Do you have a passion for graphic design? Do your friends always come to you when they need something creative? Are you always creating the prettiest graphics, know code like the back of your hand, and you’d rather play around on photoshop than do anything else? Then, it’s time to start thinking about making money doing what you love. There are so many ways that you could make money as a graphic designer. Learning how to monetize your love for graphic design is the perfect way to combine your hobby and make money. Here’s exactly how you can get started doing so.
Build up your portfolio
You could be the best graphic designer anyone has ever laid eyes on, however, if no one knows you or has ever seen any of your work, they can’t hire you. First, you need to build up your portfolio to showcase your work. Get every piece of content you’ve ever created and upload it to a portfolio hosting platform. You can showcase any websites you’ve designed, graphics, business cards, logos, whatever. If you don’t have any of the content saved, then start from scratch. Start creating some content specifically for your portfolio. The money will come once people are able to see your skills.
Sell your unused files
If you’ve got tons of files just hanging out in your folders on your computer, it’s time to get rid of them. Maybe you designed some quote graphics one night when you were bored, maybe you designed a book cover for your friend and never sent it to them, or perhaps, you played around with a few different logo looks. Well, you can get rid of those files in exchange for cold hard cash. There are several different marketplace design sites that will pay you for the files that you aren’t using.
Take on clients
Start taking on clients that need stuff designed. Whether you advertise yourself on social media or create an account on freelancer websites such as Fiverr or Upwork, there are tons of people and business needing design work done. Fiverr and Upwork are two marketplaces where people are searching for freelancers to complete graphic design work, content creation, and website development, among other things, for them! The only issue with these two websites are there are tons of people competing for work, so you might not get to charge what you’re worth, but you’ll more than likely receive steady work and you will also be building up your skills to add to your portfolio. The good thing about working on these sites is you increase your chances of having repeat customers. Once someone does business with you after finding you on one of these sites and you provide them with good work for a good price, they start to trust you and only want to work with you in the future.
Host a masterclass
If you love graphic design and are great at what you do, you could teach others graphic design. You can make boatloads of money when you have the knowledge to do things that others long to do. By hosting a masterclass and teaching the basics of graphic design, you could earn a killing! There are online community marketplaces for classes that enable you to create an account and teach your own class on any subject that you’d like, live in front of your paid viewers. There are creators teaching classes on everything from how to make homemade jewelry to tricks on how to play twenty-one game. Some examples of things you could teach are ‘Photoshop for Beginners’ and ‘Learn How To Create A Killer Logo In Under 30 Minutes.’ Imagine charging between $50 and $100 per class, and you sold out each time!? You’d never need to design anything else again!
Blog to appear as an authority figure
If you haven’t already started blogging, now is the time! Blogs are a popular way of sharing information and showcasing your work. You can use your blog to post advice to graphic designers on how to get started or you can post design tutorials. Having your own personal space on the internet, talking about what it is you do and how to do it, really puts you in a position as an authority figure and people will start to trust you. When people trust you, they buy from you. Also, you can monetize your blog once you start having frequent visitors. You can place relevant ads on your blog and when people click, you get paid.
If you’re looking for a way to increase your blog traffic, give away free items! Have a place on your blog where you give away free downloadables, such as templates, desktop or mobile wallpapers in exchange for their email. This is a great way to keep in touch with your visitors and you can send them emails whenever you publish a new blog post. This increases your blog traffic, and turns into money.