Sell Your Font: How to Make Money Designing Fonts

How fancy is your handwriting? Fancy enough to create and sell your own font?

Designers can sell fonts online and earn passive income.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Just as the complicated history of fonts, wherein web designers used images as text on websites, earning money from font design can be complicated if you don’t know where to start or where to market your work.

Fonts have been a huge part of web design, ever since designers and programmers decided to make sites “look nice.” From then on, gone are the black backgrounds with neon green font, and then came a plethora of cool-looking fonts for everyone to use.

Today, the font family used in a website is considered as heavily as the site’s color palette, voice of content, and logo – it’s a part of branding.

If you have the eye for good design and the skills to match, you could sell fonts online and actually make a killing.

However, you do need to decide on several considerations, such as how much to price the fonts, where to sell your work, and how to market fonts continuously.

How much can you make selling fonts?

When it comes to licensing commissions, 50% rate is the average among font retailers like MyFonts, but there are rare 70% commissions from foundries like Fontspring. In most cases, you are the one who will set the price for your font, and receive the agreed-upon commission whenever the site makes a sale.

Earnings Table for Selling Your Font

Finding the best royalty rate should be your priority, but your considerations shouldn’t stop there. You should also consider where you’d want to sell your fonts.

If you’re new to this industry, the first thing you’d want to know is how much to price each font. Unfortunately, the question doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all answer. Several things would dictate the amount of money you can earn from selling fonts online, such as:

  • Whether you sell it via a font foundry (vendor/publisher) or a font reseller (retailer/distributor).
  • Whether you’ve agreed to a one-off payment, or continuous commissions
  • Whether you’ve created only one or multiple fonts
  • Whether you plan to market the fonts (and how good you are at marketing)
  • Whether the font retailer markets designers’ fonts
  • And so on…

How do you sell your font?

There are 3 methods to sell fonts online, but each method has its own pros and cons.

Unfortunately, every designer’s needs and skills are unique, so the best method of selling fonts on the web depends largely on these factors. Compare and analyze which one is best for you:

1. Join a Font Foundry

Known as a font publisher or vendor, the foundry (like FontSpring, FontShop, LinotypeMonotype and P22) is where fonts are “manufactured.”

As a designer, once you join a foundry, you’ll be selling your work within that site and whichever resellers that site has within its network.

This is an exclusive set-up, so you can’t sell your fonts anywhere else.

Your chosen foundry has the right to sell your font within the bounds of the contract you (and other designers) signed.

The main issue with foundry that you should know is that every foundry has a well-written pricing agreement. Royalty designers get from foundries range from 20 to 50 percent, but you have to read the fine print. Most foundries only pay the percentage of wholesale font price, which means designers will be paid smaller amounts if the font has gone through two or more channels.

In a few foundries, designers earn percentage of the suggested retail price, even if the font was sold directly off the foundry or through a reseller’s channel.

Font Foundry Pros:

  • Fonts under foundries are sold through multiple channels, which means your font would have better exposure beyond the foundry’s main site or store
  • Foundries protect their designers and the designers’ fonts against piracy
  • You don’t need to market your own font
  • Foundries will handle customer support for you
  • Font resellers prefer foundries
  • No administration or business knowledge needed
  • Get design assistance (not all foundries)

Font Foundry Cons:

  • Smaller income if fonts are sold by resellers
  • No control how or where your work is sold
  • Stuck in a contract

Go with a foundry if you think its library can accommodate your font style and that your fonts wouldn’t get buried under millions of fonts. Learn how much assistance a foundry can provide you when it comes to marketing and communicating with resellers.

And before you sign the dotted line, make sure you know (and agree to) the length of your contract with a foundry.

2. Work with a Reseller

You’ll know if a site is a reseller if the fonts come from multiple foundries (mostly, when it re-directs you to another website when you’re interested in a particular font). Good examples of resellers are Fonts.com and MyFonts.  

Fonts for sale

Every reseller has a specific customer base, a font style preferred, and even promotional methods used.

Resellers go to a font foundry and make a deal to sell the fonts within the foundry’s library.

In this method, foundries get about 40 to 65% of the retail price of the font. Designers do have control on pricing their fonts, but there’s only so much you can do when you’re trying to compete with a huge font market.

More often than not, resellers can sign contracts with multiple foundries using the same fonts. However, some resellers like Veer use “exclusivity” as a marketing technique. You should know the resellers’ techniques in marketing the fonts of designers, and if you’d be okay with the strategies they use.

Font Reseller Pros:

  • Fonts are sold in various channels
  • Fonts reach wider audience
  • Designer keep pricing control
  • Sign with multiple resellers

Font Reseller Cons:

  • Smaller percentage per sale
  • Resellers have thousands of fonts (your work may get buried by other fonts)

Go with a reseller if you’re confident that your fonts would shine amidst thousands of other fonts.

You have to consider the target market of each reseller and discover how a reseller markets fonts, deal with customers, and handle complaints. Check if you need to place your fonts exclusively to a particular reseller  (or if you can sign with multiple resellers) before signing any contract.

3. Sell Fonts Online via Your Own Website

This method is probably the riskiest and hardest among all 3 methods, but if you succeed, it will all be worth it.

You’d have to know how to build a foundry, market your exclusively-designed  fonts, find customers, and handle post-sale customer service all on your own.

If you’re planning to open your world to resellers, you also need to learn how to negotiate and maintain these relationships for the long run.

