65+ Best Online Side Hustles For Creatives In 2023.
 The Definitive List

Updated: 9th October 2023

Are you looking  to start a creative side hustle?
Then this ultimate guide is for you. 

In this article I'll outline the best online side hustles for creatives you can start exploring today, to get your visual storytelling journey off the ground. Including:

• Why side hustles for creatives are important
• The best new and emerging online creative niches
• Tips for launching your creative side hustle
• Lots more

So if you're ready to find the perfect creative side hustle for you, let's get started.

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1. What is a creative side hustle?

4. The best new and emerging online niches

2. Why are creative side hustles important?

5. Tips for launching a successful side hustle

3. The best online side hustles for creatives 

6. FAQ's

7. My experience with creative side hustles

8. Final Thoughts

1. What Is A Creative Side Hustle?

A creative online business is simply the practice of using creative skills to build a business around  services or products which can be sold to a global online audience.

Typical creative online businesses may include selling digital products, content creation such as writing or creating videos, illustration, graphic design or web design and development.

When I started building my freelance business, I didn’t have one particular direction in mind. I was interested in various routes of income that would be best suited to my skillset.

So I focussed on testing three main areas:

1. What could I already do?
I did an audit of the skills I already had and explored whether I could consolidate them to form the basis of a solid online business.

2. What would I like to develop?
Creating any online business takes time so I needed to choose areas of work that would sustain my interest in the long term.

3. What could I scale into a larger business over time?
It’s fair to say that not everything you try is going to work first time, so trying various ideas gave me valuable insight into what had the potential to grow into something substantial.

2. Why Are Creative Online Side Hustles Important?

First of all, lets have a brief look at the 5 major elements that make up any online side hustle:

  • Words - Advertising, Social Copy, Blogs, Digital Marketing, product descriptions
  • Pictures - Illustrations, Graphics, Photography
  • Code - Web design, games, Apps, Cloud Based Software
  • Video - Entertainment, Educational, Instructional, Factual, Virtual + Augmented Reality
  • Sound - Sound effects, Podcasts, Voice Overs, Music

These elements make up the building blocks of your content creation skills.

So Whether your main focus is to use your skills to create your own products and services, or promote the products and services of others, you will at some point need to engage with one or more of these fundamental elements and provide content around these areas. 

Why Creative Online Side Hustles Are Important

Diversifies your skills over time

Helps you meet your financial goals
• Offers flexibility and autonomy
Opens up networking and collaboration opportunities
Develops your entrepreneurial skills

These areas are important for you, if you are considering creating a side hustle. They  allow you to traverse the world of online content creation on your terms and build a skillset that's unique to you, forming the basis of your professional identity.

Can You Turn A Side Hustle Into A Creative Freelance Career?

I'm going to give you the short answer first:


When I started experimenting with side hustles, I wasn't particularly skilled in many areas.

But what I did know was that I wanted to create a work environment I could control, grow and evolve over time.

As a creative, the idea of specialising in one thing for the rest of my life didn't sit too comfortably, so I wanted the freedom of being able to move through different creative pursuits.

So how did I do this?

I simply started to explore more than one creative direction. At first I looked at low to no cost side hustles like illustration or social media management. Some things I enjoyed. Some not so much. 

Once I gained some traction, I was able to invest back into my side hustles.

First I bought a digital camera.

Then a better computer.

Then software.

Then I started learning about digital marketing and online courses.

And over time, I began to measure and assess the skills I was developing and most importantly, the areas I was having success in.

So I doubled down on those areas, improved my skills, made better contacts, used digital marketing strategies and slowly ground away at building my reputation for what I was offering. 

Hybrid freelance business

And gradually those creative side hustles began to give me a set of overlapping skills, so I could eventually consolidate them into what I like to call a 'hybrid freelance business.'

Sometimes known as a portfolio career.

"By developing multiple creative skills over time, you can potentially create a hybrid business that keeps you in demand for years to come."

The opportunities to create a freelance business today are a completely different ball game.

Sure there are the tried and tested creative routes like illustration, graphic design, film making and writing.

As long as we have the internet, these skills will always be needed.

But with the emergence of areas such as A.I and augmented reality, there has never been a better opportunity to explore the possibilities of new creative online side hustles.

We will get into some of these new exciting areas as well as looking at some of the tried and tested side hustle ideas.

Pro Tip:
You may not have a fully formed freelance plan when you start off, so test and grow your skillset with side hustles like a start up company. Measuring your performance and reacting to the results keeps you learning, growing and responding positively to forward momentum.

With all that said, let’s dive in to the very long list of side hustle ideas and you never know, one of them just might change your life. . . 

3. What Are The Best Online Side Hustles For Creatives In 2023?

I've tried to put together the most comprehensive list I can for you to search through. I've worked in many of these areas myself so I've added my thoughts or experiences where appropriate.

And for the ones I haven't worked in, I've done my best to research them and provide you with ideas on how best to use them for your own creative side hustle journey.

Please feel free to scroll through or click on any number in the table of contents below to take you straight to it :)

1. Photography

If you enjoy capturing and portraying the world through a lens, then photography is the obvious place to start as a creative side hustle.

Photography as a side hustle

If you are already a hobbyist and find yourself snapping pictures wherever you go,  then you are most like taking high-quality photos already, so making the leap to making money with photography is well within your reach.

There are multiple photography genres to consider, including portrait photography, landscape photography, event photography, product photography, and more. 

While I don't consider myself a professional photographer, I use photography all the time for various creative pursuits and freelance work, and being a massive movie fan, I naturally lean toward trying make my photographs as cinematic as I can. 

As photography is such a broad medium, it's important to find a niche and a process that aligns with your interests and skills.

"There are several photography trends to watch out for in 2023, including shooting real film, flash photography, and neon night photography."

Source: Mastin Labs

Some tips for getting into photography:

Develop your photography skills: Understanding basics like lighting, exposure, depth of field and composition are a great place to start. If you already have a digital or film camera, jump in and use those manual controls!

Make loads of mistakes (then learn from them): Not every picture you take is going to make the grade. And learning to be ok with this is part of the process.  But the best way to improve is to study and analyse your work. Always ask yourself 'how can I make this better next time?'

Take pictures every day: Develop a daily photography habit by using your smart phone as a photo sketchbook to explore ideas and themes. You can then dip into your camera roll for ideas later down the road.

Identify your niche: Determine what type of photography you want to specialize in, such as portrait, wedding, or landscape photography. This will help focus your efforts in creating a consistent narrative in your marketing efforts.

Invest in equipment over time: You don't need professional high end cameras to start. Your smartphone is more than capable of the job. Working with an app like Filmic Pro will give your pictures a high quality feel.

2. Graphic Design

Graphic design is one of the most in-demand freelance skills. 90% of the graphic design industry is made up of freelancers making it one of the best opportunities for creating a profitable side hustle as many small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs don’t have the budget for a full-time designer.

Working as a graphic designer

Graphic design covers a broad are that often encompasses logo design, marketing materials, website graphics, and more. 

I have found that Graphic design also develops useful skills like effective visual communication, attention to detail, creative problem solving, collaboration, and managing client expectations. 

Even if you don’t plan to become a full-time designer, the extra income and real-world experience is valuable. 

A great way to develop a freelance graphic design side hustle is to use lead generation platforms like SolidGigs who search for jobs to match your design skills.

Finding freelance Graphic Design Work with SolidGigs

A few ways you can put graphic design to use online:

  • Logo Design: Create unique logos for businesses or brands.
  • Branding and Identity Design: Develop visual identities, including brand guidelines and marketing materials.
  • Web Design: Offer website design services for individuals or small businesses.
  • Social Media Graphics: Design engaging graphics for social media platforms.
  • Packaging Design: Help businesses create eye-catching packaging designs for their products.
  • Infographic Design: Design informative and visually appealing infographics for social media managers.

    Like this infographic outlining tips for building a successful creative online business:

3. Illustration

My very first experience of a creative side hustle was illustration, creating editorial work for magazines, newspapers and websites.

It eventually became a substantial freelance career which opened up other avenues of income.

Illustration is the perfect medium for bridging art and design to create a unique distinctive visual language that can get you recognised.

This is me creating an art print inside Kittl, an online design platform with thousands of templates and graphics you can use to create your own designs:

let creative side hustles into your life

Kittl is perfect for designing your own illustrations, logos, poster designs and t-shirt designs.

Let Side Hustles into Your Life Tshirt design

Illustration also gives you the freedom to move between publishing, merchandise and more to bring client's concepts to fruition.

Here's some inspiration for using illustration as your side hustle:

  • Children's Book Illustration: Create illustrations for children's books or e-books.
  • Character Design: Design unique characters for games, animations, or branding.
  • Editorial Illustration: Provide illustrations for magazines, newspapers, or online publications.
  • Surface Pattern Design: Create patterns for textiles, wallpapers, or stationery.
  • Custom Portraits: Offer personalized portraits for individuals or families.
  • Art Prints and Merchandise: Sell your illustrations as art prints, stickers, or merchandise online.

4. Content Creation

A content creator is a professional who produces high-quality content for a range of digital channels, from social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube to blogs and websites.

Best Online Side Hustles For Creatives In 2023

Content creators deal in words, imagery, and videos, and their role is to create entertaining, educational, or captivating content that meets the interests and tackles the problems of a specific target audience.

They use various tools and software to produce images, animations, videos, graphics, articles, blog posts, memes, social media ads, and promotional copy. 

Content creation is perhaps the most hybrid side hustle of all.

Pro Tip:
You can now use AI tools to assist in speeding up and making content creation more efficient.

I am using perplexity.ai to optimise my content creation, so I can find statistics and factual data quickly for this blog:

Content optimisation with perplexity.ai

Which can then be turned into headline grabbing content like this:

"Short articles/posts and videos are the top two content types that B2C marketers used in the last 12+ months."

Source: Seige Media

Here are some typical areas of content creation:

  • Social media management
  • Blogging
  • Video production
  • Podcasting
  • Copywriting
  • Graphic design 
  • Online courses

Running a hybrid freelance business over the years has naturally required me to create content, most of the time for social media and specific platforms, to build brands and resonate with an engaged audience.

If your content can entertain, educate, inspire, and occasionally persuade that audience, then you will definitely be moving in the right direction.

Here's a few ideas for a content creation side hustle (Each one of these is a potential side hustle business in itself, which I have expanded on in this list.)

