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Can you really make money from 3D Food printers?
Sitting in front of your computer and the desire to eat a chocolate Kim Kardashian strikes you?
What can you do?
What you need is a 3D food printer. At CES this year we were treated to two food printers, 3D systems got into the make your food when they bought out the sugar lab from the design team of Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, who developed a 3D printer that creates sugar based models.
The Chefjet foodie 3D Printer from 3Dsystems does cost a cool, $5,000 (£3,000), which gets you the one colour printer. for about double that you can a multi-colour version. Their are some great designs over at the design boom blog, and I am sure some fancy restaurant is going to buy one to adorn their deserts with an intricately designed sugar sculpture.
And for only a £3k investment doesn’t seem too high to become the go to restaurant in your locale.
Would you get one if it were only £299? The price of tech always comes down over time, so I am expecting the Christmas cake of 2020 to have a sugared Minecraft Creeper on top.
Watch these videos about the new way to produce and eat sugar.
You could also buy the Foodini, from a Spanish company.
Food printing, or food hacking is going to be seen more and more in 2014 and may be a great way for people to make money and add value to their current food business.
Everyone seems to have a camera these days and who buys a mobile phone without asking about the photo and video specs? Digital photography has revolutionized the way we collect images. You don’t need specialist developing and printing equipment anymore, just the means to store and transfer digital data. Your photographs can now be accessible to the anyone on the internet, if that’s what you want. Getting this kind of exposure for your work is quite easy…. but how do you make money from it?
Here are some ideas…..
Your own personal website can be an excellent way to showcase your work and prospective clients will get a sense of your photo style, ability, and personality. If you already know how to build a website, then you could easily do this yourself, quite cheaply. If you need more help, then there are DIY website-creation sites that allow you to put together a website. Some sites offer free templates, while others may require a small fee for their designs. However, if you want something more unique, then a professional web designer could build you a custom-made website for around £300-£2,000 plus.
Free Template Sites:
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Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the process of optimising your website, so that it comes up in search engine results for certain keywords. The better optimised your website is, the higher up your search engine ranking will be.
- Link Building
Links are considered currency on the web. They tell the search engines that your website is trusted by the online community, which makes them more likely to push you up the search rankings. If you regularly provide good quality content, then you will encourage other websites to link to your articles, thus adding links to your site.
- Social networking
Aim to become part of an online community, as networking will bring you followers and help create links. Use social media to connect and build contacts, discuss, share and collaborate with like-minded people.
Twitter: Use 140 characters at a time to promote your work and search out new links.
Facebook: Give your business it’s own facebook page for promotion.
LinkedIn: This is a network for professional contacts.
stumbleupon: Use this site to recommend web content/images to other users.
reddit: This is a social news and entertainment website, where registered users can submit content.
Print on demand (POD) is a process in which images are not printed until an order has been received. This means that photographs can be printed one at a time, which eliminates the need to store large quantities of stock. This type of business only developed after digital printing began, as it had not been economical to print individual copies using traditional printing techniques. So, if you wanted to produce a limited edition print run, you don’t have to print all the images at once – you only have to print a product when you receive each order.
Print on demand services:
Print On Demand Websites
Standard Accounts: Free
Premium Accounts: $30 / Year
Like most print on demand websites, Redbubble offers framed prints available in various sizes and formats. However, members can also choose to have their images applied to other products, such as cards, stickers, t-shirts, posters, and calendars etc. Once you have an account, you upload your work to your “Redbubble portfolio”, which is similar to a gallery shop. They do not charge any fee to sell, or any commission on any of sales.Instead, they set the base price of the product, while you set the retail value by adding your mark up. According to the website, the average mark up is about 30%, but the choice is yours.
- Redbubble will manage all aspects of manufacturing, payment, and take care of packaging and worldwide shipping. – You retain the copyright over your art and design.
- They accept JPEG or PNG files (but don’t accept TIFF or PDF files). – Colour Profile : They prefer the sRGB colour space. – They will not accept images above 60Mb, or 10,000×10,000 pixels in size.
- If you’re uploading files larger than 20MB they should be compressed or scaled down. Actively sharing and promoting your work can significantly improve your sales, and it is recommended that you join a few of the groups on the site. Redbubble have also provided some promotional tools for you to use on your blog, email signature, and other websites.
