If you have managed to forge out a successful career with your creative side, then well done you. We hope you find continued success. However, many of us are stuck with 9 to 5 jobs that rarely touch upon the creative side of our lives, be we photographers, artists, writers, or one of the many other creative types that exist in our world today. We need to pay the bills, after all.
However, if you’re looking to spend more time with your creative passion, and make money while doing so, then it makes sense to take on a side hustle. Not only will this give you the incentive to put your skills to good use, but it will also give you something to add to your resumé; useful, especially if you later want to move into a career that allows you the scope to fully use your creative talents.
Here then are some ideas that we hope you find useful.
You can forge out a career as a photographer in many ways. You could open your own photo studio, work as a photojournalist, or take on any one of these interesting careers. However, if you aren’t ready or wanting to commit to a full-time position, then you can still make money on the side.
You could advertise your services online for photo shoots. You don’t need to own your own photo studio, as some clients prefer location and outdoor shoots. They might even want you to come to their home or business premises. Still, you could always rent a professional studio if this was needed, so check the linked article for some useful advice. Types of photo shoot include family portraits, pet photos, and headshots (perhaps for those looking to get into acting or modelling). With your own website acting as a portfolio, and with a marketing push to get your website noticed online, you might one day take this up as a full-time career once word gets around about what you can offer.
Make money from your work online. You could sell prints of your work from your own website, or you could use popular websites such as Etsy and ImageKind to sell your work. You might want to check out Clickasnap too, which offers free photo sharing for photographers and pays out when your photos are viewed. And considering many people need to use stock photos for their blogs and websites, you might also make a passive income by submitting your pics to stock photography sites such as Flickr and ShutterStock.
Forging a career as an artist is easy(ish) once you become well known after selling your work in galleries, and there are many other careers that can be obtained if you have an art degree or relevant experience. But if you’re looking for a side-hustle, there are options open to you.
You could sell merchandise with your art. Using the print-on-demand services of websites such as Printful and Zazzle, you can upload images of your art to create your own custom-made merchandise that is sold on their sites. These include t-shirts, business cards, home decor items, and more. A portion of your profit will go to these sites, but you will still make money from the endeavour, and you won’t have to worry about packing and shipping costs, as they will take care of that for you.
You could earn an income selling prints of your work. This is also something to keep in mind if you’re a photographer, as by digitizing your work with a scanning tool or graphic design program, you could turn your work into high-quality posters that would make a lovely addition to people’s homes. You could then sell these from your personal website, or use sites such as Etsy or Sellfy. You can also connect your site to these websites, so if anybody likes what they see, they will be able to connect with you and see what else you have to offer.
Sure, you could make money by becoming a journalist or writing a best-selling novel, but until you do (if these ideas even interest you at all), you can still make a bit of money on the side.
You could work part-time as a freelance writer. Now, you won’t make big bucks as a freelance writer, especially if you’re only working when you have spare time, but you will get to practice your craft, and this could one day net you a well-paid and full-time gig that will enable you to earn real money. By visiting sites such as Upwork and PitchWhiz, you will be able to advertise your services and search through the myriad of clients who are looking for a freelance writer for blog or ghost-writing purposes.
You could create your own blog. Why write for other people’s blogs when you could write content for your own? Okay, so you could still do both, but if you want an online presence of your own, your blog could work as both a showcase of your writing talents and as a means to make money. You can find out more about monetizing your blog here. Unlike guest writing for others, you can write what you want on your blog, within reason and good taste, and you can also support other aspiring writers by giving them the platform to guest write articles for your site.
To be honest, we have barely touched the surface of the side-hustles that are available to you, so use our suggestions as a springboard for what could be possible for you, and then continue your research online. No matter what your creative passion is, you are sure to find a money-making idea that will supplement your regular income. And let us know if you have any other ideas for our readers too, especially if you are already making money on a part or full-time basis. We should all be supportive of each other, after all.
Take care, and thanks for reading.