Walk around your neighborhood or town and I’m sure you’ll see tons of great local businesses with terrible design. However, with increasingly easy-to-use tools like Adobe Illustrator, Venngage, Stencil, and Visme, just about anyone with a creative mindset and a good amount of motivation can start making money online by being a graphic designer for local companies.

One of the big focuses for me this year is more video content. I love making videos (sadly my camera broke and I’ve been scrambling for a replacement since). But making and sharing Youtube videos can be a good way to not only teach what you know, but if your audience is large enough, you might be able to use it as a marketing channel for your own creative ventures, or even to generate sponsors or ads to help out.
Initially, you might find it hard to get accepted by the major stock image sites like Shutterstock, but don’t let that put you off. Try submitting to some of the many smaller sites. They are more likely to be open to new contributors, and can be a useful source of income. Also, remember that there is nothing stopping you from contributing the same images to multiple stock image sites, helping you to increase your total sales.
In a past life, I worked on sketching and really enjoyed it. With this book, I now have great hopes of returning back to my calling. I purchased this book as it appeared compelling that one could actually make a living doing something they enjoyed. Vincent has hit upon a very hot topic nowadays in which people are hungry to turn their passions, desires and interests into streams of sustainable supplemental income. So many people are fed up with their boring dead end jobs and desperately seeking a way out. I believe this book is a great catalyst in making an investment in yourself and your future.

 Sarah Vermunt is a career and entrepreneur coach, and the Founder of Toronto-based Careergasm. She teaches at the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Sarah is a PhD Candidate in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, and has a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies. She studied executive management coaching at the graduate level, and life coaching under Dr. Martha Beck, Harvard-educated coaching expert of O Magazine and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Follow Sarah at www.careergasm.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @careergasm.

An amazing book, that brings a breath of fresh air to the table. This book does not talk about the usual making money "quick fixes" such as how to look for the best platform, or where to invest blah blah... It does however help you find a new, fair way to talk with your inner self and make plans about your goals of making money with your drawing skills. This is a very helpful book for the novice who is just contemplating becoming involved in art business. It starts at the real beginnings. Your beginnings, to reflect on how you look at and value money. It also covers both the basics of drawing portraits, as a refresher, such as proportions, anatomy, rendering as well as more advanced tips and techniques. If you are considering a venture into the craft world, this book seems very helpful. It is a great guide to help you turn a profit with your own crafts.
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