If you’re at home all day after you drop the kids off at school, why not try earning a little money on the side by gaining some valuable skills and putting them to use. If you’re a creative person, a good way to earn some extra money at home is by learning some expert Photoshop skills and selling your talents not only to friends and family, but also over the internet as a freelancer. If you get really good, you might even be able to open your own business.

Photoshop Skills

Photoshop is a very powerful program that has a lot of great features for mending or restoring photographs, removing blemishes, or creating compelling graphics for websites, but it is also very complicated to use. Photoshop is one of those programs that takes real skill to use well, and if you want to earn money by using Photoshop, you should look into to taking a class from a local community college or adult education program. Believe me, the small amount of money it takes to pay for the class will really pay off in the end. Buying the actual program (usually over $600) is a little pricey, but it will pay for itself once you start using your skills to bring in some good money.

Business Ideas

Below I’ll cover 3 different ways that you can make money using Photoshop. All it takes is a desire to learn a new skill-set, and you’ll be well on your way to working from home doing something you enjoy. You may just be surprised at how many people are looking for people that have these skills.

Photo Editing and Restoring

Most people are not professional photographers, and to get the perfect shot they’ll often need photo-editing services. From removing blemishes to creating unique lighting and coloring schemes, you can earn some great cash. In addition, once you learn the tricks to efficiently using Photoshop, you can help people restore old photos. Photo editing and restoration can bring in $40 – $100 per photo, depending on the size and difficulty.

Graphic Design

Although the workforce is shrinking, the amount of work that needs to be done is not, so as employers let their full-time staff go, they turn to freelancers to help them get the job done. One of the biggest freelance opportunities on the internet today is graphic design for websites. A lot of e-freelancing sites are hiring thousands of freelance graphic designers and Photoshop experts every month, and you could be among them if you take the time to learn the skills necessary to be a great graphic designer with Photoshop. Entry-level graphic designers earn $15/hr or more, and the price goes up the more experience you have.

T-Shirt Design

There is a huge market out there of parents and grandparents who want their child or grandchild’s picture on a t-shirt. With your newly acquired Photoshop skills, you can help transform their dreams into reality working with a local t-shirt printer. But, beyond kids’ pictures, there is a large market for t-shirt design for school sports teams, clubs, conventions, and a lot more.

Learning the ins, outs, tricks, and shortcuts of Photoshop is not easy. It will take some practice and patience, but the payoff could be huge if you can freelance your skills or start your own business.

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