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  • Writer's pictureAriana Shives

Passive income for UX designers


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As a UX designer, it’s likely that you’re always looking for ways to improve your skills and broaden your horizons. One way to do this is by generating passive income, which can provide you with a steady stream of income without requiring constant work. In this article, we’ll explore some passive income ideas for UX designers.

Create and sell a UX design course or e-book.

If you have expertise in a specific area of UX design, consider creating a course or e-book to teach others! There are tons of new and experienced UXers yearning for knowledge that you could provide. You can make this a one-time project that continues to generate income or an ongoing content series. Either way, you’ll get to share your knowledge — and get paid for it.

Design and sell printables or templates.

You already know how to create user flows, wireframes, and other design assets. Consider creating and selling templates or printables that other designers can use in their work. A low-cost template can generate tons of revenue over time!

Create and sell stock graphics or templates.

Similar to the idea above, you can create and sell stock graphics or templates that other designers can use in their projects. This can be a great passive income stream if you have a large, diverse portfolio of work that you can offer.

Sell physical products with your designs.

If you enjoy creating physical products, consider selling items like t-shirts, mugs, or even phone cases with your designs on them. Sites like Redbubble and Society6 make it easy to upload and sell your designs and dropshipping ensures that you don’t end up investing in tons of unsold product.

Rent out your design skills.

If you don’t want to commit to a long-term project, consider renting out your design skills on a platform like 99designs where you can compete in design contests and get paid for your work, or applying for gig work on UpWork, Fiverr, or Contra.


Overall, there are many ways for UX designers to generate passive income. It may take some upfront work to get your passive income stream established, but once it’s running, it can provide a steady stream of income without requiring constant effort.

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