I think I got in trouble last time I talked about this. But I digress.
Okay so you want to make side money.
Let me put it out there. I make about 40K in side money. If I wanted to make more it would be around 150k quite honestly. So let us just say I’m experienced at making money online and using artistic stuff. So let me share about a few ways to make money.
I want to say if you have skill as an artist you should not be starving. I don’t have your skill and yet have made money part time. You have to think of the market and the big picture.
I’ve seen one big problem. Artists overcharging and forgetting low lying fruit. Now we don’t mean work for super cheap or things that aren’t worth your time but also look for the quick low lying fruit that you can take advantage of. Keep that in mind. Also read the 4 hour work week book to increase your productivity. Also think of bulk as well.
So here goes.
- Create generic videos that can be customized and sell to businesses.
Need a plumber, need an electrician, need a Dr? You could create a whole bunch of generic videos with animations, 3d characters and spokespeople. Make it generic and customizable. Use your graphics powers to create several of these. Pick 100 businesses and create videos for it. Keep it simple and outsource a few aspects if necessary. Bundle them and sale them. First sell them yourself for yourself.
Basically after creating several videos or even one specific to a group like Electricans sell it to electricians. Here is where the outsourcing comes in. Go on craigslist and find sales reps who work on commission. Have them sale the generic videos to all Electricians in the US. Then move to plumbers, dentists, hvac, etc. Charge 500-1000 USD per generic video. Give a 20% commission to the sales reps, then customize it in After Effects with their name and number and pocket the 400-800 in commission. Of course you can then make a full customized video for more.
Here is an example of what I’m talking about. The pretty lady in the video is actually my wife.
Basically you make ready made videos and resell them. Look at some of the prices.
Your sales team that works for commissions will make the sales and you take 10 minutes to customize the name and number and render it.
- Once you have created videos, bundle them and sell them.
Once you have a library of videos that you have created bundle them and sell them as a business in a box. Sell them as a bundle to people wanting to start their own online business. Sell them here for example www.warriorforum.com. Boom! Keep making some generics along the way use them then resell them.
- Do a virtual 3d animated puppet spokesperson
Put that bad boy on Fiverr and watch the orders come in. Look I know some folks hate working on Fiverr but truth be told you don’t have to work for 5 dollars anymore. You can even start out at $900.
- Here is an idea for awesomeness. Kids books
Find a writer and do a series of illustrated kids books and sale on Kindle and Amazon.
- Create a IP online and do affiliate marketing or own product marketing
It has worked for decades. You create something that gets views. With those views you advertise something. There are plenty of affiliate items you can advertise off your cartoon, comic, animation, etc. Webtoons is really popular now and some folks are getting paid 100k as a featured artist. You remember those old advertisements in comics? Well do that. Create an online series, comic, etc and then advertise something via affiliate or create your own product. For example my next project is creating a children’s show for Youtube. I’m doing adsense but will also be advertising heavily my children’s books Why advertise someone else when I can advertise my own products? Digital and print on demand books or make a deal with an actual writer who has books out and needs promotion.
- Poser and DAZ are your friend!
Okay this is one that gets me. How many of you have 100s of models just sitting on your hard drive collecting digital dust. Look DAZ gets 3 Million viewers a month. Out of those 3 million viewers there are tons of buyers and yet you don’t have as much competition as you would think on DAZ.com. You have people specifically looking for models in a very specific format. They want models. I see too many artists doing a 3dmax format and selling off of Turbosquid for 100-2000 USD. Truth be told those most people who use Max or Maya are not looking for models as much as you think they are. But EVERY Daz or Poser user is looking for 3d models. That is the whole point. Why are there not more 3d artists catering to this group and just lettting their 3d models collect dust. Format that character for DAZ and sell it at the store. And don’t think you are above selling a model for 19.99. Sell 1 turboquid model for 2,000 USD or sell 1,000 of the same model at 19.99. Do the math. Bulk and market.
- Invest in someone who has more business sense than you.
Find someone who has a business plan but can use your help as an artist. Team up and create something awesome. You are going to be modeling 3d Wolverines all day long, why not model something original that is going to be used in a comic or something that could make money. Remember the artist who worked for Facebook stock and is now worth 500,000,000. He was going to charge 60K for doing art at Facebook. He went ahead and invested his time in the company for worthless stock that is now worth 500 million dollars. Do your research and learn about the person but there are people who have better business sense than you and investing in them could lead to some nice profit.
- Create a media company
People are always looking for fresh content. This is what I’m working on now. I’m creating 2 brands. 1 is for kids nursery rhymes (have you seen how many views they get). It is not an over saturated market. And I have a ton of musicians who are working for royalties plus a small upfront pay. We will be creating pubic domain nursery rhymes in 10 languages and doing some original content. Think Rooster teeth for children. I’m also working on a separate media company creating more adult comics and animations including “Bad video songs” where I find horrible songs and make a video of it acting as if it is an awesome song. Countdowns, Yoko read Manga, Anime Covers in Spanish/English, Crazy Songs, Bad Alien Rantz About Stuff and then some Individual IP as WEBTOONs and Cineatic comics and Youtube Animations. Just think RoosterTeeth. Then do adsense and sell my own products that are not totally related. Lots of work and if anyone wants to help and be a millionaire down the road please contact me or try doing it yourself. Look at these guys on socialblade…these videos take like 5 minutes to make but look.
You can do as bad or way better than this can’t you.
- Create a mockbuster
Look if you animate and can create nice pictures, make a few mockbuster movies. Look the Asylum has been doing it for years. They wouldn’t be in business for 20+ years if the business model didn’t work.
Look Rattattoing is the most awful CG I’ve ever seen. Yet the infamous company that is creating this has been in business for 20 years. They make garbage and your still trying to find a job. How bout make something that is not perfect but not garbage and sell it like the Asylum does. Here is an idea for you.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles = Adolescent Kappa Samurai Warriors, well that is mine. But you get the gist.
I mean look at this.
You and 3 other animators couldn’t do better than this and make money?
Like I said these folks have been in business for 20 years. That is a good record. Love them or hate them we all know what Sharknado is. They get to have fun making stupid movies. Why can’t you who actually has skills?
Just to depress you more. These folks made money. These had a budget.
You can’t do better than this? Money is just waiting to be made.
- Furry pics
There is a need for 3d furry pics. Bundle them and sell them.
- Record while you work
Create some tutorials while you work. Model something cool or animate something cool while recording yourself and then sell it on Gumroad. Record all your work and show people how to do something and create a channel like Draw with Jazza. You’ll get viewers, clients and can sell tutorials for more in depth stuff. If you have skills sell that knowledge of your skills.
Roberto asked so I answered. I hope this helps some of you. Many of these ways I have personally used, am using or have helped friends make money doing. Hope this helps and I hope I don’t get in trouble for posting this.
PS EVERLITE feel free to contact me. I can share in more detail how to make more than 2600 a month. I work 2 days a week and make about 2600-4300 a month now. I also move around to cheaper pastures. I lived in Tokyo last year and this year live in Ecuador. Next year is Thailand and Taiwan. Mexico after that. Then back to Japan. This is literally my life now. I read your blog and found it interesting. I think you could get that. I do this cause boy it is fun to live this life and when you know something you share it. Oh and if you have kids your kids would probably do awesome to get a bigger world view. So many families here living in Ecuador who are so much happier spending 5 days a week with their kids and exploring the world vs the 9 to 5 and you see your kids at night just because you think your country is the best place because you don’t know better. Wow, sorry for that. Anyone if you have any questions feel free to ask. I’m not selling anything. So don’t buy anything from me. I give out info for free.