16 Money making side hustles for creatives

16 money making side hustles for creatives

Hello and Happy Monday Guys!

The world is currently going crazy right now and everything is currently shutting down and rightly so…. This Pandemic isn’t what anyone could have imagined but somehow it’s happening and we must to our best to make sure it doesn’t spread way more than it has already and try to stay safe while doing it. I Haven’t had much to do in the last couple of days and my anxiety level keeps going up so I decided to get busy and try to get my mind off of what is currently going on in the world… I don’t know if anyone can actually successfully do that but I did try and fail but While doing that, I discovered a lot of money making ways for creatives to earn some money online while practicing the SOCIAL DISTANCING and staying home.  so I thought, why not make a list out of it?

So I did. Here’s a list of 16 money making side hustles for creatives. Some little things to do and earn a little money for now and even after.

If you’ve got some time on your hands, (I think we all do for now) or you want to start some kind of business but you’re not sure where to start or what to do; start a side hustle. But start a side hustle you are passionate about. Cause nothing feels better than making some money from something you already love doing.

None of these side hustles are easy, but you can definitely make some money from them if you put in the work,
Without further ado, here’s 16 money making side hustles for creatives.

Before we get into it, I want you to remember that these are all tools you can use to make money as a creative. Most of them are suited for any niche, so when you go through the list, think of how you can apply these things to what you would like to earn money from.

If you’re an artist you can sell your art in the shape of prints, digital illustrations or as designs printed on mugs, blankets, or t-shirts. Offer your services to illustrate books, articles, or do commission art. Brand yourself by posting on Instagram or doing speed paintings on Youtube. You can also make a painting course on teachable, skillshare, or set up a Patreon and offer tutorials there.

If you’re a photographer, sell your photos as prints, stock photos, or set up a website and offer your services as a freelance photographer. Take photos for businesses, brands, or other people who need a photographer. Make a course online on how to take self-portraits, set up a Patreon where you offer photography tutorials, or start a youtube channel where you teach people about using cameras.

If you’re a writer you can write Ebooks or become a freelance writer and write for businesses and magazines. Guest post on blogs that pay you to write, set up your own blog, teach writing as a course or set up a Youtube channel where you review books (or review books on a site that pays for reviews.)

My point is, these tools can be used for plenty of different niches, so try to think of how you can apply them to your niche. Oh and let me know if you want me to make a blog post focusing on any of the careers I mentioned (Or something else)

1. Write Ebooks

One way to make money if you love writing is through ebooks. Create a guide on something, share your knowledge and write about health, marketing, or maybe even a guide on knitting. You can even write an e cookbook filled with your own recipes. The possibilities are endless.

Once you’ve written your ebook self publish it on Amazon and start making some money.

Tips for writing Ebooks:

Research your niche and choose a topic that you think will sell. Outline each chapter of your ebook before you start writing.

2. Freelance writing

If you love to writing then maybe you should become a freelance writer. Freelance writers get paid for writing gigs and creating written content for brands and companies. Websites are often looking for written content to share with their audience so writing for businesses can earn you some money.

Tips for becoming a freelance writer:

Specialize in a subject to write in. Most clients want to hire writers that are professional in their niche, not writers that write a little bit of everything.
Create a website to market your services and showcase your portfolio. (you can creat a website with Bluehost and wordpress). If you can’t afford a website at the moment then publish articles on medium and use it as your portfolio. (but you should know that clients take you more seriously if you have a website.)
And you can still create a free website till you have money to upgrade it.

3. Start a blog

You’re probably passionate about a subject, so why not blog about it? The startup costs are low, you can blog in your spare time and it can be a fun way to make some money. (With hard work it can even turn into a full-time job!) If you’re considering blogging, now is the time to start.

