These are great tips for established artists, but what I want to share here are some alternative artistic money-making ideas which might be more realistic options for someone just starting out down a creative career path. Some may seem obvious to you, and some you may already be doing, but I hope you can get at least one new idea for creating an extra source of income from your art.
Research individual companies in your desired niche: If possible, it’s always better to become an affiliate directly with a company (if they have an internal affiliate program), as no one else will be dipping into your commission rate. This is the preferred route for most of the prominent affiliate marketers, including Pat Flynn. Unfortunately, it’s also the most work, as you’ll have to do the research yourself to see who offers programs (they’re usually listed in the website footer).
Inkd is a site for professional-quality materials — business cards, brochures, letterheads and envelopes all feature on the site. An account is free to create, and the Inkd team has to approve your design before it is available to sell. The designer gets 20 percent of the total retail sale, minus tax. Right now, there’s no exclusivity limitation, but in the future an exclusive option will become available, netting designers a better share of the revenue. Most products on Inkd run around $30, so a design would only net designers around $6 per sale.
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.
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.
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.

Second, you can become a partner and have a merch store. This is a neat option because you can feature shirts with designs from other artists. You get to choose what you like and what to carry in your store. You earn a generous 31% commission on sales of your own merchandise and 11% on existing TeePublic designs. So even if you're not a designer, you can make money online selling t-shirts!
2017 is all about Video! Every major Social Media Platform has introduced video sharing features, and the focus is on creating live videos. Over48% marketers are planning to launch their own YouTube video channel, while 39% start to introduce videos on Facebook! One of the most lucrative online jobs is to create video content, and this is how you can go about earning money by working from home.

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.
Partnering with Tee Spring is like crowdfunding with T-Shirts! It's 100% free to design your shirt. Simply use the online designer to create your product by either uploading your design or using clip art from the site. You'll have to set a sales goal or tipping point, which is the minimum you need to sell in order to have your shirts printed. Then share your campaign via email, your website, or your favorite social media networks. Your customers won't be charged unless your campaign reaches the tipping point. Once your campaign ends, shirts are printed and sent out, and you'll be sent a check for the profit.
For advanced users: You dating site could offer Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to hadle cryptographic protocols that provide secure communications on the Internet. This could be used as a sales argument, as online users are becoming more tech savvy and they are aware of the benefits from the use of https's instead of http's when providing private information online.
Thanks for the article. I tried my first T-shirt project using Teespring. I use their design tools to put quotes on a shirt and I think the final product on the screen looks cheap and amateurish because there’s not many options when using their design tools. I probably wouldn’t buy if I saw a Teespring ad for quotes on a shirt. But your article gave me other resources which I may pursue.
The fact that social media is big is old news, but the need for social media experts still remains! Social Media needs to be monitored consistently and intensively updated else you will miss the spotlight. Companies especially startups are looking out for social media experts who can be hired to exclusively handle their social media channels. You can also become a social media marketer and earn money from your home.
Best thing about this post for me? To know that I’m not alone, trying to make money in different ways, while having a (full-time) job. I’m a translator, virtual assistant, customize WordPress sites, use Adsense, affiliate links, sell on eBay, etc. (Don’t ask where I find time, LOL). I thought I was crazy to try it all, but your post reinforces the idea NOT to depend on one source of income. So I’m on the right track, and not crazy at all 🙂 Thanks again!
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).
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