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.


As a customer, I find that the dating sites with glossy stock photos of beautiful women and men look a bit suspicious. I even saw someone release a live site with the demo member photos still in place! It's a bit of a Catch-22... You have to have members to have a good site, but you have to have a good site to get members! With a glut of dating sites, I think coding something original is the way to go. It's a great way to learn programming!
But companies insist their monetisation approach isn’t quite a one-size-fits-all. The end goal here is to keep the customer engaged. Some companies such as TrulyMadly and The Inner Circle have tried out offline events with mediumto-little success. While they boost top lines, they don’t add much to the major revenue stream — in some cases under 20% of the year’s earnings.
Similar to Society6, Redbubble is another way for artists to let an outside company handle printing and shipping for them. Sellers also retain ownership of their work, and can sell objects like T-shirts, stickers, prints, cases/skins, tote bags, mugs and more. And the pricing model is similar to Society6 too; Redbubble sets a base price, the artist adds their markup, which is their profit.
If you have a fondness and talent for taking pictures you can make extra money online by becoming a stock photographer and selling your images to a stock photo company like ShutterStock or iStockPhoto. You’ll get royalties every time someone licenses an image you’ve submitted. To really be successful, build your own photography website to be able to showcase your portfolio and start getting higher-paid private corporate work.

Has anyone ever told you you have a voice for radio? Are you great at creating original characters with just your voice? There are tons of people looking to pay for quality voice overs for their corporate videos, animation series, or educational videos. Check out Fiverr and UpWork or create a profile on a specialized site like Voices.com or The Voice Realm to get started making money online doing voice overs.
So many people dream of writing a book, but never go through with it. Yet no matter what, I’m sure you have experience and value you could give through writing a book. By packaging your skills and knowledge into a downloadable eBook that helps people learn a skill, advance their careers, or start a businesses, you can change someone’s life and even make good money online.
According to LinkedIn, there are more than 10 million active job postings on their website! That is an incredible number of jobs waiting to be filled in with the right recruits, and this is the work of an efficient recruiter. Unfortunately, recruitment is a complex activity, and several companies do not have the bandwidth to scout for the right talent with their in-house staff.
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.
OK, now this may seem obvious, but really, I've seen so many dating sites that are just outright generic. It is so important to establish a professional image. This includes your logo and your template choice. If you choose a niche like sci-fi lovers, it's also fun to use a theme like the solar system or stars. Just make sure your site looks super-professional. Branding is going to set you apart from other dating sites that may provide the same niche as you. Branding is what will establish you as an authority site.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Most of the software and apps you use on a regular basis are made by massive companies or established development studios. Well, yes. But many successful apps, particularly those in the Apple and Google stores, are created and marketed by individuals and small businesses. In fact, independent developers made $20 billion in the App Store in 2016 alone.
Preston, I’m with the positive commenters. This is a good post and when you talk about “My secret…” to me that means you’re talking about what works for YOU, which may not necessarily work for everybody else and their sister. Everyone is different, so yeah, put your brains to work to get some creative ideas on what could work for you, negative folks!

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!
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!
Sell prints of your old designs. These make great wall art, especially in offices. And don’t just consider wall art. Plenty of online companies will print your design on T-shirts, coffee mugs and all sorts of promotional merchandise. If you have a very active following on social media, offer these for sale. You can print as ordered with most online printers.

It sounds like you are off to a good start, for all of the datings sites I've built I keep the membership free to build the community-- It's always paid off better this way. As for increasing engagement depending on how many members you have the online chat feature could work against you if you don't always have a ton of people online at the same time, adding the forum or a blog could be better. Ask questions through your forms on set up an onsite poll to ask questions to get feed back and spark conversations. I've even done things like choose a featured member and blog about them or highlight them someway. This usually gets a conversation going and can increase your signup if people are interested in this person. It can be exciting to share their success once they've been matched with a date from someone on your site.
The information was very helpful and I appreciate you sharing this 🙂 As Designers, we have endless opportunities and sources for earning extra income. I’m a newbie when it comes to earning extra money online ; my day job and freelance keep me busy but when I get some good personal work done I like to turn them into something I can sell on Society6.com. 

Pay Per Click Marketing – While most search engines won’t allow you to direct link to an affiliate offer directly, it doesn’t mean you can’t create your own landing pages or sites to pre-sell the offer. This would also work if you were building out your own content site and trying to establish it with paid traffic. To find success with PPC and pushing affiliate offers, you would want to go long tail so you can have the most targeted traffic as possible while also lowering your competition and PPC rates.

