Better yet, you can even upload your own book to one of the world’s largest book sellers: Amazon. With Amazon self-publishing, you set the price, retain the rights to your book, and get access to Amazon’s massive audience. For every sale, you keep 70% with Amazon taking the remainder as a fee. If you want to get started, check out Leslie Samuel's great guide to selling eBooks online or follow Tara Gentile on CreativeLive as she shows you how to use your existing body of work to write an eBook within the next week. Who knows, you might just write one of the best business books of this year!
The sites must already have members or no one will join – This is the big problem in this niche; no one is going to join a site that doesn’t already have members. You can’t just throw up a new Website and say, “This is a dating site. Come join” if there’s no one already there. People join dating sites to meet people and they’re not going to meet people if there’s no one there to meet. I can show you how to avoid this problem as well.
The gist of this whole thing goes like this: UX designers, web designers, app developers and more are always looking for little icons to use in their work. Pull out your smartphone real quick and open up pretty much anything. If there’s an icon in the app that’s used to indicate a menu, option, button, or whatever, then somebody needed to design that icon. And sure, you can find icons all over the place to use, but since other designers are already using them, it gets pretty boring.Nobody wants to use the same thing as everybody else, so they look for alternatives — you know, like hand drawn icons. Plus, other drawings and illustrations can be turned into website assets, and even your handwriting can become a font. That means pretty much everything that you’re sketching onto that scrap piece of paper can be turned into something that can make you some extra money. And who doesn’t like making money for doing something they love?
Choosing to create a free dating website will definitely help you build your community fast. This method is especially useful if you choose a small niche or local market to building your community around: for example, Miami pet lovers or Orange County singles. When you choose a small niche and then make the site free, it becomes easier to attract singles that are eager to join. I use this method when I start with zero members and want to build a community of real users.
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.
Stock photo websites will allow you to upload your drawing, graphic art work, paintings etc. at no cost to you. The only requirement is that your work be 100% original and meet the quality guidelines. This will not be very difficult for any good artist. You can upload any kind of art work be it on paper, canvas or digital. It can be a sketch, a painting, a vector, basically anything. It does not cost anything to upload and you will get paid every time someone downloads it. The same art work can get download and sold hundreds of times and can continue to make you money for a very long time. The more artwork you upload and the largest portfolio you build, the more income you can expect to make.
Most big dating sites are target bigger market segments, usually one market segment targets all people of all ages from one country. For example, Match.com Denmark targets both straight and homosexual people from 18 to 105 years of age, living in any region of the country. And they're not the only large dating site in Denmark, there's many others. So, you would most likely have spend millions to buy your way into that market. So instead of going into this market, simply "squeeze" yourself in by choosing a small piece of this market. Example:
The business of online dating, as ironic as it might seem, isn’t about dating. It never was. It’s more about user engagement at a micro-level and hope, cognitively speaking. It is about getting you to spend time on the platform. And, as Robert Palmer so convincingly sang, it’s about getting you ‘addicted to love.’ So what do you do next? Pay for it.
You might want to consider fashion illustration. Take a look at this article because it might surprise you to know that magazines more and more are looking for pure artistic drawings for their designs. Photographers have dominated this field for a while, but now they are looking to hire artists who can draw and present a more subjective view than a photograph would.
Two billion dollars. That's how much online dating companies are expected to make in 2013 by helping lonely hearts find love on the Internet. The industry has been growing steadily for half a decade, so it's no wonder that older digital yentas like Match.com and eHarmony.com are seeing competition from app startups like the enthusiastic Let's Date, the gay and bisexual service Grindr, and the somewhat-forward Down (if you must ask the question "to do what?", maybe you're better off sticking with eHarmony). A number of these kinds of apps have earned the reputation of being meant for hook-ups rather than dating, whereas eHarmony and Match.com emphasize just the opposite: Both sites often crow about the number of marriages that started on their sites.
Zazzle has been so far the best money maker for me. I haven’t done much work lately with it either. other than adding new designs. I also make a little money, but not as much on Cafe Press. I had recently started with Spoonflower and been a bit impressed with sales. You make the less money with that one, 5% :( and plus you must ‘proof’ your design before selling. Meaning you much order it to see it personally. Yikes! Which really is a good idea, but who can order every single design first before selling! But I have less than 12 designs on there now and already have a nice #1 seller. Keeps me on the site and occasionally proofing the designs as I add more along the way
Where’s the business opportunity? Go check local stores: what you’ll find are boring, black or clear iPhone cases… Customers would love nice cases but retailers don’t know where to find them. Why? Because wholesalers carry the same low-cost, standardized cases that are massively produced in China. Why not choose Chinese companies: First, production is slow and they will ask for a minimum of 500-1000 cases per design; Second, you can’t find a trustworthy supplier as most will sell your designs; Third, none will accept returns. You can contact us at [email protected]. Remember that the investment is low, the profits are high and they can become huge.