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Making money with NFTs: leveraging a billion-dollar industry

NFTs, also known as non-fungible tokens, is a term that’s been hanging by the lips of almost everyone in 2021. It has become an all-encompassing term for the emerging “digital collectible” market. As NFTs live on the blockchain and cannot be exchanged 1:1 with one another, they have altered the basis for online transactions, and the authentication and ownership of digital assets altogether.

Of all that’s been circling around in the now billion-dollar industry of NFTs, the record-smashing work of Beeple, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, that sold $69 million dollars at a Christie’s auction has been the most talked about. Another shocking fact of the sale was that before October 2020, and before he became a multi-million dollar crypto artist, Beeple only ever sold his prints for $100.

Artists aren’t the only ones making money off NFTs

It might seem shocking to some, but the success of Beeple, along with many others like Grimes, NBA, Kings of Leon, inevitably alludes to the potential of NFTs in this future-facing world.

Just on Mintable alone, we’ve helped thousands of artists, brands, athletes, games, and corporations harness the power of NFTs to grow their businesses and careers.


Mark Cuban, one of Mintable’s investors, made 5 NFTs for his basketball team, The Dallas Mavericks, featuring a promo video of an upcoming game. At $750 each, the NFTs sold out. Today, Mark Cuban’s Maverick NFTs are being resold and traded as collectibles on secondary markets for more than 5 times their original price. If you’ve read our royalties article, you’ll know that that means Mark Cuban gets paid a percentage of the profit that the secondary sellers are making as well – a good way for establishing passive recurring revenue if you are a creator.

How can I make money off NFTs?

Many have caught on to the ballooning value of NFTs. It’s given not only artists the opportunity to turn their hobbies into careers but has also allowed for traders, collectors, and many others alike an avenue for making money off digital items too.

There are 2 main ways you can make money from NFTs: minting and trading

Minting

By minting an NFT, you’re taking a file, be it an image file of an artwork, video, gif, or otherwise, and turning it into an item you can then sell on the blockchain. Minting is something fairly simple and low-cost that you can start with if you’re looking to make some money from NFTs.

  • There are also several tools you can use to promote your NFTs, and the chances of selling are even higher if you’re a creator with an established following, fanbase, or community.
  • As an NFT creator, several platforms including Mintable allow you to attach a royalty fee to your NFT, making secondary sales yet another stream for putting money in your pocket!

Trading

Trading has become a way for many users to make money very quickly. Buying an NFT and re-selling it for a higher price can be profitable, but risky. If you’re not knowledgeable about the digital collectible market, an investment can quickly turn into a loss.

  • Who is the creator? If the creator has a big following e.g. Mark Cuban and The Dallas Mavericks, the likelihood of hype being generated from the community later is higher.
  • Look for when the NFT dropped, new NFTs go for a lower price.
  • Scarcity is key and creates demand. The fewer there are on the market, the more likely it will fetch a higher price at a later time.
  • Once you have bought your NFT, remember to market it for when you sell it again.

There is no sure way of making money from NFTs, whether you’re looking to be a creator who mints and sells their art on a marketplace, or a trader who is looking to invest to reap profits from resales later. As with any new avenue for profit, there are still many other contingent and unpredictable elements to making a sale, and what works for someone else might not work for you. But knowing where you’d like to start out from is a good base for entering the market, everything after that is how you choose to strategize your sale.

Mint or trade an NFT and turn them into valuable digital assets on Mintable.app

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