Work toward creating your brand by hiring designers who share your style. The idea here is to develop a reputation for designs that are uniquely your company’s, that help to put businesses in the spotlight with logos, product designs and such. The goal is universal recognition. Your Brand portfolio is associated with you and can be attributed to you, even though your name is not on them. As your Brand rises in recognition so does your business.


There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Picking the right monetization strategy for your dating site is almost like finding the right romantic partner for yourself. You need to know yourself (your website and customers), be aware of what the competition is up to, and do a little experimenting (but not too much!) to find the perfect match; but unlike your soulmate your monetization strategy is fully-customizable, and you can even change it over time to adjust to evolving technology and market trends.
Awesomeweb is a freelance website that caters mostly to graphic designers and website designers. Launched in 2014, the company allows entry level designers to grow and build their portfolios as well. This gives you a good opportunity to build your graphic design career. The first thing you need to start with is signing up; then select your skills and upload your graphic projects. Once your profile goes public, clients will directly message to hire you. An important thing to remember is, that every account gets reviewed for quality control before going public for clients to hire.
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

There are quite literally hundreds of clever ways to make money online. From taking online surveys, to renting or selling your old clothes, flipping your iPhone to someone in a different country, and even buying low-cost products locally, just to resell them for a higher price on Amazon. There’s truly no shortage of unique ways to make money online.
Teaching and tutoring English as a second language is a great way to make money online, not to mention open some doors for you to travel the world if you'd like. While full ESL (English as a Second Language) accreditation is recommended, as long as you’re a native speaker and have the ability to teach, there are people in countries such as Hong Kong or the UAE who are willing to pay upwards of $25/hr for you to tutor them English via Skype. Check out Indeed, Learn4Good and Remote.co for remote english tutoring jobs or sign up on a specialized site like VerbalPlanet or Chegg Tutors.
Thank you for all this great info. Per your recommendation, I have purchased the wordpress lovestroy theme, but frankly I am having a hard time to complete it and make it a fully functional website. Any recommendations on how to find an affordable web designer or do you know anyone who will make my website with the things I need. I will appreciate it!
Has anyone ever told you you have a voice for radio? Are you great at creating original characters with just your voice? There are tons of people looking to pay for quality voice overs for their corporate videos, animation series, or educational videos. Check out Fiverr and UpWork or create a profile on a specialized site like Voices.com or The Voice Realm to get started making money online doing voice overs.
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Having said that, there are plenty of ways of putting your graphic design chops and computer savvy to good use that will help to supplement your income. How do I know this? Well, as the headline suggests, I've been doing exactly that for years. Some of the things I've tried have brought in a dribble of pocket money, and a couple have brought in a significant additional income.

