Designing websites can be a very rewarding, yet time consuming task. Sometimes we all need a little break from the day-to-day work. If you are looking for something to do on the side to keep your life interesting, then you’ve come to the right place.
Start a Blog related to Web Design
If you are a web designer, then you are probably very proud of what you do and have learned a lot along the way. Why not have a place to call your own, where you can share your accomplishment as well as give advice and tips to those who are in the same boat as you? Not only is this going to help keep you motivated, but you may learn something from your readers. On top of that, you can place ads on your blog in order to make additional money.
The key with any blog is to have high quality content and update your site regularly. This is going to have people coming back for more and excited to see whatever it is you come up with next. WordPress is a great place to start. Many people love Blogger as well.
If you do not have the time to maintain your own blog, you can choose to write for other blogs related to the web design niche. This is another great way to get your name out there and really promote yourself, as well as get paid for your time. Many sites would be more than happy to hire a guest blogger; you never know until you ask!
Sell Stock Images
Most designers have a high quality camera. It’s about time you used yours for something new. Get out of the house and take some pictures; have fun with it. Take shots of people, places or things that you could see yourself buying and placing on one of your websites. Some of the best places to sell your photos are iStockPhoto and Shutterstock.
Design New Things
Yes, you’ve designed site after site, but why not design themes, templates and landing pages? There are an abundance of options for you out there. You can even create and sell icons, PSD templates and Vectors. There are many people who are simply too busy to create these seemingly simple tidbits and would love a little help.
You’d be surprised just how much money you could make on these small tasks. Depending on how much effort and time you put into each project; you could be making quite a bit of money each month. Many people continually make money off of such creations for long periods of time. Check out sites such as ThemeForest and GraphicLeftovers for more information.
Tutorial or How-To Videos
Ever picture yourself creating a tutorial? There has never been a better time to do so. Many sites (such as Ehow) will actually pay you in order to create how-to videos for them. This is not only great for your wallet, but also a wonderful way to promote yourself and share how knowledgeable you are at what you do; creating a buzz around your name.