I know, I know …eew, right?
But hear me out.
Feet. There tends to be no middle ground here. You either love them or you hate them. However you feel toward those useful but pungent appendages at the bottom of your legs, the thought of them being used as some internet fetishist’s inspiration can be unsettling, to say the least.
Admittedly, this easy money-making scheme is not for everyone. If you are already creeped out, may we suggest a couple of our more mainstream money-making ideas, like 11 Work at Home Companies That Are Always Hiring. We want to help all our readers make money from home in a way that makes them feel comfortable.
For those of you who are intrigued, if you want to learn more about how to cash in on this $90,000 industry, read on.
How Does Selling Feet Pics Work?
The process is relatively simple.
Step 1: Create or Join a Site.
You have two main choices. You can:
Opt to go it alone. You can create your own website and market your feet through social media or post listings on free marketplace sites like Craigslist. This gives you more freedom to run your operation as you see fit, but it can be hard to gain customers and may not be as secure.
Take the fast train. Joining a free foot pic platform like Instafeet takes the guesswork out of much of the process. Though sites like these generally take a commission out of your earnings, they provide protection and security while handling all the transactions for you.
You could also, theoretically, try to become a real foot model with an agency. However, we’re assuming you’re not in the market for a major career change. Since the road to becoming a professional foot model typically requires professional level photos, takes a long time to book a meeting and sign with a company who may or may not find work for you, and generally requires much more effort, we’re going to focus on the first two options.
If you are trying to break into the professional foot model industry, gaining an impressive foot pic following is a great way to impress professional modeling agencies.
Step 2: Take Pictures of Your Feet.
Be sure you have a decent camera and good lighting. You might want to check out the Canon Rebel, which is a recommended choice as a beginner camera. If you have a friend who is willing to take some photos for you, it widens the range of angles you’re able to shoot from. We suggest googling foot pictures to get some ideas. Find more help on photo shoot ideas below.
Step 3: Post the Pictures and Earn Money
You want to offer a sample of your photo aesthetic and foot type without giving away the goods you want your customers to pay for. This can be done by featuring a few pictures that blur out the foot a bit while showing off the style of the photos and the general appearance of your feet.
If you’re doing this through your own website, you’ll want to set up a separate account with a secure payment platform like Venmo, PayPal, or Google Pay. If you’ve chosen to create a profile on an existing foot photo marketplace, they will generally take care of that process for you.
Step 4: Stay Abreast of Foot Trends
Periodically peruse the profiles and sites of the most popular and trending foot models so you can stay on top of new and emerging foot trends and ideas. Keeping relevant in the market and making sure you’re offering a good selection is key to long-term success…if that’s something you want to have.
How Much Money Can You Earn?
If you opt to create your own website or listing, you set your own prices and all the money you earn is yours. You can try different rates, packages, and subscriptions to see that works and how much people are willing to pay.
However, as mentioned above, unless you’re a niche-marketing genius, creating a following for a specific and somewhat taboo fetish is going to be an uphill battle. We’ve been told that Pinterest is a good place to begin marketing foot pics.
If you’re joining a foot pic platform, most of them are free to join and still allow you to set your own rates, but take a commision out of your earnings. Some sites charge per picture or bundle, while others offer their customers monthly subscriptions to individual accounts. Foot models typically charge around $20 per month per customer for access to their pics.
At that rate, you can see how gaining a following with multiple subscribers could become quite lucrative. However, this also means you may have to post new pictures and try out different techniques each month so your customers stick with you.
Is It Safe?
Long story short, it can be… as long as you’re smart about it.
Creeps are everywhere on the internet, and I’m sure it’s not surprising to hear the foot fetish world boasts its fair share of them. The last thing you need in your life is a stalker who is obsessed with your feet.
Using common sense online practices goes a long way here. Make sure you never give out personal information or post clues about where you’re located and only use secure payment methods. If you are marketing through social media, we suggest not using your personal profile, as that can provide easy access to family and friends who may not be careful about remaining anonymous.
Here are some general guidelines to follow:
Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Foot Pics
Don’t Be Afraid To:
Create a foot “brand.” Foot fetishists tend to pay more for specific subgenres. You can even offer a selection of albums, each featuring a different style. Examples include:
* ‘Classic Vamp’ with red nails, high heels, fishnets, and lipstick marks
* ‘Tree Hugger’ with outdoor nature pics of your toes flexing in the dirt, sand, grass, leaves, snow, or water
*‘Foodie’ where you dip your feet into syruppy liquids like chocolate sauce, or mush them in squishy solids like peanut butter or even mashed potatoes or guacamole
Embrace Your Inner Artist. Shoot from unexpected angles using various poses or only shoot part of the foot with an artsy background. As mentioned above, enlisting a friend to shoot your feet allows you to vary your offerings.
Remember Not to:
-Include your face in the shots
-Leave any clues about where you live
-Engage in private messaging other than to confirm transactional or business specifics. Things can get creepy. This is not Tinder. If a customer tries to engage you, shut it down. This a main reason why many choose to go through a foot pic site.
-Use your personal profile on social media that may provide clues about who you are and where you live.
Put Your Best Foot Forward…or Not?
If you are under the impression that only small, cute, delicate tootsies with nails neatly painted can be profitable in the foot pic business, think again. Sure, there is a market for that, but it’s not the only market.
There are also people interested in big feet, short feet, narrow feet, wide feet, hairy feet, and even dry scaly feet with blisters, corns, bunions, hangnails or fungus-y yellowed nails.
Some customers will pay extra if you ship a pair of your smelly well-worn shoes to them…but that’s part of another industry altogether.
The internet is home to a vast freakshow of foot fetishists, so if your feet aren’t exactly summer-ready, you could get a pedicure first, or you could try your luck as is.
More Websites Where You Can Sell Feet Pics
I mentioned Pinterest above as another website to consider for selling feet pics – but here’s even more websites to check out when looking for places to sell your feet images.
– Lets females sell feet pics under a nickname for anonymity.
– Yep, you can sell feet pics on eBay.
– They also allow the sale of feet pics.
– I’m giving this one a mention because they do have subreddits regarding selling feet pics. You might find some good information there on the topic too. Be warned, it’s not all rated PG.
– Looks like there could be success selling feet pics on Instagram too.
Stock Photo Websites to Consider for Selling Feet/Foot Pictures
– They have a contributor program that you can join. You can also purchase images through them as well.
– Popular stock photo site that accepts contributors.
Feet Pic Seller Success Stories
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February 1, 2018
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Woman Earns Over $70,000 a Year Showing Her Feet on Instagram
Have You Tried to Sell Pictures of Your Feet?
Personally, I’ve never attempted to sell pics of my feet. After researching for this post… I do feel the urge to make a pedicure appointment and buy some cute toe rings. There is no shame as far as I’m concerned in making cash selling pictures of your feet. And who knows… maybe I’ll eventually be sharing my own feet pic selling success story. Have you had success or attempted it? Do share — myself and my readers would certainly enjoy someone spilling the tea on this topic.