4 Side-Hustles for Creative People


4 Creative Ways to earn extra Income

Let’s face it, if you are a creative person it is hard to find a good job that isn’t both extremely competitive and hard to get into. The creative jobs that are easier to get into just don’t pay very well. Here are some great ways to show off your creative talent and make some extra money on the side.


Etsy is a wonderful handmade market. If you are great at making things I suggest selling your handmade items on Etsy. I make an extra $3,000 to $4,000 a year on Etsy sales. It is possible to make a living off of selling on Etsy. However, I enjoy my job so I haven’t expanded my business. Check out (How to Earn Money on Etsy)


If you are an artist painting or photography or any other medium consign your work to local coffee shop or business. Sometimes, you can consign your handmade items to even an Antique mall. Ask the manager of the business and usually, they will ask to see a sample of your product and will consign with a certain percentage of your sales. Try to consign to shops that have the type of clients that would buy your product or your aesthetic works well with their design. You will help decorate their walls and space and they can make a certain percentage of your sales. You get daily exposure and sales. Maximize your exposure by making sure you leave your business cards where the customers will be able to get them.

Sell at a local Craft Fair

When it comes to making your creative products don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t just sell on Etsy and don’t just consign. Sell at local craft fairs, markets, even conventions. This is a great way to network and get yourself out there when you have an online shop or you just want to bring in some extra money for your talents. Bring plenty of business cards and your A game in sales. Be genuine and confident when speaking to your buyers. Tell them your story about your creative work. Check out my list of what to bring to your next craft fair.

Start a blog

Write about what you are passionate about. Write what you know. There are a so many amazing blogs out there about so many subjects. Pick a topic and write about it. Maybe you write fiction or poetry blog your creative writings. Tumblr and Instagram are great venues for poetry.


Maybe you write Fiction or Poetry. Get your book out there and make some extra money by self-publishing. Amazon has a great program. Lulu is also a great site.


22 thoughts on “4 Side-Hustles for Creative People

  1. Michelle Gwynn Jones says:

    I love making Christmas wreathes and lampshades (all lampshades, not Christmas shades). I have thought about selling them. My limitation is getting and storing supplies. Granted, if I had more motivation I could find storage.

    • amberilys_steamcrafts@hotmail.com says:

      Yeah I’ve put my supplies under the bed before. Luckily I finally have a craft closet.

  2. Elizabeth O. says:

    Blogging is probably my best bet for extra income. It could also be a good source of income if you work hard on it. These are all great suggestions though! I love ETSY as well!

  3. Lawrence Hamilton says:

    I like this. I am actually working two of these right now. I need to figure out how to benefit from the other two.

  4. Rosey says:

    I’d love to make more on my blog. I do enough to have play money but I’d like it to be more steady at some point in the future.

    • amberilys_steamcrafts@hotmail.com says:

      They can be intimidating at first. Check out my post on what to bring to a craft fair. It makes for a easy check list.

  5. Jonathan Key says:

    Such great ideas here! My wife is a self-published author and both of us started blogs. We love consignment stores like Just Between Friends too. Really great post Amber keep up the great work!

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