The most obvious advantage of going at it on your own is that you receive 100% of the font sales every time. Check out Jeremy Tankard and Lineto if you’re looking for inspirations of designers successfully creating and selling fonts online.

The major downside to starting a font empire from scratch is that you’ll have to be willing to give a lot of time, effort and hard work to bring paying customers to your store.

You have to make a name for yourself to bring in people organically, so you should also develop a long-term marketing plan (that involves social media and paid ads).

Selling On Your Own Pros:

  • Get 100% of font sales every time
  • You have total control over every aspect of your business, from store design to website elements, marketing strategies, pricing, and a whole lot more
  • You have direct access to all your customers, so you can build long-term relationships if you want to
  • Designers have full control over their brand

Selling On Your Own Cons:

  • Creating a storefront, handling sales, and providing customer support may require extra funds (or additional effort from your part if you don’t plan to outsource these tasks)
  • Marketing may be costly
  • Juggle font designing and performing business tasks at the same time

Go with this route if you are absolutely sure you can commit to designing fonts and marketing them on your own.

Building your own foundry from scratch isn’t easy, but the fruits of all your hard work will be worth it if you do it right.

The cool thing about these three methods of selling fonts is you can succeed and earn passive income online whichever path you decide to take.

However, the amount you’d likely take home will depend on factors, such as number of fonts for sale, percentage of revenue, overhead costs, and more.

Tips on Marketing Your Fonts

Whether you decided to sell fonts exclusively to a foundry, sign with multiple resellers, or sell fonts online on your own storefront, website, Facebook page, Deviantart page, and so on, promoting your work is the best way to find more customers who would buy your work and improve your income dramatically.

1. Decide on a Niche

Let’s face it.

The typeface or font industry is a fierce one. Ask anyone who has tried to make a living off designing fonts and you’ll be discouraged completely. But if you’re smart with how you find your market, you’ll be able to craft fonts based on a very specific niche.

With every font that you create, add special characters (numerals, small capitals, ligatures, etc.), and provide versions with different widths, weights and styles (italic, condensed, etc.) to be as exclusive to all markets as possible. If you’re willing to extend this courtesy, you can think about global usage and how you can convert a Latin font into a non-Latin font.

Find a twist that you can explore, so that all fonts you create are authentic and irresistible to font buyers.

2. Invest in Yourself

You have to get the best software if you’re serious about font design.

The industry standard is FontLab Studio, which is available for both Mac and Windows, but it wouldn’t hurt for you to learn new software like Robofont or Glyphs.

Just like in any skills-based profession, you have to continue learning and being up-to-date with font design trends. You have attend workshops, read up on other font designers, and improve your skills with new gadgets.

3. Break the Rules

Follow this advice from Alex Haigh, founder and creative director of HypeForType:

He says: “Typefaces such as [Alex Trochut’s] Neo Deco are incredibly unique. It would be really refreshing to see artists and designers take a more experimental route. We’ve got thousands of sans-serif fonts, so why not create something no one has ever seen before?”

If you have to break the rules and redefine font design to make people notice, then do it.

4. Skip the ABCs when making photos and Videos

The traditional way of showing off fonts is to display the ABCs using the featured font. While this continues to be an effective method, you can always try out different presentation ideas, such as:

  • Instead of ABCs, use connective words (“with,” “my,” “and,” etc.) and common words (“love”) when displaying the font
  • Create videos showing ways the customer can use the font (as flyers, website template, and so on)

5. Offer Freebies

If you went with a foundry or reseller, check if you can include freebies with the fonts you’re putting for sale. For those selling fonts on their own channel, take advantage of giving away freebies to your customers. People love free stuff, even if it’s just a set of holiday fonts that they won’t be able to use for months.

The Bottom Line

You have to understand that you can’t replace the revenues you get from selling fonts with your full-time job. It is possible, but it won’t happen overnight. You’d have to build your reputation or create numerous fonts for sale before you can make a killing with font design. Add the business decisions and marketing techniques you have to learn, and you’ll understand how hard it is to make it big in this industry.

However, if you do make it, every hard work, contract negotiations, marketing efforts, and investment placed into this business will be all worth it since you’re getting paid to do something you love.

Instapage Review: Stop Leaving Money on the Table

If there’s one thing to take away from my Instapage review, it’s this:

The importance of a landing page cannot be overstated.

These pages are designed to focus on one thing, whether it’s to sell a product or to get people to sign up to a mailing list.

Distractions are a major issue when it comes to converting people, even things like your sites menu, or adverts or the latest post feed can have people wandering off to explore instead of taking action.

The idea behind landing pages is to reduce the clutter and shiny things that may distract people so that they focus only on what’s in front of them, which ideally is the action you want them to take.

Creating landing pages on existing websites, especially with CMS’ like WordPress, can be a chore. Also you may not want to even create a site on a domain, but just one or more landing pages instead.

Luckily there are tools out there that can assist you with this, one such is Instapage

What is Instapage?

Instapage is a “Software as a Service” (SaaS) online program that allows you to create landing pages for one or many domains.

Depending on your site setup, nearly everything is self-contained within the Instapage site allowing you to build and manage all your landing pages from one location.

Instapage uses an amazing drag and drop system to build pages, so let’s go through what it takes to get an Instapage landing page created.

Creating a New Page

Once you log into Instapage you‘ll see two buttons, one to create a new page and one to create a group.

Groups are merely for organization and you can create them and assign pages to them at a later date.

If you click the new page button you’ll see a pop up.

