There are two ways to monetize your creative blog or to create a passive income stream if you are a designer: by using ads on your blog or by creating e-courses.
This is a very common misconception in the creative blogging and design world. Ads and affiliate links are not what they used to be and you usually need a large audience to earn a living.
I’ve also noticed that when a lot of entrepreneurs talk about digital products and passive income, they only talk about info products (ebooks, e-courses). Courses are a great passive income stream and you can build a business around them. But they are not as passive as some people think. They take a lot of time to create and a lot of time to promote. You have to be ready to go above and beyond to sell your courses.
If courses and affiliates are not for you, here are 11 other passive income streams for designers and creative bloggers:
1. Clip-art and illustrations
If you love to draw, no matter if you are a digital artist or like to use watercolors, you can turn your artwork into vectors or individual PNG files.
You can make clip-art packs that others use for scrapbooking, card making, or even print as stickers.
Patterns make the world pretty. You can use them on anything from your website to stationery to wrapping paper and even print them on fabrics and wallpapers.
And the good thing is that it’s easy to use your vector illustrations and turn them into patterns.
3. Premade logos and logo kits
If you are a graphic designer and make custom logos for your clients, you can also make premade logos for those that want a designer logo but can’t afford a custom one.
You can also create logo and branding kits starting from your illustrations and premade logos. People love to make their own logos, so create a branding pack that has vector illustrations, color schemes, free fonts, and patterns.
4. Cards & posters
Another great way to recycle your artwork and create a passive income stream is by using your illustrations to create cards and posters. You can sell physical art in your Etsy shop or create digital poster packs and sell them on Creative Market.
If you are a creative person but don’t have the skills to make your own illustrations, you can purchase commercial license vectors and use them to make your own greeting cards.
People are always looking for new fonts. They are the best selling items on websites that sell design goods and font bundles sell like crazy.
Fonts, especially script fonts, take a long time to create. But if you are a lettering artist, you should definitely sell your fonts in a design marketplace or upload them to a font library.
6. Stock photos
I know many bloggers and designers that take amazing photos, especially the styled destock photos that are popular right now on blogs and Instagram. There are also many bloggers that share those photos as a freebie. If your photos are popular you should think about selling photo bundles on sites like Creative Market or on your own website.
If you are a professional photographer, I’m sure you have a lot of photos sitting on your hard drive. You can also sell them on stock photo websites or on your own site.
7. Mockup kits
If you are a photographer and a Photoshop expert, you can create mockup kits for bloggers and designers. Scene creators and product mockups are very popular on design marketplaces because many people need them and they don’t have the time or skills to make their own.
8. Printable planners & worksheets
Printable planners, worksheets, and calendars are very popular and can be used as freebies to attract more subscribers or as a passive income stream.
You can even design and sell your own physical blog planners that will help your customers grow their blogs.
9. Image templates
Blog post and social media image templates are great for helping bloggers and business owners create beautiful images that will help them increase their followers. You can use Photoshop or Illustrator to create them.
Image templates help speed up your workflow and keep a consistent style.
10. Website templates / WordPress themes
If you are a developer, you can create templates for WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, or even HTML/CSS templates. You can create themes that have a lot of options or themes that are suited for certain niches.
This is not as passive as other income sources because you will have to keep your templates up to date. You’ll also have to help your customers set up their sites and help them fix errors. But this is a great way to make money and it might become your main source of income.
If you are a coding wizard, you can also create premium WordPress plugins. As the blogging world changes, we are always looking for new plugins or plugins that are better than the existing ones. This is another income source that’s not very passive because you will have to keep up with WordPress updates and spend time on customer services.
How do you generate passive income for your business? Do you know other passive income streams for designers and bloggers that are effective?