Despite what you’ve been told a job isn’t the only way to make money. There were many times where I had to resort to creative side hustles to make extra money from home. Education is no guarantee that you’ll get a job.
Many people think that there’s just no legit way to make money online. They think it’s all online surveys or some type of scam. I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. If you’re serious about it and ready to put in the work you can do it.
I had a hard time getting a job after college. That’s one of the reasons why I started my blog. So I could earn money from home doing something I loved.
I’m so happy I started my blog. It wasn’t easy at first. But now I can honestly say my blog brings me passive income.
I know from experience that it’s possible to make money from home. Before I started my blog I also freelanced and was an eBay seller. There are many people out there doing creative things to make money.
If they can do it, If I can do it, why do you think you can’t? I’ve put together a list of creative side hustles you can do to make extra money from home. You can either start a creative side hustle or start a creative business. The choice is up to you!
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I did freelancing for four years. It was my main source of income for a while. There are a number of services you can offer as a freelancer. You could be a freelance writer, graphic designer, etc.
Basically, any service or skill you have you can be freelance. When you are just starting out I recommend Upwork, Freelancer, or do a job search. Just type in freelance writer or service you offer.
There are many resources available to help you. Elna Cain from Twins Mommy has a blog dedicated to helping you be a freelance writer.
If you want to get started on Upwork I recommend Phoebe Gill’s ebook Upwork Your Way to Freedom. It teaches you everything you need to know about Upwork.
2) Virtual assistant
Virtual assistants offer a variety of services to potential clients. You can be an administrative virtual assistant or creative virtual assistant. Administrative virtual assistants are basically administrative assistants.
Creative virtual assistants help with tasks like graphic design, blogging, social media, email, etc. There are many resources online that’ll help you get started. Bloggers, entrepreneurs, and large businesses hire virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants can make anywhere between $15-$75 per hour. You can start a virtual assistant business serving clients. Or you can get hired by a company. To get started I recommend the My VA School from April Herndon. She specializes in helping women get hired as VA’s.
I can tell you from personal experience that you can make money blogging. But no matter what anyone tells you it won’t happen overnight. It does take time, effort, and strategy. What I mean by strategy is having a money-making roadmap.
There are many ways to make money blogging. You have to figure out what’s best for you. There’s affiliate marketing, courses, ebooks, printables, ads, services, or coaching programs. Or you can do multiple. I know many bloggers who do affiliate marketing, courses, and offer services.
Here are some resources I recommend:
There are so many ways to make money through Pinterest. You can make money from Pinterest without your own blog. You can offer Pinterest VA services, sell affiliate products, or sell your own products.
Pinterest VA services are when you help potential clients manage their accounts. I know many bloggers who only offer this service in addition to blogging.
I made my first affiliate sale through Pinterest. Pinterest even helped me to sell some of my printables. I find it easier to make money from Pinterest than any other social media platform. If you would like to learn more check out the resources below!
5) Graphic design services
There are lots of ways to make money as a graphic designer. You could create social media templates then sell them. You could create clipart like watercolor flowers then sell them.
You could create logos, branding, and other graphics for entrepreneurs. You can even create t-shirt designs then sell the designs to print-on-demand businesses. There are a lot of ways to make money as a graphic designer.
I recommend this course on how to start a successful graphic design business. If you have a knack for design then check it out!
6) Social media manager
This means you create, schedule, and come up with social media strategies for entrepreneurs. Or you could be a social media coordinator. A social media coordinator schedules content for entrepreneurs. But most entrepreneurs won’t hire just anyone.
You need to demonstrate that you know how to use social media professionally. Some may even want you to know about Facebook ads or Instagram ads. It depends on what the potential client or job wants.
You can work for companies or yourself. Working for yourself means starting your own social media management service/business. If you want to learn more I recommend checking out Alma Bradford. She helps women open up their own social media management agencies.
7) Freelance writer
I worked as a freelance writer for many years before starting my blog. Being a freelance writer means you get paid to write articles or blog posts for other people. This can be a one-time job or ongoing. The rate of pay varies too. You can get paid per post or per word.
Here’s where to find legit freelance writer jobs:
8) Web design
Web design is where you design websites or blogs for people. You could create themes or templates then sell them. You could work for companies or get clients for your own business. It depends on how you want to work.
But being a web designer also means knowing how to code. If you think this is for you then check out Shannon Mattern. She helps web designers build their own businesses by selling their services.
9) Sell SVG’s
10) Sell printables
I started selling my own printables last year around September. I absolutely love making them. Selling printables is a great creative side hustle you can do from home. There are tons of printables you can make and sell. Here are a few that you can sell:
- Printable wall art
- Printable invitations
- Printable planners
- Printable journals
- Printable games
These are the types of graphics you can sell:
- Digital paper
12) Create Your Own Coaching Program
13) Online Course
15) Start Your Own Online Store
16) Sell Items on eBay
17) Sell Your Own Templates
- Opt-in Templates
- Email newsletter templates
- Pinterest templates
- Instagram Templates
- Instagram story templates
- Printable templates
18) Sell Handmade Items or Crafts
There are tons of free tutorials online that show you how to make items from your Cricut. Jennifer Maker has tons of free tutorials on YouTube, blog posts, courses, and freebies all about Cricut projects.
19) Sponsored posts
In my experience, in order to get sponsored Instagram posts, you need a following of at least 1000. Even then it can be hard. But if you are lucky enough to have more than that then sponsored social media posts are for you.
There are tons of networks that you can signup for in order to get access to these opportunities. Here are a few:
20) Sell Your Own Products
I recommend changing them where possible. For example, changing them to match your brand. Or offer them as bonus content when someone buys your course, program, etc. You can even add more pages, or change the cover photo. Here is a list of the PLR sites I recommend: