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Great Side Hustle Ideas for Graphic Designers

Being a graphic designer nowadays is pretty great. The profession is in high demand, and you can make a lot of extra money on top of your regular job. Freelancing gigs on the most popular platforms continue to pour in from people all over the world.

So if you are stuck at home during this pandemic and would like to make some extra income on the side, here are some ideas to help you get started.


Idea #1 – Editing Photos

A number of professional photographers are not that keen on editing photos because the work is monotonous. And if you have to go through hundreds of photos, one can only imagine how much of a pain it can get.

The editing is necessary if you want to sell these pictures online. The potential money to be made might surprise you. Moreover, Letstalkaboutmoney has an article that covers the best ecommerce platforms for photographers. Yes, there are multiple platforms like that, which further indicates that the demand for photos on the internet is quite high.

Editing photos should be easier for you than a random person since you have graphic design skills. So send out some offers or look for gigs online.

Idea #2 – Blogging


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Blogging can become a lot of fun, especially if you are looking for another way to express yourself. Writing helps with that.

The monetization depends on your personal preference. Some bloggers like to advertise products, include affiliate links, or create an account on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon.

You will have to work a bit before there is an audience that reads or watches your content. The blog itself does not have to be plain articles. You can create vlogs on YouTube or start a social media profile with hopes of becoming someone akin to an influencer.


Idea #3 – Creating Infographics

Infographics are becoming more and more popular. They are a perfect type of content that allows creators to present information in an appealing and informative way.

However, creating something is not as simple as one might think. That is where you and your design skills come in. Knowing how the color palette and other aspects work, creating something like an infographic should not be too big of a problem. 


Idea #4 – Managing Social Media Content

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You can happily work as someone who manages other brands’ social media pages. The main focus will be on content creation because that is where you would excel as a graphic designer.

There is also an option to be the one who writes captions and responds to the followers. But given how much emphasis is on visuals when it comes to social media marketing, do not be surprised to end up working as someone who produces content.


Idea #5 – Designing Logos

Logo designs might not seem like the most profitable niche, but a lot of new brands are emerging, and they need a logo. And it does not have to be a big brand. Even small bloggers who are just starting out will also need one.

Add those that would like to change their logos completely or have one with a more minimalistic approach, and you have more than enough opportunities to make money as a logo designer. Look for gigs on the internet, like freelancer websites, social media, or forums.


Idea #6 – Offer Lessons

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Learning graphic design takes a while, but you do not have to attend college to get good at it. There are a lot of great sources online. And you could be one of the people who share their experience with others.

Creating courses and selling them on the education platforms like Udemy and Skillshare can bring you a lot of profit. Even a YouTube channel will work, though making money on YouTube is a bit harder than before due to recent changes.


Idea #7 – Starting a Print on Demand Store

Print on demand merchandise continues to gain momentum. T-shirts, calendars, hoodies, mugs, and any other product that has room for a design on it will sell provided that the merchandise is made of quality material and has a good design.

There is no need to start a store from scratch. You can join one that is already making money and offer your services as a designer. Print on demand business owners are always looking for someone who can bring in fresh design ideas as that keeps the business going.


Idea #8 – Selling Old Designs

If you have something that you designed in the past or did not finish designing, go back and take a closer look.

There should be something you can sell. If a design is rotting away with no purpose, why not sell it and make some profit from it? After all, it is highly unlikely that you will use it for anything in the future. 

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