If making money working as a photographer is new to you, you might feel intimidated, even terrified. It's easy to imagine yourself failing miserably and ending up with unappreciated hard work. What's the point in trying if millions of others are doing the same thing? While failed attempts are inevitable, there are many opportunities – both online and offline – that can lead you to great rewards. Even if you're a shy individual living in a small town far, far away, you can earn money by contributing your talent to a community that will cherish it. Of course, you have every right to feel skeptical. The idea of finding a photography-related job, especially online, might sound too good to be true. However, if you're willing to put a lot of effort and love into your search for a job, you will succeed. Amongst many failed attempts, you'll discover a gem (or many gems) that will inspire, fulfil, and motivate you. It's important to remember that not every application, shoot, or e-mail will lead to more work. Don't beat yourself up if you get rejected. Be patient, curious, and kind to yourself. Most importantly, be aware of what's currently in demand and let others know that you're available. Setting achievable goals for yourself will help you understand what you feel most comfortable with. Personally, I enjoy beginning every month with a list of new and refined goals. The more I do this, the closer I get to understanding myself as both an artist and an individual. Looking back on previous months gives me a clear idea of what is realistic and what requires harder work. In short, monthly goals are fantastic helpers. This article will focus on five ways you can make money working as a photographer this month. You can change this to a week, several months, or even a year. Just treat this as a guideline which will (hopefully) allow you to try out new things, challenge yourself, and make money doing what you love.