Online Side Hustles for Creative People

Online side hustles for creative people

If you’re creative and hard-working, then there are ways you can pull extra cash each month.

Side hustles are something you do – before or after your day job – to generate extra income, whether it’s to paid down debt, put aside more savings, or treat yourself to something that’s not in your budget.

There have always been traditional part-time gigs like babysitting, doing yard work, and cleaning houses. But creative people are finding more fun ways to boost their income while using their talents or pursuing hobbies they enjoy.

It’s just a matter of finding the right hustle for you...


Imagine earning a generous side income by sitting at home on your computer, typing away!

Sites like Upwork and Fiverr help you connect with clients and find freelance gigs.

  • Hire yourself out for resume development. Most people struggle to put together an attractive, well-written resume and cover letter and they’ll happily pay you to do it for them.
  • You don’t need a journalism degree to become a freelance writer. If you’ve got the chops for research and writing, you can learn to pitch stories to any newspaper, website, or magazine and they might agree to pay you for an article.
  • Social media management is a fast-growing field. You can get paid to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for businesses who don’t have the time or know-how.
  • If you’re handy with building websites, market your services to small local businesses who don’t have an online presence. They’re likely interested but can’t afford what a large marketing firm would charge.

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How do you promote yourself?

  • Social media channels, like: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and LinkedIn...just to name a few
  • Your own website or blog
  • Sites like Freelancer
  • Good ole’ word of mouth

The goal? You’ll need to build up your client list.


Are you crafty? Enjoy working with your hands? What about a side hustle where you create products to sell through an online store like Etsy? (Here’s how to set up an Etsy shop.)

  • If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can whip up dresses, accessories, tote bags, bandana bibs and other small projects while you’re watching TV at the same time.
  • Painters can sell finished pieces online, but the real money is in selling high-quality prints from those works of art.
  • Like to knit or cross-stitch? What about designing your own patterns (using free software) and selling the patterns online? You do the work once and get paid over and over with each purchase.
  • Mesh wreaths are fast and cheap to make, but people will easily pay $30 or $40 for a finished one to hang on their front door.
  • What about designing T-shirts or other products – without having to worry about making them or shipping them? Sites like Teespring and Merch by Amazon allow you to do exactly that!

Here’s a success story of a young woman from New Brunswick who started selling her artwork on Facebook to pay off her $8,000 of debt and paid it off “within just a few weeks.”


What subject are you an expert in?

Write a blog with informative, entertaining posts and there are lots of ways to turn it into an income-generating project. Sites like can give you free step-by-step instructions on getting it up and running.

No this is NOT a quick and easy way to earn money, and it’s far from “passive income.” You’ll need to invest many many hours before you start seeing some result and hopefully snowball from there.

Couple of ways you can make money from your blog: advertising, and/or selling your own products and services.

Related: Money-Saving Tips For Your Home Business

Create and sell your products

We’re living at an age where people expect free. And if it’s not free? Well then, forget it, right?

So creating that product where people would open their wallets is a tall order. That product needs to resonate with people. It needs to deliver. It needs to solve an irritating problem.

To start, read this intro on how to create and sell products on your blog.

Where can you sell you products?

  • Amazon
  • Craiglist
  • Ebay
  • Facebook
  • Kijiji
  • Your website or blog

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Providing a service

Think about people’s “pain points” and how you could make their lives easier.

Maybe the answer is providing a valuable service and getting paid for your efforts. You don’t even need a website if you market yourself well on social media or on buy/sell sites – see list above.

  • Do you enjoy cooking or baking? (Usually people strongly prefer one over the other, which is interesting.) There are always people looking to buy special baked goodies and pre-made dinners.
  • If you’re handy with a camera and enjoy taking beautiful pictures, what about setting up a side business as a photographer? No formal training required because your work will speak for itself.
  • Have a talent for decorating or organizing homes? It’s an area where a lot of people struggle, and a side-hustler would have more competitive rates than a professional.

Back at you

Any of these online side hustle ideas piqued your interest?