You won’t make money on sites like zazzle or other sites. Any digital is not worth money because it can be reproduced to other people for free and it has no physical property that can pass from one person to the next. The best advice is to take up oil painting and paint on canvas. If you work doesn’t sell in oil paint it means you need to practice more. You will have to sell your artwork locally and go to public auctions, galleries for artwork sales. You can create actual 3D signs made of plastic, metal, etc..or even letter fonts which alot of businesses are more interested in than just a digital copy and you’re giving them the final product. Nothing digital will sell unless you are a big corporate.
Very few people know that they can actually make money by just submitting poems, phrases, photography, and art to greeting card companies. Well, now you know. If you are good at writing something interesting and sentimental that can be used in greeting cards, or you can take beautiful photos, then you can make some money out of your talent. Here are 30 greeting card sites that actually pay:
Certain types of doodles that are in higher demand than others, like map icons, hipster coffee-ware, and hand-drawn fonts. Just think about what you could create and sell on your own, just by taking your everyday doodles one step further. You don’t have to go after every single corner of the market, but chances are there’s someone who needs illustrations of something you really love to draw.
Again, there are many variables here. An example would be, you can create a simple design, and the t-shirt will run you $19.95, then you set the percentage of your royalty rate. So if you choose a 20% royalty rate, your shirt will sell for $23.95, earning you a profit of $4.55 per shirt after the 24 cent transaction fee (which only applies when your royalty rate is set at 20% or above). Sell 50 shirts, earn about $227.
Hey there…. I run my own studio designing for the music industry and I agree that finding passive income to supplement your income is the way to go. One way I’ve had some success, is through Art Licensing. For those not familiar with this, It’s creating artwork & designs and then putting deals together with manufacturers that want these designs on their products. You usually get an advance up front and royalties on the products sold. This does take a bit of time to get rolling, and There are trade shows to attend as well (LICENSING SHOW in Vegas and the SURTEX show in NYC) which are not too cheap. But if business is slow, and you have time to create new lines of art, it can be a very cool area to pursue. I actually get some pretty nice royalty checks from designs for kids school folders and cell phone case graphics.
If you find a really good company to work for (check out hired.com), you may have a lot of freedom, be able to work from home, make good money and the company will even support your growth by investing in your education and helping you become a well-known designer. Additionally, you’ll have a chance to work on meaningful projects that you could never tackle on your own.
Etsy is the craft giant wildly popular with both artists and sellers. It’s well-known, so there’s a lot of competition, but it’s also likely to be the first place a customer looks for an eclectic item. It costs $0.20/month to list a product on Etsy for four months, or until it sells. Etsy gets a 3.5 percent cut on every sale, which isn’t much. However, it’s pretty labor-intensive; unlike Society6 and Redbubble, sellers have to provide and ship all the materials themselves. There’s a lot of work involved with an Esty shop, but some people are able to turn it into their full-time job.
Now, it’s time to start creating and uploading content. Make sure you’re using a high-enough quality camera (most smartphones will work but I’d suggest at least having a tripod so your footage isn’t shaky), but don’t worry about being perfect at first. The beauty of YouTube is that you can continue to test out different content and styles as you find what works for you. Instead, stick to a regular schedule to build up your subscriber base.
This may sound overwhelming at first, especially for beginners, but Binom has been designed such that even novices can use it. Tracker-related errors are minimized if not eliminated altogether. You’ll also find detailed documentation and an extensive FAQ to help you get a better sense of how best to use the product. And then support is always there to help when you need it too.
similar to the t-shirt idea - create drawings that look great as posters. Sell on places like redbubble (where you just upload the file) or setup a store on a marketplace like Etsy - which is a great place to sell posters/prints. You can use a company like Printful or PrintAura to print and ship your posters out to individual customers as and when your receive orders.
The one that I’ve used in the past is Podia (formerly Coach) which has allowed me to put up an online store quickly. I’m currently working on transferring everything to my own custom solution which will be live on the 25th of June, but that is the one that I would recommend as I haven’t tried the other three. Feel free to use the links to help you make informed decisions though.
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!
You can make money by drawing illustrations at Fiverr - Freelance Services Marketplace for The Lean Entrepreneur You can be up and running within minutes. There are many people searching online for illustrations and a lot go here. Just fill out a simple questionnaire about the type of illustrations you do and you will have customers ready to pay you.

I’m a crafty person. In addition to my budding design business have a ribbon shop on etsy. While that’s not passive it allows me diversity in my workday. Also another income stream I’m looking into is becoming a fitness instructor. While its not passive it allows me to get away from my desk, get out of the house, and get some exercise. I guess it would be considered passive if I created exercise videos and sold them on my site.

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. 

Now, if you don’t know people who might want your coaching services, there are a number of online tools and communities that make it incredibly easy to find clients and teach, on just about any topic area you can think of. Community driven platforms like Savvy.is, Clarity.fm, and Coach.me provide you with a network of potential clients to interact with, as well an integrated payment solution.

If you scroll down my guide you'll see Printful. That website allows you to upload your illustrations online and connect it to multiple websites available for drop shipping. I recommend researching more about Etsy. It's .20 cent per listing but they have their own search engine, allowing up to place tags with each product to increase your chances to a purchase to making money. Let me know if you have any other questions my friend.


So there isn’t a huge payoff for selling on Fiverr, but the site is well-known, and if sellers are savvy they can make a decent amount of money for little effort. If, for example, designers want to sell a logo, they can create a template. By creating a vague symbol and a free-for-commercial-use typeface, a designer could simply tweak the colors and the name of the company for each client. The client isn’t getting a truly unique logo — but they’re also only paying $5 for it.
many cases, when the client loves (or crazy about) my firstsubmission, I have a big possibility to win the contest .on the other side, if client doesnt like my first submission, no matterHow hard I try, How many options I give, how good my conceptis, how creative my design is …I will lose the contest anyway. It’s a matter of taste here, not abouthow talent you are as a designer.Apply this and youll save your time.so, your first expectation is to find the client first . Then if they likeit, it is worth to spend more time to finish the contest

Some sites give users access to basic site features and offer access to extra tools or content for a small fee. For example, let users pay for a “boost” to show up in more searches or have them make a small payment to see more information about potential matches. Fair warning: this method will only be successful for your site if you make it easy for users to make micropayments. If you choose to go this route, be sure your payment gateway can tokenize and store card data for repeat purchases; your users will not want to re-enter their payment information for each transaction.
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.
Of course, you get a better result if you have your own website, which provides information about online dating. If you have small programming skills, then it’s best to make a full-fledged website about dating. It is not necessary to make a steep one. You can code just 5-15-pages with a simple design and start advertising the required sites, using links or banners. You can create a special section on the site, in which there will be descriptions of the dating services whose partner you are and links to them.