  • Blogging or Vlogging: Create and monetize a blog or YouTube channel based on your expertise or interests.
  • Podcasting: Start a podcast and generate income through sponsorships or advertisements.
  • Social Media Influencer: Build an online following and collaborate with brands for sponsored content.
  • E-book or Course Creation: Develop and sell digital educational products in your niche.
  • Sponsored Content Creation: Collaborate with brands to create sponsored content for their marketing campaigns.
  • Guest Writing or Freelance Writing: Write articles or blog posts for other websites or publications.

5. Print On Demand

Perhaps one of the most low risk side hustles is print-on-demand (POD) which allows you to sell customized products like t-shirts, mugs, and phone cases without needing to carry inventory.

You simply upload your designs, set your prices, and fulfill orders through a print-on-demand service. The vendor prints and ships the products for you as orders come in, handling logistics while you focus on design and marketing. 

As a creative, it's easy to leverage online platforms like Etsy, Redbubble, and Teespring for your POD.

You can start selling your designs with little upfront investment  and as you build your shop, you retain creative control and earn passive income from every order. 

"The global print-on-demand market is expected to reach $9.9 billion by 2027."

Source: Gitnux

A few ways to get started with Print On Demand:

  • Design and sell custom T-shirts, hoodies, or apparel with unique designs.
  • Create and sell custom printed accessories, such as phone cases, mugs, or tote bags.
  • Offer personalized print-on-demand products, like customized stationery or home decor.
  • Develop a niche-focused print-on-demand store targeting specific interests or hobbies.
  • Collaborate with influencers or artists to create limited edition merchandise.
  • Provide print-on-demand services for other businesses and individuals.

Here's me using Printful, my go to print on demand platform to upload my t-shirt design and create a product template:

And here's the finished design on a mock up, ready for me to share on social media and my print on demand shop:

6. Graphic Prop Design

As a graphic prop designer, you have the power to bring stories to life. You can design screen ready props for movies, design for theater productions, or even virtual reality experiences.

During my experience as an art director in the film industry, I designed what are known as 'hero props' that actors interact with. These are generally props that appear in close up or advance the plot of a film in some way.

So whether it's crafting intricate weapons, futuristic gadgets, maps, books or enchanting ephemeral artifacts, graphic props add visual depth and authenticity to storytelling.

A few of the props I designed and created for an independent film script:

Graphic props for film

If you're ready to let your imagination run wild and transport audiences to captivating worlds, then graphic prop design is the perfect side hustle.

Some additional ways to make money designing graphic props:

  • Design and sell digital graphic props for virtual events or online presentations.
  • Create and sell printable graphic prop templates for parties, weddings, or special occasions.
  • Offer custom graphic prop design services for businesses or event planners.
  • Develop and sell graphic prop design packages for social media or content creators.
  • Provide graphic prop design services for online marketing campaigns or advertisements.
  • Collaborate with photographers or videographers to create unique graphic props for shoots.

7. Lettering Artist

I don't think there is anything quite so beautiful as meticulously hand rendered lettering, whether that's physical or digital.

If your'e a master of the letterform, then as a lettering artist, you have the ability to turn words into art that decorates, entertains and sells.

As a lettering artists you can create typographic designs for logos, signage, or even personal projects, developing a distinct visual language and attention to detail.

Hand Lettering with digital tools

From elegant calligraphy to bold hand-drawn lettering or giant murals, your lettering creations have the power to inspire, evoke emotions and can be used to sell products and strengthen brands.

"The rise of digital tools and technology has allowed many artists to transition from pen and paper to stylus and screen, making lettering and calligraphy more accessible and easier to share online"

Source: Paper Like

So, whether you prefer pens, brushes, or digital tools, lettering is a fantastic way to visually communicate.

Some of the best ways you can work as a lettering artist:

  • Create and sell digital or printable lettering worksheets and practice guides.
  • Offer custom lettering services for branding, retail outlets, or personalized gifts.
  • Develop and sell lettering-inspired merchandise, such as art prints or stickers.
  • Provide lettering workshops or online classes for beginners or enthusiasts.
  • Collaborate with stationery or paper goods companies to create lettering-inspired products.
  • Offer lettering design services for book covers, packaging, or editorial projects.

8. Film Extra / Supporting Artist

I started working as a supporting artist around ten years ago and found myself working on the set of films and TV shows like Ready Player One, Bladerunner 2049 and The Crown amongst others.

Working as a film extra / supporting artist

The hours can be long, but the experience is amazing, especially if you are a film fan.

It's a great way to earn extra money, and if you're professional and reliable, then you'll find yourself getting invited back time and time again with potentially more diverse roles offered to you.

There are many agencies you can sign up with. I am signed up with Entertainment Partners where I have a profile of all my details so I can be matched to the right production:

Working as a film extra

My biggest challenge was networking; finding a central hub to share resources and experiences, so I think there is a great opportunity to turn supporting artist work into a side hustle:

  • Create a website or online portfolio showcasing your experience and skills as a film extra or supporting artist.
  • Offer coaching or consulting services for aspiring extras or artists seeking guidance in the industry.
  • Provide online workshops or courses on acting techniques, auditioning, or set etiquette.
  • Collaborate with filmmakers or content creators to offer personalized video shoutouts or appearances.
  • Offer behind-the-scenes content or exclusive access to your experiences as a film extra
  • Create an online community or forum for extras and supporting artists to network and share resources.

9. Writing

If writing is your creative outlet, there is world of opportunity online. As a writer, you have the opportunity to captivate readers and transport them to different worlds through storytelling.

Writing as a side hustle

Whether it's crafting compelling articles, engaging blog posts, or even writing novels, screenplays, e-commerce product descriptions or social media content, the internet needs words.

Lots of them. 

Even if you are considering another creative side hustle, developing your skills in writing will improve the way you communicate online and will allow you to rise above the competition as a persuasive and trusted force in your field of expertise.

Improve your writing in 6 easy steps:

1. Cultivate a healthy reading habit to improve your writing skills and knowledge on different topics.

2. Write every day. Even it's for five minutes. Just get it out on screen or paper. Train your writing muscles.

3. Develop your writing skills further by taking writing classes or workshops.

4. Build your portfolio by writing for online publications or creating your own blog.

5. Network with other content writers and professionals in the industry to gain insights and opportunities.

6. Apply for freelance or part-time projects to gain experience and build your reputation.

Ways to get started creating a writing side hustle:

  • Start a blog or website and monetise it through advertising, sponsored content, or affiliate marketing.
  • Offer freelance writing services for businesses, publications, or individuals.
  • Create and sell e-books or digital guides in your area of expertise or interest.
  • Provide content writing services for websites, blogs, or social media platforms.
  • Offer ghostwriting services for authors or individuals who need assistance with their writing projects.
  • Develop and sell writing courses or workshops to help aspiring writers improve their skills.

10. Photo Editing

I've lost track over the years how many photos I have had to edit for various projects, but learning how to edit photos properly, from resolution and color profiles, to file formats and bulk culling has been a vital skill to learn.

And with so many companies, content creators and and freelancers using photography in their businesses, there has never been a better time to create a side hustle as a photo editor.

Using an A.I platform like Aftershoot, helps you to automate and speed up a broad selection of photo editing decisions.

Aftershoot digital photo editing software

If you can offer attention to detail mixed with artistic vision, you'll definitely be able to play a vital role in enhancing and transforming images for visual storytelling that people with thank you for. 

A few ways to use photo editing as a side hustle:

  • Offer photo editing services for individuals, businesses, or photographers.
  • Develop and sell presets or filters for photo editing software.
  • Create and sell digital photo editing tutorials or courses.
  • Provide one-on-one photo editing coaching or mentoring sessions.
  • Offer specialized photo retouching  and compositing services, such as beauty retouching or product photo editing.
  • Collaborate with photographers or content creators to provide photo editing services as part of a package.

11. YouTube Graphics

Heard of Youtube? Of course you have!

And with more and more channels new being started by content creators each year, the opportunities to provide design assets for these channels are exploding.

As a Youtube graphics creator, you can provide a valuable and time saving service to creators by offering thumbnail designs, banners, graphics for video content, and engaging intros and outros.

Your designs can help to attract new subscribers and build a cohesive brand identity for creators. And if you can establish a strong collaborative partnership, then you could secure recurring work for years to come.

Ways to get started as a Youtube Graphics Creator:

  • Design and sell custom YouTube channel art, cover photos, or banners.
  • Create and sell video intros, lower thirds, or motion graphics for YouTube content creators.
  • Offer personalized YouTube thumbnail design services to help videos create a strong brand identity.
  • Provide YouTube channel branding and design consultations for content creators.
  • Develop and sell YouTube graphic templates or packs for video editing software.
  • Collaborate with YouTubers to create custom graphics and branding elements for their channels.

Platforms like Visme and Canva are perfect for creating Youtube graphics like this video thumbnail design:

Youtube thumbnail design using Canva

12. Blogging

If you're looking to become a trusted authority, then starting a blog is one of your your best options.

Having your own digital space like a website to share your own expertise, ideas and insights is crucial for supporting any side hustle.

But if you build a blog, you have the potential to become a globally recognised source of information and expertise, which will help you to create a brand that people truly resonate with. 

"Companies who blog get 97% more links to their websites, and 77% of internet users read blogs."

Ways to use a blog as a profitable side hustle:

  • Monetize your blog through advertising, sponsored content, or affiliate marketing.
  • Offer premium content or membership subscriptions for exclusive access to your expertise.
  • Create and sell digital products, such as e-books, guides, or templates.
  • Offer sponsored posts or collaborations with brands in your niche.
  • Provide guest posting services to other blogs or publications.

13. Visual design

Being a visual designer takes graphic design one step further into cohesive branding and storytelling across a range of designs within a project.

Visual Designer

Visual design is the perfect way to create an engaging experience across various mediums,  whether that's designing stunning graphics for websites, crafting engaging infographics, or even creating eye-catching packaging designs.

Get started in visual design with these ideas:

  • Create and sell custom logo designs or branding packages for businesses.
  • Offer graphic design services for marketing materials, such as brochures or flyers.
  • Develop and sell digital design assets, like icons, illustrations, or templates.
  • Provide UI/UX design services for websites or mobile applications.
  • Offer design consultations to help clients enhance their visual identity.
  • Collaborate with developers or agencies to provide design services as part of a larger project.

14. Virtual Assistant

If you have exceptional organisational and multitasking skills, then working as a virtual assistant could be perfect for you.

As a virtual assistant, you get provide invaluable support to busy professionals, entrepreneurs and creators who outsource various aspects of their workload. 

