Whether it’s an important consumer application, a specialist app to solve a particular niche problem, or even a time-wasting game you can play on your phone, you can create a massively successful business if you build software that helps people. (Look at the rise of Slack—the team communication software that went from side project to billion-dollar company in just 2 years.)

An alternative which is very popular in the blogging community is affiliate marketing, where you sell other people’s books and products on your blog, and they give you a commission for every item you sell. This is great for digital products because the production costs are so low that most merchants are happy to pay large commissions, often 50% or even more.

The author definitely knows his online marketing in this field, and I don't see how you couldn't increase your income if you used all the methods outlined in this book. Doing so will definitely get your name out there, get yourself noticed, bring in repeat customers and more. I enjoyed the social media strategies listed and started implementing them right away, effectively increasing my Twitter and Pinterest following. Enjoyed the original content.
You could outsource daily tasks to webmasters and site admins. Get a virtual asssistant to pay attention to day-to-day profits. Hire an accountant and occasionally whatch your online dating business grow. While this may sound like really expensive you could get all of it for less than $800 per month, and that's close to nothing if you make, say, $30,000 per month from your dating site. We'd doubt you begin to make that much your first year online though. However, you should be able to outsource daily tasks already in your first months after reaching 8,000 members while still maintaining a profit.
2. Create a cool graphics and put it for sale on the sites like Envato and Graphic River. Another versions of this - create a bundle of marketing graphics like buttons, CTA, icons, headlines, inforgraphics etc and offer it for sale on JVZOO, ClickBank, Warrior Forum etc offering 50% comissions to affiliates. They will drive the traffic and sales - you will collectt the money and customer list.

I believe there is definitely a need in my community for this online dating site. There is certainly a niche for both the love seekers and for me to profit as well but, I am just so scattered on how I can build it with all this too much information. :) I have the domain registered already. but I am still all over the place as far as on how can start it. Any help/idea would be so grateful, beautiful people
Now next, you’ll want to pick a WordPress theme from somewhere like ThemeForest, Elegant Themes or OptimizePress. This is the barebones design of your site, which you can then customize with your own branding, copy, and images. That being said, you don’t want to cheap out. It costs less than $100 to buy a theme that will make your website look professional (and you can upgrade to a completely custom design once you get the business going).
Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products, tools and learning resources I've personally used and believe are genuinely helpful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase them. Most of all, I would never advocate for buying something that you can't afford or that you're not yet ready to implement.
Outsourcing the template design: If you have absolutely NO SKILLS in HTML and CSS, and if you don't want to spend some time learning it, you could outsource the creation of the template. However, we'd highly recommend you learn it though, as basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is fundamental to most opportunities to make money online. To outsource the template design, go to elance.com or rentacoder.com and find someone to do the job for you. For more information on outsourcing, see the section about Outsourcing your work.
Let's continue from the market segment from the example above: Straight people ages 18 to 30 living in Copenhagen. This segment is still pretty large. There's 1,145,000 people living in Copenhagen, and that's just in the urban area. Probably more than 100,000 of these people are in the ages 18 to 30, which is your market segment. It would cost a lot of money to market your dating site in such a way that these people would actually spend their money on your dating site.
Anyway, I just wanted to ask how you go about getting to guest post on other blogs? Do you approach bloggers with your ideas or concepts of what you’d like to bring to their blogs? Have they all approached you? I have approached a few sites in the past and got no response, so I’d like some advice on how you go about getting them to take you on and pay you.

I’m on mobile so I don’t see any dates on the article or on the comments but this was just on time for me to read today! I’ve been revamping my approach to not only freelance graphic design but to managing my income as a whole. My thinking was beginning to go along the lines of what you wrote about however for all the potential benefits, I also saw many potential problems, such as losing focus by bouncing around too many different places. I needed some reassurance that this “self-business model” could be successful and stable longterm, which you have confirmed! Thank you for sharing your experiences!


