For some people, making money from selling their crafts is a way of life. They are the people who conduct a garage sale every month or set up online stores on eBay and Etsy. For the rest of us, a side hustle is a form of extra cash. We would rather be streaming Netflix or chilling with a crate of beer, but our take-home pay may not allow us to indulge. Therefore, a job on the side brings some extra cash to go on holiday or buy nice gifts for our partners.
If you are creative or artistic in some way, craft-related side hustles can be surprisingly lucrative, and the internet has made it incredibly easy to earn money on the side. Anyone can sell on eBay or set up an e-commerce store and start selling their wares. All you need is some talent and a generous sprinkling of entrepreneurial spirit. If you are stuck for ideas, but you could do with some extra money, check out the following ideas.
Woven Wall Art
Wall art is used to personalize a room. Paintings are popular and so are fine art prints, but hand-crafted wall art is becoming increasingly popular. There are dozens of sellers on Etsy marketing their woven wall hangings. If you have a talent for design, this is a great way to make some extra money. Small hand looms are cheap to buy and easy to use. All you need is some wool and an eye for color and design. Experiment with wool and create some funky designs. YouTube is a useful source of inspiration; there are a few YouTubers who specialize in tapestry-style weaving, so check out their channels and be inspired.
Pet owners are often keen to have their beloved cat or dog immortalized in a portrait. Photographs are great, but they are not as unique as a beautiful painting or drawing. If you have a talent for drawing, you should have no problem making a living as a pet portrait artist. Since pets don’t always make the best subjects, you can work from a photograph. Use your skills to create a lifelike image of the pet in any medium you choose. If the quality is good, word of mouth will ensure you have plenty of repeat commissions.
Photography Stock Photos
Photographers can earn extra money by uploading their work to stock photo websites. Each time someone downloads an image, the photographer earns a commission. It’s an easy way to make money from a hobby.
Custom Badges and Buttons
Custom buttons and badges are popular with kids, teenagers and adults. Create some cool designs and have a batch of custom buttons, badges and fridge magnets printed to sell on eBay or at yard sales. You could also design some custom buttons for local businesses to use in promotional campaigns – order them from custombuttons.com.
Can you knit? If so, start knitting socks, scarves and garments for friends and family. Market your products online and on eBay. You may also be able to find local stores willing to stock your garments if the quality is high.
Don’t let your artistic talents go to waste. Instead, use them to earn money!