Is Graphic Design The Best Way To Make Money Online?

Working as a freelance designer is a popular way for artists to make a living online, but is it the best way? Many artists get frustrated when they see other online workers making multiples of what they bring in, sometimes while working less hours. This can lead to soul-searching and questioning whether one’ profession is indeed the right fit.

In this post I will be looking at a few of the most popular ways that people are making money online and how they compare to working as a designer. Please keep in mind that I am not recommending any of these careers or business opportunities, but merely discussing their benefits and drawbacks from my personal vantage point.

Also remember that before you get involved in and sort of online business or money making scheme that you should always research it extensively to ensure that it is legitimate. Furthermore, bear in mind that any business you get involved with will involve risks including the risk of losing money, so be prepared for that going in and realize that there is no guarantee of income. This post is for entertainment only and we are certainly not guaranteeing income in any way, shape or form!

Way To Make Money #1 – Graphic Design

If you are reading this blog then chances are that you work as a graphic designer or in a related design field. As such you are probably already well aware of some of the benefits and drawbacks of a career in design.

As I see it one of the great benefits is that you get to express your creativity and use skills that often receive accolades and admiration from others. On the negative side you may have to deal with unpleasant clients, and settle for pay which is below what you feel you may deserve.

Way To Make Money #2 – Network Marketing

Network marketing can be a great way to make money because it can offer massive compensation, particularly when you are able to build a strong “down-line” which you can in turn profit from without doing much if any work at all. In cases where your team is producing enough sales to pay your bills then working in network marketing can be more like owning a business than having a job. When you consider the compensation offered by a company like the Aspire Business System it is easy to see why so many people are so eager to get involved with this type of a business. This being said it is also important to remember that most people who try network marketing fail miserable, so before getting starting in this industry you should consider if it is truly a good fit for your personality.

Way To Make Money #3 – Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is similar to network marketing in that you make money by earning commissions. However most affiliate programs don’t have multi-layer commission structures, so that means that you cannot rely on a down-line to generate sales on your behalf. Another drawback to affiliate marketing is that most companies you work with provide affiliates with very little training, so it is on you to be a self-starter and to educate yourself on topics like traffic generation and tracking in order to succeed.

Affiliate marketing is not without some great benefits though. This business model allows you a great deal of autonomy. In fact it may be entirely possible to earn a full time income as an affiliate without ever needing to speak with anyone over the phone or in person!

Way To Make Money #4 – Become a Star On YouTube

As you may know YouTube is an amazingly popular website where many people are becoming what is known as “YouTube Stars”. These days you don’t need to get cast on a TV show in Hollywood to get famous, instead you can just start a YouTube channel. Although it should go without saying that most people who start YouTube channels don’t get famous at all. However there are also many other lesser known ways to make money on YouTube. For instance many affiliate marketers make videos to promote products and services like in this video about Manifestation Miracle. Other entrepreneurs simply try to make ad revenue from there videos without trying to get famous or create a following. Definitely a lot of possibilities!

I don’t see any big downside to making money on YouTube other than the fact that by building a business on a third party platform you are subject to their whims and decisions which could end up negatively effecting you down the road.

Way To Make Money #5 – Surveys And Odd Jobs

Finally, some people make money online by taking online surveys and doing odd jobs on websites like Fiverr. This doesn’t seem appealing since it requires working with many clients (in the case of fiverr) or wasting time taking long, boring surveys that typically don’t pay much. However there are those who seeminly have found a way to make these activities worthwhile, so if you find them interesting why not give them a shot.



Meeting Men As A Graphic Designer

A career in the world of graphic design can give a young lady many opportunities to meet and work with eligible bachelors. But unless you are already a master seductress you may need a refresher course on how to attract the man of your dreams.

Do you know what men secretly want? The video above has some good tips, but here are a few more helpful bits of advice on how to make a good impression on a man you’d like to date.

Let’s be real, dating a man is probably the easiest way now to get to know him so that you can determine whether you think he’s be a good partner to have in your life. Sure, it’s undeniably very romantic to spend the evening gazing into his eyes, sipping wine and having him had feed you raw oysters. But ladies, before you land a date with Mr Dreamboat there is a bit of groundwork that you must first lay.

Tip 1. Do not pretend to be somebody you are not. I know you may have a lot of insecurities when it comes to your body, skin, family background or dating history. But it’s always better to me honest rather than trying to hide behind a mask. Because this way you can really measure a guy’s interest in the real you. Also, if you started the conversation bragging about false facts and unreal achievements, you are beginning to create expectations that may eventually disappoint the guy and hurt you.

2. Be mindful of what you wear and how you look. Some women are unsure about wearing daring clothes, but if it’s really your personality, it’s okay. Just wear clothes you are comfortable with so you can also act comfortably, but not too comfortable as it is always important to look presentable. And if you are serious about finding a solid man with husband potential then remember that most classy guys are intimidated or just plain turned off by a girl with body piercing or tattoos all over her body.

3. Turn off your phone. If you keep on looking at your phone and even replying to messages when a guy is trying to talk to you he might think you aren’t interested in him. Focus on him and how you can build the connection through conversation.

4. Don’t drink too much. Happy hour is great place to meet professional men, but drinking too much alcohol can really turn off a guy. It makes you look sloppy and like you may have a serious drinking problem.

5. Maintain the conversation. Try to ask more questions about him, his hobbies, his family, etc. Appreciate what he does and don’t judge or argue with him. Show him that you are interested in his life, and that you have a sincere interest in becoming part of it!

Latest Graphic Design Trends

2015 is fast approaching and who knows what the upcoming year is going to be bringing as such, we take a close look at some of the most prevalent graphic trends that made their way to our screens this year.

1. Flat design

This year, there was no room for visual ambiguity and hitches in communication. The flat design has permeated a world of websites and apps, and it is plain to see that shades, bevelled edges, and reflections are now considered a throwback. Skeuomorphism has been thrown out the window as perhaps it has been assumed that the digital era has been around long enough for people to know that the radio on their device is not actually a real radio. Enough said.

2. 3D printing

2014 also saw the ever-increasing pervasiveness of 3D printing. That said, it is safe to say that the concept of creating dimension has not entirely been discounted despite the rise of flat design. Because more user friendly systems have been developed as of late, a growing number of graphic designers have gotten on board with 3D design and 3D printed typography. Something tells us that this is a trend that is going to carry over even to next year. From storefronts to cinema listings to book covers, it is interesting to see what else can be printed with the use of 3D technology as it continues to progress.

3. Offline manifestations

These days, the graphic design industry is no longer confined to gadgets and devices, its results have also made their way to public spaces and advertising boards in cities, towns, and entire countries. The digital world has truly invaded almost every aspect of our lives not just on paper, but in the real world as well.

4. Authenticity

Despite the ability that technology affords us of being able to remove all of our flaws with one flick of a finger, it is ironic that nowadays, it has now become commonplace to display things as they are. It is likely that this is due to the emotional response that it manages to elicit from audiences and consumers. People want to be able to identify with what they see on screen and this year, graphic designers gave them exactly that.

5. Quirky Typography

There is no shortage to the number of fonts that graphic designers can choose from these days and perhaps that is why there has been a rise in the popularity of creating unique fonts that will stand out.