You can make money on the side as a designer, but you can also earn a living getting hired on as a designer with a design firm or a corporation. Most employers that are hiring a designer in-house are looking for someone who has a large portfolio or a degree. If you do not have much experience designing on a professional level, completing a formal degree program might help you get a foot in the door.
Another: Start a YouTube channel. Sculptor Kevin Caron has a successful enough channel at http://www.youtube.com/kevincaron that he sells advertising on it (through YouTube). He makes a couple of hundred dollars a month in advertising alone, and the channel helps keep him high on the search engines, especially Google. It does take time to create and edit the videos and, most important, respond to the comments on YouTube, but it’s definitely worth it.
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NO. RentAFriend.com is a solely a platonic friendship website only. You are not required to do anything you don't want to. You are the Boss, and make all of the rules. It's extremely important that before you meet to discuss all of the details including the time, date, location plans and payment. Once all of those minor details are worked out, you will be able to enjoy your time much better. Remember you are NOT going on a date. RENTAFRIEND IS NOT A DATING WEBSITE. RentAFriend.com is strictly a platonic friendship website where people can rent your friendship. We have a very strong stance on physical contact. There is no physical contact at all during your time you spend with a member! You are there to provide friendship only.

@Preston D Lee, I resell domain names and hosting accounts, mostly to my clients at the moment. I also have some things on Zazzle, and I have an eBook about SEO. The products on Zazzle don’t do much, but I don’t work at promoting them because I’m just too busy. The eBook is starting to do a little better, but the domain names and hosting do the best at this point. It’s just so hard to promote everything at once, and still promote my design services as well. Oh and school. Oh and the part time job I still have for the time being. Can we say burn the candle at both ends? 

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.
Once you’ve gathered a list, put together a template outreach email (as you’ll be doing this over and over) that’s short and clear with expectations. Tell your potential interviewee who you are, what your podcast is about, and what you’re asking of them. Do a few test interviews with friends and family to make sure everything is being recorded at the quality you want and then book your first episode.
Good post.. I agree that it’s one of those topics that we as designers hear frequently but it is so reassuring to read through the comments and see how alike most of us are in our drive to succeed as not only artists but also as entrepreneurs. The secret to making more money is simple.. It’s motivation and perseverance. We should always be moving forward and diversifing our pallet of oppertunities because that’s the best way to grow.

Selling through Tfund allows you to set your own pricing as well, and the more you sell, the more you make. Prices vary to create a shirt depending on your design and text, but I created a simple shirt with text and a graphic and listed it for $20. You can earn profit even with as few as 10 shirts ($63.10). Selling 50 shirts would net a whopping $410! (And remember, that's on a $20 shirt!) This is a great option if you're looking to crowdfund. 

