Every month I walk to the liquor store and pick up a free bottle of scotch. No, I'm not shoplifting—that whisky is bought and paid for by the internet.
A couple years ago I started making a few icons for a tiny startup called The Noun Project. At the time I didn't think much of it, until they started sending me money every month. I posted about this awhile back, but I thought I should give an update because the situation has changed substantially.
So how much do you really make?
The last three months I made $59.58 USD per month on average. However, I live in Canada where that's $76.03 CAD before conversion fees, which is good because we pay much higher tax on alcohol here.
Why do you use the money to buy booze?
I am a chronic saver and experience immense guilt anytime I spend money on seemingly frivolous things like delicious, savory, scotch. This income is entirely passive so I feel good when spending it on things about which I would normally feel bad. It doesn't have to be whisky but it usually is. If I make enough money, I'll probably have to start doing responsible things with it as well.
I love booze! How can I do this too?
You can upload any of your own vector icons. They will be curated for quality and put up on the site for people to download and purchase. See The Noun Project Creators page for more details on how rights, pricing and royalties work.
Can I take a look at some of your icons?
Absolutely! Here is my entire icon collection. You can use them for free by attributing me or pay $1.99 to waive attribution. There are also subscription based plans if you need a lot of icons.
To everyone who has downloaded, shared, or purchased my icons, thanks so much. I'm really glad you enjoy them and it's a huge encouragement to keep designing things for which people are willing to pay.