Instapage Add New

This allows you to create a new page from a template (including a blank one) or even upload a template from a different source.

Instapage provides you with 193 Templates, plus 1 blank one to get started with. Plus you have the ability to import free or premium templates sourced from designers located on sites like ThemeForest.

With so many template options it’s nice that Instapage have some filtering options based on the most commonly used landing page types such as Lead Generation, E-book, Apps, etc.

Instapage Templates

Some of the template designs are similar but there’s a lot of choice just in the default templates which is great, especially if you’re not too great with designing things. You can also preview these without committing to them which is a nice touch.

After selecting a template you need to name it.

Instapage Name Page

After that then it’s down to modifying the template for your own needs using Instapage’s drag and drop builder.

Using the Instapage Landing Page Builder

Perhaps like me you’ve used a variety of page builders before. They often have some limitations or are awkward to use, especially when it comes to the placement of different elements like forms, images or tittles.

Instapage doesn’t suffer from this at all – it’s a true drag and drop builder and it’s a delight to use!

Every element on the page can be moved wherever you want, no blocks, no columns, nothing like that – you have full freedom to place elements wherever you want!

There is a downside to this though as while there are some guidelines (that cannot be moved), there is only a limited snap to grid system.

This means that getting elements precisely positioned can be a pain. Luckily there are some keyboard shortcuts that can be used. These aren’t mentioned anywhere that I could see but if you click an element you can use the keyboard arrows keys to move the elements a pixel at a time.

Use SHIFT + keyboard arrow keys to move elements 10 pixels at a time.

By selecting multiple elements with the shift key, you can also group elements together and change their alignment relative to one another.

One disappointment was the inability to group elements and then edit certain things such as the font color.

This means you have to select each element individually, edit it then change the color and save. Not a deal breaker but it makes things a bit more awkward and time consuming if you decide at the end that the font color should be blue and not pink.

Also, the color was not retained for new elements which made it a little frustrating when you need to add a lot of text elements to a darker background and have to constantly edit each one to change the color away from black.

Free Images

One of the pains of getting a landing page made quickly and easy is image selection. I can’t count the number of times I’ve spent more time finding and choosing an image than actually creating the content!

Instapage eases this by supplying 100 free background images. These are fairly generic but they cover a wide range of topics such as scenery, coffee cups, people typing on keyboards, and so on.

Instapage - Free Images

You can also buy images directly from Bigstock while within Instapage, but the prices are quite expensive at $4.99 an image – you can certainly get stock photos cheaper.

Instapage BigStock

There were also two other things missing from the images: icons and patterns.

Of course you can import these, but a small selection of basic icons and patterns would have really helped make Instapage that bit more special and help validate it’s price.

Blocks

I know I said that Instapage doesn’t use a block system, and that’s still true, but it does have something called blocks.

Blocks are like mini templates for different sections of your Instapage. Included are approximately 113 templates consisting of the following types of blocks:

  • Headers
  • Benefits
  • Descriptions
  • Steps
  • Testimonials
  • Pricing Tables
  • Call to Action

Blocks will help you speed up your page creation by allowing you to insert common elements as a framework, meaning you just need to fill in the details.

Instapage Block Testimonial

It doesn’t take long to modify a block to make a pretty professional looking section of the site and you again have the power to move any of the block elements wherever you want on the page.

You can also save your blocks for reuse on any of your other Instapage landing pages.

Instapage Block Testimonial modified

I’ve Ran Out of Undos

Instapage has a limited undo feature, it’s OK, but if you really need to go back more than 10 changes you’re out of luck.

The worst thing I found was the complete lack of any form of autosave. If you’re in the middle of changes, forget to save and your cat closes turns off your compute (yes, my cat has done that to me on more than one occasion), then you’re starting your landing page from scratch.

The Mobile Generator is a God-Send

By default you are on the desktop view of your landing page. By clicking the toggle at the top you can swap to the mobile view.

Instapage desktop mobile toggle

Instapage landing pages are not truly responsive; instead the mobile view will automatically try to turn your desktop view into something usable on mobile devices.

It’s not perfect and you will need to tweak the design to fit on mobiles.

Oddly it doesn’t show how it will look on phablets and tablets which are generally wider than your typical phone.

As such you may be tempted to preview the page and resize your browser window. This will show that the page is not responsive!

Fear not though, because I also panicked at this stage and ended up doing some tests. While resizing the browser resulted in a less than optimal site until it hits phone size, when viewed on an actual tablet or mid-sized device it looks perfect!

A/B Testing: The Most Useful Tool Offered

Before I discuss this, know that the A/B testing feature is only available on the Instapage Optimizer plan or higher: see the Pricing section below for more info.

A basic landing page can work well, but unless you already know your audience intimately a landing page will require tweaking to make it perform at its best. To do this you need to use A/B testing (also known as Split Testing).

Instapage’s A/B testing is built into the landing page builder itself, and can be activated from the top left of the page.

Instapage - AB test link

Click the Create an A/B Test link and you can then create a variation. You can either create a new variation (so based on your current design), or choose/import a template.

You can seemingly create as many variations as you want (I got to Variation F before I got bored), though in reality 2 of 3 versions is sufficient.

From here it’s simply a case of modifying your variations and saving.

Publishing Pages

There are a few choices when it comes to actually showing the world your landing page:

Instapage - Publish

Custom Domain

This is probably the most technical option as it requires you to mess about with CNAMES and things like this. It’s probably the most ideal option if you just want a domain with the landing page and that’s it or you want the landing page as a subdomain such as mylandingpage.example.com.

