The designing industry has become immensely popular over the past two decades. The digital world has a huge demand for graphic designers and digital illustrators. A massive number of websites, applications, profiles etc. need designing; hence people are employed to work their magic on various designing software.
Do you make a decent living out of graphic designing too? Are you wondering if you can make some extra dollars with your skills? What more can you do with your expertise that can generate more income?
Let’s look at 5 ways to earn extra money as a designer.
You have a treasure full of knowledge about designing. You have significant experience as well as exceptional skills in this field. You also have some expert tips and hacks that make you remarkable at your job.
Well, share it. Not for free of course. Your knowledge is precious! Sell it for a few bucks.
One way you can do this is by making a full course on the basics of designing, to begin with. You can then sell the course on websites or social media platforms. Many websites let people post lectures, DIYs and tutorials. You can post your course on these platforms and let them sell it for you. You earn a commission which keeps flowing as your course keeps selling.
You can also be part of online classrooms and get paid for the number of students you attract.
Sell the unused files
While working for various clients, designs tend to get rejected due to multiple reasons. They remain unused for life as you submit a better version to the clients. Make use of such designs and sell them to websites that sell designs.
Various websites work as a house of designs where users buy wallpaper, themes, logos, icons and templates. Such platforms encourage designers to post more and pay them for their creations. Have a logo lying unsold in your computer? Sell it off to get a payment for your efforts.
Earn from consultation fees
Consultants are experts who earn through giving people advice on becoming better at a job. Offering consults to beginners adds value to your experiences and professionalism. It helps you look more of a PRO and lets you level up in your designing career.
As nothing on this earth comes for free, why should your valuable advice be free of any charge? Charge a reasonable fee for your expert opinions and offer help beginners become as good as you are. It will surely keep some extra cash flowing in your accounts.
Charge for your efforts
Most clients know the potential you have and also the amount of work a design requires. They will pay you reasonably. On the contrary, some clients tend to offer a lesser amount due to budget constraints or other reasons. It’s recommended you charge what your work is worth. Don’t shy away from asking for a raise or a higher payout. Stand by your standard rate and don’t move down on your pay rate. A good client will always have immense value for your work and will pay what is worth.
Blogging for a professional upgrade
A blog is the best place you can illustrate your expertise by uploading some well-crafted creatives. You can post tutorials and guidelines on the blog to showcase your skills at their best. This will allow clients to get an idea of your insights and knowledge.
Also, blogging will prove to be precious as it attracts more work from better businesses.
Moreover, if you work harder on the blog and try monetising it, it will become another source of income too. A popular blog draws more paid sponsorships from people and brands looking to promote. If you are not that good of a writer, you can always hire one or have podcasts on your blog. The number of podcast listeners is increasing by the day. The more informative your blog is, the more it will become successful, resulting in a good passive income source.
You have now looked into various ways to make the extra bucks that can come in handy. Even if you are a newbie, it’s always an excellent option, to begin selling extra creatives or icons and designing a blog. It will make you look more professional when clients approach you.
If you are PRO at designing, you must give consulting a go and provide designing lessons. Do it now if you haven’t begun yet. It’s never too late to start working for a passive income.