Graphic designers: Make passive income from your downtime

June 22, 2009

dollar-close-upYou're between projects or you're waiting on a client to respond before you begin a revision round. You hate sitting on your hands, but you don't want to get into a large project, because you have other project obligations in a couple of days. It's time to turn lemons to lemonade by making passive income from your downtime. The Internet presents plenty of opportunities to do this. All you have to do is find websites that allow you to upload your designs for sale, for which you'll get a commission of each. One well-known website is CafePress, which lets you create designs for everything from T-shirts and other apparel to coffee mugs and more. The dedicated seller can even set up his or her own store and market it (the site says that some of its sellers make in excess of $100,000 — not bad for creating some designs during your downtime!). CafePress isn't the only website that allows you to make passive income from your downtime. There are plenty of website template websites and marketing material template websites that allow you to upload your designs for sale. Just run a search for these websites as if you were a buyer and you'll find hundreds (Why search as a buyer? Because these are the websites that will be found by your buyers). Here are a few more websites that make it easy to earn a passive income from your downtime:

What are your favorite avenues for passive income?

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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