7 Ways to Make Money with Sketchup

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Ever wondered if you could make money with Sketchup? In this article, we’re going to cover seven ways you can! There are plenty of ways you can make money with modeling and rendering programs. From traditional to more non-traditional methods, there are a variety of options to choose from! If you ever thought becoming an architect was the only way you could be using Sketchup-think again!

Traditional Ways to Make Money with Sketchup

1. Architecture or Interior Design Firm

The first way is to take a more traditional route and get a job as an architect or interior designer. You would go to school, learn to draft, and eventually find your way into an architecture or interior design firm. There, you can use the skills you’ve learned in Sketchup.

make money with Sketchup in architecture or interior design firm

2. Consulting

Another option is to become a consultant for an architecture or interior design firm. In other words, you would be making Sketchup models for them. Many firms don’t want to spend the time making their own 3D models, so they will hire someone else to do it for them. This is a great place to find your niche market and hone your Sketchup skills!

make money with Sketchup by consulting

Non-traditional Ways to Make Money with Sketchup

3. Freelance

If you’re interested in doing freelance work, you can create an account on sites like Upwork and Fiverr and offer your skills as a freelance designer. Many companies will look for someone to refine their drawings or take them to 3D. This is a great way to find clients all over the country and the world!

4. Sell Assets

Designing objects and selling them on 3D model websites can be a lucrative way to make money with Sketchup. It can be difficult to gain traction using this method, but if you’re looking for some passive income and enjoy modeling objects in Sketchup, this may be the option for you!

make money with Sketchup from selling assets

5. Stock Photo Sites

If you’re using Sketchup to model, chances are you have a bunch of options to create renderings for. It may be slow to see revenue, but there is a wide range of people looking for stock images. You’ve already taken the time to create a detailed model, so why not hit render and sell that image for some extra cash?

6. Stock Footage Sites

Similar to the previous method, you can also use Sketchup to create products for stock footage websites. This method is different because instead of selling images, you would be selling animations. You can charge a lot more for animation and there are plenty of people looking for different kinds. Sketchup already has this feature built into it, so you can make a simple animation or use a rendering program to enhance the animation even further. You won’t become a millionaire overnight, but it’s fair to say you could make a few hundred dollars a month.

make money with Sketchup stock footgae

7. Teach Sketchup

The last method to make money with Sketchup is simply by teaching others how to use it! You may think that you don’t know anything special, but there are people out there that may not know as much as you do and you could be a huge help to them! You can write articles, create Youtube videos, or even make online courses.

make money with Sketchup by teaching

Ready to learn even more Sketchup skills? Head over to our tutorials page to see some of our own Sketchup tips. You may be surprised at what you will learn!

Happy Hacking!


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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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