By taking a graphic design training program, you can learn about the principles of design and what types of software you will be working with. Being artistic by nature is important, but to really succeed you need to have more than just a creative mind. Enroll in a certificate program or an undergraduate program and you can start applying for in-house graphic design jobs.
Anyway, I draw some logos, ilustrations, and icons onlyIn one of the biggest and trusted site (in my opinion) called 99designs.comActually there are other similar sites like 99designs, but I onlyFocus on this site since I have only 1-2 hours a day in my spare time.The other reason is there are hundreds of contestsavailable there I can choose every single day.
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.
Some sites, especially niche dating sites, choose to let users sign up and use their product for free. These “free-to-use” dating sites have a low barrier to entry, which can encourage impulse sign-ups. While the free-to-use model may give dating sites a boost when it comes to building a user base, it won’t bring in any revenue on its own, therefore they must incorporate other revenue streams into their business models such as working with affiliate networks, allowing users to exchange gifts, charging for premium content or offering VIP memberships.

If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re promoting your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.


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!
If you're interested in earning affiliate commissions, you can earn easy money from a dating affiliate program. Dating sites are very popular these days which makes a dating affiliate program a good opportunity to make money online. Choosing the right dating affiliate program can pay off big time. There's a lot of dating sites that charge monthly memberships and some dating affiliate programs will pay you affiliate commissions every time your referral pays their monthly membership. This is a huge advantage over other affiliate programs that only pay you affiliate commissions when your referral makes a purchase which usually doesn't happen on a monthly basis. People are known to stay on paid dating sites for a minimum of six months or longer. With some work and patience, you can easily earn a residual income from a dating affiliate program and have it snow-ball month after month. Here are some helpful tips for making money with a dating affiliate program.
I agree with you, Preston. Freelancing as a web designer isn’t a joke, it’s just a lot of work. I know so many amazing freelance designers that make just as much not if more than a salary paying job. You need to have a high quality portfolio and the right marketing strategy for yourself. If you complain and don’t work towards your own goals, then you’re absolutely going to fail. It just takes a lot of time! That full-time position didn’t pop out of no where, that company had to start from nothing and take the time to build. Just like you do, as a freelance designer.
Set up shop at a street fair, community event or festival and offer to draw on-the-spot caricatures. Caricatures are an artist's rendering of a live person, but usually skewed to complete distortion in a humorous way, such as a huge head on a small body or on an unlikely background. Your only supply outlay is a sketch pad, easel, chair and drawing tools such as crayons or colored pencils. Supply your artists with company business cards or fliers so that happily drawn customers and bystanders can pick up your information for possible future commissions.
One interesting way to compete in the profitable, but competitive world of dating sites is to not compete.  Instead of joining the thousands of affiliates who are promoting this particular site or that one, you can give yourself an advantage and avoid the competition by creating your own dating sites.  That might sound like a daunting task, but it’s actually a lot easier than you might realize.  In fact, you can build your own dating sites in minutes, and you can do it in a variety of niches, finding one that’s a perfect fit for your target audience.
Have you ever considered freelancing? Many people in this day and age turn to freelancing, because with this, basically, there are no strings attached – there’s no contracts, so you’re free to come and go as you please. You can effectively use platforms like Fiverr or Upwork where you can list your skills so that people can hire you. Graphic designers are the most sought after freelancers in both these platforms.

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.


Hi, I’ve been a designer at PosterMyWall for years and it’s a really good source of income if you’ve got some time on your hands! You can design flyers, posters and social media graphics on their builder and earn royalties every time your design is sold. It’s pretty great and safe too, plus its actually fun. You can check more details here: Sell Poster, Video & Social Media Designs
Don't pay for outsourcing if you can get it for free: Here's just a few words about non-human automation... Much of the processes could be automated even withouth outsourcing. For example, you could establish community forums (already integrated with osDate) to setup member-to-member support, where members help each other out. Another example is cancellation of memberships which could also be automated easily.

Offer crazy guarantees: "Find your soulmate in SIX MONTHS or we'll give you a free [offer here]". There's two possible outcomes: One is that your membership base will grow in those six months, and the probablility for any member to "find their soulmate" will increase. The other possible outcome is that they will not find their soulmate, and you simply give them what you offered for free. If you're smart you may simply offer something that they will get for free anyway, but is hard to find, such as an affiliate deal where you even get a commission for offering free stuff to your members (such deals can be found in various affiliate networks).
4 - Finally, the real issue that almost all sites in the world have, and only the biggest and best overcome, and that is user interaction. The reality of the world is that most sites have a 80/20 split between men and women. That means for every woman that joins, there will be at least 4 men joining, and the problem with that is, is that a woman soon gets inundated by hundreds of messages a day whereby a man gets one or two a week. And so women tend to ignore all but the most intriguing messages and ignore maybe 95% of the rest. What this does is results in men joining, sending (or paying to send) lots of messages and getting no interest back and they end up leaving because of it. That means for every user you bring to the site, there is a high chance they will leave again after a month because of the lack of female interest in them. And women rarely join sites for very long as they get sick of men constantly throwing messages at them.
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

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