Here’s the interesting thing. All of these sites have lots of photos, because this is what they are best known for. Lots of photographers upload images to sites like these, so there is always plenty of choice for buyers who want photos. But there are also lots of people looking for something a little different. They may specifically want a drawing of some kind to illustrate an article or blog post, or they may just be fed up with the usual boring stock photos. If you can show them an interesting illustration or diagram, they may well jump to buy it.


At Skillshare, professionals teach students a specific skill. There are all kinds of categories, like simple illustration, DIY and calligraphy. In order to set up a course, teachers have to apply, and not everyone is accepted. The minimum requirement is 45 minutes of lessons broken into 4-9 minute videos. After the videos are complete, there’s no extra work for teachers like grading homework. When a teacher enrolls 25 students in their class, they start to earn royalties.
So, where are we supposed to turn to make money the legitimate way online? This isn't just about generating passive income; this is also about finding ways and means to create an active income through the conveniences afforded to us by the internet that will not only help us with our debt obligations, but also empower us to save, invest and get really rich in the future.
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.
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You can also create tees, either with your designs or the designs of others. I created a simple t-shirt that cost $14.20, then added a design for $4.50, so the cost to make the shirt was $18.70. At that point, you tack on your commission — whatever amount you'd like based on your design and what you think you can earn. I would stick around the same pricing as the other sites to stay competitive, so I chose a commission of $4.00 per shirt, bringing the selling price up to $22.70. Selling 50 shirts would net me a profit of 200 dollars.


@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? 

Threadless is full of quirky T-shirts that can’t be found anywhere else. They also sell art prints, phone cases, and other apparel items like hoodies and tanks. To make money with Threadless, artists enter into a contest. The contests have fun themes like “Front and Back” for a design that prints on both sides of a shirt, and ”#TBTee” for throwback designs. Winners of these contests get a $2000 prize if their design is chosen, and extra $500 if it gets reprinted, and Bestee award winners could get up to $22,500. Threadless gets a non-exclusive right to print the design.
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.
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