WordPress

If you’re a WordPress user then this is by far the easiest option. All you need to do is install a plugin and log in to Instapage from the plugin.

It will then pull your landing pages in and you can select a URL where you want the landing page to show, such as example.com/mylandingpage.

Facebook

This will show your mobile version of the page on Facebook. I actually couldn’t get this to work for some reason, but the idea is that the landing page is published to a Facebook page.

Demo Page

If you just want to see how the landing page will look on a real site then this is your option. It saves the page to a demo site which you can view live on any device. Perfect for making sure it looks right on multiple devices and in multiple browsers.

Instapage Analytics: What does it tell you?

Landing pages are worthless without knowing the stats behind them. Luckily Instapage makes this pretty easy.

Instapage - Analytics menu

You can connect your page with Google Adwords, Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel and Google Tag Manager.

As well as that you can set conversion goals for links and subscriptions which are shown in Instapage’s own analytics section.

Instapage - Anayltics chart

Another handy tool that Instapage provides is the Heatmap tool. This allows you to see precisely what people are doing on your page.

There are 3 types of heatmaps you can view:

  • Scroll depth – how far down the page people scrolled
  • Clicks – where on the page people clicked
  • Mouse movement – where the mouse was located on the screen

Combined, these different analytics systems and features should give you more than enough information to make informed decisions about the page and what tweaks need to be made.

Instapage - Heatmap

Documentation

While Instapage is quite intuitive, there are a lot of hidden settings and features, so I was glad to see that the documentation for Instapage is large and detailed.

Instapage - documentation

As well as written text that has plenty of pointer images, the most popular topics also have accompanying videos.

The documentation is clear and easy to follow, which is perfect for when you get stuck with something!

Instapage Pricing

Instapage starts at $69 per month and goes up $179 per month with even more expensive Enterprise options out there.

Quality products cost time and money to make, and as such they can often cost the end user a decent amount as well.

Instapage Pricing

If you want A/B testing (which you should want) and Heatmaps, then you’ll need to go for the middle level, Optimizer.

As well as that the month to month prices are significantly higher than the annual pricing. At the Optimizer level, paying month to month will cost you $30 per month extra.

I get that paying annually should offer a saving, but it does feel like they are gouging monthly subscribers.

Is Instapage Worth it?

If you are an occasional user, it’s hard to justify the high-monthly costs, especially when you need the more expensive plans to unlock the best features.

A one-month minimum trial is strongly recommended. You can test your current landing page against variations to see what exactly you are leaving behind.

If you are someone running multiple campaigns perhaps even over multiple websites then yes, it is definitely worth it.

The ease of creating pages and the added features easily offset the cost if you’re using landing pages regularly.

Why Not Use a WordPress Landing Page Builder Instead?

There are a lot of landing page solutions out there, especially for WordPress so you might be wondering why Instapage is a better alternative.

Well, as mentioned above, if you’re a very light user or low on funds, then a WordPress alternative probably is better for you.

If you’re a power user then there are several reasons why you should consider Instapage over the alternatives:

It’s Easy

I can’t get over how beautiful and easy to use the Instapage builder is. Sure it has some areas that could be improved, but I’ve used a lot of builders and this one was an absolute delight to use. There will be no more fighting the builder to get the exact layout you want, which is priceless.

It’s Just for Landing Pages

If you look at something like Thrive Leads for example, Thrive do a lot of other products including Leads. Instapage focus purely on their Landing Page product so all of their time, expertise and effort goes into making it the best landing page system out there.

Multiple Pages, Multiple Sites

This is a big one for a power user: you can manage all your landing pages across numerous domains from one control panel. Not more logging into this site or that site or dealing with different software on different sites.

Asset Management

Instapage allows you to host assets directly on their server and server them to your subscribers directly.

The Bottom Line

I’m beyond impressed with the features offered by Instapage.

With the free trial they offer, it’s a no-brainer that this one comes with a very positive recommendation.

It’s not the cheapest option out there, in fact it’s fairly expensive, so you do really need to make sure you’ll use it.

If you can get over the price then the builder is wonderful, and so easy to use you’ll be firing out landing pages left, right and center!

I’d definitely recommend Instapage to anyone with multiple sites who needs to have multiple landing pages across the site network.

Work from Home After Retirement: The Best Online Jobs for Retirees

Retirement used to be a phase in people’s lives when they lived off their pension as they see fit.

For some people, this involved relaxing from one island to the next.

For others, retirement simply means changing careers or continuing their profession in a different setting, company, or position level.

Fortunately for the newest batch of retirees, the web has given them an amazing resource for online jobs after retirement as an option when retirees need extra cash or a full-time income from a new source.

Last year, FlexJobs held a survey with 5,551 respondents and since 2,163 of which were over 50-year-olds, it gives us a better understanding of why people consider working after retirement and what types of jobs they’d prefer. From this, FlexJobs discovered that the respondents need to work because:

  • They have to pay for basic necessities like food or housing (70%)
  • They need to save money for actual retirement (69%)
  • Of desires to travel (47%)
  • Paying off debt has to continue after retirement (46%)

Interestingly, about 59% of the respondents actually enjoyed working and that majority of them would prefer flexible (telecommute or home-based) jobs for work-life balance, avoiding commute, saving time and money, as well as avoiding office politics.

Another interesting stat is that over half of the population thinks they will need to continue to work past 66.

