Did you know that if you love designing SVG cut files, you can take that talent and make some money? In this post I’m sharing How To Make Money Designing SVG Cut Files.
So you might be wondering, “How do I get started?”
First off, you need to design your own cut file designs.
Use Fonts or Handwriting
You can do this by purchasing some fonts that are meant to be used for commercial purposes.
You can find a plethora of beautiful fonts on Creative Market and other platforms that offer fonts.
With these fonts you can create designs that feature quotes, funny sayings and verses
You can also design cut files using your own handwriting. Maybe you can write beautifully, so use that talent to create designs with.
With these fonts or your handwriting, you can create SVG cut file designs that feature quotes, funny sayings and verses.
Just remember to check to make sure that any phrase you use is ok for you to use commercially.
If a phrase or word is under copyright or trademarked then you will need to get permission to use the quote, phrase, or word, or simply don’t use it.
There are lots of public domain quotes and phrases that are great for design purposes.
Add Some Graphics
You can also add beautiful graphics to spruce up your designs.
You can use your own hand drawn graphics, such as flowers and wreaths.
Now that you have some fonts and graphics you can get set designing SVG cut files.
You can design solely with fonts, or just with graphics or a combination of both.
There are plenty of design softwares in which to design in, like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and BeFunky, along with lots of others.
My personal favorite is using a combination of BeFunky and Adobe Illustrator to create my SVG cut files.
Here’s a tutorial on how I design my cut files:
Now that you’ve got a nest egg of SVG cut files, you’ll want some mockups to display your cut files on.
Mockups for Display
These mockups help people see your cut file designs on display.
You can make your own mockups by photographing items on which your cut files can be displayed, like mugs, tshirts, signs, etc.
You can also purchase professionally photographed mockups on platforms like Creative Market, Etsy or other places that offer mockups.
Just search for the specific type of mockup you want to purchase and you’ll find some beautiful mockups from some amazingly talented photographers.
Add Your Url and/or Watermark to Graphic
When you are adding your design to the mockup, make sure you add your logo or watermark.
If you’re planning on putting your graphics on social media platforms, you’ll definitely want your shop url or site url on the graphic you are posting.
If your graphic gets hijacked and redirected to a different site, it can give people interested in your design a way to locate your design based on your shop url on the graphic that you are using to promote your cut file with.
So now you have your awesome cut file designs, and your mockup graphic to display your design, what next?
Now you need a place to sell or give your cut file away for free.
You read that right you can make money on your SVG cut files by giving them away, but more on that later.
Let’s look at selling SVG cut files.
You can open up your own online shop. There are several different places to sell cut file designs.
Shopify, Creative Market, Etsy, and other places make selling digital products easy.
I recommend setting up your own shop on Shopify.
I like Shopify because you are not reliant upon another platform’s rules and regulations and you get to set the parameters on your designs.
You are also setting yourself up to grow and expand if you set up a shop on Shopify.
There’s also the option of one day selling your Shopify store if you get it established and find you no longer want to sell online, you can list it and someone else can purchase your online shop.
If you’re just testing the “selling SVG cut file waters,” selling on a platform like Etsy or Creative Market may be fine to start out with.
However, if you’re looking for a more permanent shop, then I honestly believe Shopify is the way to go.
One more thing about Shopify, is that if you already have a blog or website, you can set up a Shopify shop, then you can set your Shopify store as a subdomain on your blog or website.
Now that you have a shop set up you can start creating listings and selling your beautiful designs. Make sure you give details on your cut file design titles so they’re SEO friendly.
Add the pictures of your designs. Set the price. Attach your cut files. List your design.
You may want to add in your listing that these cut files are digital downloads and not a physical product.
Promote Your Product
Now that you’ve listed your SVG cut file you’re ready to market and promote it.
You can share it on platforms like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram to get traffic to your listing.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a lot of sales right away, sometimes it takes a while for a shop to gain traction, especially if you’re brand new and don’t have an established following.
If you have an email list that you’ve been working hard at building, you can email your subscribers to let them know you have opened a shop or have new listings in your shop.
In my opinion, your email list is the best way to get traffic to your store!!
Now let’s talk about making money with your SVG cut file designs by giving them away.
Since when does giving things away for free equate to making money?
If you have a blog or website set up and have ads on your site, all the traffic you get by giving away free SVG cut files can equal ad revenue.
If you’re not comfortable selling products, this may be a good solution because you’re still being compensated for your designs.
You can even try both; having some free cut files that are earning money via ads; as well as having a shop set up to sell some of your other cut file designs. It’s really based on how you want to earn money.
Whether you have a blog or a shop or both, make sure you have a way to collect email addresses so that people can get updates on your latest cut files that you’ve either posted for free or that you’ve just listed in your shop.
Personally, I give SVG cut files away for free and get ad revenue, as well as have an online shop where I sell SVG cut files. Both are great resources for bringing in income.
I hope this helps you as you’re considering How to Make Money Designing SVG Cut Files.