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Business Opportunity for Graphic Designers

As a graphic designer, you are sitting on a gold mine. Youhave a skill other people do not have, and you can use thatskill to earn a good living.

But, it's very sad to see most experts in graphic designwork for others.

It's time for a change!

Let me tell you a secret.

With the power of Internet, you can start an onlinebusiness, and make as much money as you can, without havingto quit your day job.

It doesn't matter whether you're a professional designers,or just a normal graphic application user, you can tap intoa very lucrative graphic design business you can run fromyour home.

No, I'm not talking about creating a complicated design forbig companies. I'm talking about a very simple design youcan do in just 30 minutes and charge business owner between$40 - $90 (or more) per job. You'll be amazed to discoverthat you're going to do a very simple project, which isvery high in demand.

What business am I talking about?


How to start an online business in virtual product coverdesign.

Here are some facts you should know:

1. Internet has enabled many people to start their ownonline businessess. And among the hottest products & theeasiest to sell is information product. Everybody needsinformation, and people are willing to purchase if it cansolve their problem.

2. Besides information product, software is among thehottest products to sell. No wonder the richest man on theearth is selling software!

3. In order for these kinds of products to sell well on theInternet, 3D virtual representations are needed for thecustomers to see before buying them.

As a graphic designer, you can provide your service tothese business owners by creating virtual covers for theirproducts. Examples for these covers are e-book cover,software box cover, CD covers, e-zine cover & newslettercover.

You can charge between $40 - $90 for 1 design. Imagine howmuch money can you make simply by designing these covers?

Here's an idea how you can add value to your service andcharge more:

Besides designing product cover, you can also designmatching website header, footer, background image, andorder button.

A typical website selling ebook has the following graphics:

- matching header graphic

- product cover

- order button

- matching footer graphic

This is considered a complete project. You can chargebetween $90 to $150 for a project.

Who is going to be your customer?

It's obvious. Every marketer who sell information productowners may become your clients. It doesn't matter whetherthe products they offer are for sale, or just to give away,they'll need virtual covers for the products.

How & where to find the customers?

Here are some ways you can follow to find customers:

- Promote your service at classified site.

- Promote your product through your signature in email andforums.

- Go to Google, and search for 'Internet marketing forum'.You'll find many product owners there.

- Promote your service at Google via Google's pay-per-clickadvertising program, called Google AdWords. You can get acustomer from as low as $0.05. However, for you to promoteyour business effectively on AdWords, you need to have agood guide. Here's an excellent resource how you canadvertise properly on Google:http://www.virtualcovercreator.com/adwords/

How to get started?

Of course, as a new player, you'll have to compete withother product cover designers. Here are some powerful tipsyou can get started fast:

1. Introduce your service by giving away, let's say, 5 FREEcover designs. In return, ask them to provide testimonialson your service. This will boost your credibility. Hence,more sales.

2. Create a website for your service. List down your offer,put customers testimonial, and don't forget to have a pagefor your design showcase.

3. Offer a discount for members of an Internet Marketingforum that you visit.

4. You'll need to open a PayPal account to accept payment.An alternative way is using ClickBank or 2checkout.

You are now ready to take order.

How to save time and earn more.

The easiest and fastest way to create product covers is byusing Photoshop Actions. Some called them Action Scripts.Actions are some sort of plug-ins that automate the coverdesign process.

Basically, here's how they work:

- Run Adobe Photoshop

- Load the Actions into Photoshop

- Click on a button to run the Action

- Edit the template with relevant images & text to suityour need

- Click on another button, and your flat cover will betransformed into 3D cover, automatically.

Here's a site where you can find Photoshop Actions forebook cover & software box cover:http://www.virtualcovergenerator.com

Imagine how many covers you can create in a day? And thebest part, how much money can you earn in a day?

Mohd Fairuz maintains a website on ecover design resources. On his site, you will find software, templates & articles relatedto ecover design. To learn more how your can createamazing ebook cover or software box cover, go to hiswebsite at:http://www.virtualcovercreator.com


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