Virtual assistants are in high demand so this presents a great opportunity. From managing schedules and handling emails, to conducting research and coordinating projects, you become the go-to person who develops seamless operations.

In my experience, hiring a virtual assistant to help me with online course creation and management was a massive time saver, allowing me to focus on creating content.

"The global virtual assistant market size is expected to grow by USD 4.12 billion by 2025."

A few ways to build a Virtual Assistant creative side hustle:

  • Offer administrative support, such as email management, scheduling, or data entry.
  • Provide social media management services, including content creation and scheduling.
  • Offer customer support services, such as responding to inquiries or managing helpdesk systems.
  • Provide project management services to help clients stay organized and meet deadlines.
  • Offer online research services for market analysis, competitor research, or content creation.
  • Collaborate with entrepreneurs or small businesses as their dedicated virtual assistant.

15. Social Media Account Management 

Do you have your thumb on the pulse of what creates engaging online content? Perhaps you know how to tell an immersive story or bring a unique identity to a social media account, whether that's Instagram, Tik Tok or Twitter?

If you do, then social media account management could be just the job for you to help nurture a strong online presence for individuals and businesses.

Many businesses and content creators rely on social account managers to captivate audiences, drive engagement, increase visibility and foster a sense of customer loyalty. 

Social media account management platforms like Buffer give you complete control over building and engaging with your audience:

Buffer Social Media Account Management plATFORM

From developing strategic social media plans to curating compelling posts and interacting with followers, working as a social media account manager lets you become the voice behind the brand.

"Job postings for social media managers have spiked more than 1,000% in the last decade."

Source: Money

Ways to get started as a social media account manager:

  • Offer social media account management services for businesses or influencers.
  • Create and curate content for social media platforms to increase engagement and followers.
  • Manage online communities or groups to foster engagement and build a sense of community.
  • Offer social media strategy consultations to help clients optimize their online presence.
  • Provide analytics and reporting services to track the performance of social media accounts.
  • Collaborate with brands or influencers to run social media campaigns or collaborations.

16. Web Design and Site Management

I believe Web design and site management is one of the most crucial skillsets to master when building any creative side hustle. I

f you can master the basic fundamentals of web design and search engine optimisation, you'll have one of the most highly sought after set of skills as the internet continues to expand.

Web design and management

I've created a ton of websites over the years, mainly through trial and error but I learned that web design is one of those core skills that has greatly benefitted the projects I've worked on.

According to (LinkedIn) Web Design continues to be one of the top five in-demand freelance skills online.

Web designers typically create visually appealing and user-friendly websites that leaves a lasting impression.

From designing layouts and selecting color schemes to optimizing site performance and ensuring smooth functionality, web designers play a crucial role in delivering seamless online experiences. 

Those websites are then optimised with SEO to help with reach and visibility online.

Get your web design and management side hustle started with these ideas:

  • Create and sell custom website designs or templates for businesses or individuals.
  • Offer website development services using popular content management systems.
  • Provide website maintenance and updates, ensuring security and functionality.
  • Offer website optimization services to improve performance, speed, and user experience.
  • Provide website auditing and consulting services to help clients enhance their online presence.
  • Collaborate with SEO experts or marketing agencies to provide holistic web solutions.

17. Proofreading

Proofreaders are super valuable when it comes to online content or anything that requires the written word. Sometimes when you're in the weeds with a project, it's easy to find yourself coming down with a case of 'content blindness'.

Make money with proofreading

This is where proofreaders come in. They can stay much more focussed by being given specific tasks such as:

  • Reviewing documents for grammar, spelling, and style
  • Fact-checking dates and other statements for accuracy
  • Ensuring that written content is free of errors and mistakes
  • Revising content to improve accuracy and clarity
  • Using consistent styles to reword or rewrite content as needed

By offering proofreading services, you can help individuals and businesses present their ideas clearly and effectively. 

Use these ideas as a starting point for a proofreading side hustle:

  • Offer proofreading and editing services for written content, such as articles, essays, or blog posts.
  • Provide copyediting services for books, manuscripts, or marketing materials.
  • Offer academic proofreading services for students, researchers, or educators.
  • Provide localization or translation proofreading services for multilingual content.
  • Collaborate with writers or authors as their dedicated proofreader or editor.
  • Offer proofreading consultations or workshops to help clients improve their writing skills.

18. Starting A Youtube channel

With 1.9 billion users, Youtube remains the most popular social media platform and still the second largest search engine to Google. That's a massive potential audience to share your knowledge and expertise.

Create a Youtube channel

Although competitive, Youtube is still one of the best ways of reaching a global online audience and according to (Techjury) 66% of internet users consider video as the number 1 source of information.

This makes Youtube the perfect place to teach, inform, entertain and create a personal brand with a loyal following.

The path to monetisation has also got a lot easier as Youtube has allowed smaller creators with 500 subscribers to start earning ad revenue from the platform.

Some great ways to use Youtube as your side hustle:

  • Create and monetize your YouTube channel through advertising and sponsorships.
  • Offer branded content or product placements in your videos.
  • Provide video editing services for other YouTubers or businesses.
  • Offer YouTube channel management and growth strategies as a consultant.
  • Develop and sell merchandise related to your YouTube channel or brand.
  • Collaborate with other YouTubers for cross-promotion or joint content creation.

19. Online Course Creation

Being an art and design teacher for nearly 25 years has allowed me to take everything I know about curriculum design, lesson plans and schemes of work, and use that to create the most engaging and comprehensive online courses I can.

Creating online courses that transitions students to better skills and higher understanding of a subject is one of the most rewarding things as an online tutor.

And the best thing I learned is that you only need to be one step ahead in your knowledge to create truly valuable online courses that are genuinely useful and transformative.

If you have a burning desire to share your expertise with the world, whether that's your digital art skills or email marketing expertise, an online course is the perfect package to share it online.

Consider these ideas for online course creation:

  • Create and sell online courses in your area of expertise or interest.
  • Offer coaching or mentoring services through one-on-one or group sessions.
  • Provide workshop-style online courses with interactive elements and assignments.
  • Offer specialized courses for professional development or skills enhancement.
  • Collaborate with other experts to create joint online courses or bundles.
  • Provide ongoing support or membership access to course participants.

Using online course hosting platforms like Skillshare are a great places as a  beginner to start building your online courses.

Create online courses with Skillshare

20. Teaching On Livestreams

Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and as a creative freelancer, it's a business idea that has perfectly aligned with my skills and interests.

Teaching on livestreams

If online courses are a great way to share your knowledge, then teaching live online takes the experience to a whole new level. 

To me, witnessing students' "aha" moments is the best reminder of why this is such an effective way of delivering information.

Whether it's a group call or a one-to-one session, being live and present with a group of students offers the best authoritative experience you can create online, with knowledge sharing happening in real time, such as:

  • Q and A's
  • Quizzes
  • Live feedback
  • Guest contributions

Teaching live with streaming platforms like StreamYard or Zoom is a great way to connect with students. 

Teach live with Streamyard

A few ideas for you to get started teaching live:

  • Offer one-on-one coaching or tutoring sessions through video calls.
  • Provide live group workshops or webinars on specific topics or skills, or use as a lead magnet for introducing other products or services
  • Create a membership site where members can access exclusive live educational content.
  • Collaborate with other experts or influencers to create joint educational programs.

21. Visual Note Taking

Visual notes can be anything from doodles on post-it-notes to large scale murals and are a great way of visually articulating important information.

Visual Note Taking as a side hustle

Businesses and organisations use visual note takers to bring a different perspective to the way data is recorded and presented, which can have significant positive benefits further down the line.

Over the years I have created visual notes for various events, think tanks, charities and corporate meetings. These jobs have often led to further illustration work, refined from the original drawings.

If you like drawing, storytelling and scribbling words and pictures, then visual note taking is a perfect creative side hustle for you to get up and running.

Get visual note taking with some of these starting points:

  • Offer visual note-taking services for conferences, webinars, or online events.
  • Create and sell digital or printable visual note-taking templates.
  • Provide personalized visual note-taking sessions for individuals or businesses.
  • Develop and sell visual note-taking courses or workshops.
  • Collaborate with content creators or educators to create visual notes for their materials.
  • Offer visual note-taking services for online training programs or educational platforms.

22. Podcasting

According to (Market Splash) Podcast advertising revenue is expected to exceed $2 billion in 2023. By 2024, that ad revenue figure is set to hit the $4 billion mark.

This makes podcasting great for content monetisation. Another advantage of starting a podcast is that episodes are easy to consume. Audiences can easily listen while travelling, working, cooking or relaxing. 

All in one platforms like Podbean can help you record, host and monetise your podcast.

Podbean podcast hosting

If you like working in sound editing, then providing post production services for other podcasters is a great additional way to build a podcasting side hustle

Some additional ways to get started with podcasting as a side hustle:

  • Monetize your podcast through sponsorships, advertising, or listener donations.
  • Offer premium or exclusive content to subscribers or members.
  • Collaborate with brands or businesses for sponsored episodes or product placements.
  • Create merchandise related to your podcast and sell it online.
  • Offer podcast consulting services to help others launch and grow their own podcasts.

23. Membership Sites

Creating a membership site is a great way to monetize your knowledge and know how. By offering exclusive content in your expertise, resources, and a sense of community, you can provide real value to members while building a sustainable business model that grows over time.

Pro Tip:
Building a membership site is a great way to secure recurring revenue from member's monthly payments

Some of the content you can create around a membership include:

  1. Video
  2. Podcasts
  3. Printables
  4. Downloadable files
  5. Exclusive livestreams

 My go to membership platform is Uscreen which has site building, marketing, community and email marketing tools to help you build and grow your membership.

Start a membership site with Uscreen

Build a membership site with these ideas:

  • Create a membership site where members can access exclusive content, resources, or community.
  • Offer different membership tiers with varying levels of access and benefits.
  • Provide ongoing support, coaching, or mentorship to members.
  • Offer exclusive discounts, perks, or events for members.
  • Collaborate with other creators or experts to offer joint membership programs.
  • Create and sell digital products or courses exclusively for members.

24. Digital Marketing

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, being a digital marketer is like being the conductor of an orchestra, orchestrating strategies to captivate audiences and drive results.

Digital marketing

One of the most critical jobs of a digital marketer, besides building an audience, is to measure and understand that audience's needs. I like to think of digital marketing in three simple steps:

  1. Build: create campaigns and engaging material 
  2. Measure: analyse the audience data. Who is responding and what are they engaging with?
  3. Grow: Adjust and improve your products and services to suit the needs of audiences who are resonating with your marketing campaigns

Pro Tip:
Not only is digital marketing a highly sought after service for other businesses, it is essential to master digital marketing skills for any online side hustle you are considering creating yourself.