Clearly, there's a lot of demand on Amazon, and if any product is going to sell, it's going to sell well on Amazon. But the goal here is to source the right products that will easily sell at the world's largest online retailer. Generally, products between $10 and $50 sell very well here. Just be sure to do the right market research before jumping on this bandwagon.
But most of people make a common mistakewhen it comes to create a creative thing. they dontbelieve their pop up ideas at the first placethey just throw away and say "they wont like it"thats wrong !!90% of my pop up ideas are attractive, and they love it.it doesnt mean youre going to win the contestit helps me to grab my clients attentionamong other designs…
Partnering with Tee Spring is like crowdfunding with T-Shirts! It's 100% free to design your shirt. Simply use the online designer to create your product by either uploading your design or using clip art from the site. You'll have to set a sales goal or tipping point, which is the minimum you need to sell in order to have your shirts printed. Then share your campaign via email, your website, or your favorite social media networks. Your customers won't be charged unless your campaign reaches the tipping point. Once your campaign ends, shirts are printed and sent out, and you'll be sent a check for the profit.
Let's continue from the market segment from the example above: Straight people ages 18 to 30 living in Copenhagen. This segment is still pretty large. There's 1,145,000 people living in Copenhagen, and that's just in the urban area. Probably more than 100,000 of these people are in the ages 18 to 30, which is your market segment. It would cost a lot of money to market your dating site in such a way that these people would actually spend their money on your dating site.
The information was very helpful and I appreciate you sharing this 🙂 As Designers, we have endless opportunities and sources for earning extra income. I’m a newbie when it comes to earning extra money online ; my day job and freelance keep me busy but when I get some good personal work done I like to turn them into something I can sell on Society6.com.
Look at it this way – let’s say you create a blog that brings in 30k impressions on a month basis. There’s a CTR of 2 percent (that is pretty high) and the average CPR for ads is $0.25 – you would make $150 each month. That may not be a lot of money, but it is extra money either way you stack it. Read below for the exact method on how to monetize a blog:
Personally I’ve made networking and joining in group discussions paramount and a great way to meet potential clients. You’d be surprised what people discuss about. Example: a friend invited me to an event totally unrelated to design work recently. There a group was discussing whether to get a customized unique wedding website for one of their friend that is about to get married. My friend introduced me as a web designer and front-end developer and there and then, i landed the job. It wasn’t much pay but the referrals from her and her friends made sure i design on average 4 wedding websites weekly, each comes at about 1500usd [domain renewable after 2 years]. Amazing is an understatement. I never thought about it till i went out and mixed up and it happened, like literally fell into my laps.
Choose a dating affiliate program that has lifetime commissions. If you sign up with an affiliate program that only pays you one time for a sign up, you're wasting time and leaving money on the table. The best affiliate programs are ones that will pay you lifetime affiliate commissions for at least 25% on purchases made and then 10-15% on purchases made by their referrals. The top affiliate programs are ones like the program I recommended in step 1, which pay you three different ways residually. This could be an affiliate commission of $10 for sending a member to the website and then commissions on two levels for purchases.
You won’t make money on sites like zazzle or other sites. Any digital is not worth money because it can be reproduced to other people for free and it has no physical property that can pass from one person to the next. The best advice is to take up oil painting and paint on canvas. If you work doesn’t sell in oil paint it means you need to practice more. You will have to sell your artwork locally and go to public auctions, galleries for artwork sales. You can create actual 3D signs made of plastic, metal, etc..or even letter fonts which alot of businesses are more interested in than just a digital copy and you’re giving them the final product. Nothing digital will sell unless you are a big corporate.
This is pretty informational , but I do have some questions. I recently turned 18 and am about to graduate high school, but I attend a technology center as well. I have been using Adobe products such as Photoshop quite a bit and as of right now I just need to study and get my certification for Adobe Photoshop. I have a real interest in making neat edits on photos. I plan to attend the technology center next year as well and get more experience. While attending school would it be possible for me to get my work out there to clients and maybe even businesses so that I could get paid? How would I go about doing this exactly? How much would I charge? If you would like, you can take a look at my Bechance Portfolio or e-mail me and I could send you some of my logos I have made and pictures I have edited.
These are some great tips for making money from your art. I am going to forward this article to my readers of my http://www.craftbizblog.com (and of course credit you.) I have many other tips you might want to share on both sites including “The Myth of the Starving Artist” and “13 Low or No-Cost ways to turn your craft into cash now”. So glad you are also sharing and encouraging your readers to pursue making a living at their art. great article,
He shares a number of great platforms to showcase your work. My initial concern was that maintaining and interacting on all those platforms can be very time consuming and actually burdensome. Vincent reassures that this is really not the case. It really only takes a few minutes a day allowing you to return to the more enjoyable tasks of creating artwork. I'm really looking forward to setting up and advertising an all the platforms he mentions.
Affiliate Marketing: Use your dating service to recruit to other dating services, or any other appropiate product and service. You could use traditional affiliate networks, or you could arrange your own deals with any appropiate company. For example, you could team up with a florist and gift retailer and make a button on each profile that says: "Send me a gift or flower". There's probably thousands of different opportunities you could use to blend affiliate marketing with your dating site.
Domain name trading has been around for the last couple decades, and while most slam-dunk names have long been sold off, there’s still plenty of others that you can get your hands on for relatively cheap and broker as a way to make money online. Before you dive in, however, beware that some experts doubt the long-term viability of this idea for making money online. However, there’s always the change you might just land on a lucrative domain name for a future billion-dollar company. To get you started, here are some tips from GoDaddy, arguably the world’s largest and most famous repository of domain names.

