Make Money Online! As easy as it sounds, making money online has proven to be a daunting task for many. Oh, I am not even considering the A-listers of the Internet industry. I am talking about the average Joe who struggles day and night to squeeze out a few extra dollars out of the complex world of the Internet. It is not easy, but then there would have been no fun if it was anyways. A major chunk of the Internet is involved in some sort of design. People are creating logos, designing websites, magazine covers and whatnot in order to be a somewhat-known designer. Today, I will try to dig out the most famous (and easy-as-you-master-them) ways to make money online by designing. Basically, we will see how being smart is the mantra of making money online.
NOTE: Make sure that you bookmark all the links in this article. You won’t get the real meaning of what I want to convey unless you go through the suggested links. Be patient and stick around.
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Ways to Make Money Online by Designing
Here you will find some great options how to make more money whit your strongest skill. By designing for people. Let’s take a look at them.
1. Infographics Designer
The design industry has lately grow fond of Infographics. There was a time when including the word alone in an article title meant the article would be a hit. Though such days have passed by, everyone sees the value of quality Infographics. Infographics provide loads of useful information in a graphically attractive format which is easy to consume for an average human brain.
Develop Interactive Infographics, not just Infographics!
Bookmark the below links for further reading. The loads of information will defiantly take you somewhere:
- Is Interactive Infographics Next? Why?
- 6 Simple Tips On How To Market Your Infographics
- 25 Best Infographics of 2011 That Are Still Relevant Today
- Designing Quality Infographics: Tips, Resources and Inspiration
- 30 Beautiful Infographics For Your Inspiration
2. Accepting Donations
Please don’t bombard me with your I-cannot-take-donations type comments. If you cannot take donations then move on. For those who can, please keep reading. The idea of donations won’t work unless you are giving back to the community. And, if you are actually giving back something to the community then rest assured that people will donate money to you. All that you have to do is generously ask for donations. Yeah, it works!
Any money is good money, right?
Bookmark the below link to get more out of this money making guide:
3. Write for Blogs
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.
Today’s cement and brick age faces the same challenge as was faced by the stone age – extinction due to fast paced technology.
Now, here are the customary links that you must bookmark:
- How To Grow As A Designer By Building Your Own Network
- How To Find Ideas To Write About In 10 Minutes
- How To Write An eBook That People Will Actually Read
- Questions To Ask Yourself Before Becoming A Blogger
- Is The Blogging Industry In A Downturn?
4. Logo Design
Let me start with make money online by designing logos as this one is personally very close to me. I remember how I pushed a cousin of mine into the world of Internet while he was in high school. No idea how, but he landed in the world of Logo Design and today he is making loads of money just by designing logos on a regular basis. As pompous as it sounds, logo design is a career in itself with people doing it full time just because of the money that can be made.
Keep yourself updated with whatever is happening around the world of design and learn Photoshop, please!
At 1WD, we have loads of information for logo designers. Here are few links to get you started:
- 7 Awesome Design Rules For Perfect Logo
- 30 Best Written and Explained Logo Design Tutorials
- 50 Creative Type-Based Logo Designs for Inspiration
- 50+ Creative Logo Designs with Hidden Though
- The Difference Between Timeless and Classic Logo Design
5. Stock Graphic Sales
Yes! They do work. With tons of websites that sell stock graphics, it looks like the niche might be saturated, but that isn’t the case yet. The reason is very simple. The kind of stuff available on these websites isn’t always the best quality. See, I am not denying the fact that such websites have over-the-top graphics, but not every graphic is over-the-top. Right? That is where designers like you can pitch in. Fill in the void and rule the world of stock graphic sales. I know people who are earning their living just by selling stock graphics on various websites.
Stock graphic is for real designers only. It is about creating vector files, icons and illustrations etc. If you don’t know Photoshop then better learn it!
Also, remember that stock graphic design is not very exciting. You will have to be innovative and patient if you want to make money online by selling stock graphics. This world has lot of competition and they will simply rip you apart if you don’t try hard enough. Be tough and stick around.
Here is something for each one of you. If you miss these then you ain’t getting rich:
- Market and Sell your Digital Goods the Right Way
- 50 High Quality Adobe Photoshop Tutorials
- 40+ Amazing Free Brushes for GIMP
- Photoshop Designer Toolbox: All the Resources You’ll Ever Need
- Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: 100+ Links of Design Elements and Resources
6. Stock Photo Sales
Now, for those of you who sit behind a camera first and then behind Photoshop. The Internet is dying to buy your photographs and I can assure you a business out of this provided that you are good at whatever you do. Launch your own Photo Selling Website or publish photographs on other marketplaces listed below. In any case you are bound to grow. Soon, you will be earning money from your passion – Photography!
Remember, you ain’t a photographer if you need Photoshop to make your photographs look good. Get Real!
