You may remember a while back I wrote about The Noun Project, praising it for making design more accessible. Well a few months ago they started allowing designers to enable their icons for purchase at $1.99 each (receiving 50% of sales).
I’m a huge fan of passive income projects—provided they can actually manage to be passive—so I checked off all the ones I’d uploaded and put a few more up for good measure. Then I did my favorite thing ever: I forgot all about it.
Dear Designer, Thank you for contributing your symbols to the world’s visual language. We’re excited to tell you you made money this month just by giving users the right to waive the attribution for your symbols. Keep up the great work! —The Noun Team
Last month I got an email from the friendly Noun Project robots letting me know that they had sent me $14.76 from sales of my icons. While that may seem a pretty small sum to end up in my pocket, that’s roughly 15 people who thought my icons were valuable enough to purchase. Coming from a business where I work and get paid once, there is something I love about the idea that I can continue making money on work that I’ve finished.
Another interesting thing I noticed was that between October (when they enabled sales) and February (when I got paid) I had only 11 icons up. In the past month I brought that number up to 26. Sales are a great motivator.