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How to Use Canva to Make Money? Here Are 7 Ideas!

how to make money using canva

I have been using Canva Pro for four years now, originally using it for occasional graphic work, for my blogs, and for my online classes, when it was still a promising start-up and not a billion-dollar business that democratizes design. There are many things you can do with Canva Pro, which allows you to have access to its premium photos, templates, and graphics. Here are some money-making opportunities you can explore with Canva Pro.

What is Canva?

Canva is a powerful design tool that has become increasingly popular among small business owners, entrepreneurs, and content creators. Not only is it easy to use, but it also has a wide range of features that allow you to create professional-looking graphics, such as social media posts, brochures, and infographics, without the need for advanced design skills. But did you know that you can also make money using Canva? In this article, I’ll go over a few ways you can do just that.

creating design templates on canva

Offer design services

One of the most obvious ways to make money using Canva is to offer design services to clients. You can use Canva to create graphics for social media, websites, brochures, and more. You can market your services on platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer and charge clients for your work. Or independently find clients on LinkedIn or clients from these freelancing and remote job platforms which are way better than those peanut-paying websites.

Create and sell templates

Another way to make money using Canva is by creating and selling templates. For example, you could create social media post templates, resume templates, or even e-book cover templates, that other people can use. There are many different ways you can sell your templates, such as on your own website, on marketplaces like Canva’s built-in contributor’s marketplace, Creative Market, or even on Etsy.

Create low content books aka journals and notebooks

Hazel Paradise, for example, is one of the many solopreneurs who designed low-content books distributed on Amazon and made money out of it.

I intend to do this year. I already have ten-journal ideas for Amazon which I will repurpose on Etsy. Jenn Leach created this awesome guide on how to create low content books and how to sell them.

It sounds fly, yeah!

Creating and selling recipe books

I found this accidentally! Story time. My partner and I love cooking. We love tweaking existing recipes. Taking photos before we eat becomes a norm. I told him, this year, I’m going to make a recipe book of the best eats we’re making in the kitchen and give it as a year-end gift to our friends.

He suggested, why not sell them.

True! Our friends love our Asian-inspired cuisine, and for sure, there is a market on Amazon for it!

Creating and selling e-courses

You can create an e-course teaching others how to use Canva effectively and sell it on platforms like Udemy, Skillshare and Teachable. As Canva is easy to use but can be overwhelming in the beginning, creating an e-course can help others to navigate and utilize the tool. Or you can simple use the many templates on Canva on making a wowing visuals for your e-courses.

how to make money using canva

Create and sell branding and marketing materials

Canva’s templates are perfect for creating professional looking materials for your own business or for others. You can create logo, branding, and marketing materials and sell them to other business owners, who needs them.

Affiliate marketing

You can also make money using Canva by promoting it as an affiliate. Canva has an affiliate program where you can earn money for every new user you refer to the platform. You can promote Canva on your blog, website, or social media channels, and earn a commission for every new user you refer.

These are just a few ways you can make money using Canva, but the possibilities are endless. The key is to find something that you’re passionate about and that you can see yourself doing for the long-term. With a little bit of hustle and a lot of hard work, you can turn your passion for design into a profitable venture.

Keep in mind that it’s important to have the correct licenses and rights to use the photos, elements and fonts while using Canva, which makes Canva Pro all more appealing because you have legal access to all their premium resources.

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How to Use Canva to Make Money? Here Are 7 Ideas!

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Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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