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Lucrative Ways to Earn Extra Income as an Artist

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Be Creative – Be Fearless – Be Free

Author Vanessa Holwell 11/2021

Working in the art industry is far from secure. Artists can have a tough time earning a living, and many hold part-time jobs to supplement their limited income. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Artists have many opportunities to diversify their earnings and generate passive income, whether it means selling merchandise, producing courses, or freelancing on the side. Here are some great resources to help you monetize your creative skills and earn the money you deserve!

Sell Your Art as Merchandise

Merchandising your art is a great way to create passive income. This process involves creating a piece of art and reproducing it onto shirts, mugs, hats, keychains, and anything else you can sell!

  • Use Custom Stamps to stamp your art with your logo before selling your originals.
  • Produce your merch through print-on-demand companies like Printify and Gooten instead of holding inventory.
  • You could also sell DIY craft kits that enable your customers to reproduce your art on their own! 

Build a Freelance Side Gig

If you have some free time to fill, consider selling your creativity as a freelancer. You could do anything from web design to business branding.

  • Monetize your skills in a new way by offering professional branding services to businesses.
  • Sell your services as a graphic designer, creating everything from logos to packaging materials.
  • Market yourself as a freelance illustrator, producing illustrations for blogs, newspapers, magazines, and graphic novels.
  • Consider expanding your skills and branching out into the web design industry.

Offer Online Classes and Courses

Teaching your skills to others is a great way to monetize your creativity! Start a YouTube channel or create a paid online course teaching people how to do what you do.

  • Decide exactly what you’re going to teach, from fundamental techniques to your personal artistic style.
  • Create compelling learning outcomes so people know exactly what they will learn from your program.
  • Host your course on a popular online course platform like Udemy or Skillshare. 
  • Over time, you may be able to build a lucrative YouTube channel by producing unique and engaging tutorial content.

Diversifying your income is a smart idea regardless of your line of work. For artists who are struggling to make ends meet, earning extra income through freelancing, selling merchandise, and creating courses is a no-brainer! Get started on your new side gig today!

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Magic Mushrooms

The story of my tiny toadstools…
Every piece that I make is inspired by nature and narrative. Since the Middle Ages, the image of the toadstool has captivated poets, mystics and artists — throughout fairy tales and folklore the toadstool is synonymous with magic and wonder. But perhaps more magical than any fairy tale, the red-and-white fly agaric actually exists in nature. I hope to capture a bit of the fly agaric’s enchanted essence with my tiny ceramic garden sculptures and add a bit of whimsy to any beloved plant.

Sara White 

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S. White

Hi LeRoy!
I wanted to send you a few pictures and videos as requested (sorry it took so long!) and also inquire about making me another custom stamp. 
First off, I have attached 2 video and 2 still pics of my 1/2″ brass stamp that I LOVE! I have told anyone who will listen to order from you!
Next, I have attached a logo image for your review. I’d love to have a 1 1/2 inch stamp made with a circle around it, if possible. Also, if possible, I’d love to just have the SW Ceramics printed without the flowers in the image. Is something like this doable? 
Thank you so much, LeRoy! Hope you’re well and happily making!
Best,Sara