Anything that should have been included in the list? Share below!

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Ken's picture

Thankfully, I have a work skill that can transfer to outside of work (computer repair)

I did it for years, and I want to say almost 2 decades. But now, I want some free time to myself, and do it occasionaly for friends and family. More to life than working constantly

November 14, 2017 @ 1:36 pm
judy brooks
judy brooks's picture

I agree, I was a bookkeeper for more years than I care to remember. Still do it for family and friends occasionally. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but would you mind advising me on how to choose a local computer repair person? I've got a great car if I could just find an honest person who really knows what they're doing with a computer.....

November 15, 2017 @ 10:14 am
Marpy's picture

IMO - Its a terribly sad situation that we live in these days where families need 2 incomes to make ends meet and many have to take side jobs/ businesses on top of that. This is grossly deteremental to standard of Living IMO!! If you are spending 60 plus hours a week working, then really – what standard of living do you have?? I was lucky as I worked 36 years for the same company and retired with a reasonable pension as long as my own savings. When I look at the reasons why it has come to this, I would have to put a lot of the blame on government and policies that chase those companies that would create good long term high paying jobs away. Many say that the problem is that we can not compete with low wage countries but my experience tells me different. The company I worked for is in the heavy industrial sector, pays some of the best wages and benefits in Canada, has lots of foreign competition and is making more money than they ever did. This tells you that yes a well managed company in Canada can compete. What my former employer has done though is choose to do most of its expansion outside of Canada. There are 2 main reasons for this. 1) Very high and noncompetitive taxes and other government imposed costs of setting up a plant and doing business in Canada. 2) Many of its customers have moved operations outside of Canada because of 1) and so they need to be where their customers are. Companies need to be able to survive if they are to provide people with long term jobs and benefits and they can not do that if they are placed in an noncompetitive position by governments.
Not that I am not trying to take the sides off companies here. They need to be regulated and society needs to have rules that ensure their is a balance where social responsibilities are part of that balance. i am mearly stating the reality of the current situation.

November 14, 2017 @ 5:10 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture

I think hustling when you are young and before you have a family for up to 60 hours a week is generally a good thing. It will prepare you for the demands of parenthood (if you choose to go that route) and get your financial future well established.

These days I have a young family and still work those 60 hour weeks often and hustle every day. It does wear on your over time and definitely don't recommend doing it forever. I still enjoy it though and this site and creditcardGenius wouldn't be where they are today if I didn't do it.

You can still start up a good business here in Canada if you work hard and smart at it - but I agree that things seemed a lot easier looking back at the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Then again, I didn't live it, so I can't really say for sure.

November 15, 2017 @ 10:58 pm
Marie's picture

Well said ' Marpy.
There do seem to be way too many hurdles for small businesses to expand and provide security for employees.

Today, it seems that 'regular' people are punished for doing a hard days work - in and out of school - and thus becoming successful. Why is it that many who are 'unsuccessful' didn't work hard at school, didn't follow the rules, smoke, drink heavily, spend on tattoos and then ask why they don't have a secure lifestyle? And THEN seem to DEMAND that they should be treated equally!

We need more tough love, and more truth instead of being 'muzzled' by so called ' political correctness'!

Sorry for the rant, but I've been feeling this for a long time, and glad I could vent.

My advice for youngsters just out of Hugh school, College and university - who want to leave home: Find two or three friends who have the same dreams. SHARE an apartment! A 2 bedroom place can sleep four if you use twin beds! That will help you get starred. Then find a part time job ( nights, weekends if you have a 9-5 situation ). If you take a part time gig doing something very different from your usual job , you will not only earn a bit of extra money but meet people from a different demographic and for that your mind will thank you. In addition, while you are busy working the extra gigs, you won't have time to spend the hard earned money you obtain through 9-5 employment.
Don't imagine for a minute that you are entitled to ' everything' once you start work, you just do things bit by bit, and you learn, you love, you dislike, but you survive and you will be so much the better for it!
Good Luck!

November 15, 2017 @ 12:53 am

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