Before we move on, let me list down articles that you must bookmark for further reading:
- How to Make Money Online Passively by Selling Stock Photos
- 90 Breathtaking Photo Manipulation With Amazing Creativity
- 10 Easy Steps On How To Create A Good Photography Portfolio
- 8 Effects Every Photographer Should Know About
- 50 Most Outstanding Photographers’ Portfolio for Inspiration
- 60 Beautiful and Stunning Examples of Silhouette Photography on Deviantart
7. Template/Theme Sales
Well, isn’t this the most obvious of them all. If you are a designer and you aren’t selling themes then you surely are missing out on a huge chunk of money. See, I don’t mean that every theme sells and that by selling themes you will be the richest person on this planet, but you surely can earn a lot if you are good at what you do. There are plenty of marketplaces that will help you provide with the best possible exposure for your work. Time to be inspired.
Stick to one Content Management System and be an expert of the same. Don’t jump back and forth from WordPress and Joomla.
Now, before we move on, here is the content that you must bookmark:
- 7 Creative Ways To Use HTML5 Canvas
- Joomla! 2.5 – Does It Have What It Takes To Beat WordPress?
- 25 Free and Premium Barebone WordPress Themes For Easy Customizing
- PageLine: A CMS Specifically Made For Web Designers
Now we are going to look at where you can submit your tutorials and gain more traffic and potentially earn some passive income.
Gain More Traffic and Earn More: Useful Sites For Web Design Tutorial Submission
They can be really useful and handy, and not only for visitors and readers. Having your tutorial published on various sites will generate a lot of traffic and publicity for you. It’s a win-win situation – more people will be able to learn from your tutorial and you will get more visitors to your blog. Of course these sites are also awesome for learning new stuff.
Pixel2Life is the largest tutorial search engine on the web. Here you’ll find almost any Photoshop tutorial you can imagine as well as tutorials for web development, audio editing etc.
Good-Tutorials is the largest source of tutorials on the web today. It has been featured on the BBC, SkyNews, TechTV (now G4), in the British magazine iCreate, PC World, and has been linked to by thousands of sites, blogs and forums.
Although not that big, PSLover is another great resource for finding and submitting Photoshop tutorials. Categories make it easier to find the tutorials you’re looking for.
Tutorialvault focuses on collecting and archiving the best graphic and coding tutorials on the internet. While a large part of their database features tutorials from the Adobe Family of programs, they also have a vast list of CSS, PHP and 3D tutorials.
5. Tutorials Garden
With over 7000 tutorials submitted, Tutorials Garden, is a neat place to submit your tutorials.
Photoshop Lady aims to collect the best and free Photoshop tutorials around the internet. All of the high quality photoshop tutorials are categorized into 3D Effect, Abstract Effect, Drawing Effect, Photo Effect, Text Effect, Texture & Patterns and User Interface Design.
8. PSD Top
PSD Top is an internet tutorial index catering to graphic designers, webmasters and programmers, with over 6000 tutorials listed in 40 categories. PSD Top aims to collect the best and free Photoshop tutorials around the internet.
9. Tutorial Kit
Tutorial Kit is a comprehensive resource of Adobe Photoshop tutorials and tips to help users of all skill levels reach their full potential. The tutorials are updated daily from different authors and sites so that you won’t have to spend hours searching the web for them yourself.
Pxleyes is the place for graphic artists. They are just an awesome community with one common interest – a lot of passion for computer graphics. They have contests, prizes, and of course the reason why I’ve included this site – a tutorial section where everyone can submit their tutorials.
11. Tutorial Index
Tutorial Index is another source for free online tutorials covering Photoshop, Flash, 3D, PHP, HTML, SQL/MySQL and other topics. It’s possible find here some unseen and interesting tutorials/articles.
12. CG Links
CG Links mainly focuses on computer graphics related tutorials however you’re free to submit your photo effect and web design tutorials as well.
13. CG Tutorials
CG Tutorials seek to index all computer graphics tutorials in order to give authors publicity and to give everyone an easy way to find the tutorial they seek.
14. Learn AI
Learn AI is an Adobe Illustrator devoted tutorial search engine where you can find almost any tutorial you need. Though Illustrator isn’t commonly associated with web design they do have a web design category in which you can find some tutorials for creating UI elements.
Photoshop Roadmap is a Photoshop dedicated website where besides tutorials you can also find resources, brushes and inspiration.
16. Design Float
DesignFloat is a web community for web designers and web developers similar to DesignBump.
17. Tutorial King
Tutorial King aims to collect high quality Photoshop tutorials. With around 200k visitors per month it’s a considerable place to submit your web design tutorials.
18. Toxic Lab
Toxic Lab offers free tutorials and instructions for web development software. They have over 150 000 unqiue visitor each month.
19. Tutorials Room
Tutorials Room is a fast growing tutorial site where you will find hundreds of Photoshop, Flash, coding and other tutorials.
20. Web Design Library
Web Design Library is an internationally referenced resource that provides a platform for the dissemination of design thinking and research. It covers all theoretical and practice-oriented aspects of the effective, efficient and attractive presentation of information on-line.