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.
Don't sacrifice morals for a quick buck — At the outset, you'll want to do all sorts of things to make money online, but don't sacrifice your morals for a quick buck. Not only will you put people off, but you'll lose Google's trust. You also shouldn't concern yourself with things like Adsense or other ads on a blog before you have around 100,000 visitors per day. Yes, per day. 
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.

Choose a segment that you know well. If you actually lived in Ireland and if you knew a few things about young and straight people in Belfast, this could have been a good segment for you. Anyway, it's important that you choose a segment that you understand. For example, do NOT create a service for seniors living in Northern Spain, if you know nothing about this segment – you would have been destined to fail miserably.


Again, there are many variables here. An example would be, you can create a simple design, and the t-shirt will run you $19.95, then you set the percentage of your royalty rate. So if you choose a 20% royalty rate, your shirt will sell for $23.95, earning you a profit of $4.55 per shirt after the 24 cent transaction fee (which only applies when your royalty rate is set at 20% or above). Sell 50 shirts, earn about $227.
You know those top-down cooking or craft videos you just can’t seem to get away from these days? There are people out there making a living from them. 78% of B2C companies depend on user-generated content, like those videos, for their marketing campaigns. You can sign up as a creator on a site like Darby Smart and potentially work with brands like Nordstrom, Mattel, and BarkBox. Or, use them to build your YouTube following and monetize through ads and views.
One thing that might be considered a downfall is that although you can set your own prices on your art prints, the rest of the products — such as t-shirts, travel mugs, and throw pillows — have a set price. So you will still earn a profit, but it will be a commission that is paid on their base price that varies depending on the product. For example, t-shirts earn a profit of $2.40, tank tops $2.20, and long sleeve shirts $2.80. Still, with no minimums and no cost to sign up, it might be worth a try if you're an artist. You simply share your unique creator link with friends, family, and followers through email or on your favorite social media platforms and get a cut of their purchase profits.
The Etsy process is similar, just set up a shop and start thinking about how your library of daily drawings can become art prints. Hand-written quotes or favorite sayings tend to do really well. You can also capitalize on trends like this awesome Star Wars art (trend #1) that’s being sold as a coloring book for adults (trend #2). Take time to explore the marketplace and look at stuff you love, what’s trending, and market gaps your shop can fill.
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.
With drop shipping, you’re effectively partnering with a manufacturer or wholesaler to sell their products. This way, you don’t pay upfront costs to buy inventory, aren’t sitting on unsold items taking up expensive warehouse space, and don’t have to deal with shipping the products yourself. You simply create your site, fill it with drop shippable products, and drive in customers, with almost everything else done for you.

More and more companies and startups especially are embracing remote work—where you use online collaboration and communication tools to do your work from wherever you want. And you don’t have to be a 20-something hotshot designer or coder to reap the benefits of working remotely. Many remote positions are for customer support positions or other customer-facing positions that don’t require specialized skill sets.


2. Create a cool graphics and put it for sale on the sites like Envato and Graphic River. Another versions of this - create a bundle of marketing graphics like buttons, CTA, icons, headlines, inforgraphics etc and offer it for sale on JVZOO, ClickBank, Warrior Forum etc offering 50% comissions to affiliates. They will drive the traffic and sales - you will collectt the money and customer list.
Now, it’s time to start creating and uploading content. Make sure you’re using a high-enough quality camera (most smartphones will work but I’d suggest at least having a tripod so your footage isn’t shaky), but don’t worry about being perfect at first. The beauty of YouTube is that you can continue to test out different content and styles as you find what works for you. Instead, stick to a regular schedule to build up your subscriber base.
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.
If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.
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
Walk around your neighborhood or town and I’m sure you’ll see tons of great local businesses with terrible design. However, with increasingly easy-to-use tools like Adobe Illustrator, Venngage, Stencil, and Visme, just about anyone with a creative mindset and a good amount of motivation can start making money online by being a graphic designer for local companies.
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.

Well, once I wrote a post about why every web designer must blog. The article received a mixed response, but at the end of the day most of the designers agreed that the parallel habit of blogging has its own advantages. Henceforth, web designers can earn a lot by launching their own blogs or by writing for other blogs. It is matter of time and patience before the world recognizes you.


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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