How to Make Money as a Graphic Designer

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Graphic designers are in demand a lot these days, even though some would say that the market is oversaturated, and newcomers would struggle to find their work.

While there are certain problems inexperienced graphic designers might face, the situation is not that grim. So long as you are willing to learn the craft, you should not have problems discovering a profitable niche. As for those who are already working as graphic designers, there might be more options to profit than you know.

This article will give you some ideas about making money as a graphic designer regardless of your experience. Continue reading to find out what those ideas are.

Custom Merch

Let’s start with custom merchandise. The demand for custom-made products continues to increase as more and more people are looking to express themselves by wearing clothes or using various accessories.

Politics invest in custom merchandise as well during their campaigns when they give away stickers, pens, caps, and other knick-knacks.

Some companies are looking to improve team spirit, and matching t-shirts with a company logo or a slogan are a popular item on the list.

You can create custom hoodies on Printify by adding original designs on them. Of course, there is no need to limit the merchandise to just hoodies. T-shirts, caps, face masks, stickers, sneakers, and other print-on-demand products are an option.

Graphic designs could start their own merchandise store or dropship the goods on eBay. After all, the top 10% of eBay dropshippers made on average $7,7k a month profit in 2019, which is a good indication of how great the business model is.

As an alternative, one could join an already established business and work as a designer. This way, you will not have to worry about promoting the store and can focus on coming up with design ideas to put on merchandise.

Photo Editing

Most professional photographers are not too keen to edit their photos because of how monotonous and time-consuming this job is. They would rather hire an assistant.

Photo editing tools should not be too difficult to use for a graphic designer, right? If you find a photographer looking for a photo editor, do not hesitate and apply for the job. Having experience as a graphic designer will give you an edge over other potential candidates.


Streaming on Twitch TV might not seem like a good idea for graphic designers because the platform consists mostly of video game enthusiasts. However, Twitch has changed a bit in the last few years. Now, various content creators are finding it possible to monetize their content.

Graphic designers can interact with their audiences while doing work. If they are entertaining or educational, the money will come from subscriptions and donations. If nothing else, you can do your work and stream simultaneously with the intent to make some extra money. After all, you will have to do the work anyway, so why not make something extra on the side while you are at it.

Social Media

Social media content creation is no easy feat. Brands invest a lot of money to hire some of the best designers who can provide consistent ideas and publish enough on social media to keep the followers engaged.

Since the most popular social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, are not going away, learning how to create eye-catching social media content is a worthwhile investment.

You can even start your own page and grow it by attracting new followers. As for what to do with the page after, you have a couple of options, such as selling it or turning it into a source of income by influencing.

Online Education

If you are an experienced graphic designer, you could share your skills with others. Since graphic design is so popular, quite a few people are eager to learn the craft themselves, but they do not wish to go to a university because it would take a lot of time and money.

Instead, they would rather watch tutorial videos online. This is where your experience comes in. You can create videos and sell them on Skillshare, Udemy, and other educational platforms.


Creating a visually pleasing blog should not be an issue, even if you lack certain coding knowledge.

As a blogger, you will need to focus on writing a lot. If it is not your forte, writing is a skill one can polish and learn.

When you start, take advantage of your skills and offer blog visitors visual content, such as infographics, that are easier to process for an average person.

Book Covers

The demand for book covers might come as a surprise. After all, there are so many writers who publish books regularly, right?

Well, thanks to Amazon’s self-publishing program, writers no longer have to deal with publishing agencies. Instead of getting rejected, writers can publish their books directly on Amazon and sell their writing as e-books.

Of course, since the book market is so competitive, marketing plays a prominent role in making more sales. And it just so happens that a book’s cover is one of the key selling points. This is where you, as a graphic designer, come in.

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