Do you love to create? There are many ways you can make money from selling art and crafts. In this post, you will discover 17 art business ideas to help you generate extra income.
17 Art Business Ideas to Help Supplement Your Income
Would you like to make some extra money doing something you love? Would you like to supplement your income while you’re waiting for your artwork to sell? It does not matter if you are a professional painter or do crafts as a hobby. There is money to be made from your talent.
Wealthy artists know that it is important to have various streams of income. They do not only rely on the sale of a painting or drawing to pay their bills. They have created other ways to earn income. The more income streams they have developed, the wealthier they are.
There is no better time than now if you are interested in selling artwork and crafts. It is easy for anyone to start an online shop. All you need is a computer, a camera and art or crafts to sell.
I want to talk about some different ways you can supplement your income if you already have a website that sells your paintings and or drawings. Being an independent artist does not mean all the income must come from original paintings. I want to help you grow your art business by expanding into other areas that relate to art.
17 Art Business Ideas
- Sell Prints
- Art Licensing
- Commissioned Work
- Greeting Cards
- Home Decor Painter
- Christmas Decorations
- Graphic Artist
- Website Designer
- Art Consultant
- Art Classes
- Video Art Tutorials
- Monetize Blog
- Monetize YouTube
- Use Other Mediums
- Design T-Shirts
Sell Prints – An easy way for you to start generating extra income is by selling prints of your originals. You will want to decide if you will be offering a limited edition or unlimited prints. Many artists generate a lot of revenue from a piece of art that has already been sold.
Commissioned Work – A good way to start earning some extra income is by offering commissioned work. Commissioned portraits and animals have always done well for artists. Think outside of the box. You could do commissioned work of homes, vacation places they have been, or even cars. The choices are endless.
Greeting Cards – People love greeting cards. You could sell prints of your original work on greeting cards or provide hand painted greeting cards.
Home Décor Painter – In the early 2000’s I did very well with custom hand painted signs. I offered over 200 sayings and over 50 color choices. Some artists supplement their income by painting on furniture or walls.
Christmas Decorations – There is so much you can do with Christmas decorations. I went to a craft show recently and saw an artist providing custom work on ornaments. Throughout the year spend a little time creating some Christmas decorations and start promoting them in early October.
Graphic Artist – There is work to be found as a graphic artist. You can find work for magazines, websites or even videos. eBooks are becoming very popular. You could design eBook covers.
Website Designer – The best websites have an artist’s touch. You could design the layout and colors for the site. If you are good with Photoshop, you could design logos or banners.
Art Consultant – Many people, do not purchase art because they do not know what they are looking or are afraid it will not go with their décor. You could help people or local businesses buy the perfect pieces for their vision.
Art Classes – Many artists provide art classes or one-on-one tutorials. You could do this once a week or once a month to help supplement your income when sales are slow.
Video Art Tutorials – Videos are big. YouTube is the second largest search engine just under Google. Facebook is now heavily promoting videos. You could start to provide art tutorials with videos.
eBooks – It is easy now for people to write and sell books. You can upload your book to Amazon or even sell them as a downloadable eBook from your website. Every year make a book of what you created for that year. Write a tutorial book. Write your journey of being an artist.
Monetize Blog – There are many ways you can monetize your blog. You can provide adds, banners, affiliate links, provide a service or even sell products. Your blog is a valuable space, take advantage of all the opportunities you have right in front of you.
Monetize YouTube – More people, are watching YouTube videos than television shows in America. The number of videos uploaded in one day would take you fifty years to watch. Videos are the new TV. Get on the wagon before you regret you didn’t.
YouTube allows you to monetize your videos. You can generate some revenue for creating videos that will also help you to build brand awareness. That is a win-win situation.
Use Other Mediums – Maybe you can try to use different mediums to attract a larger crowd. Or even paint or draw a different subject that you are not known for. Try something new and see how it flies.
Design T-shirts – I have met a few people that have done very well designing T-shirts. Today you can create and sell them on third-party websites. You will not make as much of profit, but you will not have to carry an inventory of goods.
Airbrushing – If you want to try something new, try airbrushing. I have always wanted to try that and someday I will. You always see airbrush artists do well at craft shows.
There are so many ways for you to generate an income from doing something you love. If your passion is to paint original paintings, but you need some extra revenue while you are waiting for sales, think of different ways you can generate revenue. What can you create that people would love to have in their home?
What do you do to supplement your income? Do you have any art business ideas you would like to share? I would love to add it to this list to help all the other artists.
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