At Imagekind, photographers get a personal store/page to display and promote their work, and sell high quality prints in a range of sizes and formats.The company was founded in 2006 and has become one of the fastest growing print on demand sites, with over 750,000 plus high quality fine art images for sale. You retain the copyright of all the images you upload. Your agreement with Imagekind is also non-exclusive, and they do not broker the digital reproduction rights to other publishers or agencies etc.
Different Accounts Offered:
Free Account – free Pro Account – $7.99 per month Platinum Account – $11.99 per month
Annual Account – $94.99 per year The differences between these accounts is the type and range of exposure you receive on the site, and additional framing commission (up to 15%).
Photographers can also submit their work to a variety of stock photography websites. These sites allow members to sell or license their photographs, which are used for commercial purposes by graphic artists, newspapers and advertising agencies. The stock photography company will take care of the licensing and contracts, while you receive a percentage of the sale price.
There are three different types of stock photography.
Macro stock: High priced and exclusive stock photography, also known as traditional stock photography.
Mid stock: Stock photography priced between micro stock and macro stock
Micro stock: Low priced and inclusive stock photography
How Much Can you Earn?
Unfortunately, as competition in the stock photography market has increased, so per-picture prices have dropped. Pricing is usually determined by size of audience or readership, how long the image is to be used, country or region where the images will be used, and whether royalties are due to the image creator or owner. Often, an image can be licensed for less than $200, or in the case of the microstock photography websites as little as $1 for a low resolution license. But don’t be disheartened – if a royalty-free image from the “Dollar Bin” section is sold more than 1,000 times, then it becomes a worthwhile enterprise.
The client pays a one-time fee to use the image multiple times for multiple purposes (with limits). There is no time limit on when the client can use an image. These command a lower price, but because of this they can sell in higher quantities.
The value of a license is determined by; use of the image, print run, territories, size, and exclusivity etc. The terms of the license are clearly defined and negotiated. An image usually has a much larger print run than a Royalty-free license.These will cost more to the client (thus limiting the number of buyers), but they will give you a higher return.
This is a form of rights-managed license, where the images can only be used for news or educational purposes. These images reflect events from social, cultural and political scenes. These may be used to illustrate articles or broadcasts appearing in magazines, newspapers or any other editorial context, in either printed or electronic media. However, this is a highly competitive market and it could be tough getting your work noticed. Have a large portfolio ready, as you can increase the chance of sales by submitting hundreds of images to a number of sites.
It is also important to consider the quality of your images. You should only submit the finest examples of your work, as many companies employ a team of reviewers who check every picture submitted for technical quality, as well as artistic and commercial merit. Web-based stock photography collections use images that have been embedded with meta-data, which makes them searchable by using keywords. So consider your choice of keywords, as each image will have to be found through the website’s search engine.
Flickr started out as an online photo sharing and image management site, which allowed members to post images of any standard, from family holiday snaps to professional looking studies of nature, and world events etc. Anyone could use these “free” images without having to pay for the privilege, which was a problem if members were hoping to earn money from their photographs. Members can remain in a free account, or upgrade to ”Flickr Pro” account. Free Flickr membership: Upload 300MB every month (30MB per photo) Post photos in up to 10 groups Upload up to 2 videos per month Flickr Pro Account - $24.95 per year:
Unlimited uploads (up to 50MB per photo) Post photos in up to 60 groups Upload and play unlimited HD videos View stats on your account In 2010, Flickr and Getty Images came together to sell images and photographs in a stock photography format. This meant, if you had a Flickr account you could license your photos through Getty Images, so that when people saw your images, they could pay to use them. Members are now able to turn on a “Request to License” link on their photo pages. Getty Images will then review the photographer’s work, and if it’s suitable for their program, they will contact the Flickr member and help handle details like permissions, releases and pricing.
The Flickr library already has over four billion images, and Getty Images has tapped into more than 100,000 photos taken by professional and semi-pro photographers who post on the site. However, neither Getty nor Flickr are forthcoming about actual rates of pay, but say they are “industry standard”. This is generally thought to be an average of $150-$240 (£100-£160) per image.
iStockphoto is one of the leading stock photography agencies on the internet, with an extensive list of clients who license images for all kinds of commercial and advertising applications.The company was founded by Bruce Livingstone in May, 2000, and was originally a free stock imagery website. It later transitioned into it’s current micropayment model, and was acquired by Getty Images for $50 million, in February 2006. iStockphoto only accept the highest quality images, and you will have to fill out an application form and include examples of your best work in order to be taken on. This is probably only suitable for the more ambitious photographers. This company will pay royalty rates of between 15%-20% to its non-exclusive contributors, but you can increase your earnings if you join their exclusive images program. Photographers can receive royalty rates up to 45%, if their images are only sold through iStockphoto. To become an exclusive photographer, you must have 250 downloads and a minimum 50% approval rating, or 500 downloads.
