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.
Getting any job demands experience. You can do an apprenticeship to acquire the experience. Then you can have a job with your experience skills. If you can suit yourself working in an office environment, aside from earning security, you will be able to develop your skills faster. You will be able to learn from your peers and boss. In case of working alone (freelancing), you have to take the initiative yourself to learn new skills. Or, challenges of the work will compel you to develop your skills. Enjoy!!!

While Etsy is fantastic for handmade goods that you’ve already created, if you’ve got killer designs that would look good on phone cases, t-shirts, or even wall hangings, pillows, and duvets, you can sell them on Society6 without paying anything to start. Society6 lets artists upload their designs and create their own shops where they choose what products their designs can be used on. That means one design can be used to make a whole range of awesome products that are printed and shipped on demand whenever someone buys from you. With top creators making thousands every month just from selling their designs.
If you want to clear some space out in your house and have a big stack of books you’ve been holding onto for too long, you can make money selling your books and textbooks online. Stores like Half Priced Books and others will give you cents on the dollar for each of your current books while you can check what your book is worth by simply entering the ISBN number on Book Scouter.
As someone who's been immersed in a number of online industries for quite some time, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in this arena. However, just like you, I started at ground zero with little knowledge, but a great deal of passion. What I learned along the way were some invaluable lessons from failure that hurt at the time, but helped immensely in the grand scheme of things. 

Johns’ system is a series of homemade notebooks. He carries one with him at all times so he can capture his ideas on paper whenever inspiration strikes. He says, “I might be in a lineup at a coffee shop, on the bus, watching TV, or putting the kids to sleep. I’ll overhear a conversation, see some quirky gig poster, spot an interesting pattern, or think of an odd combination of objects, and I’ll pull out a sketchbook and get the idea down on paper.”

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. 

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Whether you’re a crypto evangelist who has worked and traded in cryptocurrencies for years, or you’re brand new to the industry and you want to get a foothold as a marketer, RunCPA is a potent option for affiliate marketers with crypto traffic. The instant payouts are tremendously appealing and the laser focus on crypto means you’ll always know what to expect. Go ahead and sign up today and start making some serious coin.
I was recently looking at Dina Rodriguez (who I still need to set up our interview together. haha, I’ve been too busy) and Syd Weiler (who I’m convinced is made of pure illustrative magic.) who have both set up shop on Patreon. They both make whatever they want to support their community, and the community supports them back to get access to the resources they’re creating.
Johns’ system is a series of homemade notebooks. He carries one with him at all times so he can capture his ideas on paper whenever inspiration strikes. He says, “I might be in a lineup at a coffee shop, on the bus, watching TV, or putting the kids to sleep. I’ll overhear a conversation, see some quirky gig poster, spot an interesting pattern, or think of an odd combination of objects, and I’ll pull out a sketchbook and get the idea down on paper.”
Expert help at your fingertips is the mantra of the 21st century, and this has been extended to learning as well. Today students across the world seek expert teachers who can help them with their academic pursuits. There are several websites like Skooli.com, Tutorme.com, pstemcoaching.com and tutoreye.com that act as platforms to connect students and tutors. You can also become a tutor and make money right from your home.
There are two ways to make money with Udemy, and it depends on how teachers want to promote their class. If the instructor does the promotion by making coupons for classes, the students who use the coupon becomes the instructor’s students and the instructor gets 100 percent of the revenue, minus a 3 percent fee. For teachers that don’t want to spend the time promoting it themselves, Udemy will do the promoting and marketing and the instructor gets a 50 percent revenue share.
Create a killer course experience: With your course validated and in the works, you need to figure out how people will take it. Most course creators choose to host their courses from their own websites. This way, they get all the value of bringing customers back to their site on a regular basis. I host my own courses from a subdomain on my own site so I can easily add more. The course experience is incredibly important as well. And after trying most of the solutions, I highly recommend Teachable—an online platform designed specifically for courses.
Services like RedBubble let you upload your artwork images for people to buy online as prints. RedBubble charges a base price for each type of print they offer, and you can then decide on a markup percentage, which you get to keep whenever a print is sold. All orders and shipping are handled by RedBubble, so once your image is uploaded you literally don’t have to do a thing.
Inkd is an online marketplace for print designs that include pamphlets, logos, cards, menus etc. Launched in 2009, the company now has round about 2000 original design templates. How this online marketplace works is; the designers after signing up build store fronts to show case their designs and templates for sale. A few simple steps that designers need to follow are to first choose the type of product you want to build e.g brochure; download a template from the website to ensure proper standards and after designing, upload the file. Once you upload the design; reviewers will review it for quality check and approve the work, which will then be uploaded on the website for sale.
One of the best ways to learn how to make money through affiliate marketing is with online dating offers. The concept is usually simple, refer a new user to a dating site and get paid a compensation of around $1-$4 for each valid signup. The reason why the dating industry is a great place to get started with is because dating sites are free to join and there are a number of them to choose from. From a marketing and targeting standpoint, this audience is relatively easy as well.

A Global Marketplace for Independent Artists, at Redbubble, you create and upload your designs to sell on t-shirts, vinyl stickers, posters, device cases, and more. They give you total control of what you sell your art for, just add your margin to their base price and list your products. Most artists earn an average of 17%, but it's totally up to you to decide. Redbubble does all the heavy lifting including handling the sale transactions, coordinating the printing, arranging for delivery, and providing customer service. With no monthly fees and free sign up, it's another great way to get started earning money online designing t-shirts.
Finally, Instagram has increasingly become the space to build your portfolio and online following. It’s a great platform to interact with fans and ideally turn them into customers. Link to your contact information and online shop in your bio section to capture inbound requests. This is also a great platform to explore your creativity. Curious how your audience will respond to something new? Try it out on Instagram!
Open your own online boutique where you can vend your hand-drawn portraits, greeting cards, posters and other items featuring your pictures. Some crafter websites charge no fees to set up your shop on its site, but will take a percentage of your sales in return for letting you sell. You get to set your own prices and add photos of your pictures so shoppers can browse before buying.

One of the big focuses for me this year is more video content. I love making videos (sadly my camera broke and I’ve been scrambling for a replacement since). But making and sharing Youtube videos can be a good way to not only teach what you know, but if your audience is large enough, you might be able to use it as a marketing channel for your own creative ventures, or even to generate sponsors or ads to help out.
However, like anything else truly worthwhile, apps require a significant investment of your time or money upfront. If you don't have the skills, then you have to hire someone who can assist you in creating a great app. But first you need to come up with an idea that will sell. Do the proper market research and analytics to come up with the right app.
The music industry might not be as strong as it was in the 80s, but there are still plenty of ways to make money online as a musician. Sites like SoundBetter let you sell your services as a songwriter, producer, or session musician to thousands of customers a month. While Musicbed, Music Vine, Marmoset, and SongFreedom are perfect for licensing your music to TV shows, movies, and web series.

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.

"There are some things we're trying to prove over the next 12 months. One is that we can replicate what we've done in New York and D.C. and do it in a bunch of other cities," McLeod said. "The second is ... to build an efficient business model, which probably won't actually be advertising, and it won't be subscription—it will actually be a sort of in-app purchase."
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.

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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