Here's a few ways you can incorporate digital marketing strategies into a side hustle:

  • Provide social media management and content creation services.
  • Develop and execute digital marketing strategies for clients and brands.
  • Offer SEO optimization services to improve website visibility and traffic.
  • Provide email marketing campaign management and optimization.
  • Collaborate with businesses to run influencer marketing campaigns or collaborations.

"Digital marketing is paramount to business success in the digital age, where the majority of consumers have access to smartphones and online channels"

Source: Indy

25. Animation

I first started out (pre internet!) in animation creating short branded stings for companies like Nickleodeon and Fox Kids, before creating my own animated stop-motion films on 16mm film for international animation festivals.

Nowadays, the opportunities to work in animation are so much broader. Here's a few:

  • Commercials
  • Film & TV
  • Gaming
  • Fashion
  • Retail and E-commerce
  • Web Design
  • Education
  • Infographics
  • Storytelling
  • Social Media
  • Branding

I love animation for the way it blends artistry, story and technology, with an endless opportunities to create interesting characters and worlds, connected through a visual language that resonates with an audience.

Mastering apps and software are an essential part of getting any animation side hustle off the ground. If you want to be an animator, it's worth taking the time to learn a popular program like Blender or Unity.

Create animation with Unity

Here's some ways to work with animation:

  • Create and sell animated videos or explainer videos for businesses or content creators.
  • Offer animation services for marketing campaigns or advertisements.
  • Develop and sell animated stock footage or motion graphics for video projects.
  • Provide animation consultation or training services to individuals or businesses.
  • Collaborate with game developers or filmmakers to create animations for their projects.
  • Create and sell animated characters or assets for use in various media.

26. Content Marketing

Content marketing is the heart and soul of digital communication, and engages audiences through consistent, targeted, strategic content creation.

It's a powerful tool for any businesses to establish their online presence, attract a their target audience, and drive business growth.

Why content marketing is important:

  1. Building brand awareness: By consistently creating and sharing high-quality content, businesses can increase their visibility and reach a wider audience.
  2. Generating leads: Content marketing allows businesses to attract and engage potential customers at different stages of the buyer's journey. 
  3. Establishing expertise and credibility:  When businesses consistently produce useful and informative content, they position themselves as industry leaders and experts. 
  4. Improving search engine visibility: Content marketing plays a crucial role in search engine optimization (SEO). 
  5. Enhancing customer engagement and loyalty:  By creating valuable and shareable content, businesses can encourage interaction, comments, and social sharing, fostering a sense of community and loyalty among customers.

Here's a few ways to get started with content marketing:

  • Provide content creation services, such as blog writing, social media posts, or video scripts.
  • Offer content optimization services to improve SEO and drive organic traffic.
  • Develop and sell educational resources or courses on content marketing.
  • Collaborate with businesses to create branded content or sponsored posts.

27. Drone Photography

Drone photography opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to capturing exciting and imaginative video footage or stills. I've been fascinated with drones for a long time, so this is next on my list of side hustles to build!

Most drones are small, light weight and compact, making them affordable, easy to travel with and set up at your filming destination.

It's an incredibly unique way to create film and photography and has many advantages, such as:

  1. Aerial Perspective: Drones allow photographers to capture images from elevated viewpoints, offering a fresh and captivating angle.  
  2. Accessibility:  Now, with relatively Affordable drones equipped with high-quality cameras allow photographers of various skill levels to capture stunning aerial imagery.
  3. Flexibility and Maneuverability: Drones offer photographers the flexibility to explore and capture images in places that were previously difficult or impossible to access. 
  4. Cinematic Potential: With the ability to shoot stabilized video and execute complex flight maneuvers, drones have expanded the cinematic possibilities and added a new level of professionalism to video production.
  5. Safety and Cost-Effectiveness: Drones provide a safer and more affordable alternative to traditional methods of aerial photography. 

Once you have recorded some flight time with a drone, consider these ways to offer your new drone skills as a side hustle:

  • Provide aerial photography and videography services for real estate listings or architectural projects.
  • Offer drone photography services for special events, such as weddings or sports competitions.
  • Create and sell stock footage or images captured with drones.
  • Collaborate with travel bloggers or influencers to capture stunning aerial visuals for their content.

28. Video Editing

For me, video editing is the ultimate visual storytelling medium. Being able to use raw footage and craft compelling stories is one of the most enjoyable creative processes there is. 

Video editing blends technical skills, creative vision and is one of the most sought after skills in content creation. 

For my film projects, I use video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro:

Video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

In 2023, digital video viewership is expected to reach 1 billion hours of content per day (Meltycone

That's a serious amount of opportunity right there to get started with video editing:

  • Offer professional video editing services for businesses, content creators, or filmmakers.
  • Create and sell video editing templates, presets, or effects.
  • Provide video post-production services, including color grading, audio enhancement, and visual effects.
  • Collaborate with videographers or filmmakers to offer comprehensive video production packages.
  • Offer video editing tutorials or courses for beginners or aspiring editors.
  • Develop and sell video editing software or plugins for popular editing platforms.

29. Digital Art

Being a digital artist gives you endless possibilities to explore your creative vision in the digital realm. 

I love the opportunities to seamlessly blend traditional art techniques with cutting-edge digital tools, which seem to open up new avenues everyday for creativity and self-expression.

Here's one of my finished digital illustrations using Procreate for Ipad and Adobe Photoshop:

Digital illustration with Adobe Photoshop

Digital art is everywhere and shows no signs of slowing down. Here's just a few areas you can create digital art in:

  • Billboards
  • Websites
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Digital devices
  • NFTs
  • A.I Image creation
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Music visuals
  • Contemporary art

Digital art creation is versatile too, with so many apps and software available, you can work on desktop, tablet and even your mobile phone. 

And I'm sure it won't be long before we see incredible digital worlds being created on Apple's newly announced Vision Pro mixed reality headset.

Join the ranks of digital artists and bring your side hustle to life with these ideas:

  • Creating digital illustrations for book covers, album artwork, or editorial publications.
  • Selling digital art prints or licenses for commercial use through online marketplaces.
  • Collaborating with brands and businesses to design custom digital artwork for their marketing materials.
  • Offering personalized digital portraits or character designs for individuals.
  • Creating concept art and visual assets for video games or animations.
  • Providing graphic design services for social media posts, banners, or website graphics.

30. Logo Design

Logo design is a business that combines a passion for aesthetics and branding.

As a logo designer, you get to distill the essence of a brand into a single iconic mark that communicates it's ethics and values.

Logo design creative side hustle

Crafting a logo that resonates with a company's personality and target audience is a great creative challenge and helps businesses to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

A well designed logo builds brand recognition, making it more likely for customers to choose and remain loyal to a particular brand. 

Pro Tip:
Use A.I logo designers like Brandmark to quickly design variations on a brand theme, then refine them later.

Logo design with Brandmark

There's a wealth of logo design opportunities out there. Here's a few of them:

  • Creating unique and memorable logos for startups and small businesses.
  • Offering logo redesign services to help established companies refresh their brand identity.
  • Designing brand logos for online influencers or content creators.
  • Collaborating with web designers to integrate logos seamlessly into website designs.
  • Designing logo variations for different applications, such as social media profiles or app icons.
  • Providing logo design packages that include brand guidelines and additional visual assets.

31. UI/UX design

UI/UX design is where art meets functionality, focussing on the appearance and visual function of apps.

A good user interface considers the user's journey and their needs and behaviours, from transitions, animations, and the placement of graphics.

If you are interested in the flow of information, easy logical navigation and the way people engage with digital products, then UI/UX design is perfect for you.

Here's how UI/UX design can be offered as a side business:

  • Designing intuitive and visually appealing user interfaces for websites or mobile apps.
  • Conducting user research and creating wireframes and prototypes to optimize user experience.
  • Collaborating with developers to implement UI/UX designs and ensure functionality.
  • Creating design systems and style guides to maintain visual consistency across digital products.
  • Offering UI/UX audits and recommendations to improve existing websites or apps.
  • Providing UI/UX consulting services to help businesses enhance their digital products.

32. Webcomic Artist

I used to be an obsessive comic book collector with Imagine Comics and Dark Horse Comics being amongst my favourites.  Frank Miller's Sin City and Mike Mignola's Hellboy to this day are some of my favourite books.

And they took up a lot of room!

Nowadays, webcomics are typically published on personal websites or social media platforms and can cover a wide range of topics, from humor and satire to drama and action.

So if you are into drawing, storytelling and dynamic design, then comics books are a great way to monetize your art.

Platforms like League of Comic Geeks are a great way to find your way in to the comic book community and start building an audience for your work

Web comic Artists

Some ideas to help you start with web comics as a side hustle:

  • Create and publish webcomics with regular updates to attract and engage an online audience.
  • Monetize webcomics through ad revenue, crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter & Indiegogo, or merchandise sales.
  • Collaborate with writers or scriptwriters to develop compelling storylines and characters.
  • Offer exclusive content or early access to webcomics as part of a subscription model.
  • Participate in online comic conventions and engaging with fans through social media platforms.
  • Adapt webcomics into printed collections or collaborating with publishers for physical releases.

33. Virtual Gallery Curator

One of my first jobs after leaving college was an assistant at a local art gallery in my home town, hanging and installing work for independent and upcoming artists. 

There was almost always a lot of boxes, wrapped packages and complicated hanging problems that needed to be solved.

Today, gallery curators can jump online and use online platforms to curate and showcase art collections.

With the rise of digital art and the increasing popularity of virtual exhibitions, virtual gallery curating has become a diverse creative side hustle for art professionals who like the idea of promoting other artists and support emerging talent.

Artplacer gives you a full set of tools, from a virtual room creator and virtual art fair planner to augmented reality to curate and promote art.

Artplacer Virtual exhibitions

How to use virtual gallery curation:

  • Offer virtual art consultations and personalized recommendations for art enthusiasts.
  • Organize virtual artist talks, workshops, or panel discussions to foster a sense of community.
  • Curate themed online art collections or galleries to cater to specific interests or trends.

34. Online Fashion Stylist

Online fashion stylists are professionals who provide personalized fashion advice, guidance, and styling services to clients through online platforms.

They leverage their expertise in fashion and style to help individuals or businesses curate outfits and create cohesive looks.

(I think I'm desperately in need of a fashion stylist some days, but lets just keep that between us for now!) 

