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If you’re a creative person, and looking to make money, you’re in luck: these days, there are lots of ways for any creative person to make money online. Whether you love to write, take photographs, or create beautiful custom bridal gowns and candles to match for the reception, it’s all about deciding what creative pursuit you’re passionate about and making it into a business.

So take a look at this list, take some notes, and start making some money.

1. Start a blog

Even though the Internet is saturated with blog posts, if you’re a good writer and have an interesting story to tell, writing a blog is a great way to make money. You’ll want to make sure your content is high quality, a reasonable number of words for each post (think 300-500 words per post), and that you’re posting regularly, at least once a week. For an easy guide on how to get started, check out this article from HubSpot.

2. Sell your art online

Whether you’re more of a classical painter, or you make prints for people to hang around their houses to go along with new Ikea furniture, there are ways to sell your visual art online. The most important thing to remember is that, without a strong online presence, nothing’s going to sell. You’ll want to make sure that the hours you spend painting or sketching are also spent popularizing your art business online.

3. Sell your creations online

If you’re the creative or artsy type, creating knick-knacks all the time or something small like jewelry or designer LED lights, then selling your creations online is another way to make money online.

There are many different places you can sell online whether that be a marketplace like Etsy or from an independent online store.

Read: 7 Benefits of Selling from an Independent Online Store Instead of a Marketplace

4. Sell your photos

Are you always on Instagram, posting photo after photo, to the point that you’re getting hundreds of likes from people you don’t know? Well, maybe it’s time to consider selling your photos online. Check out this list of apps that makes it super-easy—all you need is your phone! Or if you’re serious about starting up an actual photography business online, check out this guide to get started.

5. Start a clothing line

Do you spend all your time at thrift stores, finding good deals on clothes, and altering them when you get home? Is there a print you invented, or a perfect shoe that matches an 80s aesthetic with contemporary dancefloor needs? Whether you’re selling ties or high-end, ethically sourced shoes like those that Taft Clothing sells, you can learn more by reading this article on how to start an online clothing store in 5 steps.

6. Become a social media influencer

If you’re a natural at social media, then becoming a social media influencer is something you should consider. If you’re always gaining followers, have the kind of voice (or eye) that people are drawn to, then take a look at this article on how to become a social media influencer in 10 steps. And don’t forget the importance of hashtags—if you choose to get famous on Instagram, for example, don’t forget to review the best hashtags for Instagram.

7. Write an ebook

This is another one for the writers. If you’re an expert on a certain topic you think will sell, especially how-to books, or you write in a genre that’s very popular, such as romance or sci-fi, it’s a good idea to write a book, then sell it online. Make sure you review this list of 20 websites where you can sell your ebook, too, to find out what the best marketplace is for you.

Read: 8 Steps to Create and Sell an Ebook

8. Teach an online course

Whether your talents lie in music, painting, or writing poems, you can always teach an online course to make some side cash. Especially if you have a relevant degree, teaching experience, or an Internet following because of your creative pursuits, you’re certain to get students. In fact, according to this article from EmptyEasel, you can actually grow your art business by teaching online.

9. Write custom songs

If you’re a musician, then this is not only a fun way to make money, but it can also help your career out in the long run when you’re later applying for song-writing jobs with ad agencies or for other forms of media. In addition, because the song is personalized for the listener, it’s special for them, too. You’ll want to ensure, however, that you’ve got a website that draws customers in—so ensure you review this article about online presence from Bandzoogle.

10. Gig

And of course, there’s always the option of gigging. Whether you prefer UpWork or Fiverr, or you’ve got your own site offering a multitude of creative services, there’s always going to be a client out there who needs your —whether that’s writing a review for a local restaurant or painting a Christmas portrait of a photograph emailed to you.

These are only 10 of the exciting ways you can make money as a creative person, check out this ultimate guide on how to make money online by Ryan Robinson. Do you have any tips for other artists, musicians, and writers out there?


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David Wither

David Wither

David is a professionally accredited leadership and marketing coach who works with young founders and early stage teams to help them navigate through emerging marketing opportunities with a current focus on artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Using the identification of new technological innovations that give way to
different paths that can effectively reach customers, David is able to make marketing departments more effective, adaptable, and progressive.

Apart from coaching, David leads and manages multiple leadership workshops and team building seminars every year. With a background in management consulting and marketing, he’s able to create world-class environments that allow teams to operate at a higher performance and act as a stronger unit.

As an advisor for over 25 startups and founders, David’s experience includes several companies who’ve gone on to raise millions of dollars all the way to companies who’ve been acquired. As a consultant, David has worked directly with CEOs, CMOs, COOs, and everything in between.

In addition to teaching through workshops and direct mentoring, David is also a weekly contributor to The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business.com, and Tech Cocktail. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

4 comments

  1. Janie Linsford

    SO IMPORTANT for creative’s to find ways to market themselves! Being an artist is a lot like being a small business owner, but we don’t usually think about it that way. Great post.

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      Bryce Patterson

      Great point, Janie! Totally agree- there’s so much personal investment in common between the two, and each requires a ton of promotion for success. Thanks for checking us out and commenting!

  2. Melanie

    A huge thank you to David for writing this article. When you’re an artist you always have to think outside the box for how to market your business. The market is really competitive so thank you for this

    1. Tara Storozynsky Selz

      Tara Storozynsky

      We’re glad you you enjoyed it, Melanie! Thanks for checking out FounderU and commenting.

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