Making Money with Crated

Crated was set up in 2014 as an online marketplace for you to sell your artwork, photographs, and designs. Its focus is on creating a simple workflow so you can make passive income as a graphic designer without any hassle or fuss. The process is very simple: you simply upload your designs and Crated will take care of everything else, from printing to shipping.

EDIT: As of July 31, 2017 Crated is no longer accepting new artists

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Providing Good Client Service

 

As a freelancer, clients are your lifeblood. You can produce the best work, or charge the lowest prices, but it will be for nothing if your bad attitude and work ethic push clients away. In order to build a long-lasting business and career, you must always focus on building good relationships with your clients — and it all starts with providing good client service. If you’re able to keep your clients happy, not only will they bring more business to you in the future, you also put yourself way above the competition.

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Making Money with Threadless

Threadless was created in 2000 as a way for all the creative minds in the world to make great art. It’s great for graphic designers who are interested in creating designs — and earn passive income in the process. Since then, Threadless has expanded from t-shirts to many other products, while introducing many features along the way to help designers and artists earn recognition and money for their work. (more…)

An Introduction to Inkscape

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, with tons of features to help you execute your concepts and turn them into professional-grade designs. As a graphic designer, you will be using Inkscape for a lot of your work, so it’s best to master what the program has to offer as soon as possible. In this introduction, you will learn some of its most-used features by turning a simple sketch into a vector graphic. (more…)

Embracing a Frugal Lifestyle

Freelancing as a graphic designer comes with many risks. In particular, you never really know when you will get paid, whether it’s due to a lack of business or a project gone wrong. And with bills to pay, the stress will affect your well-being and productivity. Furthermore, everything is getting more expensive nowadays — made worse by excessive consumerism in today’s society, with ads everywhere encouraging you to part with your hard-earned cash.

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Establishing Your Creative Network

In order to achieve success, you don’t just have to do good work — you also have to get the word out there about your brand. As a graphic designer, the act of meeting people and promoting your skills and services might not come naturally. However, the importance of networking shouldn’t be overlooked since relationships are key to any business. In other words, the more robust your creative network, the more enduring your business will be. (more…)