Need vs. Want a Job after Retirement

The Internet is becoming a valuable asset to those who still want to work, but want a change of pace, a less stressful work environment, and an opportunity for something new.

What Types of Work at Home Jobs are Available for Retirees?

No one can force you to retire from your job, unless your state or profession has a mandatory retirement age (military, Supreme Court, etc.).

Forced retirement based on age is even illegal. But if retirement is on the horizon or if you’re newly retired, a home-based job may be something you’d be interested in.

Unfortunately, trying to find an online job can be confusing at first. Don’t be turned off quickly.

It’s completely understandable since you’d have to determine your goal first in order to search for what you need. See which group of retirees you fit to discover what type of work at home jobs for retirees is available for you:

Retirees who want to continue their profession in a different capacity

If you’ve been an accountant your whole life and want to continue doing what you love after retirement, you’re in luck.

This group of retirees has an easier transition from traditional jobs to work-from-home jobs since they have the experience to back up their application.

Professions like teachers, customer service providers, architects, artists, and more can easily find the same jobs online and work in the comforts of their own homes.

Unfortunately, there’s no home-based counterpart for jobs that require face-to-face interaction, such as those in the construction add manufacturing industries. Your best bet is to change careers (#2) or to start an online business.

Retirees who want to change careers completely

Whether you’re up for a challenge, want a more no-brainer job, or have no choice but to switch careers after retirement, know that you have plenty of options for home-based work.

From online chat support to social media manager, marketing gigs, IT-related work, education, and more, it’s inevitable that you’d find something you’re interested in.

Retirees who want to start a business (and quit being an employee altogether)

For some retirees who plan to set up a business, but wasn’t able to save up for plenty of capital, retirement gives you the perfect opportunity to quit being an employee and begin an online business from scratch.

Like many who have successfully started an online business, the journey can be scary or confusing at first. However, since you can operate the entire business from home, you’ll be able to save on commute expenses and lease (for your office and brick-and-mortar store).

Retirement will definitely bring about changes in your day-to-day lives, but these changes can mean positive things.

Whichever group of retirees you fall into – whether you’re continuing your profession, changing careers or starting your own business – you’d soon realize that the next phase of your life involves a good way of earning extra cash that can increase and take the place of a full-time job.

The Best Work at Home Jobs for Retirees

Beach Retirement

There’s a plethora of online jobs that you can do after retirement.

It just depends on the type of job you’re comfortable doing and skills you already have (or willing to learn). Before searching for the perfect job, you’d have to focus on your passion, interests, hobbies, skill set, and considerations such as hours of availability, amount of income needed, and openness to learn new things.

Here are a few examples of what online jobs after retirement may look:

  • Admin support – With basic computer skills and good communication skills, you’ll easily find positions as a virtual assistant (or home-based secretary), web researcher, translator, customer service representative, data entry agents, and other similar jobs.
  • Writing – It doesn’t matter if you’ve never written an article in your life. If you have something of value to share, writing will come naturally once you begin your journey in professional blogging, ebook writing or fiction writing. If you’re looking for a writing career instead, you can start freelance and offer copywriting, resume writing, editing, academic writing, news writing, legal writing, and other web content writing services. For those planning a writing career, you need to decide if you’re OK ghostwriting as a profession or not.
  • Education – There’s a huge niche of educators online. Some jobs require teaching credentials, but most do not. You can earn hourly rates for jobs like homework tutoring, ESL teaching, or consulting.
  • Graphic Design – Talent in drawing, cartoons, caricatures, logos, t-shirt design, banners/flyer creation and other graphic design tasks can go a long way in the work-from-home industry. You can apply for a full-time job in this field, or offer your graphic design services on a freelance basis.
  • Audio, Video & Music – You’d be surprised that traditional jobs like lyricists also have a place online. You can be a voice-over talent, closed captioner, jingle maker, singer, sound effects guy, composer, and creator of various kinds of videos from whiteboard corporate type to animated videos.
  • Web and IT – Aside from the common helpdesk support job that has flooded the online industry for years, those who have worked for the IT industry can still transition into flexible or home-based jobs and continue working as an app developer, game developer, software programmer, QA tester, sysadmin, IT project manager and more.
  • Marketing – Those who have experience in advertising and marketing can easily adjust to work revolving internet marketing, SEO and social media – all of which offer plenty of home-based jobs for retirees. You’d have to be in the know of tech, IM and social media to pull it off as a PPC consultant, lead generation specialist, SEO/Internet marketer, social media marketer, influencer, and so on.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. As a soon-to-be retiree or current retiree, there’s a lot more jobs you’d discover as you search for your next career. From mortgage loan officers to online headhunters, nutritionist, online counselor, gaming coach, local travel guide, among others, we’ve got a comprehensive guide of available online jobs  you might be interested in after retirement.

Online Business Ideas for Retirees

You might have heard people setting up businesses online and actually succeeding day in, day out. If you’re ready to be the boss and work on building your own online business from scratch, retirement is probably the best time to do so – it’s likely that you’re receiving some Social Security or retirement income and you have all the time in the world to tackle a new challenge.

