On my last post about traveling-a-total-rethink-of-how-to-do-business I spoke a little about different ways to earn a living on line. So heres a quick refresher.
- Website design
- Tattoo Flash
- Competitions, always brings in commissions too
- Book Illustrations
- Royalties from sites like Zazzle and licensing my art
- Affiliates although I don’t earn to much from this, but every little helps.
Website, Gallery, Shop
If your an artist like me, then I’d start with your own website, this is your portfolio a showcase of your work and products. Make it professional. Over the years I have taught myself to build my own website, which allows me complete control on what I want to do and show. I’m not a programmer but there are plenty of websites that have basic websites you can use and customise. I use rapid weaver for macs and I’m happy with them. Doing it yourself can save a lot of money to begin with especially if you don’t have alot of money. If you have the money then you can pay someone to do it for you, which will free up your time to create.
Now you are thinking of your website, you want to think about what you want from it. Your website can be your portfolio, shop, blog and connection tool. People want to connect to you and trust you, if they are parting with there cash for services and goods then they need to know you. To be honest this is the same for anywhere online or in this world.
I use Etsy as its especially for artists. Its free to open a shop all you need is a paypal account and a bank visa card. Etsy makes its money when you list an item and that costs $.20 per item and they make 3% on a sale, I love it. Its simple to set up and use, with online community and help every step of the way. A lot of folks use this as there main website. As an Etsy store holder you get regular emails on all kinds of advice too.
Etsy I love this place and this is where I sell most of my products
Ebay – I personally don’t use, but other artists have made a success with it so its worth mentioning.
Zazzle – A free shop where you can upload your art and put it onto all kinds of goods and make money when an item sells as Royalties
Deviant Art – upload artwork to sell prints
Society6 – upload artwork to sell prints, iphone cases, pillows and more
Online Free lance jobs
When I started out I got work through people I met, but this was difficult as I was always moving on, eventually I found Elance, a site a lot like a job center where you could find work and bid for it, this was really great for me as it was free to start up. When I gained the courage I would pay $10 a month for 20 credits which would allow me bid for 20 jobs worth up to $500 a job. Through elance I found another site called createmytattoo, which is where I mainly get a lot of work today designing tattoos, my bread and butter money. Greats sites to look at to start are…
There are so many sites out there now that you can almost find anything that suits your needs. More and more people are getting online and our technology is changing fast. And the internet has given us new opportunities that were never there before.
Designs By Humans – Competions for designing t-shirts.
Create My Tattoo – Design tattoos
This sums up some of the sites I use to do business and help my business grow, and this is just the beginning. There are many other websites out there that do similar things that I have not come across as yet, one thing I can be sure of is change and how you buy your goods today can change tomorrow, but one things remains to be the most important in this world and that is trust within business, so always go above and beyond when you deal with your future customer. When the put there trust in you and you give it back they will come back for life.
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