Ebooks — especially the free kind — are dead simple to make. In fact, they’re typically just a little longer than a blog post, so they tend to be design forward. You can make them in Google docs, PowerPoint, or Keynote, and they’ll look better than 95% of other ebooks out there. Approach bloggers who might think this kind of thing is beyond them, and you’ll be seen as a real pro once they see what you can do.
I’m curious what kind of referral arrangement you have in which you make money from it. I have gone back to work full time after having been freelance for a while and I am constantly referring people to other designers who are friends when I don’t have the bandwidth for a side project. I’ve always thought I could/should make money on these referrals but never was sure how to set it up. Thanks for your advice.
I’m on mobile so I don’t see any dates on the article or on the comments but this was just on time for me to read today! I’ve been revamping my approach to not only freelance graphic design but to managing my income as a whole. My thinking was beginning to go along the lines of what you wrote about however for all the potential benefits, I also saw many potential problems, such as losing focus by bouncing around too many different places. I needed some reassurance that this “self-business model” could be successful and stable longterm, which you have confirmed! Thank you for sharing your experiences!
Marc Johns is an artist. I’ve been following his work for over a year now. His drawings have been described as “badass whimsy”. They’re funny and deep, which is a unique combination. He articulates the things that people think, but don’t say. For example, one of his pieces is a giant starburst shape with the words “I don’t really know what I’m doing” written inside. Quirky and simple, but knowing.

Choose your niche and check for demand: The golden course combination is when you can find an in-demand niche that aligns with your skills and unique experiences. A great way to do this is to use Google Trends and Google’s Keyword Planner to look for average monthly search volume for keywords related to your proposed course content. Are people actively looking for high-quality information about this subject? Of course, if you’re already creating content for a blog, coaching service, or a site like Medium, you can test demand this way for free just like Bryan did.
I completely disagree with this statement. I make very good income with website design. You just have to attract the clients that want a very well designed and “custom” website. You can’t get totally custom from a template (not without a designer’s help at least. Not unless you know how to recode) and there are plenty of people out there that still want that and frown on templates. I also make great income customizing WordPress sites! The work is out there, you just have to pursue it, produce great work and you will get referred to their other friends that want the same thing.
Opening a new shop on a site like Creative Market is simple. It’s a good idea to have a few samples of your work ready to go, and using the daily exercises from 28 to Make is a great jumping off point. Every month, Creative Market has a discounted bundle of cool products that they handpick from across their platform, and this month is no different.
If it matches up with your site’s target customer and overall structure, allowing users to send gifts to one another is one of the hottest and newest ways niche dating sites are monetizing their membership base. You can charge users to send virtual gifts like greeting cards, gift cards, digital flowers, digital candy, or partner vouchers that are redeemable for physical products. Dating sites that support gift-giving between users often do so as an extension of their affiliate programs, but many are now making this a mainstream option to allow users to “stand out” when introducing themselves to a prospective date or as a “Thank You” for a nice date experience.
With campaigns, there is no risk and no inventory. You design the t-shirts, set the price, add a description, and set your goal. Then get to work at sharing your campaign on your social media channels, on your blog or website, in emails, and with friends and family. When your campaign in over, your customers will receive their shirts, and you'll receive a nice check (or PayPal deposit) with the profits.
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