Are you a graphic designer or illustrator and want to know where to sell your work online? You are in the right place. We’ve listed the best places where you can sell your designs and artwork.
Some of these options are passive, so you won’t have to do much other than upload a design, but some are more convenient. It may seem like an easy way to earn money, but remember that any attempt to generate extra income takes time, dedication and skill.
RedBubble is an online marketplace where you can upload your designs and artwork. It also offers a variety of physical products that you can add your designs to. You don’t have to worry about product storage at all, the site operates as a print-on-demand service.
Customers can search based on designs or products, so there are multiple ways to find and sell your items.
It’s entirely your choice on which products to put your designs on, and RedBubble introduces new products quite often. Popular items include greeting cards, stickers, phone cases, t-shirts and more.
While it doesn’t cost you anything to have a RedBubble account or list your designs, RedBubble does take a hefty commission. You can choose your own markup prices (your profit margin), but since RedBubble’s base prices are quite high, you probably won’t make too much profit.
Gumroad is an e-commerce site that allows artists and designers to sell digital products to new customers. You’ll find plenty of Procreate products on Gumroad, like some of the brush sets in our Procreate brush roundup.
You can also easily design and sell e-books, PDFs, digital courses and digital resources on Gumroad. It is a single download and multi-sell scenario which makes it stress-free and less time consuming for you.
The compensation structure improves the more you sell. Gumroad charges $0.30 per transaction, regardless of the price of the product sold, plus between 2.9% and 9% in fees depending on your lifetime earnings. The higher your lifetime earnings on Gumroad, the lower the fees you pay.
You can also integrate Gumroad with your personal website, add membership tiers for sales, or allow customers to pay over multiple dates. You can also offer free digital downloads or let customers pay what they want for products. Gumroad is a great marketplace for graphic designers.
3. Sell to stock exchange websites
Another great way to make money selling graphic designs is to sell to stock exchange websites. Check out this list of the best stock photography websites and tips for becoming a successful stock photographer. And did you know that you can also sell designs to stocking sites?
UX/UI design assets are usually downloaded from marketplaces or plugins for apps like Figma or Canva. You can easily create and sell assets, templates, vectors, or artwork for use by other designers.
You can sell stock designs on Adobe Stock, where you’ll receive 33% royalties on sales and retain non-exclusive disclosure for use. Selling graphic design stock to Getty Images will earn you 15-45% royalties. There are also many other sites where you can sell artwork, design elements, or vectors, including Shutterstock.
Selling through a stock market website will give your work the opportunity to be used and seen by millions of people. Your artwork or design elements may be used in international advertising campaigns, book covers, or website icons. There really is no limit to where your work will go.
4. Use Dropshipping Services
We have already mentioned RedBubble, which is similar to dropshipping. But while RedBubble hosts and fulfills orders on your behalf, dropshipping sites allow you to host yourself while the dropshipping company fulfills orders.
The biggest advantage of dropshipping is that you are not responsible for storing the items you sell with your designs on them. And another big plus is that it’s a print-on-demand service, so you won’t lose money by having to order in bulk before you know exactly how popular the product will be.
You can use a Shopify plugin on your website with WordPress or Squarespace. This allows you to integrate a storefront into your personal store where you can sell your creations. You can also try a dropshipping company like Eprolo or Inkedjoy. Here’s how to spot scam dropshipping sites.
You will only receive a small profit margin using this method since you will have to pay for storage and fulfillment from a third-party seller. But it is a useful way to start a product store with your own designs.
Etsy has been a popular creative marketplace for years. What started as the go-to place to buy personalized, handmade gifts has become a place where anyone can sell anything. Etsy remains a customer-focused, easy-to-use marketplace for sellers.
You can sell physical products – printed artwork, bulk orders of brochures, personalized wedding stationery. As well as digital products, Procreate brushes, digital planner templates, and custom logos. Read our guide to how selling on Etsy works.
You pay a listing fee for items of $0.20, plus Etsy also charges a 6.5% fee per transaction. Nonetheless, Etsy is one of the most popular places for graphic designers and artists to earn money from their work. You are in complete control of what you sell and how much you sell.
6. Sell on your own website
If you have a website, you can always sell your graphic designs or artwork directly from there. Whether your website is a portfolio or a landing page with contact information, this is the perfect place to sell your graphic design work.
Having a contact page on your website allows potential customers to contact you about commissions or to ask if they can purchase print or digital assets. You can also integrate an online store into your website or link to your Etsy, RedBubble, or Gumroad pages from one place.
Many illustration and graphic design sales come from social media and customer outreach. Simply having a website with your work is often enough to make people want to buy your work. How you sell it is therefore between you and the customer.
Patreon is a fantastic tool that offers content creators, whether graphic designers or illustrators, the ability to sell access to their work as a monthly subscription or membership. Selling through Patreon does not mean that you are selling individual products, but rather that you are letting people buy limited access to those products.
Most Patreon creators don’t use the site to sell graphic design work, but you can. While it’s often used to sell exclusive videos, music tracks, articles, or behind-the-scenes access to online content, as a designer, you can easily use Patreon to sell monthly bundles of designs.
For example, since Patreon allows you to offer tiered monthly subscriptions, you can:
- Offer a $5 monthly subscription where the customer receives an exclusive GIF that you designed once a month.
- A $10 a month subscriber can receive an exclusive GIF to use and a video tutorial on how it was made.
- A $20 monthly subscriber can receive the exclusive GIF, a tutorial to create the GIF, and a custom brush or texture pack to create the GIF the same way.
By this example, you only create one GIF, one video, and one brush pack, but sell it countless times to an exclusive audience.
Earn money with your graphic designs online
There you have it, seven different options for selling graphic designs online. You can easily make money from your design work, either passively or actively depending on where you choose to sell your designs.
And nothing prevents you from implementing all these options at once. You can sell the same design on different sites in most cases.