Working as a creative is incredibly rewarding, but that doesn’t mean you’re always raking in the cash. It’s hard to get a freelance career started, especially if you’re fresh out of school or haven’t had your first client yet. But obviously you still need a cash flow.
Instead of picking up shifts at the local Starbucks that eats into your precious empire building time, these side hustles will help with your financial stability until you start killing it with your new company.
1) Selling Stock Photography
I have a background in photography so this was a natural side hustle for me. There are a couple of ways to sell your images, depending on what kind of photography you’d like to sell and your audience. If you’re a die hard photography fan, you can sell to sites like Adobe Stock or ShutterStock. When you’re selling a niche type of photography, like styled stock images, you can start your own Etsy store. If you’re looking to make a little cash off of the gorgeous pictures you’ve taken with your iPhone, you can upload them to Foap, an app that allows amateur iPhone photographers to sell images to stock buyers.
An easy way to make a little bit of cash is to answer surveys for money. The best place to do that is at Opinion Outpost. You can earn points that you can redeem for cash or gift vouchers to popular brands. Not only is it easy to sign up, but it’s also free. There are a lot of other survey companies out there, but be careful, there are some that can be pretty scammy.
3) Ride Sharing
This is an obvious one and has been around for a while, but if you want to get out of the house and maybe network a little bit and meet some new people, you can start driving for Lyft. There are obviously other ride sharing apps that you can work for, but Lyft is my favorite. The great part about being a pseudo taxi-driver is that you can make your own hours. This is incredibly beneficial for creative entrepreneur’s because obviously your hours are crazy anyway.
4) Task Rabbit
This one has also been around for a while, but Task Rabbit is a great place to put your basic skills to good use. Some tasks are more fun than others, obviously. But you can get paid to help someone hang pictures or put together furniture. Or if you have specific skills, you can sign up as a personal assistant. You set the amount you charge and can accept or deny jobs at your discretion.
5) Start A Blog
This is more of a long term side hustle, but it can be extremely lucrative. Use BlueHost to host your website and they will help you get all set up with a domain name, hosting, and whatever else you need. Use the blog to spread information about your brand or services, use affiliate links and display ads.
These are just a couple of side hustles that will help get you through a work slump in your creative business slump. Do what you gotta do to keep your dream alive.
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