Artistic Side Hustles

Written By Cathy Lovering
Last updated July 2, 2021

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Personal Finance
July 2, 2021

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As a creative person, you know the satisfaction you get out of your artistic work. But few people have ever thought that these creative talents could actually become lucrative artistic side hustles. There are many ways to turn your artistic streak into a side hustle that is not only personally rewarding but financially rewarding as well.

Your options are not restricted to selling your wares online. E-commerce is definitely an option, but here are also a number of ways to take your artistic side hustle into the community. That way, you can engage with people while doing your art—a great choice for those who want to expand their social circle as well as spend their days engaged in creative activity.

Here’s a short list of artistic side hustles that might be right for you.

Everyone has a smartphone—but few think of turning those point-and-shoot skills into a lucrative artistic side hustle. Usually, people think of uploading their photos to Instagram or other social media, to delight their friends and followers. Yes, there is the option of becoming an influencer, but if hocking other people’s wares isn’t your thing, consider Foap.

Foap is an app that allows you to upload your photos and get paid in return. When Foap customers use your photos, you split the profits 50/50 with the app. It’s simple, easy, and can give you some serious extra cash.

Crafting is an obsession for many people—and that obsession turns their pieces into works of art. Instead of simply giving these precious pieces away as gifts to friends and family, consider opening an Etsy store. Etsy has room for crafters of various stripes, working in a wide variety of mediums. Whether you make jewelry out of clay, knit wool thrown blankets, blow glass, or use paper to create unique gift cards, there’s a slot on Etsy for you.

Best of all, Etsy lets you set your own pricing. You can devote a lot of time to the platform, or keep it as an artistic side hustle you practice when you have some spare time.

Sites like Fiverr and Upwork have become go-to locations for people to sell their creative skill sets. From these mediums, you can establish your own freelance business, as a writer, designer, photographer, or whatever creative skill set you possess. You set the rate and the specs around every job you take.

You can also start a freelance business independent of these platforms. Use a low-cost site like Wix to set up a website and begin to advertise your specialty. Get clients through friends, family, and your broader network, and sooner or later your business will grow. As a freelancer, you retain control over your workload, so you can stick with the side hustle as long as you want to keep your regular job.

As a maker, you have more than one place to sell your artistic product. Summertime farmer’s markets, winter craft fairs, and other offline locales are a great place to start. There are a number of benefits to selling your art in an offline location: you get one-on-one contact with potential buyers. Also, you can talk to people and discover what they love about your work.

To sell at markets, you may have to pay a fee. And you also have to provide your own table and tent to display your goods. You’ll find most vendors have the tools of the selling trade: business cards and sometimes portfolios of artistic works available for sale but not on-site. But in the end these offer the potential to create a sizeable return on these initial investments. If you have an Etsy shop, a farmers’ market is a great way to spread the word.

There’s a saying that those who can’t, teach. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some of the best teachers are those who share a passion for their craft. As a creative person, you can earn extra money teaching skills to others who want to learn. Not everyone sees themselves as an artist, but many people want to learn how to make art. If you are an illustrator, teach illustration; a clay worker, teach clay making.

You have online and offline options to pursue teaching as well. Check out local community centers and nonprofit groups that offer classes. You can also set up a course through an online portal like Skillshare. Of course, there’s also the well-trodden path of posting instructional videos to YouTube, where you share what you know and gain a following over time.

As a side hustle to the side hustle, consider selling your knowledge of making money with artistic work on an app like Clarity. On that platform, would-be entrepreneurs seek thought leaders for advice. When you’ve made your mark on Etsy, killed it with online classes, or otherwise elevated your side hustle, tell people how you did it—for a fee.

Think of this as a kind of mentoring. If an entrepreneur-driven platform isn’t right for you, think about giving one-on-one classes for a higher fee than you would for a group. People often enjoy independent instruction, and you have the chance to bring out creativity in others.

While it is always rewarding to complete a creative project, it can be even more satisfying to share that gift with others. Through online marketplaces, offline community gatherings, education and mentoring, you can connect with other creative people—and make extra money. Check out Foap reviews when you’re ready to sell your vacation snaps and get that camera set for your next YouTube video. These are artistic side hustles that can turn into great new opportunities.

About the Author

Cathy Lovering

Catherine Lovering has written about personal finance and health for over 10 years, with bylines on and She holds an LL.B. (J.D.) from the University of Victoria.

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