As I’m sure where all aware, last year was a bit rough for businesses. The downturn in the economy seemed to effect just about everyone. With that being said, I’m sure there are more than a few freelancers and one man operations that could use a little extra income. The beauty of our profession is that you can use your skills a bunch of different ways to make money. One of those ways, is to sell stock templates, photography, illustrations, etc.
Another option is to write guest posts on other design blogs. There are a lot of large design blogs that pay decent money for freebies, articles, tutorials, etc. If you can get in a habit of doing 1-2 guest posts a month, in addition to selling some templates, etc on stock sites, you can produce a nice little stream of extra money. (In reality, if you really work at it, you could make a bit more than ‘extra money’ as well. It just depends which sites you choose, and what your planning on offering.)
So today I’ve compiled a list of sites where you can use your graphic design/web design skills to make some extra cash. Some of these you will obviously be aware of, but a lot you may not. This is also a good list for those just getting into the profession, so they can see some of the options out there, aside from typical client work. If you know of a good one I missed, let me know in comments!
Places to Sell Your Stock Work:
Blogs/Sites That Pay For Posts:
Theme Companies That Buy Theme Designs:
An Important Note: These companies are interested in buying quality themes. They do not buy every theme they receive though. So just keep that in mind! Submitting a theme to any of these companies does not mean they will buy it. But again, they all love quality, and sometimes the payouts can be bigger than the other options.
A note on this one: When I check out this today before posting, it says the latest design submission round is over. So you may have to wait a little bit until there accepting submissions again.