Covid-19 has impacted the way we work. Nowadays, many employees stay at home and perform their tasks remotely instead of going to the office.
The change gives opportunities to make more money on the side, especially if you have a flexible job, such as a graphic designer.
If you are a graphic designer and have some time left after finishing your everyday work, why not spend some of that time to make extra money? Here are some methods to help you.
Method #1 – Start Custom Merchandise Business
Running a print on demand store as a graphic designer gives you an advantage over those entrepreneurs who lack designing skills. After all, it is difficult to find someone who can produce high-quality designs for custom merchandise consistently.
On the other hand, managing the store yourself can be difficult at times, particularly when you have to take care of other matters, such as promotion on multiple fronts. But since you can design your own merch, finding customers should not be that difficult so long as you focus on product quality.
It is common to start with t-shirts and slowly add new products to the store. A lot depends on how much time you have, but if you find that the business is booming and would grow even more, do not hesitate and add more merchandise.
In addition to custom-made t-shirts, you can also make money selling hoodies, mugs, calendars, phone cases, and face masks.
Method #2 – Recommend Graphics Tablets
Less experienced graphic designers may struggle to find accessories for work. Picking the right tablet without proper research is not a good piece of advice because of how much money it costs. It is all fine and good if your workplace provides a tablet for you, but what about freelance designers who work from home? They have to buy a tablet themselves.
As someone who worked as a graphic designer for a while, you should hold some authority thanks to your experience. So why not start a blog or a video channel where you share insightful recommendations and help those who need it?
Method #3 – Edit Photos
Having graphic design skills means that you should be quite comfortable with photo-editing software like Photoshop. The work of photographers does not end with just snapping pictures and sending them to clients.
No, it involves more. For example, product pictures require cropping, correct exposure, color adjustments, sharpening and blurring filters, and removal of unwanted elements, such as dust or blemishes.
The editing part of photographer work is monotonous and time-consuming, so it is no surprise to see many photographers hiring editors and letting them do the job. You could make extra money by working as a photo editor.
Method #4 – Look for Various Freelance Gigs
Freelancer platforms like UpWork and Fiverr have hundreds of gigs for graphic designers. There is a high demand for illustrations, web elements and icons, fonts, social media content, book covers, GIFs, and business branding elements, such as logos.
One might think that some of this work is relatively simple and hiring a freelancer is a bit of a stretch. However, there are people who are looking for the best quality they can find, and paying money for great service is not an issue for them.
It is worth mentioning that freelancer platforms are competitive and oversaturated, meaning that you will need to work hard and get some positive feedback on your profile so that more people trust you. In other words, do not get discouraged if it takes a while to find work on freelancer platforms.
Method #5 – Stream Your Work on Twitch or YouTube
Streamers are making a lot of money by entertaining their audiences. Twitch and YouTube have variety content streamers these days. The platforms are no longer just about video games.
Graphic designers can also stream themselves working while interacting with the audience. If you have no problems talking in front of a camera and show viewers a thing or two about graphic design, it should not take too long before you build a decent number of followers and start making money.
Streamers monetize their content by uploading highlights to YouTube, promoting products, getting subscriptions, and donations directly from viewers.
Method #6 – Create Online Courses
Online education is not just about sitting in a class via Zoom. Adults are also eager to learn because they want to add new skills to their repertoire or even change careers. Because graphic designers are in demand, more and more people are looking to educate themselves and start working.
Skillshare and Udemy are two popular platforms to sell your online courses, but you can also take a different approach and create a YouTube channel or self-publish a book on Amazon.