Online fashion stylist

If you have an eye for current trends and a passion for fashion, then becoming an online fashion stylist is the thing for you. 

Get started as an online fashion stylist:

  • Provide virtual styling consultations and outfit recommendations for clients based on their preferences and body type.
  • Create personalized style guides and lookbooks for clients to reference and follow.
  • Collaborate with fashion brands or retailers to curate online collections or provide styling advice for their products.
  • Offer virtual wardrobe editing and organization services to help clients optimize their clothing choices.
  • Provide online personal shopping services and creating curated shopping lists for clients.
  • Conduct virtual fashion workshops or webinars to share styling tips and trends with a wider audience.

35. Self-Publishing

Self-publishing has exploded in recent years to become one of the most popular creative side hustles online for writers who want to take control of their own work and reach a wider audience.

Self publishing with ebooks, novels and journals

In my experience as a children's author and illustrator, most of the creative, marketing, financial and publishing control was almost always held by the publishing house. 

The best thing about self-publishing is that it allows writers and artists to retain creative control over their work, set their own prices, and earn a higher percentage of royalties than traditional publishing.

Publishing platforms like Amazon KDP has made it easier than ever to self-publish books, e-books, and audiobooks.

"$1.25 billion worth of self-published books is sold online each year."

Source: Words Rated

Self-publishing is also a great way to not only build a loyal readership, but the perfect channel to educate and provide resources for other writers too.

If you want to get into self-publishing, consider these ideas to get you started:

  • Create and sell online courses or instructional guides in your area of writing expertise.
  • Publish and sell print-on-demand books or journals through platforms like Blurb or Printify.
  • Create and sell digital comics or graphic novels on platforms like Gumroad or ComiXology.
  • Offer freelance ghostwriting or editing services for authors looking to self-publish their work.
  • Create a blog or website where you publish and monetize your own content through advertising or sponsored posts.

36. Selling Digital Templates

Selling digital templates online has become a popular creative side hustle for graphic designers and artists. It's the perfect model of 'design once, sell multiple times.'

Selling digital templates

With the increasing demand for digital products, designers can create and sell templates for a variety of products, including social media graphics, resumes, business cards, and more. 

These templates can be sold on online marketplaces, such as Etsy or Creative Market, and offer a steady income stream for designers and creators.

The most useful templates are high quality, actually solve a problem and are easy to use and customize. Picking a niche like 'productivity' is usually a good place to start.

Offering these kinds of digital templates will attract a wide range of customers who may potentially come back for more designs later on.

Here's a few digital template ideas to get you started:

  • Design and sell website templates or WordPress themes on platforms like ThemeForest or Creative Market.
  • Create and sell social media templates for platforms like Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.
  • Develop and sell presentation templates for PowerPoint or Google Slides.
  • Design and sell printable templates for planners, calendars, or organizational tools.
  • Create and sell graphic design templates for brochures, flyers, or business cards.
  • Offer custom template design services for clients looking for personalized digital templates.

37. Vlogging & Videography

If you are passionate about creating visual story based content, then vlogging and videography is the perfect medium for you.

Whether you create videos on your smartphone or a custom camera, creating videos for a global audience allows you to share your unique style, voice and experiences. 

Video is the perfect storytelling medium and suitable for just about any subject you may wish to explore. 

Here's a few popular subject areas often explored with videography and vlogging:

  • Beauty 
  • Gaming
  • Films and popular culture
  • Making music
  • Travel 
  • Technology 
  • Health and fitness 
  • Cooking 
  • DIY
  • Lifestyle 
  • Creative hobbies 
  • Corporate video

Vlogging works for just about any subject. As long as you are passionate and willing to be consistent, you can create a channel that can eventually be monetised.

YouTubers typically share their opinions on products and trends, mixed with their experiences, and the top vloggers make between $14 and $22 million dollars a year in brand and sponsorship deals. 

"Almost 93% of global internet users consume digital video weekly, and 50% of US internet users watch online videos daily"

Source: PrNewswire

There are plenty of ways to monetize video online. Here's just a few ways to consider:

  • Create and monetize a YouTube channel by producing and sharing engaging video content.
  • Use ad revenue programs to montetize videos with ads.
  • Connect with brands who may pay you to feature their products or services in your videos, through product placement and sponsored content
  • Sell merchandise related to your brand or channel, such as t-shirts, hats, or other products that your viewers would be interested in purchasing.
  •  Use crowdfunding platforms like Patreon or to receive donations from your viewers in exchange for exclusive content or perks.
  • Offer videography or editing services to clients outside of your own channel. This can include creating promotional videos for businesses or filming events.
  • Sell your footage to stock video websites like Shutterstock or iStock, where it can be licensed and used by other creators and businesses.

38. Motion Graphics Artist

Motion graphics design involves the creative juxtaposition of animated graphics, typography, and other visual elements that can be used in various media, including videos, animated infographics, commercials, and websites.

As a motion graphics artist, you can create unique and engaging visuals that grab the viewers attention and help communicate complex ideas or tell compelling stories.

Or even create eye popping visuals that enhance videos, presentations, and digital experiences. With 91% of businesses online using video as a marketing tool, there has never been a greater time to make video engaging and compelling through motion graphics.

Platforms like Filmora will help you get there with high end video editing and design tools for motion graphics.

Filmora motion Graphics

Build your motion graphics side hustle with these ideas:

  • Create and sell pre-made motion graphics templates on marketplaces like VideoHive or Motion Array.
  • Offer custom motion graphics design services for businesses or individuals looking for unique visual effects in their videos.
  • Create motion graphics elements for social media platforms like Instagram or TikTok to help brands enhance their online presence.
  • Develop and sell motion graphics packs or bundles targeting specific industries or niches.
  • Collaborate with video editors or filmmakers to provide motion graphics for their projects on a freelance basis.

39. Visual Effects Artist

Visual effects (VFX) is one of those exciting and creative side hustles that involves using digital technology to create stunning and fantastical or realistic effects in various forms of media, including movies, television shows, and video games.

As a VFX artist, you can use your skills and creativity to create visual effects that transform ordinary footage into extraordinary and immersive experiences.

You can work on a variety of projects, including blockbuster movies, indie films, and video game cinematics. 

Wherever visual effects take you though, you'll either be creating incredible fantasy worlds, or embellishing existing ones.

My go to visual effects tool is Adobe After Effects as it integrates perfectly into the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, making for a smooth, seamless workflow between other Adobe platforms.

Adobe After Effects for visual effects

With the increasing demand for high quality visual effects in the entertainment industry, VFX has become a highly sought after skill.

Pro Tip:
Many visual effects artists usually start off by creating their own showreels or visual effects centred short films, to gain industry attention and get their foot in the door. 

Here's some opportunities for working with visual effects as a side hustle:

  • Provide visual effects services for film, television, or online video productions.
  • Create and sell visual effects assets or plugins for popular software like Adobe After Effects or Nuke.
  • Offer visual effects consulting or training services to help businesses or individuals enhance their own projects.
  • Collaborate with animators or filmmakers to integrate visual effects seamlessly into their work.
  • Create and monetize a blog or website where you share tutorials, tips, and behind-the-scenes insights into your visual effects projects.
  • Develop and sell visual effects presets or templates for software like Blender or Cinema 4D.

40. Interior Design Consultant

If you have a keen eye for aesthetics and a passion for transforming spaces, you can delve into the realm of interior design to help clients revamp their living rooms and work spaces that enhance enjoyment and productivity.

Your role as an interior design consultant allows you to seamlessly blend colors, textures, and furniture pieces which can transforming ordinary spaces that not only look good, they function better too.

I'm going to be honest here and say I don't have extensive experience in interior design.

My workspace can often look like a bookshop in an earthquake at the best of times. But after a little research, I managed to compile a list of ways you could put interior design to use:

  • Offer virtual interior design consultations
  • Personalized design advice for homes or offices.
  • Create and sell e-books on styling tips, or home staging.
  • Provide 3D renderings or visualizations of interior design concepts for clients.
  • Collaborate with home decor brands or furniture companies to offer design consulting services as part of their product offerings.

41. Event Photography

Event photography gets straight to the heart of capturing important moments and emotions during various events, such as weddings, birthdays, corporate gatherings or comic conventions.

As an event photographer, your task is to document these occasions and freeze genuine expressions and interactions through your camera lens.

You'll navigate the event's dynamics, seeking opportunities to capture the essence of the event in a visually appealing manner.

Pro Tip:
Event photographers often focus on human centred visual storytelling; they will look for people in action and wait to capture that perfect moment.

Afterward, you'll apply post-processing techniques to enhance the colors and details, creating a visual narrative that tells the story of the event.

To get started, you will typically create a portfolio and build your reputation online so that you can attract clients who appreciate your ability to capture significant moments in your signature visual voice.

If you have photography in your skillset, then taking pictures at events will allow you to preserve memories and leave a lasting impact through telling photographic stories .

A few starting points to turn event photography into your creative side hustle: 

  • Offer event photography services for weddings, parties, conferences, or corporate events.
  • Create and sell niche and event related stock event photography images on platforms like Shutterstock or Getty Images.
  • Collaborate with event planners or venues to offer photography packages as part of their services.
  • Create and monetize a blog where you showcase your photography and offer tips on capturing memorable moments.

42. App Development

The chances are you used an app today to help with some task or other.

If you're anything like me, you probably use between 10-20 apps per day and I know that using a really well designed app can bring a genuinely positive experience to my workflow and leisure time.

They're part of our everyday life now, which makes app development an excellent side hustle to get into. 

App development utilizes technical skills and creativity to design and build mobile apps that cater to specific users needs.

As an app developer, you'll use one or more programming languages to bring ideas to life, crafting intuitive user interfaces, designed to function seamlessly.

And with Apple unveiling it's new Vision Pro headset for a new era of mainstream augmented reality, the opportunities are set to expand even further into the exciting world of spatial computing.

One of the most popular platforms for app development is Apple's Xcode:

App development with Xcode

App developers also pay attention to detail, analysing user requirements, develop wireframes, and iterate with designs to create a polished and user-friendly app. 

Here's how you can step into app development:

  • Create and sell mobile apps or games on platforms like the App Store or Google Play.
  • Offer custom app development services for businesses or individuals with specific app ideas.
  • Develop and sell app templates or frameworks for developers to use as a starting point for their own projects.
  • Collaborate with businesses to create branded or customized apps to enhance their online presence or streamline their operations.
  • Create and monetize a blog or YouTube channel where you share app development tutorials, tips, and industry insights.
  • Provide app consulting services to help businesses optimize their existing apps or improve user experience.

