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Home-based business idea: Children\\\'s book illustrator

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Do you like drawing, but you do not like the unpredictability of income in the profession? If it is, then we suggest that you consider becoming a children\\\'s book illustrator. Start your business right in your own home with a small capital investment!

What will I be doing?
Telling a story visually in a way kids will understand and enjoy.

What will I need to start?
Drawing skills, art materials, and a computer for graphic illustrations.

Who will my customers be?
Send your portfolio to publishing companies like Adarna House, the largest publisher of Filipino children’s books. Join organizations such as Ang INK-Ilustrador ng Kabataan to get in touch with fellow illustrators and find prospective clients.

How much should I charge?
INK president Liza Flores has illustrated seven children’s books, and she says picture books are usually treated as a whole project. Your fee will depend on the complexity and number of illustrations required, but a typical picture book is 32 pages plus cover and in full-color.

How much will I make?
Illustrators are paid P15,000 to P30,000 after submitting all illustrations or through royalties (usually 5 percent of the book’s selling price) for the duration of their contract with the publisher. The fees cover print publication rights only: illustrators always keep the original artworks and may sell them to the publisher or to someone else. Original artworks start at P5,000 a piece.

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