My situation is a little different… I’ve been there and done that. Had to pull over and actually take a hiatus because my site was too popular (without the education). Now I’m just building a database of content for the years ahead after getting some professional training. AdSense is starting to come around again using different methods without a web server. Still, there is a lot of problems yet with the way advertising money is being distributed. IMHO, TV ads should be worthless compared to YouTube ads which have REAL numbers. View counts are the most important factor when broadcasting your content.
If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? My friend, Mark Jackson did just that, making extra money online with his travel consulting side business. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, and then move on and create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals. Eventually you could spin this into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make their dream trip a reality.
Unpack the script: First thing you need to do is to unoack the .zip file (or .tgz file) you just downloaded. If you're running Windows XP, Windows VISTA or later you should be able to open this file just like you would open a folder on your harddrive. However, if this fails, you may want to use some software to unzip (open the compressed files) the zip file. I recommend 7zip, which is open source software (free) and you can use 7-Zip on any computer.
Envato is similar to Creative Market, but has more technical product categories: website themes, code, video, audio, graphics, photo, 3D models and flash. From a buyer’s perspective, Envato has gotten some flak for their sellers not creating functioning WordPress themes. However, in the graphic design section, what you see is what you get — so buyers are less likely to be misled by something that looks flashy that doesn’t work.
Blue Cotton has 20 years of experience and guarantees their quality, which is nice to hear nowadays. They are a custom print t-shirt shop that has an amazing design studio. For the most part, individuals order shirts for personal use or to have stock on hand, like in a physical storefront. While they don't offer an online store option for you to sell your shirts, they do offer campaigns as a way for you to make money.
The first step to making a living as a graphic designer is to build a portfolio. The portfolio is like a resume for designers to showcase their skills. Every time you finish a project that you are proud of, adds an example from the project to your portfolio. With the right training and the right marketing skills, you can make extra money on the side doing something that you really enjoy doing.
Johns’ system is a series of homemade notebooks. He carries one with him at all times so he can capture his ideas on paper whenever inspiration strikes. He says, “I might be in a lineup at a coffee shop, on the bus, watching TV, or putting the kids to sleep. I’ll overhear a conversation, see some quirky gig poster, spot an interesting pattern, or think of an odd combination of objects, and I’ll pull out a sketchbook and get the idea down on paper.”
Where’s the business opportunity? Go check local stores: what you’ll find are boring, black or clear iPhone cases… Customers would love nice cases but retailers don’t know where to find them. Why? Because wholesalers carry the same low-cost, standardized cases that are massively produced in China. Why not choose Chinese companies: First, production is slow and they will ask for a minimum of 500-1000 cases per design; Second, you can’t find a trustworthy supplier as most will sell your designs; Third, none will accept returns. You can contact us at [email protected]. Remember that the investment is low, the profits are high and they can become huge.