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Rewarding and Profitable Avenues to Pursue as an Artist (Other Than Selling Original Art)!

The cliché of the struggling artist is an unfortunately well-established one. However, maybe it’s time to put that one to rest—after all, artists now have social media, the internet, and global reach to market their business and sell their work. Additionally, creatives have many more avenues to make a living beyond relying on occasional big-ticket sales.

In this article, we want to give you some ideas for how to put your unique creative skills and experience to good use, whether it be supplementing your income or simply having a rewarding experience.

Teach Art Online

Let’s start with a fun, out-of-the-box idea!

Many sites online allow professionals to share their talents—whether it be cooking, writing, painting, or digital illustration. You can each teach sculpting online if you want! Here are some sites that provide ways for you to spread your knowledge and market yourself. This is a great place to get started since you can opt for them to do marketing for your course for you. You don’t have to set up your own website—you can host your courses directly on the platform. Udemy pays you per student.

Skillshare: Another option very similar to Udemy in many ways is Skillshare. The main difference between the two is that Skillshare pays you per minute watched rather than paying you per student. Skillshare emphasizes creative skills, making it great for artists.

Teachable: Teachable gives you more control over pretty much everything. You get analytics to adjust your marketing efforts as well as access to your students' emails, unlike the above options. After a free trial, teachers will have to pay some sort of subscription. Teachable doesn’t do the marketing for you like the above options.

If you’re interested in teaching online, there are tons of options worth researching—it could be a great way to connect with a new generation or group of artists.

We’re biased, but writing an art blog can be rewarding and potentially a cash-earning way to use your creative knowledge. This could really be a whole post of its own—however, we’ll give you some ideas for art blogs:

● Blogs focusing on art history

● Blogs focusing on reviewing fine art products

● Blogs focusing on marketing and sales techniques for artists

● Blogs dedicated to reviewing current events in the art world

There are tons of ways to go about this. If you get into it, you can start to use affiliate marketing techniques, and if the writing is too much to keep up with, you can even hire other creative writers to help out.

Somewhat related side note: if you are really into writing, you can even write a short eBook about your practice or techniques and sell it on sites such as Amazon for some passive income.

Get Involved in Local Art Organizations

Many towns, cities, and online communities provide avenues for artists to network and help the local art scene. Why not give it a go? Here are some rewarding benefits of getting involved with local art organizations:

Networking: You can meet many other artists near you, which can lead to collaborations and potential sales.

Access to member-only events: Many organizations host weekly or monthly events that members can attend and sell their work at.

Promote your local art community: By participating in local organizations, you directly impact the creative community around you—helping the arts around you thrive can be immensely rewarding.

Learn new skills: Often, local organizations will have demonstrations by other artists, which can help broaden your artistic horizons. Additionally, you can even volunteer in positions such as marketing to help the organization while learning new skills along the way.

Sell Related Art Products

Lastly, as a creative person, you can utilize your skills by selling related merchandise. It might not be up everyone’s alley, but if it sounds good to you, we’ve got some ideas for websites to do this through:

Printify: This site works well with various website platforms for easy posting and has wholesale prices so your profit margin is very good.

Etsy: This famous website is a definite option! Use your skills to sell one-of-a-kind crafts in a global market.

Redbubble: Another option is Redbubble. You can sell a variety of merchandise with your custom work on it. The downside to Redbubble or other sites like it is that you cannot purchase products with your art on it at wholesale prices. So it is difficult to make a profit.

….and more. There are too many to include, each with its own benefits and drawbacks, but all worth looking into!


There are loads of ways to use your unique creative talents to make some extra cash and contribute to the art world around you. Have any ideas we missed? Let us know in the comments!


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