People who are creative have usually struggled to find ways to make money with their creativity. The image of the starving artist didn’t come out of nowhere, for instance. The nice thing these days is that there is no need to struggle. You can make money as an artist or creative. There are many people making quite a bit of money through their art or crafts.

It takes a bit of a hustle mentality to make it happen, but it pays off by getting you out of a 9 to 5 job and into a business that allows you total creative freedom. In this article, we will go over several ways that you can make money as an artist.

1. Offer lessons

Teaching skills is always a great idea since the demand never goes away. People look to others to help them learn skills that they are lacking. Artists can make a lot of money by teaching others who are looking for a creative outlet.

It doesn’t even matter what type of artist you are. For example, if you are a photographer then there will be loads of people who want to understand how to use a camera, take better pictures, and learn editing techniques such as using a picture background remover.

You can do these classes in person by letting your followers on social media know about it. Or, you can build a website and offer classes online.

2. Web design

Sometimes your creativity can be making something practical while also being beautiful. Websites are extremely important and there are people and businesses always on the lookout for a creative web designer that can make them a nice-looking site that works great.

There is very good money to be made when you are able to make useful websites that are also pleasant to look at. Web development may not be as creative as creating a work of art, but it is a great way to make money while also flexing your creative muscle.

3. Do print on demand

There are a number of ways to make clothing and household items to sell without even having to touch the product. For instance, Amazon offers a way for creatives to design T-shirts, phone cases, and even tote bags by uploading your designs to them and they handle the rest.

Once you submit your design, it is reviewed and when accepted a product page is created. When a customer buys one, the item is printed at the time and then shipped. This costs you no money and you receive a royalty every time one of your designs sells. There are many other platforms and each has a lot of different items that can be designed by you.

If you have a lot of followers on social media then you already have a large market that will be looking to buy your designs. The best way to make money is to find a topic that a lot of people are interested in and design products with that theme.

About the Author

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Mirko Humbert

Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic designer and the founder of WP Expert.