Cryptocurrencies are the talk of the town, on full rise, but it is the industry of non-fungible tokens (NFT) that got most of the buzz. Today even children can make millions with NFTs!

Who makes the money with this digital art? Painters, musicians, any artists. That includes even the authors of memes! Look at Zoe Roth – the ‘Disaster Girl’ – who made almost half a million dollars selling non-fungible tokens.

Want in on the fun? Here is the step-by-step on how to create your own NFT in one day:

Step 1: Decide on the concept

The most popular among NFT authors are fine arts. It could be not only photos but also rare pieces, like calendars or printed materials, pictures, etc.

You can also tokenize audios, videos, 3D models, and any files that can be converted to PG, PNG, GIF, SVG, MP4, WEBM, MP3, WAV, OGG, GLB, and GLTF formats. Find the subject most attractive to you to immortalize. 

Step two: Decide on the platform

The tech skills required to mint NFTs on OpenSea are comparable to the ones we’ve all used to sign up for Myspace in 2006.

There is a big misconception that you need to have a big technical skill to participate in crypto, but NFTs can actually be a fun way to enter the crypto universe without coding skills by using marketplaces like OpenSea or Rarible.

Here are some beginner-friendly NFT platforms for you to mint:

OpenSea

  • Blockchains used: Ethereum and Polygon

OpenSea is popular and easy to use for all types of NFTs. While the Ethereum blockchain is notorious for charging high service fees, or “gas”, OpenSea now has a lazy mint option. The creator can upload their artwork, “mint” it to their profile and list it for sale without paying gas fees. When the collector buys it, they will pay the gas fees.

What you’ll need:

An ETH wallet (e.g. MetaMask, Coinbase or many others)

Creator fees:

2.5% of your sale

Rarible

  • Blockchains used: Ethereum, Flow and Tezos

Another option is Rarible. There are some interesting features, such as the ability to show a “sneak peek” of your creation to everybody who comes to Rarible but limit the full project to purchasers only.

Another interesting feature is that by using Rarible’s unique token (ERC-20 RARI) makes you an owner of the Rarible project. 

What you’ll need to get started:

A wallet compatible with your choice of blockchain.

Creator fees:

Vary depending on the blockchain you use, but the option for free minting exists.

Holaplex

  • Blockchain used: Solana

Solana’s speed and efficiency also cuts down on energy usage, therefore giving it a reputation as a new, less environmentally damaging, alternative to Ethereum.

What you’ll need to get started:

Phantom wallet and Arconnect Wallet

Creator fees:

Reportedly 0.000005 SOL ($0.00025) per transaction. Fees can fluctuate, but they are almost zero.

Step three: Create and build a community

If you want to start making NFTs, you’ll need to hit your Twitter account hard. You’ll also need to join Discord, a Slack-like chat platform for gamers and crypto fans. 

When you’re ready to sell your NFTs, expect your community to be your number-one marketing resource.

“We have not put in even $1 in marketing so far, but we were literally just featured in Vanity Fair yesterday and today in Rolling Stone,” Abidi told CoinDesk on Jan. 19.

Even 1-of-1 creators – artists who mint unique, single pieces of art, compared to algorithmically generated avatars that people use as Twitter profile pictures – seemingly trust that making friendships can go a long way.

Step four: Make your art

Every artist has its own process, but the important thing is how your art will translate digitally. Here are some guidelines to make your first NFT:

  1. Use materials and tools you already have.
  2. Invest in new technology or knowledge as needed.
  3. Find other creators and learn from each other.
  4. Think of what your audience will think and like of your creation.
  5. Pick a file type. OpenSea accepts JPG, PNG, GIF, SVG, MP4, WEBM, MP3, WAV, OGG, GLB and GLTF.
  6. Think about the file size. OpenSea’s limit is 100 MB.
  7. Factor in accessibility – I chose to have subtitles along with my spoken-word poems so that they could be enjoyed by as many people as possible, including people with visual and/or hearing impairments.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. NFTs are a new art form, so let your message translate to this new space.

Step five: Mint and share

OpenSea has a very simple organisation. Simple as uploading your files, inputting your collection’s description and making your profile, determining your royalties (for later, when your art is sold in a secondary marketplace) and completing your listing.

Blockchain data is public and accessible by anyone. Your NFT’s buying and selling history will be available forever, helping you and prospective investors track its price.

OpenSea 

Step 6: Selling your NFT

After minting, it’s time to list your NFT for sale. 

To list a new NFT on the OpenSea marketplace, click the Sell button in the top right corner of the page that will direct you to the listing creation page. Decide on your price— it can be fixed, or you can choose the type of auction. 

Plus, you can add additional options – for example, to reserve for a specific buyer. Once you have filled out all the fields, hit the Complete Listing button.

Welcome to the crypto world!