in the lives of a bride and groom. Therefore, capturing the excitement, beauty, and emotion of this special day is critical, and of extreme importance. Successful video entrepreneurs find it easier to break into this niche by simply shooting a few videos of your friends and family members to start building your portfolio. Remember, weddings are highly emotional (and expensive) purchases, and as with every emotional purchase, the word-of-mouth advertising will make or break you. So, go ahead and capture the last minute whispers, the silent tears and the kissing of babies – your calendar will be filled with gigs before you can say, “I do!”

Vtrep.com Hint: People will pay big money for something they deem important! 

2. Shoot a Funeral

Yes, we are serious! It may not be the most cheerful job in the world, but it is a demand that still needs to be met. There are video entrepreneurs who are making a living by shooting videos of funerals. While some clients are the friends and family members of the deceased who could not be present for a variety of reasons, the majority of these clients are the service providers themselves. What better way can XYZ Funeral Services, Inc demonstrate their services than by video advertisements! Whether the ads are on TV, on video shown during a facility tour, or a direct mail advertisement, proof of their actual services will prove to be invaluable to a service provider that everyone actively avoids!

Vtrep.com Hint: Always view the ‘job’ as the ‘J-O-B.’ While it sounds cold, always focus on “what” you are doing and NOT “where” you are doing it!

3. Take Your Camera to School

Whether it is in a basketball game, or a cheerleading tournament, parents love to see their kids in action! That is the reason video entrepreneurs are choosing to shoot popular school events and competitions. They are earning a living by selling those videos to the kids and their parents. Let’s be honest, how many times have you said, “Cheese!” at a theme park and ended up buying the framed print or photo keychain?

Vtrep.com Hint: Ask around… you may also find parents willing to pay you to shoot their sons’ and daughters’ competitions or even a birthday party!

If you want to make money with your video camera but are going to get started using a smartphone, be sure to check out our article: 7 Tips for Getting Professional Quality Video from Your Smartphone

4. Record Music Videos

Celebrities are not the only ones making music videos these days. Have you ever watched “America’s Got Talent,” or “American Idol?” It seems everyone is trying to cash in on their hidden pop star! Why not build a business helping local musicians & bands showcase their un-discovered talent? With a little creative vision, exciting camera angles and post-production effects, you could propel these local entertainers right into the spotlight!

Vtrep.com Hint: Work with your local bars & restaurants that feature live music. Trade them access to the musicians for a professionally edited commercial video for their venue.

5. Produce Professional Advertisements

Given the fact that several of the suggestions above include creating professional advertisements for a variety of services, there is ample opportunity for video entrepreneurs to succeed in this niche. Fortune 500 companies are not the only ones in need of advertising. Small to medium sized companies often cannot afford the high price tag of good, quality professional production. That’s where the micro job market comes in!

Here are 70 micro job ideas for vtreps!

Vtrep.com Hint: Partner with locally-owned businesses, and provide a few free advertisements so you can build your portfolio.

6. Showcase Real Estate

The real estate market is all about visual appeal. Imagine a succinct, compilation video that highlights the unique features of a specific property. For example, perhaps there is a complicated alarm system, or a 5-headed shower, or a tricky watering system for the garden. A video entrepreneur can earn income by featuring properties in a way that is exciting, unique, emotional and easy to understand.

Vtrep.com Hint: To get started, simply work with your friends and neighbors. Once you have a few example videos in the can, it will be much easier to demonstrate the benefits of your services to professional real estate agents.

7. Create Video Resumes

Anyone looking for a job requires a strong resume, and these days, video resumes are gaining popularity rapidly because they instantly set potential successful candidates apart from the crowd of other applicants. Therefore, many people are in search of solid videographers who can capture the best of their features and personality in video format. So why not take the chance and start shooting great video resumes?

8. Document Professional Meetings

While video entrepreneurs may not find seminars and business meetings the most exciting subject, there is still money to be made by documenting such events. While this niche may not involve as much creativity as others, corporations are willing to pay handsomely to document their retreats.

Vtrep.com Hint: Although there is less need for creative camera angles or making use of special lenses, if you are able to edit it using a few unique effects, your final product will be even more attractive.

9. Record Courthouse Declarations and Depositions

We admit, this can be a difficult niche to enter. However, once you break in, you will be able to earn a living by recording the testimony and depositions of witnesses who are unable to make it to court. While videos recorded for legal and courtroom purposes do not require special editing or effects, they still require precision quality of voice and exceptional image making.

10. Create Exciting Promotional Videos

Whether it is for the town’s newest restaurant, an event that the whole city is talking about, or a local charity’s biggest fundraiser, pre-event promotion is critical for anything and everything. Therefore, video entrepreneurs, if you can create great promotional videos for a variety of events you will have endless opportunities to make money with your video camera or smartphone, too!

Vtrep.com Hint: Hone your post-production and video editing skills to really set yourself apart from the competition.

11. Document Adventures

“Dude! You gotta see this…!” Who doesn’t enjoy boasting about their adventures and proudly sharing that awesome snorkeling or daring skydiving video with their friends? A video entrepreneur who is successful at capturing the moment of adventure can build a lucrative niche business in the adventure world. Of course, Vtreps have been making money with their video cameras while traveling since the very beginning of moving pictures.

Vtrep.com Hint: This market may not be for the faint-of-heart, those who are afraid of heights, those who are afraid of depths, or those who do not like sports.

12. Getting help from Youtube

Are you the type of video entrepreneur who continually has videos that “go viral?” If so, your services may best be served by using YouTube. YouTube offers a revenue sharing program, which makes it possible for original video content creators to make money on YouTube in exchange for the use of their content. The great aspect about the Youtube revenue-share program is that you can make any kind of video you can think of… as long as the videos gather massive amounts of views.

Here are 10 additional ways to make money on YouTube.

Vtrep.com Hint: Go crazy! Get outlandish! This is the venue to really scratch that creative itch!

13. BONUS TIP!

What do you get when you attach your small video camera or GoPro to a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)? You get 20 more ways to make money with drone video!!!

About the author

L. Scott Harrell

L. Scott Harrell is the Executive Editor of Vtrep.com. He is also a serial entrepreneur and top tier business development professional who speaks leadership, start-ups and digital media masterfully. Scott can be reached via email: editor@vtrep.com

  • Great article! You’ve given me a few things to muse on. Who would have thought there’d be a market in recording at funerals…