Below are effective and low-cost business ideas you could check out:

  • Start a website – This is the most popular type of online business because it works and requires only a few things – a domain name, a hosting plan, consistency, and dedication. You can start anything from a photography site, travel blog, product review site, news/opinion site, group-buying sites, podcasting site, forums, auction sites, and other types of site you’d see yourself working on for months or years.
  • Start an ecommerce store – Selling products don’t necessarily mean you’d need to set up a brick-and-mortar store, maintain inventory, and handle processing, shipments, and customer support all on your own. With an ecommerce store, most tasks are automated and you’ll be running a fully functional store within days or weeks once you began this business. You don’t even have to have products on hand (there’s dropshipping for that), yet you can still offer customers items for sale.
  • Turn your life’s profession into a freelancing business. You can still provide a service and be your own boss as long as you’re trying to turn your former career into a full-blown company. You’re a lawyer before retirement? Why not provide a legal writing service? How about an ex-gym trainer who can now customize workout plans for online clients? There are endless possibilities!

If you’re skipping the employee route and online jobs after retirement because you want to become a business owner, read up on our extensive guide on how to start an online business.

A Warning on Online Job Scams

Whether you’re starting an online business, offering a freelance service, or applying for a full-time online job, you’ll inevitably face scammers eager to steal your precious information, fool you into investing into shady businesses, or dupe you into thinking you’re going to be paid for a month’s worth of work only to be left in the dark when it’s payday.

Unfortunately for seniors and those who are newly-retired, they are more often targeted by these scammers compared to any other age group. According to a 2010 survey by the Investor Protection Trust, 1 in 5 seniors over the age of 65 has been the victim of a financial scam.

The only good thing about this is that there are resources to use, such as the Better Business Bureau or just by Googling the name or company name that you’re dealing with.

In general, you shouldn’t pay a company or a person to find work, or start a new job. Most job boards are available without charge.

Red flags may include requirements such as “attend training” that you’re going to pay, list down your Social Security number to be given access, or vaguely-worded promises such as “earn unlimited amounts of money.”

Wrap Up: How to Succeed with a Work at Home Job after Retirement

Even if setting up an online business seems laid back than traditional businesses, the key to a successful venture lies on hard work and consistency.

Consider your online gig, freelance job, blog, eCommerce site, or anything that’s keeping you busy as your full-time job.

Be consistent in promoting your website, finding new clients, expanding your consulting business, and improving your skills for your online venture. It will be hard sometimes, but if you go at it every day, you’ll reap what you sow in no time.

Aside from the links I’ve placed all over this article to help any retiree discover what the next phase of their careers would look like, feel free to check out these awesome resources:

How to Make Money on Twitch: 12 Ways You Can Start Today

Ever find yourself watching a video of someone playing a video game and wondering if you can make money on Twitch?

It sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not a dream anymore. It’s now a reality. People have found out how to make money on Twitch just by streaming their gaming sessions.

With Twitch.TV, you can join 3.8 million broadcasters and live stream anything from you playing your favorite game to a tutorial on how to assemble a computer table Ikea-style to more than 15 million daily viewers.

As of 2020, Twitch is the number one esports live streaming service in the world.

It beats direct competitors MixerSmashCast.tv, and YouTube Gaming by a long shot.

And streamers are leveraging the power of the platform to make more money than ever thought possible.

How Much Money Do Twitch Streamers Make?

Making money with Twitch can be impressively lucrative, especially if you’ve got the right mix of personality, skills, and luck.

For example, popular Twitch streamer Ninja (real name: Tyler Blevins) has previously revealed that he earns around $500,000 per month from Twitch Prime subscriptions, sponsorships, and partnerships, as well as YouTube revenues from his 5 million subscribers.

Note that Ninja has been livestreaming since 2008.

Ninja Twitch Streamer

Nowadays, though, Ninja exclusively streams on Twitch’s rival Mixer. He’s now worth upwards of $15 million, so he’s not doing too bad.

Not everyone will be pulling that kind of money, of course. But it’s still possible to earn some money.

How much cash you can make by will depend on your popularity, number of subscribers, type of content streamed, and the monetization option you choose.

How Do You Monetize Your Twitch Account?

Donations

Donations may seem like an insignificant monetization option, but imagine having a million followers who all decide to each donate a dollar within a span of 30 days.

You’d be a millionaire in a month, just from the donations.

Realistically, though, only a few of your viewers will donate, so keep this as a secondary option for income and don’t depend on this too much.

Affiliate marketing

Another common way to monetize your Twitch account is by joining various affiliate programs and promoting other companies’ and people’s products and services.

You do this by displaying a customized link to a site where your viewers can make a purchase. For every purchase coming from a click to your custom link, you’ll get a percentage of the cost.

This is different from the Twitch Affiliate Program, which you’ll learn about below.

Sponsorships

If a brand is impressed with your content and happens to have the same target audience as your videos, they might ask to sponsor a livestream or two (or two dozen, if you’re really good) so you can get paid to promote their brand to your viewers.

To be seriously considered for sponsorship, whether one-off or long-term, you’ll need to have a huge fan base with specific demographics that appeals to a certain brand. Plus, you’ll need to maintain a solid, reliable reputation.

As you know, these don’t come overnight; it takes a lot of work and a lot of livestreams to build a fan base and a good reputation.

Once you have these, though, it can really open up a huge source of steady income for you.

The Twitch Affiliate Program

Twitch sends an invitation e-mail to any streamer who has been working consistently to produce content.

Those with at least 50 followers, an average of 3 (or more) simultaneous viewers in the last 30 days, at least 8 hours of total broadcast in a month, and at least 7 broadcast days in the last 30 days get an invitation email from Twitch to be part of the Twitch Affiliate Program.

Once you become an affiliate, you can earn by accumulating “Bits” or when people subscribe and support your channel.