43. Music Production

Online music production is a great creative side hustle that allows individuals to create and produce music more or less anywhere you like with a laptop.

whether you're creating music for video, film, vlogs, online presentations, or creating music as a recording artist, the opportunities are rapidly expanding.

I personally create my own music for video production, which allows me to get those  perfect synchronicities and connections between sound and image. 

8 reasons music production can be a great side hustle

  1. Low start-up costs: With the availability of free or low-cost software and equipment, the barrier to entry for online music production is relatively low.
  2. Creative outlet: Provides a creative outlet for individuals to express themselves and explore their artistic abilities.
  3. Marketable skills: Online music production skills are in high demand, making it a great way to earn extra income.
  4. Remote work: Can be created from anywhere with an internet connection, making it a great option for those who want to work remotely.
  5. Collaborative opportunities: Lots of collaboration opportunities with other artists and producers from around the world.
  6. Passive income: Royalty-free music that can generate income over time.
  7. Variety of genres: Produce music in a variety of genres and expand creative capabilities.
  8. Personal fulfilment: Provides a sense of personal fulfilment and satisfaction as individuals create and share their music with others.

For music production I use orchestral sample libraries from Spitfire Audio. 

Music production with Spitfire Audio

Here's my music production setup. I'm using Apple Logic Pro X which couples really well with Spitfire Audio's sample libraries.

Music production work setup

Here's a few more ideas for music production side hustles:

  • Create and sell beats, instrumentals, or full songs online through platforms like SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or BeatStars.
  • Offer music production services, such as mixing, mastering, or audio editing, to other musicians or content creators.
  • Create music for stock music libraries like Epidemic Sound and Premium Beat.
  • Provide custom music composition services for independent filmmakers, film students, Youtubers, game developers, or advertising agencies.
  • Offer remote music production lessons or workshops for aspiring producers.
  • Collaborate with singers, rappers, or other musicians to create and release collaborative music projects.

44. Virtual Tour Creator

A virtual tour creator is creates digital simulations of physical locations using a sequence of videos and images.

Virtual Tour Creator

Virtual tour creators use specialized software and omni-directional cameras to create a 360-degree visualization of various destinations for a whole range of clients that might include:

  • Real Estate 
  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Museums
  • Theme parks and other entertainment complexes
  • College and University resources

Virtual tours often give the users full control over what they want to see, and they can include multimedia elements such as floor plans, music, and sound effects to create a realistic representation of the location being shown in the tour.

Here's a few ideas for creating a virtual tour side hustle:

  • Create and sell virtual tours for real estate agencies, hotels, or tourist attractions.
  • Collaborate with travel agencies or destination marketing organizations to create immersive virtual tours of popular travel destinations.
  • Provide virtual tour consulting services to help businesses optimize their virtual tour experiences.

45. Clothing Reseller

Being an online clothes reseller involves sourcing, curating, and selling clothing items through various online platforms such as Etsy, eBay, and Amazon.

As a side hustle, it can provide you with a great opportunity to turn your passion for fashion into a profitable business venture.

Vinted an online marketplace dedicated to reselling clothes, which has 0% selling fees, giving you a low start up cost.

Reselling clothes online with Vinted

The process involves finding affordable clothing items, styling them, and marketing them to potential customers.

With the right strategies and techniques, online clothes selling can be a lucrative and fulfilling side hustle that can also promote sustainability and mindful consumption.

Get in to clothes reselling with these side hustle tips:

  • Create your own online store or use 3rd party marketplaces where you curate and sell vintage or pre-owned clothing.
  • Offer personal styling or wardrobe consulting services to customers who shop from your collection.
  • Collaborate with fashion brands or designers to feature and sell their products through your online store.
  • Develop and monetize a fashion-focused blog or YouTube channel where you share styling tips, outfit inspiration, and fashion trends.
  • Use social media platforms like Instagram or Depop to showcase and sell your clothing inventory.
  • Provide customized clothing alteration or tailoring services for customers who purchase from your store.

46. Photobook Creation

Believe it or not in our digital age, there is a high demand for personalized photo books as high street printing resources become less and less accessible.

People still love to hold tangible, physical things and photo books are tactile objects that allow people to relive memories and stay connected to those moments in time.

They're also a way of organising and presenting important information for individuals, gift givers, designers, photographers and businesses amongst others.

The process in three easy steps:

1. Select and edit photos

2. choose a layout and design the pages

3. Get the book printed and bound.

There are numerous platforms online where you can create your photobooks, like Mixbook which ship worldwide and offer competitive pricing.

Create photobooks with Mixbook

Pro Tip:
Creating a sample photobook in a popular niche like pets or outdoors is a great way to showcase your skills and build a specific audience for your product.

Here's some ideas to get the best out of designing photobooks:

  • Create and sell personalized photobooks on marketplaces like Etsy for special occasions like weddings, graduations, or family events.
  • Offer photobook design services for individuals or businesses looking to create professional photo albums.
  • Collaborate with photographers to offer bundled packages that include both photography services and photobook creation.
  • Develop and sell photobook templates for customers to create their own photobooks.
  • Provide photo editing or retouching services to enhance the quality of the images used in photobooks.

47. Event VJ

As an event VJ (Video Jockey), you get to create and mix visual content live during events, concerts, and performances.

Using projection mapping, video loops, and real-time effects, VJ's enhance the visual experience and synchronize it with the music or performance.

For a few years I worked as a VJ at The Big Chill festival in the UK providing visuals for artists like Jon Hopkins, Roisin Murphy and The Mighty Boosh.

I spent a few months ahead of the festival creating visuals which I would then mix live to the music.

It's a wonderful collaborative process between artists,  DJs, musicians and performers, with the end result being an immersive and captivating public audiovisual experience.

Learning software like Resolume and Touchdesigner will introduce you to creating pre-visualised installations, live mixing, real time 3D compositing, 360 degree film making and projection mapping.

Vj and live visuals with Resolume

Pro Tip:
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is being tipped to go mainstream in the next few years, bringing new audiences and new opportunities for creating visuals for live events, experiences and online gaming. 

Here's how you can get up and running as an event VJ:

  • Offer virtual event VJ services, providing visual content and live mixing for online concerts, festivals, or corporate events.
  • Create and sell VJ loops, visuals, or video packs through online marketplaces or your own website.
  • Collaborate with musicians, DJs, or event organizers to enhance their live performances with synchronized visuals.
  • Develop and monetize a YouTube channel or social media presence where you share VJ tutorials, techniques, and showcase your work.
  • Provide VJ training or workshops for aspiring visual artists and performers.
  • Offer custom VJ services for specific events or venues, tailoring visuals to match the theme and atmosphere.

48. Book Cover Designer

Book cover design is the process of creating an attractive and eye-catching cover which is potentially the first experience a reader has of the book.

Designers use their skills in composition, color, typography, photography, pattern design or visual storytelling to hint at what's inside the pages.

A well designed cover usually conveys some of the essence of the book, introducing the tone and the genre and entice readers to read it.

Book cover browsing is a guilty pleasure of mine, but it's great for finding sources of inspiration!

And just in case you thought books weren't as popular as they used to be:

"The global book printing market is anticipated to reach values of around $49 billion by 2024."

That's a lot of books that need a lot of covers!

So who may be in need of a well designed book cover?

  • Authors
  • Illustrators
  • Self publishers
  • Charities,
  • Businesses owners
  • Events Organisers
  • Digital Marketers 

Book cover types fall mainly into two categories - printed and digital.

From that comes two categories: traditional publishing and self publishing.

Different types of books needing well designed covers

Traditionally published:

• Novels
• Biographies
• Cookbooks
• Children's Books
• Informational books
• Gift Books

Self published:

• How To Books
• Ebooks
• Journals
• Notebooks
• Electronic Books
• Online Graphic Novels

Use these ideas to get started with book cover design:

  • Create a website or online portfolio to showcase your book cover design work and attract potential clients.
  • Offer book cover design services on freelance platforms or design marketplaces.
  • Collaborate with self-published authors, indie publishers or digital marketers to design book covers for their publications and ebooks.
  • Create pre-made book cover designs and sell them on platforms like Etsy or your own website.
  • Provide additional design services, such as formatting or typesetting, to offer a complete package for authors.
  • Develop a strong presence on social media platforms to showcase your book cover designs and attract a following of authors and publishers.

4. The Best New, popular And Emerging Online Niches For Creative Side Hustles 

Many of the niches on this list have been around for a while now, although some have naturally evolved due to the changes in markets and trends.

But new opportunities for creative online business ideas are emerging all the time, especially within areas such as:

  • AI
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Spatial Computing
  • Coding and Programming

So let's have a look at some of these ideas ( I've also invented a few myself, based on some of the areas above, you're welcome!) and explore ways in which you could use them for creative side hustles. 

49. AI Prompt Engineer

With the explosive release of A.I writing and image making tools in 2023, prompt engineering has quickly become an essential skill for marketers, creatives and content creators looking to accelerate and enhance their content.

An A.I prompt engineer creates instructions based on various components which guide A.I tools toward achieving a desired outcome, whether that's text, art, video or sound.

"Prompt engineering is a crucial skill for marketers, advertisers, content creators, and anyone who wants to use generative AI to improve marketing campaigns and create engaging content."

Source: CMSWire

Here's a prompt I used to create this image in the AI image generation Lexica:

"Abstract 1998 european blond hiphop graphic designer using a computer by sachin teng x supreme, attractive, stylish, designer, green, asymmetrical, geometric shapes, graffiti, street art"

How to get the best out of A.I prompt engineering:

  • Provide AI prompt engineering services to help businesses or individuals generate content ideas such as artwork or marketing copy.
  • Develop and sell AI prompt generator tools or software.
  • Offer AI prompt consultation to guide clients in utilizing AI technology effectively.
  • Create and sell AI-generated content, such as blog posts or social media captions.
  • Collaborate with developers or businesses to integrate AI prompt technology into their platforms.
  • Provide training or workshops on AI prompt engineering and its applications.

Prompt marketplaces are some of the best places online to sell your prompts:

Sell your A.I prompts in a prompt marketplace

50. AI DJ

Djing has been around for a long time and often been the catalyst for popularising new genres of music.

AI Djing however, is brand new and is quickly reimagining the DJ scene, bringing generative and predictive technologies into the mix.

An AI DJ works with artificial intelligence to analyze music and predict which tracks will work well together, streamlining their music production process. 

AI DJs may also use artificial intelligence during live performances to generate interesting or unconventional musical transitions, loops or samples.