According to LinkedIn, there are more than 10 million active job postings on their website! That is an incredible number of jobs waiting to be filled in with the right recruits, and this is the work of an efficient recruiter. Unfortunately, recruitment is a complex activity, and several companies do not have the bandwidth to scout for the right talent with their in-house staff.
OK, now this may seem obvious, but really, I've seen so many dating sites that are just outright generic. It is so important to establish a professional image. This includes your logo and your template choice. If you choose a niche like sci-fi lovers, it's also fun to use a theme like the solar system or stars. Just make sure your site looks super-professional. Branding is going to set you apart from other dating sites that may provide the same niche as you. Branding is what will establish you as an authority site.
My friend Kyle Adams has created a great course focused on helping designers and illustrators choose more effective colors for their projects. This skill is something that is very haphazardly executed by most people, but after hearing time after time that he has great color choices, this got him thinking about how he might best be able to help other people with the same skill.
As far as your drawings are concerned, they don’t need to be complex necessarily, but they need to be interesting and suited to a particular audience. Rather than just submitting a random range of drawings, create drawings that you think would sell well on these stock image sites. Try a range of styles and see what sells. Once you have found a niche that works, scale up by creating more images for that market.

Marc Johns is an artist. I’ve been following his work for over a year now. His drawings have been described as “badass whimsy”. They’re funny and deep, which is a unique combination. He articulates the things that people think, but don’t say. For example, one of his pieces is a giant starburst shape with the words “I don’t really know what I’m doing” written inside. Quirky and simple, but knowing.

Use dating sites that you're currently on to get referrals and earn money from a dating affiliate program. Be careful not to violate the sites rules about posting links. Create a text link in your profile description and recommend the site to the members. This is a great way to get affiliate commissions because a lot of people are interested in trying new sites if the one they're using isn't working out for them. When other members see that you're a real member of the site and not a spammer, they're more likely to follow your link and sign up.


More and more companies and startups especially are embracing remote work—where you use online collaboration and communication tools to do your work from wherever you want. And you don’t have to be a 20-something hotshot designer or coder to reap the benefits of working remotely. Many remote positions are for customer support positions or other customer-facing positions that don’t require specialized skill sets.
Hi i find this like a good method and i wanna try it. But can you tell me how it works with payment when customer pay to me?Do they pay before or after you send then the logo? And did they know that they will pay via paypal or bank transfer? Isnt there a fee to send money to foreign bank account? Do you pay taxes from this method? Thanks for answers
Not just anyone can make money as a graphic designer. While it is possible for creative individuals to master their skill by doing their own designs, it does take both talent and promotion to really earn a living designing. If you’re serious about expanding your skill set so that you are more marketable to a larger market, you can make profits by selling your designs or accepting projects. Here are some tips so that you are prepared to make additional income putting your graphic design skills to work:
Anyway, I draw some logos, ilustrations, and icons onlyIn one of the biggest and trusted site (in my opinion) called 99designs.comActually there are other similar sites like 99designs, but I onlyFocus on this site since I have only 1-2 hours a day in my spare time.The other reason is there are hundreds of contestsavailable there I can choose every single day.
How much can you earn this way?  There are people earning thousands of dollars per month using the Dating Factory model.  They share the revenue with you, and provide good technical support and promotional materials.  All you have to do is build the site and let people know that it’s there.  And the built-in affiliate program capabilities allow you to recruit people to promote your site for you, and Dating Factory will see to it that they get paid.
Theme customization is easy, but only if you compare it to creating a website completely from scratch. That’s why so many people end up using a free WordPress theme without much customization. They end up thinking they have to hire a fancy designer if they want something other than “Twenty Seventeen.” But you and I both know that’s not the case. You can buy a premium theme from StudioPress* or Creative Market* and customize it for someone. Hey, I know designers who build their whole sites around customizing Divi from Elegant Themes*! Your clients don’t have to pay a billion dollars for some high-end design, so they’re happy to pay you less (half a billion dollars, say).
These are great tips for established artists, but what I want to share here are some alternative artistic money-making ideas which might be more realistic options for someone just starting out down a creative career path. Some may seem obvious to you, and some you may already be doing, but I hope you can get at least one new idea for creating an extra source of income from your art.
Another: Start a YouTube channel. Sculptor Kevin Caron has a successful enough channel at http://www.youtube.com/kevincaron that he sells advertising on it (through YouTube). He makes a couple of hundred dollars a month in advertising alone, and the channel helps keep him high on the search engines, especially Google. It does take time to create and edit the videos and, most important, respond to the comments on YouTube, but it’s definitely worth it.
Selling through Tfund allows you to set your own pricing as well, and the more you sell, the more you make. Prices vary to create a shirt depending on your design and text, but I created a simple shirt with text and a graphic and listed it for $20. You can earn profit even with as few as 10 shirts ($63.10). Selling 50 shirts would net a whopping $410! (And remember, that's on a $20 shirt!) This is a great option if you're looking to crowdfund.
Now, it’s time to plan out your show. If you’re doing an interview-style show, you’ll now want to start getting some guests involved. You can use your existing social network to reach out to people you already know or are connected with on Twitter or Facebook. You can also head to Medium or Amazon to find authors or experts on topics specific to your niche.
So many people dream of writing a book, but never go through with it. Yet no matter what, I’m sure you have experience and value you could give through writing a book. By packaging your skills and knowledge into a downloadable eBook that helps people learn a skill, advance their careers, or start a businesses, you can change someone’s life and even make good money online.
Well done and very informative! Considering the original content is a few years old do you have any updates, as far as software is concerned, for developing a dating site? Asking for an opinion as far as WordPress is concerned...just how much "extra" work is involved? I know that most of the elements would be plug-in solutions and each of those has to be managed/updated independently. Have you heard of or experienced yourself issues with incompatibility between plug-in updates?

