If you’re a creative, you have probably started to realize that there are many options for you to make money with your talents and skills. Thanks to the internet and social media, we’re now able to turn what were previously just creative hobbies into successful business ventures. It’s time for you to take make the most of your gifts.
If you’re a little stuck on where to start, here are a few ideas to get you going.
Once only thought of as a hobby, blogging has become very lucrative for some creatives. Not only are you able to improve your writing skills and develop your written ‘voice’ but you’ll also get to explore photography, formatting, content creation and social networking. As your blog becomes more established, you can monetize it.
Invest in a nice design so that you’ll appeal to sponsors. Consider guest posting on other blogs to boost your backlinks and improve your domain authority. There are endless articles, courses, and Youtube videos that explain how to appeal to sponsors and build a loyal and engaged readership for our content.
If you’re a talented designer there are lots of ways to utilize your skills online. Illustrators can create logos, digital artwork, or custom fonts through freelance sites like Upwork or Fiverr. Graphic designers have the opportunity to create and sell branding packages, print collateral, and infographics. If you’re into the more technical product or device design, you could use a company like Altium to bring your ideas and vision to life.
Being a makeup artist is not just for in-store makeovers. The makeup industry is huge! If this is where your passion lies, there are quite a few ways for you to make money.
You could be a makeup artist, working at a salon or on your own – providing services for events, special occasions, and in-home makeup application for clients. You might also consider work in special effects, where you’ll work on movie and television sets. And if you enjoy teaching others, you can become certified to teach others about proper makeup application through workshops or classes.
The more visual the world becomes the more opportunities there are for photographers to make money doing what they love. The most common ways photographers make money are by photographing events, weddings or with portrait style photography. But there is also a fast-growing market for stock photography.
Here’s how it works:
You take high-quality photographs of people, places, and things. You then upload your images to micro stock sites like Shutterstock, Getty Images, or iStock. In exchange, you are paid a set amount or percentage of money every time someone purchases and downloads your picture.
If you have a number of pictures that perform well, this type of photography can become a passive source of income for you, with no additional work on your part. The best part? You’ll continue to generate income from those same images for as long as your pictures remain on the site.
Yes, your green thumb can earn you a few greenbacks. From offering your services as a gardener to working at a nursery, there are many ways to capitalize on your skills and abilities. Work with landscapers to create amazing outdoor landscapes for clients. Or host gardening for beginners classes through your local continuing ed program.
If gardening is something you love, don’t discount your ability to earn income. One of my closest friends creates hanging baskets (for porches and decks) for the spring. And she creates potted evergreen topiary designs for yearround display – and is very successful at it. Oh and let’s not forget that gardening is great as it keeps you fit, and that’s not a bad perk if you ask me!