Event DJ

The rise of AI technology is transforming many industries, including DJing, especially with the launch of Spotify's new AI DJ feature that assists in making even more accurate personlized playlists.

"AI can enhance various aspects of DJing, from beatmatching and mixing to music production and recommendation systems."

In addition to using AI to streamline the music production process, here's a few ways to get an AI DJ side hustle off the ground:

  • Offer virtual DJ services for online events, live streams, or virtual parties.
  • Create and sell DJ mixes or remixes through platforms like Mixcloud or SoundCloud.
  • Collaborate with event planners or wedding coordinators to provide DJ services for in-person or hybrid events.
  • Develop and sell DJ sample packs or sound effects for other DJs or music producers.
  • Create and monetize a podcast or radio show where you showcase your DJ mixes and feature guest mixes from other DJs.
  • Provide DJ equipment rental or setup services for clients who want to host their own events.

51. Sound Designer for ASMR

A sound designer for ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) creates audio content that triggers a relaxing and pleasurable sensation in listeners, often associated with de-stressing and a greater sense of wellbeing.

ASMR is a phenomenon growing in popularity, where a sound designer will use a variety of techniques and equipment to create tracks that include whispering, tapping, scratching and crinkling.

Sound designers for ASMR may also collaborate with video producers to add sound effects to ASMR videos which can be used as a sleep aid.

"ASMR is one of the most popular searches on YouTube, with relaxation videos increasing by 70%."

Source: Izea

Here's a few ways to get started with ASMR:

  • Create and sell high-quality ASMR sound packs and audio recordings for relaxation and sleep.
  • Provide customized ASMR soundscapes for meditation and mindfulness apps.
  • Collaborate with ASMR content creators to create unique sound experiences for their videos.
  • Offer ASMR sound design consultations and workshops for individuals or businesses.
  • Provide sound design services for ASMR-themed video games or virtual reality experiences.

52. Augmented Reality (AR) Makeup Designer

With augmented reality, the possibilities for placing digital layers of information over the real world are becoming endless. 

Augmented reality Make Up Design

With companies like and Sephora trialling it's new 'try-on-technology', AR is now being seen as a valuable experience for makeup consumers. 

The Makeup Virtual Try On from ModiFace uses a virtual mirror to digitally test cosmetics:

The potential for merging AR technology and make up is gathering a lot of attention, with 3D makeup artists creating individual and unique experiences which bring an immediacy to users who wish to experiment with various looks.

If you like working and experimenting with makeup, then using AR to collaborate with brands, retailers and creatives to may be what you're looking for.

Try on these AR makeup ideas:

  • Create and sell augmented reality makeup filters or effects for popular social media platforms.
  • Offer virtual makeup consultations and tutorials through video conferencing.
  • Collaborate with beauty brands to create AR makeup experiences for their apps or websites.
  • Provide AR makeup services for virtual events or online photo shoots.
  • Offer AR makeup training and certification programs for aspiring makeup artists.

53. Crypto Artist (NFTs)

Crypto art is a digital art form that utilizes blockchain technology for ownership verification and monetization, meaning digital art can be traded, collected and used as a form of currency.

In 2022 when NFTs (non-fungible tokens) peaked in popularity, I created and sold around 150 NFTs to other artists and various collectors, using popular marketplaces including Opensea, Known Origin and Nifty Gateway.

NFTs are a great way for digital artists to make money as many collectors who admire your work will collect NFTs as an investment.

Additionally, if you're NFTs are part of a collection, you increase your chances of collectors coming back to buy more.

Pro Tip:
Social media marketing is essential for creating an audience for NFTs. Twitter is a popular place for sharing and discovering new artists and their work.

"The NFT market will be worth $80 billion by 2025."

Here's one of my NFTs that was created with a mix of digital illustration and collage:

NFT design

How to get ahead with NFTs:

  • Create and sell digital artwork, video or music as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on blockchain platforms like Foundation
  • Collaborate with blockchain-based virtual worlds to create and sell virtual art galleries or exhibitions.
  • Offer custom crypto art commissions for individuals or businesses.
  • Study crypto currency and NFT trends
  • Network as much as you can by using social media to connect with other artists and keep up to date with the latest developments

54. Data Visualization Design

Data visualization designers transform complex data into visually engaging and easy-to-understand graphics.

Data visualization

When raw data is presented in visual form like charts, graphs, maps, infographics, and interactive visualizations, it makes it so much easier for others to understand complex information.

If you like data, statistics and finding visual arrangements for information, then working as a data visualisation designer could be just the thing for you.

How to make money with data visualisation:

  • Create and sell visually stunning data visualizations for businesses and organizations.
  • Offer data visualization consulting services to help clients effectively communicate their data.
  • Develop and sell data visualization templates for other designers.
  • Provide data storytelling workshops and training for individuals or teams.
  • Collaborate with journalists, bloggers or researchers to create compelling data visualizations for their projects.
  • Offer data visualization services for virtual conferences or online presentations.

55. Augmented Reality (AR) Street Artist

Augmented reality street art merges the physical and digital worlds, probably in the coolest way ever.

Using AR technology, it's possible to create interactive artworks that can be experienced through smartphones or AR headsets, offering a personalised experience.

"The era of spatial computing is here. Where digital content blends seamlessly with your physical space. So you can do the things you love in ways never before possible."

Source: Apple

AR allows you to bring graphic art to public spaces in immersive ways, captivating audiences with virtual elements integrated into the real environment.

According to Exploding Topics, the total revenue from the AR & VR space is set to increase by around 2x by 2027, reaching $52.05 billion.

So now really is a great time to investigate the potential of AR as a potentially profitable side hustle.

Use these ideas to get you started with AR street art:

  • Create and sell AR street art filters or experiences for mobile AR platforms.
  • Offer AR street art installations for virtual events or online exhibitions.
  • Collaborate with brands or organizations to create interactive AR street art campaigns.
  • Provide AR street art workshops or classes for individuals or groups.
  • Develop and sell AR street art software tools or applications for other artists.
  • Offer AR street art consulting services for urban planning or public art projects.

56. Virtual Set Design

Virtual set design is a technique that's predominantly used in the film industry to create digital environments that can be used in place of physical sets. 

This technique involves using computer-generated imagery (CGI) to create realistic backgrounds, landscapes, even entire cities and creative environments that would be impossible to build in real life.

It is also used to save time and money by allowing filmmakers to shoot scenes in a controlled environment without the need for extensive set construction.

"Virtual production can bring real-time computer-generated graphics and visual effects directly into the production process, enabling everyone on set to see and interact with them."

Source: Deloitte

As a huge movie fan, I find this technique fascinating as it really does unlock doors for production designers and pre-production teams to find faster creative solutions.

You can develop virtual set designs in these areas:

  • For film students creating independent films or short films.
  • Music videos or live performances.
  • commercials or advertisements.
  • Video games or other interactive media..
  • Theme parks or other attractions.
  • Fashion shows

57. Internet of Things (IoT) Installation Artist

An Internet of Things (IoT) Installation Artist creates interactive installations that use IoT devices to connect the physical and digital worlds. 

These installations can take many forms, from interactive sculptures to immersive environments, and are designed to respond to the viewers presence, movement or even thoughts.

IoT Installation Artists use a variety of technologies, including sensors, microcontrollers, and wireless networks, to create installations that are highly immersive and sometimes even evolve using real time data. 

This is an exciting new world where technology meets art and real time information, driven by the user or viewer.

Consider these ideas:

  • Create interactive art installations for museums and galleries.
  • Build immersive environments for events and festivals.
  • Develop interactive sculptures for public spaces.
  • Creat IoT-powered installations for corporate events and trade shows.
  • Design interactive installations for retail spaces and pop-up shops.
  • Create interactive installations for educational and cultural institutions.
  • Develop IoT-powered installations for hotels and hospitality venues.
  • Create IoT-powered installations for advertising and marketing campaigns.

58. Podcast Sound Design

Podcast sound designers are concerned with creating a great listening experience for the audience, by crafting immersive audio experiences, enhancing the production quality, adding sound effects, music and creating engaging soundscapes.

Podcast sound designer

Podcast sound designers use a variety of tools and techniques to create their work, including digital audio workstations, sound libraries, and field recordings. 

According to Insider Intelligence, Podcasting will be a $94.88 billion industry by 2028, making it a serious growth industry for building a side hustle.

Like the idea of storytelling with sound and creating a rich experience for listeners?

Check out these ideas to get started in podcast sound design:

5 ideas to get started in podcast sound design

  • Learn the basics of sound design which include sound effects, spatial audio and music
  • Listen to successful podcasts and study how they use sound for pacing and  storytelling 
  • Learn about musical genre and experiment with music and the spoken word
  • Record natural sounds and field recordings to enhance sound design
  • Collaborate with other podcasters or audio professionals to share creative techniques for sound design

59. Virtual Performance Artist

Virtual performance artists use technology and digital platforms to create innovative and interactive performances.

Virtual performance artists can also create immersive theater experiences that bring audiences into the performance, by creating virtual sets, painted environments, costumes, and characters that transport the audience to new worlds. 

Whether it's live-streamed concerts, virtual theater productions, or interactive installations, virtual performance is a highly immersive and engaging way to connect with audiences.

"Immersive experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality are emerging in the performing arts world."

How to get started in virtual reality performance:

  1. Choose the right equipment and software: you'll need a VR headset, such as an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and a computer with a powerful graphics card. You'll also need software designed for virtual reality creation such Unity or Unreal Engine
  2. Develop a niche: There are countless directions you can take virtual reality performance including gaming, the metaverse, live performance and gallery installations. Find the niche that works for you and develop a skillset that supports it.
  3. Collaborate with other performance artists and designers: it's important to collaborate with musicians, dancers, and other performers to share ideas, skills and build immersive experiences with technology and art.
  4. Attend classes and workshops: Find classes that focus on virtual reality development, 3D modeling, animation and performance.
  5. Practice!: Virtual reality performance evolves quickly and can be used like a sketchbook to experiment and play with ideas.
  6. Build a portfolio: As you develop your skills in virtual reality performance, build and maintain a personal portfolio of work, which may include designs, screenshots, drawings or videos.

60. Virtual AI Puppetry

Virtual AI puppeteers create and control virtual characters using artificial intelligence and motion capture technology and are typically used in areas such as:

  • Live performance
  • Real-time audience interaction
  • Education
  • Film production
  • Music videos

AI puppets are often created using a live actor's performance, mixing real time and recorded motion capture known as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) techniques. 