Each time one of your files is downloaded, your “Canister Icon” will move closer to the next level. The number of files you can upload to iStockphoto each week increases as your Canister Level moves up.
However, in 2012, Canister values will be reset at the beginning of each year, so royalties are now based on the value of the images sold in the previous year, not on the total number of images sold. This has angered many contributors to istockphoto, as they have seen a decrease in earnings, especially for their non-exclusive members.
Dreamstime is one of the most searched stock photo websites around, and regarded as a highly reputable and respectful company. They are members of the Picture Archive Council of America and Centre of the Picture Industry. Dreamstime provides images to clients in the creative market including; independent customers in the private sector, advertising agencies, national and international magazines, film and television production companies. They are also extremely selective in the number of photographs they chose. Statistics from January 2012: Almost 4,500,000 registered members. More than 130,000 contributing photographers. Over 13,000,000 images online. Unique visitors to the site has exceeded 11,000,000 per month. There are 3 ways to sell your images through Dreamstime:
This allows members to promote the community and win a significant percentage from the sales they bring.
Dreamstime offers a range of extended licenses that gives the client additional rights beyond the normal royalty free license. For instance, under the standard royalty free license, the amount of print items (t-shirts, mousepads, calendars, etc…) is limited or excluded depending on the agency. With an extended license, certain additional rights may be granted for an additional fee. SLRPhotographyGuide.com claims that Dreamstime has the highest payout of all stock photography websites
Last week we published an infogram on how much revenue the top technology companies make per second. It generated a lot of interest, with over 120,000 people engaging with the interactive infographic, and hundreds of conversations sparked around.the.world.
One question that kept on recurring on forums, blogs, and in social streams…What about the profit?
Yeah, companies may be
Last Friday on November 8th, the Twitter price share closed at $42, which makes it worth about $24 Billion.
But what does that compare to?
Before we find out let’s work out How much do you make per second?
If you were to take your year’s salary divide it by how many days you work, then divide that day’s hours into seconds (8 hours = 28800 seconds) you’d have your per second figure…
An example? OK using an average London wage of £35,219 per year. Assuming that you work 5 out of 7
Victoria Beckham has bought her husband, David Beckham a voucher for a £500 tattoo.
The footballer is not short of ink on his body, and once you start it must be hard to stop. Victoria has said that she had given the gift voucher for his 38th birthday. As David Beckham is worth about £300 million, it must be tricky to get the right gift.
Wayne Rooney is not short of a bob or two. When he goes out to the pub he takes a chauffeur driven car. But when he goes to a restaurant he uses a half price voucher, it is claimed. Although as he is only worth £35 million it could be considered that he is saving his money to catch up with the Beckhams’.
Perhaps what Wayne would really benefit from is a discount toy voucher, I am not saying whether it should be for him or the kids.
Meanwhile, all round nice girl Renee Zellweger gives here vouchers away, but only to nice guys,.Whilst she was in a coffee shop getting her fix of caffeine the parking meter for her parked car went into the red zone. Luckily for her a nice man, Milton Smith Jr was walking by and spotted it, he put in extra coins to stop it going into the red, apparently he is known for his random acts of kindness.
Renee didn’t walk away, she bought a £100 coffee voucher and gave it to the Meter Dude. What a great gal!
What if you could pick the brain of the net’s hottest financial bloggers? What would you ask? We know what you want to know what started things rolling in a positive direction. So we asked a dozen top bloggers the questions you wanted answers to:
What’s the most creative and lucrative money-saving advice you’ve ever received and what was the result of it?
The hope was to bring you a few tips that you can apply, starting today, so you can get on the road to financial success.
So, without further ado, let’s see what our Dynamic Dozen had to say about creative, lucrative and path-changing money advice
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Andy just couldn’t get the Pythagorean Theorem. Though he tried, it just didn’t add up for him. His mum shelled out £50 for him to a personal tutor. £50! And that was money she just didn’t have lying around. It was also something she shouldn’t have done, not without research, at least.
A long time ago, Andy’s mum’s solution was the only option. It’s how parents got their kids help: Paying outrageous amounts for private tutors or tutoring services. But since the evolution of Google and the glory of the Net, there’s very little reason to pay loads of money for online education these days. You can even get higher education for free