Selling digital products has a much lower barrier of entry if you’ve got the skills to create them. Physical products involve inventory management, shipping, and more where with digital products you don’t need a large warehouse or mailing system – your products are simply stored on a server and ready to be downloaded and replicated. – unlimited and instantly available to those who buy it.
1 – Shutterstock! I’m fairly sure you’ve heard of it. What you may not know is that it’s not just a place for photography but also for illustrations. Anyone can create a contributor account and get started on selling.
Shameless plug : This is my shutterstock page 🙂
2 – Redbubble and Society6. Not many people group them together since they are two different businesses but I do. They both do print on demand (POD) products. So basically you just throw up your art to your account and then you can instantly sell a t-shirt or mug with the design on it (and they handle all the shipping and inventory stuff so you literally just upload). I admittedly haven’t had too much success yet with this pair (enough $ to get a nice dinner now and then) but it’s very easy to set up and set aside. Here’s mine.
3 – 3D Models. As the virtual world becomes more immersive 3D modeling will become increasingly important. VR needs 3D models. Many games work with 3D assets. Even certain businesses such as interior design services need 3D models for mockups. It’s an important industry with a lot of possibilities. CG Trader is a site I visited a lot back in 2017 at a former office job for quick animation backgrounds. It’s quick to set up an account and get started.
4 – Photoshop Brushes. This next category I have zero personal experience in. I do create my own custom brushes so I have thought about selling them in the future. I’ve seen several people sell their brushes through DeviantArt. You can potentially become very successful with this, since creating different textures for different projects is an ongoing need among the digital artist community.
5 – After Effects Motion Templates. Animation is quickly becoming valued over still-frame designs. All graphic designers consider shape, texture, color, and placement for effective communication but with motion graphics you add in a whole new element of time where you factor in things such as direction, speed, and morphing. Designers (and regular everyday people trying to market a product) want motion graphic templates for quick set up. They’re all over.
There’s a lot more stuff out there to sell – fonts, ebooks, software, site plugins – but I haven’t done as much research into these avenues so I don’t feel comfortable discussing them…yet.