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Start Your Own Animation Cartoon Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own animated cartoon studio business but thought such an idea would be too complex to set up and, besides that, you need to be able to draw, right? Well, not necessarily on both counts.

Recently animation sites GoAnimate and Xtranormal announced new Commercial Use Packages that include re-seller accounts i.e. accounts that allow you to create commercially licensed video animations with their studios for clients to use in their business.

GoAnimate is a site that specializes in allowing anyone to make 2D cartoons (e.g. such as Saturday morning cartoon style animation) easily with no drawing skills required. It relies on pre-drawn and automated characters that you simply drag, drop and position on pre-drawn backgrounds. There's plenty of room for customization to give your final cartoons their own unique style.

Xtranormal specializes in 3D cartoons (i.e. 3 dimensional characters and sets generated from wire frame models - not 3D as in 3D movies and television). Like GoAnimate it relies heavily on pre-made characters and sets but there is still room for customization - even more if you download their desktop application State. Again, like GoAnimate you don't need to know anything about 3D modeling to make an animation with Xtranormal.


Both sites allow the recording of human actors to voice their characters and feature auto lip-syncing with the recorded dialogue.

The commercial potential of GoAnimate and Xtranormal, as a low budget option, for businesses to incorporate eye catching animation into their marketing and promotion, is being discovered by more and more businesses that do not have the budget to employ expensive animators and animation studios to create fully customized animations.

Not only that but the fast turn around to make a GoAnimate or Xtranormal animation means it's very hard for commercial animation studios to compete with their high quality animation that will obviously look better but take far longer to produce at a much higher cost.

To become a GoAnimate or Xtranormal re-seller you'll need to sign up for a re-seller account. This is not free as effectively, with both sites, you're paying for a commercial license to use the site for commercial purposes yourself (i.e. your own Animation Cartoon Business).

At this time GoAnimate is the cheaper option with reseller accounts starting at US$199.00 per quarter (three months) where as Xtranormal charges US$75.00 per month. Both fees represent your main ongoing expense outside of maintaining an internet connection, computer equipment and utilities.

Optionally you could start a website to showcase your work but, since both sites allow exports to Youtube you may as well use your free Youtube channel as your portfolio.

After that it's just a case of showcasing what you can do with either or both sites, depending on which one(s) you decide to sign up with. Your first job should be making an animation to promote your animation cartoon service and posting it to Youtube. Make sure you use a good descriptive title and relevant tag words so people searching Youtube will find you.

From there you can then scout the many freelance job networking sites (such as elance or odesk) for animation job opportunities.

Find out more about GoAnimate for Business.
Find out more about Xtranormal for Business.

Hire TET to create your next GoAnimate or Xtranormal Business Animation. Click the link to see samples of my work and for more information.

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