Consider gallery showings. No, you are not an artist in the traditional sense of the word, but neither (really) was Andy Warhol. Frame up some of those older designs and look for galleries that feature contemporary and post-modern work. Typically, galleries take 50% of the sale price, but that is money you did not have before. And, it is always great to say, when courting clients, that your work has featured in galleries.
Having said that, there are plenty of ways of putting your graphic design chops and computer savvy to good use that will help to supplement your income. How do I know this? Well, as the headline suggests, I've been doing exactly that for years. Some of the things I've tried have brought in a dribble of pocket money, and a couple have brought in a significant additional income.
Set up shop at a street fair, community event or festival and offer to draw on-the-spot caricatures. Caricatures are an artist's rendering of a live person, but usually skewed to complete distortion in a humorous way, such as a huge head on a small body or on an unlikely background. Your only supply outlay is a sketch pad, easel, chair and drawing tools such as crayons or colored pencils. Supply your artists with company business cards or fliers so that happily drawn customers and bystanders can pick up your information for possible future commissions.
You are probably familiar with stock photo sites. These allow people like bloggers to purchase photos that they can legally use on their websites. For example, I have a subscription to DepositPhotos.com, which I use to source nearly all the images on this blog. It costs me $89 a month, but it means I can download 10 images a day, every day, and use them legally on the blog. There are many other stock photo sites, including the big names such as Shutterstock and iStock.
If you do not own a site that provides dating services, you can still earn money by becoming a partner of existing monsters of online dating, for example, Meetic.fr, Mamba.ru, MeetMe.com. The visitor of your site will get access to a real dating site. Outwardly, everything looks as if you are the owner of a popular dating service with millions of visitors, but in fact, the visitor gets only access to the database of a large online dating site. You will get your money as a percentage of user costs for various services or just their registration. Some users spend thousands on communication. Large players of this market promise you up to $ 5.000 monthly if you own a site, which is visited by 10. 000 users daily. This amount doesn’t include the income from the sale of advertising. However, it’s up to you to find these users.
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I’ve seen drawing sell on the internet that have sold for up to a thousand dollars per drawing. What if I told you it’s possible for you sell your drawings or photos and can make a hundred or even two hundreds dollars for each drawing? Most people who draw don’t understand you can make a good living from drawing, or don’t even know where they would start selling their drawings at. Well I’m not a drawer but I have friends and family who both make money online either with their drawing’s or photos they own.
If you don’t have any site, you can place affiliate links on your pages in social networks (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and create ads on online free notice boards. In general, you advertise the partners’ sites in all available ways. However, you cannot do that too often, otherwise, your account can be blacklisted. The main disadvantages of this method are low efficiency and throwaway nature.
One of the easiest ways to search for clients and projects, is by using freelancing websites like Designhill, Freelancer, UpWork and Fiverr. Here you can find graphic design jobs, coding jobs, etc. and pursue the one which you like. You can also sign up on Facebook Groups for freelance work where clients post their requirements. Another option is to directly write to agencies or companies offering your services, this way you can often get into contracts and ensure long term work.