Tips for starting a blog:

  • Just get started. It wasn’t until I invested in a blog that I started taking it seriously. even if I have been slagging behind this last couple of weeks. I used wordpress to signup and their support was great for getting the site going. They currently have an offer where you get a free domain name + a discount when you upgrade to paid! so sign up and give it a try!
  • Join group boards on Pinterest and post your blog posts to drive traffic to your blog.
  • Be consistent with posting. Don’t be like me
  • listen to your audience and write what they want to read

4. Review Books

A lot of people enjoy reading and reviewing books. If you’re one of those people, why not make some money from it? I do reviewed foor a couple of blogs last year and the money isn’t great but okay to earn something on the side

Here’s a list of 21 sites that’ll pay you to review books

5. Sell your recipes

Coming up with recipes takes a lot of effort. So if you’ve got the talent for it then there’s no better time to start earning money through your recipes than now. You can sell recipes to blogs, start your own food blog, or enter recipe contests for a chance to win some money.

Tips for selling your recipes:

  • Use Facebook groups to connect to potential buyers.  Let’s get creative and Blogger resource room is two Facebook groups made for those who are interested in selling their content to professional bloggers.
  • You can also submit cooking tips to cuisine at home to earn $100

6. Make Youtube videos

Whether you’re interested in fashion, food, books or something else, there’s a possibility that you could be making money from it on youtube.

7. Promote items and brands on social media.

There are a few ways you can do this. One is to collaborate with brands. If you have a following online and a high engagement rate you can work with brands to promote their products and receive money in return.

Another way to earn money through marketing products and brands on social media is…

8. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing means that when someone makes a purchase through one of your links you receive a percentage of the sale. Affiliate marketing is a good way to make money by promoting things you love. This is generally how it works:

Let’s say you’re an artist, and you’ve found some great watercolor brushes on Etsy that you love. You can sign up for Etsy’s affiliate program and use the link you receive to promote the watercolor brushes. If someone decides to purchase them through your link, you will receive a percentage of the sale.

Tips for making money through affiliate marketing

  • Know your audience. Don’t market art products to an audience that is interested in something completely different.
  • Carefully pick what you want to market and only offer valuable content to stay trustworthy.
  • Courses and subscriptions are one of the best things to promote as an affiliate since you can be paid more than once if people you refer stay on the course or subscription.
  • You can promote your affiliate links through writing blog posts about the products you like, sharing them on social media with a link in your bio or sending your affiliate link to your email list.

9. Sell your photography on stock websites

If you are a photographer, why not earn money for your work? A lot of businesses and bloggers are willing to pay for good quality photos.

Tips for selling your photography:

  • Alamy offers photographers 50% royalty payment on each photo you sell, and it also allows their photographers to sell their photo on other sites at the same time.
  • With Shutterstock, you can earn up to 30% of the sale price, and you keep the copyright to your photo.

10. Sell photographer services

You can make money as a freelance photographer by photographing events such as weddings, concerts or parties. Photographing for small businesses is another way to earn some money. Restaurants, hotels, and Airbnb owners all need photographies for their platforms and brands. Speak to local businesses, reach out to brands and see if anyone needs help capturing photos. Create a portfolio website, grow your brand through social media and find some gigs to make you some money!

11. Go through your closet and resell old clothes

There’s an opportunity to make a ton of money by selling clothes. Second-hand shopping is getting more and more popular these days so clean out your closet and sell any clothes you no longer want on eBay, Depop, Thredup, Etsy or Poshmark. If you want to turn it into a business you can buy things at second hand and sell them online for more. Look for trendy clothes or classic brands like Chanel, purchase them, and then list them online for sale.

Tips on selling clothes:

  • Research how to price your item so you don’t undercharge yourself
  • Upload photographies where you’re wearing the clothes. People are more likely to purchase an item of clothing if they are able to see it worn.
  • Be specific and list every detail about the item. The more the customer knows, the more they will feel safe about their purchase.

12. Sell your own products

There’s a lot of things you can successfully sell online. you can sell digital art on Esty  to passively get some money. If you make mugs, home decor, art, jewelry, candles, art prints – the list goes on – you can set up a store and earn some money by selling your items online.

Some ideas on what you can sell:

  • Art prints
  • Digital art prints
  • Accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Ceramics
  • Website designs
  • Instagram presets
  • Photography prints

Whatever your hobbies are, you can make some money from it.

