Do you have a passion to do something creative, but you're unsure what to do? If you clicked on this post, you're already on the right track. I've put together 20 profitable and very creative side hustle ideas that every creative can do!
This is the first in a 2-part series, and today we will explore tons of inspiration to help you discover your passion!
Side Hustle Ideas!
A side hustle is essentially a passion project you can do outside of your day job (or if you are a busy, full-time stay at home parent). Every business practically starts as a side hustle that can turn into a main hustle with time and effort!
Here is a list of risk-free, digital products that can help you start to earn extra income!
1. Lightroom Presets
Many photographers can sell photo presets to enhance photographs. It's an amazing resource for small businesses and social media influencers that need help with editing their content for social media and marketing!
Check out our 1 minute tutorial on some of the things you can edit in Lightroom!
2. Photo Mock-Ups
Another great side hustle for Photographers is making photo mock-ups! I love mock-ups and use them for my Esty shop to showcase my printable. Mock-ups are popular for anyone selling physical products who doesn't have time to take photographs
3. High-Resolution Stock Photography
Stock photos can be used by businesses for marketing purposes
4. Social Media Graphics & Pinterest Templates
Small business owners often don't have time or the resources to hire designers, so social media and Pinterest templates are trendy and great side hustles for creatives that love all things social media!
5. Graphic Design Templates - Layouts from magazines to posters
If you love creating editorial templates, you can make money by selling editable templates to small businesses using companies such as Etsy, Adobe Stock or Canva!
6. Digital Wall Printable for Home
Wallart for home is popular – you can focus on kids' prints, travel or quote-based art – there are endless opportunities you can explore. Find a style you are most passionate about and focus on it!
7. Digital Planners/Calendars/Trackers
Digital planners and habit trackers such as diet plans, money-saving checklists and time management are fun – the key is creating something that solves a problem.
8. Digital Ebooks
9. Online Teaching & E-courses
If you are interested in teaching your skills to others, then YouTube is a wonderful free medium to start. You can also use third-party platforms such as Skillshare or Udemy to sell your course or even host it on your site using platforms such as Thinkific and Teachable.
10. Party Invitations Templates
I started creating these for fun a few weeks ago using Procreate and Photoshop along with Corjl. Sites such as Corjl and Templett are great for selling customers digital products that allow people to edit at home.
11. Party Printable Props
Love all things party related? You can create party game printables which are very popular on sites like Etsy. Focus on your passion, such as kids' party activities, baby showers, weddings etc.
12. CV & Resumes
A professional CV helps you stand out, but you'll be surprised that many people struggle with creating a good, clear CV. If you love creating them, you can make a side hustle by designing CV templates. Click here to find out more about CV design!
13. Logos & Brand Guides
A brilliant service designer can offer brands and make good money, designing logos and creating brand guides!
Want to learn more Logo design? check out our 5 Step Blueprint to a Great Logo Design Project and tutorials below!
14. Illustrations on Stock Sites
Love creating illustrations? You can create custom illustrations for clients by selling your assets on sites such as Creative Market. Check out the videos below to see how other illustrators make money selling illustrations!
15. Greeting Cards
I've always been passionate about greeting cards and started selling them as digitals on sites such as Thortful that print and send out my cards to customers! Read more about getting started in Greeting Cards here!
Want to learn to create Patterns? check out the below tutorials!
17. Freelance Client or Custom Work
As creatives, you can offer custom work to freelance clients and get a good amount of extra cash! You can find clients through Social Platforms, Behance, Dribble, Check out this post on getting freelance clients!
18. Printable Colouring Books
Colouring printables for kids are fun to keep the little ones busy. They are popular with moms, school teachers, holiday resorts and restaurants, so there is a huge market
19. Sell Artwork using POD Sites
If you have a passion for creating art for merch ranging from T-shirts and phone covers to bedding, but don't have the time or funds to create them, then print on demand (POD) sites such as Redbubble, Society6, or Zazzle are great options. Click here to read more on POD
20. Website Templates
Great for website designers and coders who love creating digital web themes! Be sure to check out our tutorial to get started in web design for more inspiration!