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How to Make Money Selling Tattoo Designs Online

Do you have artistic skills? Do you have a passion for tattoo designing? Then below is an in-depth guide on how to make money selling tattoo designs online, right from home. Okay, let me guess. You are thinking of starting a new Online business that generates a part-time income for you. You are a good tattoo artist but can’t find the right place to market your designs. I know.

Seriously, you can actually make a lot of money selling and designing tattoos. I have a friend in Australia, who currently makes a full-time income designing custom tattoos and selling his flash on If he could achieve that within the space of 2 years, you can too. All you need is planning, determination, and hard work.

Don’t be deceived; it takes hard work to design tattoos. There’s no money hanging somewhere online. Creating a sustainable online business requires hard work. Tell me, do you have a talent for drawing and design? Then you may want to look into making money designing custom tattoos and selling your flash online. People desire attractive tattoo styles. And they are willing to pay top grand to get it.

Now, let’s dive into the main subject of today. But before I move on with that, permit me to quickly chase a stupid bird that has been disturbing me since morning. Yah… I’m back (just kidding).

How to Make Money Designing Custom Tattoos Online.

1. Work as an Apprentice In a Tattoo Studio Shop:

If you really want to use your God-given talent to make money, then you need to apply for the role of an apprentice in a tattoo shop. Why? To sharpen your skills, and knowledge about tattoo designing. To become a great business owner, you must serve. The same applies to starting a tattoo business online. Your job duties will primarily be to operate the tattoo equipment and also help in the cleaning of the tattoo studio.

2. Build a Solid Portfolio

People won’t give you jobs if you are inexperienced. If you want good jobs in tattoo design, then you should put together a portfolio that includes some of your best tattoo designs.

3. Sell your Designs Online

You can also sell your custom designs online. Several companies regularly look for talented tattoo designers, and some of these firms, pay top Dollars to their artists.

4. Sell your Designs to Tattoo Shops

What if I told you that you could make some extra bucks selling your tattoo designs to tattoo shops?  You can offer them your designs and work out a fee with them for them to make use of your designs. This business is probably easier than you would expect. Sit back; grab a cup of coffee, while I reveal some of the best ways to make money selling custom tattoo designs online….

a. Compile your Designs Together

Are your designs ready? Good. You will need to get a lawyer to get all your work copyrighted. If you are on a limited budget, I would suggest you compile all your work and copyright each piece individually rather than spending tons of Dollars hiring a Barrister.

b. Advertise your Tattoo Design Services on top Marketplaces

Now that you are through with copyrighting your designs, you can visit these marketplaces

These sites offer the highest designer commissions. You can market your tattoo designs on these marketplaces and get hundreds of orders within hours; working from your bedroom…Keep this in mind: type in “tattoo design marketplace” in the Google or Yahoo search box, you will surely find tons of them.

c. Start a Blog

Apart from publishing your work on tattoo freelance portals, it is advisable that you start a blog. Blog on different tattoo designs; build an audience through that and sell directly to them.

d. Sell your work on eBay

Write a 50-page tattoo design book and sell it on eBay.

e. Charge well

It could be daunting and tasking designing tattoos; so ensure you charge what’s truly worth your time.

f. Advertise

Another way to make money with your tattoo designs is by advertising on Facebook (you could be lucky to place an advert for just 3 cents per click). Budget $30 for your FB advert; and redirect your ad to your website (this works like crazy)…

g. Participate in tattoo contests and win $300 regularly host contests and reward their best artists with cash prizes ranging from $3000 to $1,000.

How to Get Started as a Tattoo Artist on

  • Start out by creating an account (its free to sign up)
  • Visit the marketplace
  • Pile up your designs and submit it
  • Price your designs (ensure your price stays within the range of $5-$6) so you will quickly get customers.

In conclusion, I have good news for you.

There’s a lot of money to be made designing tattoos. Stop wasting your time chatting on Facebook. Make good use of your time by putting your talent to work. If you have a strong passion for designing tattoos, you could get a lot of work and make some extra BUCKS right from the comfort of your bedroom.