There’s plenty of platforms to try depending on how much time you have, what you’re willing to spend, and what result you want.

You can go through a platform such as Etsy, that allows you to set your own prices and customize your shop, but they take a percentage of your profits. You can also set up your own website via Bluehost, Wix, or Shopify to get full control over your shop. That way you can customize your shop to suit your brand and you keep 100% of the profit when you sell something.

Pros and cons of ETSY


  • Easy to use
  • No monthly fees
  • You get statistics & analytics of your customers
  • Good if you want to dip your toes into selling


  • They take a listing fee of $0.20, a transaction fee of 3.5 % and a processing fee of 3%, as well as $0.25 when an item is sold.
  • There’s not much ability to customize your shop.
  • Buyers don’t get to know your brand, they get to know Etsy. They don’t get a sense of who you are.
  • It’s hard to build an audience on Etsy

Pros and Cons of own website


  • You sell directly to your customers
  • You are 100% in charge
  • More control over marketing and SEO
  • No on-page distractions (On Etsy, they show similar products from other companies besides yours. This won’t be an issue if you have your own website.)
  • Customers take you more seriously


  • It’s a lot of work, and you have to know what you’re doing. (Or be willing to learn.)
  • You have to pay attention to SEO to get traffic.
  • You have to pay upfront.

If you want to start your own website I recommend these:


  • You get a free domain for a year included in your purchase
  • Great good customer support available 24/7
  • Affordable prices
  • 30-day money back guarantee 


  • 14-day free trial
  • Affordable prices

Tips for setting up an online store:

  • Identify your target market. Who are you selling to? Knowing your ideal audience lets you attract the right customers to your store.

13. Create an eCourse

If you know a lot about a subject why don’t you consider making an eCourse? It’s a nice way to earn some money on the side. You can start off with making a beginners course in your niche, and then create in-depth courses on a subject. A good thing about courses is that they can turn into passive income. Which means that you can create the course once, but you sell it over and over again to people, and all you have to do is collect the money. Your pay varies depending on what learning platform you sign up for, so start by researching and testing which platform works best for you.

Some popular platforms are Skillshare and Teachable. Teachable has plenty of articles on how to successfully create online courses on their blog.

Skillshare currently have a 1 month free trial for classes if you’re interested in checking out the platform as a student! You can look at what other people are teaching and then create your own classes!)

14. Sell on Instagram

Many artists find success by selling on Instagram. Artists can easily post pictures of their art and sell it without going through Etsy or some other platform. I’ve seen a lot of vintage/thrift shops sell clothes through Instagram too, so whatever niche you’re in, try it. If you sell directly on Instagram, you don’t have to turn traffic from one place to another. All of your customers are already in your shop.

Tips for selling on Instagram:

  • Go through Instagram and look at what others are selling. What sells, what doesn’t, how do they market their products? Take some notes so you know how to create your own store on Instagram.

15. Submit art for passive income

A passive way to sell your art is to use Threadless. There are other platforms such as Redbubble and society6, but Threadless offers more freedom to customize your store and products. You can set up your shop, upload your design on whatever you want to sell (cups, curtains, home decor, clothing, etc…) decide the price and then Threadless takes care of marketing, packaging, shipping and customer support. (I’m not a threadless affiliate, I just think they sound like the better option.)

16. Flip things

Now, this isn’t the most glamorous way to make money, but if you want some cash quickly without much work, flipping things really work. Pick up things from local garage sales and sell them on facebook marketplace, eBay, or Craiglist. It’s a quick way to make some extra money on the side. You don’t even have to have any money, to begin with. Just go to craigslist free section, pick up some stuff and then resell them!.

If you’d like me to go more in depth on anything I mentioned just tell me in the comments and I’ll do my best to put together a blog post. If you’d like me to create a list for a particular niche (artists, writers, photographers, etc…) just tell me in the comments and I’ll have it up on my blog as soon as possible.

I hope y’all stay safe and don’t forget to call and check on your loved ones through this difficult time and if you can, help those around you that might need help while practicing safe social distancing. THIS TOO SHALL PASS but until then, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AND WE WILL COME OUT STRONGER.

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