These recorded movements or live performances are transferred to a CG character, which is automatically animated, lit, and composed.

Pro Tip:
With the inclusion of AI in the digital character creation process, this technique is set to dominate films and video game production. Virtual AI puppeteering is going to be a very lucrative area in the years to come.

I have just finished trialling the beta version of Wonder Studio which is now publicly available for everyone. It creates animated CG characters and seamlessly places them into a live action scene. 

Wonder Studio creates CG characters for live action scenes

61. Digital Product Photography

Digital product photographers capture high-quality images of products for use in online stores, social media marketing campaigns, posters, catalogs, business brochures, and other marketing materials.

With global e-commerce sales expected to reach $6.3 trillion in 2023, product photographers are in high demand as online sales continue to rapidly expand.

Product photographers are the visual storytellers for business, marketers and individuals looking to attract customers and boost sales. 

They photograph products with the sole purpose of capturing consumer's attention.

"Studies show that people remember 80% of what they see and 20% of what they read, making product photography a powerful tool in selling goods"

Source: Inchoo

Consider these ideas for starting a product photography side hustle:

  • Offer high-quality digital product photography services for e-commerce businesses.
  • Create and sell digital product photography presets or editing tools for photographers.
  • Collaborate with brands or designers to create visual content for their websites or marketing materials.
  • Provide virtual product photography consultations and advice on lighting, composition, and styling.
  • Develop and sell digital product photography tutorials or courses
  • Offer virtual product photography workshops or webinars for photographers.

Pro Tip:
With product photography, achieving perfect lighting is crucial for readability. It's a good idea to invest in a light box so photos are free from shadow.

Finding ways to make product photography stand out from the crowd is essential. CreatorKit uses A.I to add photographed products to beautiful backgrounds, making them pop.

Creatorkit A.I backgrounds for product photography

62. Virtual Reality (VR) Sculptor

Virtual reality sculptors are at the forefront of using state of the art VR technology to sculpt and manipulate digital objects in a virtual environment using a VR headset and motion controllers.

Blending technology and imagination with an immersive working environment creates an infinite number of things that can be sculpted for multiple uses, including:

Here are some key aspects of virtual reality sculpting and who uses it:

  • Characters
  • Props
  • Environments
  • Video games
  • Medical lectures
  • Movies
  • Art exhibitions
  • Fashion collections
  • Architecture

It's a seemingly limitless technique that is being rapidly adopted. 

63. AI Content Writing

AI writing tools are helping creators and writers to produce quick, efficient and high quality content for their businesses. 

Business owners, bloggers, designers and teachers can all benefit from AI assisted content, which makes AI content writing such a great side hustle to consider.

By learning how to use AI writing tools, your skills can become highly sought after for anyone looking to outsource their efforts to speed up their content creation process.

AI content writing also has SEO benefits, as AI tools can provide content based on specific keywords and topics, improving the relevance of content and helping it to become more discoverable in search engines.

Here's Chat GPT answering the question 'What is AI content writing?'

Chat GPT for content writing

There are new AI tools springing up every day to assist with business tasks. Here are some of the most popular AI content writers:

  • Chat GPT
  • Koala
  • perplexity.ai
  • Agility Writer
  • Surgegraph
  • Scalenut
  • copy.ai
  • Article forge
  • AI Writer
  • NeuronWriter
  • Grammerly

Pro Tip:
AI Writing tools are not perfect and will go off topic from time to time. Human assisted AI content is the best way to ensure high quality writing.

  • Offer AI-generated content ideas: Use AI tools to generate unique content ideas for your clients.
  • Create content outlines: Use AI tools to create content outlines that can help guide the writing process. This can be especially helpful for clients who struggle with writer's block or need help organizing their thoughts.
  • Write first drafts: Use AI tools to generate first drafts of content that can be edited and refined by human writers. This can be a great way to save time and streamline the content creation process.
  • Fast-track content research: Use AI tools to conduct research and gather information for content creation.
  • Offer AI-assisted content editing: Use AI tools for content editing and proofreading.

64. Virtual Art Curator

Virtual art curators design and curate exhibitions in a virtual space. 

It involves using digital tools and technologies to create immersive and interactive exhibitions that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

This is the perfect way to bridge the physical world and the digital  world when it comes to experiencing and enjoying art.

Virtual art curating is becoming increasingly popular as more art institutions and galleries are exploring new ways to showcase their collections and reach a wider audience.

Here are some of the benefits of virtual art curating:

  • Cost effective
  • Not limited by physical space or location
  • More accessible and inclusive
  • More interactive and memorable
  • Environmentally friendly, saving on transportation costs and energy consumption
  • Can be updated and modified more easily
  • Offers location based collaboration

You could offer a virtual art curation service with platforms like Artlogic which helps to create and manage virtual online galleries.

Create virtual online galleries with Artlogic

65. AI Concept Art

Concept artists working in film TV and video games have been responsible for visually shaping a director's vision for years, ever since George Lucas hired Ralph McQuarrie to bring his vision of Star Wars to life, so he could pitch it to the film studios.

Concept artists usually bring the first stages of ideas and concepts to life. Whether that's characters, costume, location, vehicles or weaponry, concept art establishes the visual direction and style of a project. 

Concept art was once exclusively created by painting and drawing, but digital concept art has gathered traction due to it's speed and efficiency of creation.

Digital painting platforms such as Procreate for iPad or Adobe Photoshop are now widely accepted as popular tools.

Also, with the introduction of AI, artists can use this new technology to reach new levels of creativity.

Pro Tip:
Study and develop your fundamental skills, such as drawing, painting, design and composition to give you a strong foundation as you head into the digital realm.

Platforms such as Midjourney can now give you a great entry point into creating unique jumping off points in image creation which can be developed further using tools like Adobe Firefly mixed with more traditional painting techniques.

Creating concept art with Midjourney

Use Discadia to search for the top concept art Discord channels which will introduce you to the concept art community.

Here's a  few other ways to get ahead with AI concept art

  • Offer concept art services for video games, movies, animations, or other visual media projects.
  • Develop and sell concept art prints or digital downloads online.
  • Provide concept art workshops or online classes for aspiring artists.
  • Collaborate with game developers, filmmakers, or illustrators to create visual concepts for their projects.
  • Create and sell concept art assets or resources for other artists or designers.
  • Showcase your concept art portfolio on social media platforms and build a strong online presence.

Artstation is a great platform for showcasing your concept art and selling digital products. it features character art, concept art, game art and much much more.

Show your concept art on Artstation

As well as a portfolio site, Artstation is also a directory of on-campus and online classes where you can find courses to improve your skills as an artist. 

Find an online course at Artstation

5. Tips For Launching A successful Creative Side Hustle

Identify your unique selling proposition (USP)

Determine what sets you apart from others in your chosen niche.

Your USP could be a specific skill, style, or approach that makes your work stand out. Emphasize your USP in your marketing efforts to attract clients and customers who value your unique offerings.

Set SMART goals for productivity

Establish Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based goals for your side hustle. 

This will help you stay focused, track your progress, and make adjustments as needed to ensure your side hustle's success.

Build an Online Presence

Establish a professional online presence to showcase your work and attract potential clients.

Create a website or portfolio that highlights your best projects and provides contact information.

Utilize social media platforms like the brand new Threads from Instagram to share your work, engage with your audience, and showcase credibility and professionalism. 

Network and Collaborate with other creatives

Actively network within your creative community. Attend industry events, join online forums or social media groups, and participate in workshops or classes.

Collaborate with other creatives on projects to expand your network, gain exposure, and learn from each other.

Building relationships within your industry can lead to referrals and new opportunities.

Continuously refine your offerings

Regularly review your creative work and identify areas for improvement. Stay up-to-date with industry trends and adapt your offerings to meet changing client needs and preferences.

This will help you stay relevant and competitive in your chosen niche.

6. FAQ'S

Q. How much money can I expect to make from a creative side hustle?

The amount of money you can make from a creative side hustle varies depending on factors such as the niche, your skills, the time you invest, and your marketing efforts.

Some people may earn a few hundred dollars per month, while others can make thousands.

It's essential to set realistic expectations and be prepared to invest time and effort into growing your side hustle.

Q. Are creative side hustles suitable for everyone, or do they require specific skills or talents?

Creative side hustles can be suitable for anyone with an interest in a particular creative field and a willingness to learn and develop their skills.

While some side hustles may require specific talents or skills, many can be learned through practice, online courses, or workshops.

The key is to find a creative niche that aligns with your interests and abilities.

Q. What are the most important skills to focus on when starting a creative side hustle?

  •  Technical skills related to your chosen niche (e.g., photography, graphic design, writing)
  • Marketing and self-promotion skills to attract clients and customers
  • Time management and organization skills to balance your side hustle with other commitments
  • Networking and relationship-building skills to connect with others in your industry
  • Adaptability and a willingness to learn and grow your skills over time

Q. How much time should I dedicate to a creative side hustle to see results?

The amount of time you should dedicate to a creative side hustle will depend on your goals, available time, and the nature of the side hustle.

Some people may see results by dedicating a few hours per week, while others may need to invest more time.

It's essential to be consistent and set aside regular time to work on your side hustle to see growth and progress.

7. My Experience With Creating Side Hustles (key takeaways)

Starting a side hustle with a view to creating a freelance business can be a challenging experience. But with the right strategies it can also be extremely fulfiling and profitable.

There's no one size fits all when taking your first steps toward creating a freelance business. There's a lot of trial and error.

Here are my key takeaways, based on my experience in creative freelancing:

  1. Starting and developing any side hustle is going to take time. Be patient.
  2. Find a niche or area that aligns with your creative interests. 
  3. Its ok to treat creative side hustles like a start up company by testing and analysing the results.
  4. Focus on optimising your skills in different areas such as digital marketing, copywriting, organisation, productivity and networking.
  5. Commit to learning and growing so your knowledge and skills remain up to date with advances in software, technology and specific industry trends.
  6. Collaborate with other freelancers and content creators. 
  7. Be consistent with your efforts. 

8. Final Thoughts

When deciding which creative side hustle to get started in, taking action is the single most important thing for eliminating procrastination and giving you the momentum you need.

So now you have come to the end of this list of creative side hustle ideas, where do you begin?

Print out my creative side hustle digital download example to work through the list and find the best solutions for you. 

Selling digital templates

About the author 

Simon Wild

Simon is a writer, creator and digital marketer who teaches creative freelancers and content creators how to grow, market and monetise their online business and optimise their skills using creative software and other digital tools, through practical tips and useful resources.