Canva is the bees knees, the cat’s pajamas, and the dog’s b******s when it comes to online graphic design tools! Am I right?
Everyone and their mother is using Canva to design for their business, but there’s so much further you can go with this online tool, especially when it comes to making money.
Yes, you can make money with Canva, even without being a professional graphic designer. Making money with Canva is easy! In fact, you can probably make more money with this free online design tool than you ever thought possible.
In 2020, I started selling both printables and print on demand products on Etsy, and I used Canva to design everything. While I put my printables shop on an extended vacation mode, my print on demand shop brings in over $1000 a month. And I’ve just started selling Canva templates in a new shop!
If you’re looking to make some extra cash or even start a full-blown design business, keep reading to learn how to make money with Canva, and make this your year!
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What is Canva and what can it be used for
If you’re a seasoned blogger or have been selling digital products for some time, you’ll know what Canva is – unless you’ve been hiding under a rock!
But for the newbies, Canva is an online design platform that’s beloved by bloggers and small business owners for its easy-to-use interface and wide range of templates. They create their own designs for branding, creating freebies and images for their sites.
While it’s great for small businesses and bloggers to use in their own business, Canva can also be used to scale your business and earn you some serious cash.
You can make designs for social media, website graphics, presentations, posters, invitations – you name it. Basically, if you need a graphic or design, Canva is your go-to tool.
How to use Canva to create beautiful designs
First things first, head on over to Canva and register for an account. You have the option to go with a free account or the Canva pro account, but if you’re just starting out I recommend using the free version until you get the hang of it.
Don’t worry, you can still make money with a free account, but the Canva pro account does have a lot more features and templates.
Once you’ve created your account, take some time to familiarise yourself with the interface and check out all of the different templates that are available in Canva’s template library.
Creating a design in Canva is very simple. Just click on the template you want to use, or create a new design, and then start customising it to your liking. You can change the colors, fonts, add or remove elements – anything you want!
The Canva website has some great video tutorials that show you how to use all of the different features, so be sure to check those out to up your design skills.
How to make money on Canva as a beginner designer
Creating and selling Canva templates
One of the easiest ways to make money with Canva is to create Canva templates and sell them on your website, Etsy or Creative Market.
Some of the most popular Canva templates to sell are:
- social media posts
- website headers
- ebook templates
- digital planners
- Pinterest templates
So who would buy these templates? Well, pretty much anyone who needs to design something and doesn’t have the time or skills to do it themselves!
As a template designer, you can easily sell Canva templates for $3-$5 per template. And if you create a bundle of templates, you can sell them for even more. Plus, once you’ve created templates, you can sell them over and over again.
Create designs for clients
Another great way to make money with Canva is by creating designs for clients.
As a Canva designer, you can offer your services to create any kind of design that your client needs, such as:
- social media posts
- logos and branding
- website headers
Creating designs for clients is probably the most profitable way to use Canva, as you can charge a monthly fee or sell larger bundles. A lot of businesses are now outsourcing their design work, so this is a great opportunity for you to cash in!
If you’re just starting out and don’t have any clients yet, hop onto Fiverr or Upwork and start selling your services there. Once you have a portfolio built up, you can start marketing your services to small businesses in your area.
Sell digital products
If you’re a creative entrepreneur, chances are you already sell digital products on your own platform. And if you don’t, now is the time to start!
Designing and selling digital products is a great way to make money with Canva, as you can use the platform to create high-quality products. There are literally endless options for digital items you can choose from:
- travel guides
- digital planners
- stock photos
- lightroom presets
- wall art
- clip art
For a full list, read 40 Profitable Digital Products to Sell on Etsy.
Create print on demand designs
If you’re not familiar with print on demand (POD), it’s a printing technology that allows you to print products only when someone orders them. This means that you don’t have to invest in any inventory, which is great if you’re just starting out!
There are many different platforms that offer print on demand services, but my personal favorites are Printify and Printful. They have a huge range of products, from t-shirts and phone cases to tapestries and coffee mugs.
Creating designs for print on demand products is a great way to make money with Canva, as you can sell your designs without having to worry about inventory or shipping. Plus, it’s pretty passive once you’ve created your designs.
First step is to head over to Printify or Printful and sign up for an account. Next is to set up an Etsy shop (you’ll get 40 free listings using this link!). Then you can connect them together so when an order comes in from Etsy, it’s automatically sent to your print provider and you don’t have to do a thing!
All the designs you use for your print on demand products can be created on Canva. Simply create your design, download it as a PNG file and upload it to the print on demand platform.
