One thing that's universally true is that you can't expect to become rich as a graphic designer. OK, OK, there are a few exceptions. There are a lot of famous designers and a few rich ones (rich and famous don't necessarily go hand-in-hand). But for the average Joe, it's not a case of putting up with a job you hate to make piles of cash - it's more about putting up with not making piles of cash in order to do a job you love.
You could also sell print on demand products, like posters and T-shirts. With this technique, you don’t have to put a whole lot of money upfront and can make a pretty good amount of money. There are platforms like Teespring where you can upload your T-Shirt designs. They will take care of printing and shipping once a sale is made. You may generate $2.00 to $4.00 per sale, but if you get a large amount of sales, this can really add up. Read below article which explains step by step process for the same:

We understand, at first, it may not seem like a good idea to create a product that will help other designers, but there are many benefits to doing this. For starters, this will be your chance to establish your creativity. Graphic design is a profession that has a lot of competition and the reality behind it is that many of the templates are being purchased by in-house designers or beginners that are more so based in production. By designing and selling your templates online, you will be able to gain a good amount of money, passively.
Rather than making money through subscriptions, YouTube channels are based on a traditional advertising system. Meaning the more viewers you get, the more you make. Once you’re approved for the YouTube Partner Program and can start including ads on your videos, with every 1,000 views, you will make approximately $2-$4. Which might not seem like a lot, but if you have 100 videos with 5,000 views a month each, that would be $1,000–$2,000 already. Just imagine if your videos start hitting millions of views!
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.
More than half a billion products are sold on Amazon every month, making it an incredible opportunity to make money online. But, like everything else that involves making money online, you have to do quite a bit of work to earn it. One option on Amazon is to find products that are already made and buy and sell them at a discount. For example, you could research generic products such as clocks, keychains and mugs to attach to your brand. For an incredible deep dive on how to make extra money with this strategy, check out how digital marketer Neil Patel recently did this as a public experiment right here on his blog.
This is the highest you’ll get paid for a logo but you’ll need to be great and I always find the key to doing well on this site is to do 5 to 10 logos on every contest all different so the person has more to choose from, say you did 50 logos a day and entered 5 contests and won them all, you could earn 500 to 1500 bucks in just one day. not bad for days work.
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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.
Creative Market is a way for designers to create and sell digital files like templates, illustrations, logos and web design. The artist sets their own price, and keeps 70 percent of each sale. Unlike some other sites, Creative Market has no exclusivity limitations, meaning products can appear on another platform with no penalty. If the designer becomes a partner and refers a customer, they get an extra 10 percent commission. 

For entrepreneurs, business and brands, and of course affiliate marketers — time is money. As a performance marketing professional, you don’t want to be wasting your time working on campaigns that aren’t contributing in a meaningful way to your bottom line. You also don’t want to be wasting your time looking for the right kind of data on which you can base those kinds of decisions. The more time you’re able to save, the more money you’ll be able to make.
The author definitely knows his online marketing in this field, and I don't see how you couldn't increase your income if you used all the methods outlined in this book. Doing so will definitely get your name out there, get yourself noticed, bring in repeat customers and more. I enjoyed the social media strategies listed and started implementing them right away, effectively increasing my Twitter and Pinterest following. Enjoyed the original content.
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).
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.
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.

I’ve seen drawing sell on the internet that have sold for up to a thousand dollars per drawing. What if I told you it’s possible for you sell your drawings or photos and can make a hundred or even two hundreds dollars for each drawing? Most people who draw don’t understand you can make a good living from drawing, or don’t even know where they would start selling their drawings at. Well I’m not a drawer but I have friends and family who both make money online either with their drawing’s or photos they own.
The reason is simple. Every day thousands of people are dating for the first time or getting married, divorced or going through the ups and downs of their relationships. It’s the one constant that we can all rely on, no matter what is happening in the world around us. At the same time, we can also rely on one other thing — that there will always be services out there to compliment the ups and downs and love and relationships in the world today. 

Affiliate Marketing: Use your dating service to recruit to other dating services, or any other appropiate product and service. You could use traditional affiliate networks, or you could arrange your own deals with any appropiate company. For example, you could team up with a florist and gift retailer and make a button on each profile that says: "Send me a gift or flower". There's probably thousands of different opportunities you could use to blend affiliate marketing with your dating site.
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.
Not just anyone can make money as a graphic designer. While it is possible for creative individuals to master their skill by doing their own designs, it does take both talent and promotion to really earn a living designing. If you’re serious about expanding your skill set so that you are more marketable to a larger market, you can make profits by selling your designs or accepting projects. Here are some tips so that you are prepared to make additional income putting your graphic design skills to work:

You can sell your ebooks through Amazon's Kindle program or Apple's iTunes Connect, which gives you access to a large majority of the digital-book reading market and the barriers for entry are incredibly low. You don't need to invest lots of money to make this happen, but you do need to invest lots of time, not only in writing the ebooks, but in marketing them as well.
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.
Some free-to-use dating sites choose to offer two or more tiers of membership, users can sign up and use basic features for free,  or pay for a VIP membership that gives them extra features or services. Not to be mistaken for premium content purchases, which are made on a sporadic basis, VIP or tiered membership plans are subscription based, meaning users are billed on a recurring basis. Be sure to offer enough extra features to VIP users to justify the cost of the membership; you’ll want to test this carefully.

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.

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