How to Make Extra Cash as a Graphic Designer

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Are you a Graphic Designer or presently aspiring to be one? If yes, I’m sure you know by now that you have valuable skills that are greatly in demand and the freedom to earn as much as you like especially when working as a freelancer.

As more businesses are springing up on a daily basis, graphic designers are in greater demand. This is so because most business will need a logo, a website, business cards etc. and will definitely employ the services of graphic designers.

Graphic designers have other ways to earn more cash as a freelancer than the usual client work or full-time position they have. One great benefit a freelancer has is total freedom on how to manage their time and work. That can be put to great use to diversify the income streams since there are several ways to make money online.

We have therefore compiled several methods graphic designers can earn more cash from being a freelance designer.

1. Selling on Creative Market

Creative Market ( is a way for designers to create and sell digital files like logos, illustrations, templates and web design. The designer sets their own price, and keeps about 70 percent of each sale. Unlike some other sites, Creative Market has no exclusivity limitations, meaning products can appear on another platform similar to theirs with no penalty.

2. Selling on Freelancer Websites
Even if you have a steady stream of income from your regular clients, graphic designers can make extra cash by offering their services on freelancing websites such as Freelancer (, Upwork ( etc. Jobs like designing advert banners, logo, business websites etc. can be done on such websites.

3. Blogging
Although Blogging most probably will costs you time, it pays off big later. Set up a blog and use it to share design advice for businesses or publish helpful design tutorials. Having a place on the World Wide Web that hosts your knowledge and insights can be incredibly valuable for positioning oneself as an expert, creating new relationships with other designers and, of course, attracting clients through referrals.

4. Host a Class on Skillshare
Skillshare ( is an online community marketplace for online classes. Graphic designers can apply to teach and get paid to host a class. Some of the classes designers have created are: “From Zero to Hero: Learn Graphic Design” and “Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners”. Designers get paid based on the number of online students who sign up for their classes.

5. Sell Design Templates Online
Selling your designs online can establish your credibility and it is very profitable. Graphic Design is a growing profession in high demand and the reality is that most templates are being bought by beginners or in-house designers that are more based in production and technical work that creativity. By creating and selling templates in online stores like Envato you can gain a substantial amount of revenue from this growing market.

I hope this article inspires you to leverage on your creative skills to make extra cash.

By the way, you can also make extra cash as a graphic designer by participating in our GRAPHIC DESIGN CHALLENGE. Follow us on Twitter and send your email address to us via our Twitter handle (@EllaeCreative), hashtag #ellaechallenge. Further instructions about the competition will be sent to you via email.

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