The first follows the startup path we outlined above: You have a disruptive idea for an app or piece of software, you validate the idea with real customers, and then raise money to hire developers or a development studio to build, launch, and scale your software. If you’ve done everything right, your software will be accepted to the Apple and Google Stores and you’ll make money every time someone downloads it or pays for a premium feature.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Picking the right monetization strategy for your dating site is almost like finding the right romantic partner for yourself. You need to know yourself (your website and customers), be aware of what the competition is up to, and do a little experimenting (but not too much!) to find the perfect match; but unlike your soulmate your monetization strategy is fully-customizable, and you can even change it over time to adjust to evolving technology and market trends.
Rather than making money through subscriptions, YouTube channels are based on a traditional advertising system. Meaning the more viewers you get, the more you make. Once you’re approved for the YouTube Partner Program and can start including ads on your videos, with every 1,000 views, you will make approximately $2-$4. Which might not seem like a lot, but if you have 100 videos with 5,000 views a month each, that would be $1,000–$2,000 already. Just imagine if your videos start hitting millions of views!
My friend Kyle Adams has created a great course focused on helping designers and illustrators choose more effective colors for their projects. This skill is something that is very haphazardly executed by most people, but after hearing time after time that he has great color choices, this got him thinking about how he might best be able to help other people with the same skill.
@Preston D Lee, I resell domain names and hosting accounts, mostly to my clients at the moment. I also have some things on Zazzle, and I have an eBook about SEO. The products on Zazzle don’t do much, but I don’t work at promoting them because I’m just too busy. The eBook is starting to do a little better, but the domain names and hosting do the best at this point. It’s just so hard to promote everything at once, and still promote my design services as well. Oh and school. Oh and the part time job I still have for the time being. Can we say burn the candle at both ends?
Getting a user to signup for a dating offer is easy, but if that’s your only form of advertising and monetization you are still leaving a lot of money on the table. After all, what’s about everyone who is already dating or married? If you are already having experience with online dating offers, it shouldn’t be too hard for you to play around with some of your existing ad campaigns and test out dating and relationship on a CPS basis as well.

Clearly, there's a lot of demand on Amazon, and if any product is going to sell, it's going to sell well on Amazon. But the goal here is to source the right products that will easily sell at the world's largest online retailer. Generally, products between $10 and $50 sell very well here. Just be sure to do the right market research before jumping on this bandwagon.


Has anyone ever told you you have a voice for radio? Are you great at creating original characters with just your voice? There are tons of people looking to pay for quality voice overs for their corporate videos, animation series, or educational videos. Check out Fiverr and UpWork or create a profile on a specialized site like Voices.com or The Voice Realm to get started making money online doing voice overs.
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