Memes are a part of our everyday lives now.
It seems like the internet makes someone famous every other day because someone else decided to turn them into a meme or viral sensation.
Whether you’re a celebrity or an athlete, you’re not exempt.
You can run, but you can’t hide.
If you do something hilariously stupid and someone happens to catch it on video…you might become a meme.
But that’s not the only thing memes are good for.
In fact, memes are pretty big business.
That is, large companies use memes to connect with their target audience.
So if you know a thing or two about creating a funny meme or a meme that has the potential to go viral, you could make money creating memes for top companies.
Ready to learn how?
What are Memes?
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What Makes a Good Meme?
Creating a good meme might seem pretty easy at first.
But when you actually sit down to create one, it’s a whole other story.
You might think it’s funny, but will others?
Your stuff’s gotta be engaging, interesting, and thoughtful.
It’s gotta be witty and capture the audience immediately.
That means keeping the customer’s challenges and pain points in mind when creating your memes.
What would they find hilarious or sweet or clever or just plain interesting?
Once you know, you can start creating memes that customers will gobble right up like a sweet potato pie on Thanksgiving.
Ready to Jump into the Meme Game?
Here are a few ways you can get paid to create memes.
1. Sell Them Yourself
This is probably the best way to go because you’re in full control of what you create. And you can also control how much money you make. There are a few ways you can sell memes yourself.
One way is to sell your memes on a site like Fivver.
You could also sell them on Etsy, on social media, or your own blog.
2. Apply for a Job Creating Memes
If you don’t want to go the entrepreneurial route, you could always apply for a job where your main responsibilities include creating memes.
You can also put your feelers out and ask your LinkedIn network for referrals.
Take a look at Bud Light’s job posting for a meme creator.
Now that’s a meme job I’d apply for (even though I don’t drink beer!). Based on the copy alone, the ad makes it seem like a place I’d wanna work.
3. Start Your Own Meme Compilation YouTube Channel
Creating a YouTube channel to sell memes can be a lucrative way to make money with memes.
Some YouTubers create meme compilation channels to showcase their work to whoever might be looking for it.
It could be a great way to land you a job or side gig making memes.
4. Sell Meme Merchandise
Selling meme merchandise is another option. Create a funny meme and slap it on a shirt. Start wearing your creations wherever you go. Post pictures of you wearing your meme shirts on social media.
Selling them using a website plugin like WooCommerce or BigCommerce.
Make each listing memorable. Not click-bait memorable, but make-you-wanna-buy-it memorable.
People love a good play on words, something clever, funny.
Keep that in mind when creating your meme merchandise.
5. Cold Email Companies Offering Your Services
Another way to rake in some extra money making memes is to cold email companies and offer your services.
It might seem kind of barbaric when you think about other ways you could approach this, but sometimes, cold emailing actually works.
Just find a few cold email templates, personalize them to your business, and start sending them off.
Some top copywriters use cold emailing to land copywriting clients, so why can’t you do the same with your meme business?
Ready to Get to Meme-Making?
If you think you’ve got what it takes to make money making memes, start practicing before you get into the real thing.
See how people respond to your memes on social media first.
If they’re a hit, you might have struck gold. And it’s safe to say, you could make decent money making meme merchandise or selling your services to other companies.
Create a website and a social media page that tells people all about what you do.
Make sure to create a Services page so people know exactly what they’re gonna get when they work with you, and how much your products or services are going to cost.
If you’re taking the business route, here’s how you can get started.