You also have the chance of earning from game sales and in-game items that originated from your channel.

Twitch Subscriptions

Once you’re a Twitch Affiliate, your viewers can subscribe to your Twitch channel.

Subscribing to a Twitch channel is more than just following; it’s following with added monetary support.

There are three subscription tiers currently available to users: $4.99, $9.99, and $24.99 monthly subscription.

Twitch also offers Twitch Prime, which is included with Amazon Prime and Prime Video, which viewers can use to subscribe to a channel of their choice for free.

What do viewers get from their subscription? They get unique emotes (or emoji), badges, special alerts, ad-free viewing, exclusive chatrooms, and exclusive competitions.

Which viewers are willing to pay subscription fees? Your genuine fans who truly like and appreciate the content you’re offering.

As for you as a streamer, subscriptions are a good, steady way to make money on Twitch. Also, it’s a good incentive to keep creating content.

Twitch keeps 50% of the fee and the Twitch Affiliate or Partner gets the other 50%.

Ad revenues

Twitch affiliates can earn money with shares in the advertisement revenue generated from video ads shown during their streams.

There’s no set income earned this way, but as a streamer’s followers increase, so will their ad shares.

Traditionally, video ads on Twitch streams are disruptive, but Twitch is introducing changes to make advertising on Twitch beneficial to everyone: advertisers, streamers, viewers, and Twitch, of course.

Twitch affiliates (and partners) are now allowed to take ad breaks and show ads via picture-by-picture so viewers don’t miss any of the gaming action. Enabling ad breaks would also allow streamers to disable pre-roll ads, that is, video ads that play before every stream, for a certain amount of time.

This is similar to the primary way of making money on YouTube, which is through ads. There are also a few other ideas listed there that could possibly be used to make money on Twitch as well.

The Twitch Partner Program

Twitch Reach

Any Twitch streamer who aims to make it big in the site dreams to be accepted into this program.

Unlike their Affiliate Program, the Twitch Partnership program is exclusive. You’d have to send an application for Twitch to check if your channel is qualified.

There are no published, set criteria on how Twitch Partners are selected, although they are known to consider content quality, average viewership, your engagement with your viewers, and stream frequency and consistency (that is, can they expect new content from you every week on a certain day?).

When you do make it as Twitch partner, you’ll reap all the benefits offered to affiliates, plus live chat privileges, custom emoticons and prefixes, verified user badges, and other exclusive-to-partner perks.

12 Ways You Can Make Money on Twitch

Below are 12 ways people are making money on Twitch to give you some ideas on how you could start and what kind of niches are available on the site.

If you’re just starting out, try and remain mindful of the type of monetization path you’d like to pursue down the line.

Make sure you keep your content relevant to that path to further your chances of succeeding.

1. Live video game, “Let’s Play” style

Twitch.TV is first and foremost the home of esports, so expect the competition among gamers to be fierce.

But if you’ve mastered a particular game and have a unique personality, there’s a good chance you’ll succeed in competing with older, more popular streamers.

The best thing about Twitch is that anyone can do it. Take Mackenseize, for example – she’s been diagnosed with a seizure disorder as a teen.

Now, even if the 25-year-old Hearthstone streamer seizes every once in a while during a stream, her 37,000+ followers continue to support her with every game she explores.

2. Speedrun

Speedrunning is the same as livestreaming any game, except that the goal of “speedrunners” is to complete an entire level or a whole game as fast as possible.

TheMexicanRunner, for example, is a hardcore speedrunner for classic games and has made a huge following with his NESMania quest, wherein he tries to finish every officially licensed game from the original Nintendo Entertainment System at record-breaking speeds.

Super Mario Twitch

3. Talk shows and podcasts

Twitch.TV also has streamers who host talk shows on gaming, where they talk about various games, review them, talk about the latest news, gossip, and issues about the gaming industry, and maybe even interview guests and hold round-table

Other talk shows on Twitch.TV do not focus on gaming.

h3h3Productions, for example, is an Israeli-American comedy channel produced by husband and wife team Ethan and Hila Klein.

Hila and Ethan

With more than 570,000 followers, H3’s main content is a mix of commentaries, sketches, satires, and reaction videos about internet culture, YouTube policies, viral trends, and online personalities.

The duo even interviews YouTubers and celebrities.

Because more and more people and content creators are staying at home these days, expect Twitch to have more and more talk shows covering a variety of topics.

4. Play casino games

If you’re not a fan of video games and instead prefer playing poker and other casino games, there’s a special place for you on Twitch.TV.

Whether you’re a fan of slots, poker, or roulette, there’s room on Twitch.TV for you.

The most popular Twitch casino streamers as of 2020 include ROSHTEINCasinoDaddy, and ClassyBeef.

5. Radio-style stream

It’s not as popular as esports, but the Twitch Music category is a goldmine for anyone looking to create content or just chill.

Aside from taking advantage of the Twitch Music Library, which houses precleared music for Twitch broadcasters to use in their livestreams, you can also discover other streamers like NoCopyrightSounds who are focused on providing non-stop music to the Twitch community.

Of course, if you have the resources, you can always copy the success of legit radio-style streaming channels of Monstercat, Spinning Records, and Relax Beats, among many others.

6. Perform music

When the Music category was first launched in 2016, Steve Aoki, T-Pain, Deadmau5, and other EDM artists supported Twitch and the users embraced them wholeheartedly.

