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Thanks to the internet, these days you can make money doing just about anything you’re good at if you’re smart about it. As a creative, you will have particular skills which will quite literally enable you to pay the bills! Here are some ideas for turning something you love into an income.
Jump on the Blogging Train
Many bloggers start off their sites as hobbies, but later down the line, once you’re established you can make good money from it too. In fact, many bloggers have managed to make their blog their full-time job and earn a generous income from it. It’s a fun hobby to have as you get to share your thoughts and opinions about anything you like. It teaches you a wide range of skills and helps you to connect with like-minded people too.
Paint, Draw or Craft Your Way To Success
Etsy is an online user marketplace for people who make their own products, so if you have a skill at art or design or a craft, this gives you a fantastic platform to sell and make money. It could be anything from homemade jewelry to birdhouses to clip art to furniture. There’s plenty of opportunities to create a thriving home business, and depending on what it is you’re doing you might not need much money upfront to get started. Save some cash or take out a loan or credit card if you’re in need of funds. If you consolidate credit cards it will save you money overall and you’ll get together what you need much more quickly.
Create Your Own Products Using Home Grown Ingredients
As well as directly selling things you have grown in the garden such as fruit, vegetables and plants, you could take it a step further and create your own artisan products. Not only is this an added way to use your creativity but it can earn you significantly more money. Things like jams, jellies, and chutneys all work well. You could also make things like health remedies and natural beauty products- just make sure you get the right licenses and permits. This could include things like food hygiene and safety certificates as you can get in serious trouble if you trade without them. You can’t sell homebrew or any alcohol products from your home, but there are lots of other types of food and drink you could create and sell.
Get On Board With Microstock Photography
Many amateur photographers make a decent income from their photos. You don’t have to be a wedding, portrait or occasion photographer with all of the right lighting, equipment, and experience. This is because you can sell your photos to microstock photography websites like Shutterstock where you earn money for every person that downloads your image. It can be tricky getting photos accepted because they will only accept high quality, but if you keep snapping away and submitting them, taking advice from ones which were rejected you can definitely go on to build up a decent portfolio. If you’ve been into photography as a hobby, you probably already have many pictures you could start submitting.