I am in the initial stages of starting my arts business online, and this book certainly made me realize that artists don't have to starve! I got some unique ideas about advertising my art in places where I had not thought about at all - online flea markets and free ads. I have been able to define keyword rich ads and use the smart pricing strategies suggested by the author. I have also set up my Pinterest account based on his suggestions, and I am generating interest! This is a very useful resource!
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 have actually gotten to the point where my side-ventures make me more money than actually doing design work. I make steady money from blogging (both here at Millo and for other bloggers who are willing to pay me), I make steady money from affiliate work, I make steady money from referring some clients to other designers, and I make steady money from many other little avenues of income.
How do you set up dating sites with Dating Factory? It’s easy. You register with the site, buy a domain name, and lot in to the Dating Factory site and click “Create a Site.” Then you pick the countries you’d like to market to, pick the niche (there are more than 40 of them), set your monthly membership price, and fill in a few forms with keywords, titles, headings and so forth. You can have your dating Website online in about ten minutes. After that, you should add a few pages of text content, and start promoting your site. Of course, you’ll be promoting your site, rather than the site of some other big company. This can be a huge advantage when advertising.
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!
Society6 is one of the better-known platforms for artists to sell their work. At Society6, sellers create one design that can be printed across multiple platforms like phone cases, T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, tapestries and art prints. The nice thing about this setup is that it’s not very labor-intensive for the seller; Society6 takes care of the printing and shipping. Plus, artists retain the rights to their artwork.
Hi there! I have worked as a graphic designer for almost 25 years in Sweden, and seen it all! 15 years ago we decided to move north to my wife’s hometown, away from my rather big job market in Stockholm. I new it would be hard to get a good job, and well, after 3 jobs as art director lost due to lack of clients at the agencies I worked at, I popped out on the unemployed market, no jobs as a designer to get anywhere due to a small town with small opportunities. So, I drive a taxi, to be able to pay my share of the household (got two kids), and the rest of my time goes to my work as a graphic designer at freelance bases. But then Sweden is an expensive place to live in, and having a family you need to do what has to be done to keep the money coming! I really wish I can live of my design in the near future again, and I work hard for that.
99designs is another great graphic design marketplace for freelance designers. The website launched in 2008 and quickly became one of the largest design selling platform, with over $200 million worth of designs sold up to date. To start working as a freelance designer you have to create your profile for the public to see; you can then find contests that interest you and submit you designs there. That’s how you build your customer base and your portfolio, by submitting designs to contests and engaging with customers. Remember, entry level designers can only entry 10 contests per month. Here’s a guide that explains step-by-step how to get started with 99Designs.
The problem is that if you decide that you’re going to promote a particular brand, such as EHarmony or Plenty of Fish, or Match, you’re going to find yourself having to compete with tens of thousands of other marketers. Just do a search for any of those brands online and you’ll find that there are endless review sites, countless ads, and more promotional material than you can possibly imagine. You’re also going to find yourself going up against some pretty well established competition. Some of the people promoting those brands have been doing it for years, and they’re very good at it. It’s unlikely that you’re going to start promoting EHarmony today and replace some of the big marketers who are ranking highly at the top of the search engines for that brand. So what do you do? How do you compete in promoting dating sites?