For Sarah - Either you can write your own code (as I have done ) or you can purchase an off-the-shelf site and pay a monthly fee. Some charge $100 or more per month for that - whereas if you write your own code you only pay for the hosting and maybe an email service (for maybe $100 per year). Writing the code myself was difficult and time-consuming - but it was also tremendously rewarding. I feel much more confident about my website programming skills now. I used HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, and MySQL for the database. But in the end you will find that writing the code (or purchasing a package) and setting up the site are the easy parts. The really difficult part is attracting and keeping site members. I am still working on that one.
Research other listings in your city on AirBnB and see what the going rate is for a place like yours. You could also just rent out a private room as well or even a bed in a shared room. In fact, that's how AirBnB got its start. However, you might find it hard in the beginning without reviews, but as long as you take really good care of your guests and provide a lot of value, the reviews will eventually come rolling in.
However, who in hell would pay for a dating site with NO MEMBERS? The answer is probably NOBODY. If you were honest and told them about your fresh site with zero members, of course no one would pay to register. But we're not suggesting a scam here either. So the deal is: To get your first members you will need to offer your services for free. Payment for membership comes later. Until then you will have to rely on advertising to make money. However, in the beginning you should not even use advertising at all, as your site would offer nothing of real value for your first members.
Join a startup accelerator: Another great option is to apply to a startup accelerator like Y Combinator, 500 startups, or TechStars, where a group of investors will help coach you, connect you with potential partners, and provide startup cash in return for a small stake in your company. The competition is tough to get into these, so don’t rely on them as your only path forward.

I have been reading through some of the comments made about your article–and I have to say–dsr was hoping for a short cut. Preston, I believe that you may have written in another article”3-important keys to success”, that there are no short cuts. I remember there was a time that I had did just as you wrote about “diversification” and –Its funny–It does ring true. I have taught adult educations courses–Demonstrations for organizations–Entertainment venues–Murals–Portraits–and others–which provided me with stead income for me to return to school. I agree with your point Preston and qualify it in these terms: Artist must find a way to exercise their gifts by creating the opportunities to utilize them. Thanks for reminding me.
Whether you consider your small business a creative one or not, drawing on skills to make money artistically can be a rewarding process. Earning money from drawing pictures may seem like an impossible feat or a one-in-a-million chance, but there are a variety of ways businesses can rely on their employees' design talents to make a living. Not all drawing jobs offer instant fame and fortune, but there are plenty of opportunities upon which you and your associates can draw a living.
At Threadless, you make art, and they'll do the rest! You can open your completely customizable artist shop for free and sell anywhere in the world. You set your prices and earn a profit on anything over the base cost of the merchandise. T-shirts and tanks have a base cost of $15, so if you sell them for $25, you're earning $10 bucks on every single shirt. That's not too bad! There are no minimums, no shipping fees, and they handle inventory and customer care.
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. 

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Not only will this multiply the money you’re bringing in in a serious way, but it protects you against any sudden changes in the market or in your business. Remember that old saying about putting all your eggs in one basket? A few hours a week committed to just one or two of the following opportunities will put you in a much stronger position to be financially safe and independent.
Very nice tips, I had no idea about this! A few months ago, I started learning to design t shirts by following this guide: http://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/sell-t-shirts/ and it started mainly as a hobby, but thru time I got pretty good, and now I am thinking about making a business out of it but I didn’t know where to start, and now I do. Thank you for putting me in the right direction :) Wish me luck!
so now you know the 3 tips how to turn yourdrawing hobby into cash.1. do this as your hobby in your spare time2. find the right client3. practice to use your pop up ideasactually these tips can be applied to other designor other things related to creativity.book cover, webdesign, banner, card name design and moreor even how to solve your problem in a creative way.I hope its useful, success for you and good luck.DavidFernXerutax
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