Great question, and I think this will be a good example for other members. Let’s go through the process, step-by-step, in this thread.
I quickly went through your sites, and one common theme emerged: they’re all beautifully designed, and the emphasis seems to be on visual appeal. That’s great, but I don’t get a strong “call-to-action” feel from any of the sites – I just want to spend hours looking at all the beautiful visuals. At no point did I feel compelled to buy something (or even think about HOW I could buy something from any of the sites).
But maybe that’s because I’m not a member of your target audience (I don’t consider myself to be a very creative person).
That leads to a few questions:
(1) Have you given any thought as to who your niche audience can be? What group of people do you want to help?
(2) If identifying a niche audience is difficult, let’s stick with the broad niche of “design”, and your own personal experience. Have you tried (a) brainstorming problems you’ve had personally in doing design work, or (b) browsing through forums for designers, and seeing what problems they’re discussing?
And a third question: HOW do you want to monetize your passion for design? Providing services (i.e. actually doing design work) is an obvious one. Because you signed up for this course, I assume you want to move past that and get into more “passive” streams of income?
Give me a little info on those questions, and we can move forward.