Today, big-name artists like Kanye continue to use the platform as a way to promote their music, increase followers, or simply chill with the Twitch community.

Even if big-ticket artists are sure winners on Twitch, it shouldn’t be stopping anyone with real musical abilities to earn money from Twitch, or even make it big.

There are plenty of hidden gems on Twitch, such as husband-and-wife gamers/musicians Travis and Allie of a_couple_streams, Kyle Landry’s Piano Madness, and a whole lot more.

7. Play Magic: The Gathering

The cool thing about livestreaming is that even physical games like Magic: The Gathering can be broadcasted from your home.

And if you’ve been a master-gamer of Magic since it was launched in the early 90s, you can still bring out your card collections and revive the glory of competing against other Magic fans.

However, playing the digital version of Magic: The Gathering, Arena, has been more popular in recent years, enabling gamers who aren’t in the same location to stream their game.

Interested in joining Twitch.TV and earn money from your Magic: The Gathering skills, but don’t know where to start?

Check out the channels of LSV, Caleb Durward (CalebD), Kenji (NumotTheNummy), and Bob Ristau, and see how you can stream your own MTG plays and actually make money.

8. Live IRL

Twitch opened the IRL category to a ton of criticisms, but once the initial shock has passed, many existing Twitch streamers welcomed the idea and use it themselves for downtime, non-game streaming.

Within the IRL category, gamers can now eat, sing, craft, cook, play sports, and other activities without being reprimanded for doing so at their respective game-specific category.

IRL streams can be anything under the sun. Here are multiple examples that actually happened on Twitch IRL streams:

  • KitBoga calls IRS, tax, virus, and other scammers and plays along for hours. He uses a voice changer to get into full characters like old-lady Edna and fools scammers for as long as possible.
  • Someone doing math homework
  • A guy assembling an Ikea closet
  • Someone decorating a Christmas tree
  • Architect designing a house
  • Fully-clothed Andy Milonakis streaming from inside a running shower
  • Someone staring at a wall (this kid made $100 for this activity)
  • A guy making balloon animals for over an hour
  • An American reading books in French
  • Bounty hunters who livestream while working
  • Someone who made two Google Homes talk to each other for hours
  • A garbage collector streaming his job on a regular day
  • Japanese man going to his local barber, eating out, and taking his viewers to interesting parts of his city
  • An Arby’s employee who streams his entire shift

As you can see, IRL is the most flexible and fastest-growing category yet still provides a way to make money on Twitch.

As long as you go live with your idea and give it your all, you’d be surprised that there will always be a market for anything streamed.

People generally want to be entertained, taught to do things visually, or just get a good laugh from something totally random.

9. Social eating

Social Eating was one of the “Creative” sub-categories Twitch launched in mid-2016 in its goal of expanding from just the number one gaming streaming site to an all-around streaming site.

Simply put, streamers get to eat live and “share their meals with the community.”

Inspired by South Korea’s mukbang, where social eating is super-popular, Twitch welcomes this very specific group of streamers to the site, but with their own set of rules.

Plus, if you’re planning to stream your meal preps and cooking, social eating seems like a natural progression your community can follow.

10. Go to work and make money on Twitch?

Make Money on Twitch

The majority of game streamers on Twitch have some sort of IT-related jobs or skills.

There’s a huge demand for game development tutorials, so if you’ve got the patience, talent, communication skills, and passion to teach programming, coding, web development, photo/video editing, robotics, or any other tech topics, you’re good to go.

Twitch is where it’s at.

This also goes for specific programs.

For example, if you have advanced knowledge of Blender (the 3D modeling software), you can stream how you do things and you’d be surprised at the interest these streams bring.

If you’re under 20, you might want to check out our list of online jobs for teens for some ideas on jobs you could potentially stream from the comfort of your home.

11. Wrestle

If you don’t know it yet, Twitch.TV has been promoting professional wrestling in recent years.

They’ve got several big companies already involved and have partnered with the likes of IMPACT! Wrestling and House of Hardcore to grow a Twitch community around wrestling.

Twitch even joined WrestleCon, giving its partners like Tangent access to stream the slams, dives, and global wrestling action live and share it to other fans.

If you’re a fan, don’t miss Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy’s Twitch channel, where you can want watch streamed pro wrestling and listen in the input from the crowds watching to influence matches.

You can definitely get some ideas on how you can run your own wrestling channel there.

12. Get Creative

The Twitch Creative category is like a rabbit hole filled with streamers providing some of the coolest or weirdest projects in the world.

Whether you’re a viewer looking to watch something fresh, or a streamer planning to monetize Twitch, the Creative category can give you plenty of ideas on how to monetize, like KayPike and her bodypaint marathon streams, talented artists with awesome crafts like acrylic pouring, livestream painting (like Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting), glass blowing, Lego or Gundam building, tattooing (only for licensed tattoo artists), blacksmithing, carpentry, restoration, and a ton of other creative activities.

Performance arts are also under Twitch Creative, so if you plan to stream your karaoke adventures, stand-up comedy, magic, theater production, voice acting, poetry reading, dance choreography, and more, this can be your second home.

Are You Ready To Start Making Money On Twitch?

The best thing about Twitch is that it’s free to use for all. You don’t have to set out to make money on Twitch, but why not create an account, start streaming while you game or do your other activities, build a following, and see what it turns into?

Who knows, you may be the next hottest Twitch streamer!

Are you a Twitch viewer, subscriber, streamer, or all of the above? Were you inspired by any of the ideas above? Share your story in the comments!