Creating and selling social media designs
Pretty much every business uses social media these days, so there’s a big demand for social media designs. As someone who has multiple blogs and Etsy shops, I can honestly say it takes a LOT of time to design my social media posts for the month.
That’s where Canva comes in. As a Canva designer, you can create Instagram reels or posts, Facebook ads, Twitter headers and Pinterest pins and sell them to… well people like me!
There are two ways to sell social media designs. The first is to create templates that can be sold over and over again. The second is to create custom designs for clients.
Creating and selling planners
Almost everyone and their mother uses planners these days, so it’s no surprise that they’re one of the most popular items to create with Canva and sell online. It’s super easy to create beautiful planner designs using Canva templates.
The most popular planners people seek these days are:
- fitness tracker
- budget planner
- meal planner
- wedding planner
- home planner
- activities planner
- social media content planner
Advanced tips for making money with Canva
While there are many ways to make money selling Canva templates and social media graphics using Canva, it’s not the only way you can use the platform to make money.
Sign up for the Canva affiliate program
Did you know that you can make money simply by sharing your love of Canva? Their affiliate program allows you to earn commission on Canva Pro subscriptions that you refer.
The best part is that even if someone signs up for the free Canva account using your link and then later upgrades to Canva pro, you get the commission!
So, if you’re a big fan of Canva and want to share it with the world, this could be a great way to earn some extra cash. It’s easy to get started – all you need to do is sign up to the Canva affiliate program and start sharing your unique referral link.
Teach others how to use Canva
If you’re a Canva expert and enjoy helping others, why not share your knowledge and make money doing it? You can create a Canva course with video tutorials, write blog posts or even host webinars teaching people how to use Canva.
This is a great way to make money if you’re passionate about the platform and want to help others learn how to use it.
Become a Canva contributor
If you’re a creative person with an eye for detail, you could make money by becoming a Canva contributor. As a contributor, you can upload your own templates, photos and illustrations to be used by people all over the world
It’s a great way to get your work seen by millions of people and make some passive income at the same time.
Where to sell Canva designs
Canva makes it so simple to create beautiful designs that it’s no wonder so many people are making money selling their designs online. But where do you sell them?
Here are some of the best places to sell Canva templates and designs:
Etsy – Etsy is a great place for selling Canva templates and other digital products. You can create an Etsy shop and start selling your designs immediately. The best part about selling on Etsy is that you don’t need to spend any time advertising your products because Etsy do it for you. People flock to Etsy to buy Canva templates and other digital items.
Creative Market – Creative Market is another great place to sell Canva templates and other digital products. They have a large community of creative people and businesses who are always looking for new designs.
Fiverr – Fiverr is a great platform for selling services created with Canva, especially if you want to work with specific clients. You can create a gig and start selling your designs to clients from all over the world.
Teachable – Teachable is a platform that allows you to create and sell online courses. If you’re an expert at something, use Canva to create a course and teach others about that topic.
Shopify – Shopify is an eCommerce platform that allows you to create your own online store. You can use Canva to create print on demand designs, upload them to a print provider, such as Printify or Printful, and sell the products on your Shopify store.
On your own website or blog – If you have your own website or blog, you can sell your Canva designs directly to your audience, whether it’s digital products, pre made templates or physical products. This is a great way to reach people who are already interested in what you do.
How to make money with Canva FAQs
Is Canva free?
Yes, Canva has a free and paid subscription. The free subscription gives you access to basic features, while the paid subscription (Canva Pro) gives you access to more advanced features.
Do I need to be a designer to use Canva?
No, you don’t need to be a designer to use Canva. The platform is simple and easy to use, even if you’ve never designed anything before.
Can I use my own images in Canva?
Yes, you can upload your own images to use in your designs. You can also use premium images from Canva’s image library.
What file types can I download my designs as?
You can download your designs as JPEG, PNG, SVG or PDF files.
Do I need a Canva Pro account to sell my designs?
No, you don’t need to have a Canva Pro account to sell your designs. However, having a Pro account gives you access to more features.
Does Canva have Copyright guidelines
Yes, Canva has a Copyright and Trademark Policy that you need to follow when using the platform. You can read more about it here.
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Final thoughts on using Canva to make money in 2022
So there you have it. You now know how to make money with Canva!
Just remember, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become successful. Selling designs you’ve created on Canva is not a ‘get rich quick’ kind of thing, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below!
Are you ready to start creating some amazing designs and making some extra cash?