10 Side Hustle Ideas for Creatives
If you’re a creative – like me – having a side hustle is a great to way to utilise some of your outstanding creative energy. But what is the best side hustle for you? Here is a list of some of my recommendations for anyone with a creative bone in their body.
My top pick is writing. As a writer myself this is the easiest side hustle for me to talk about. There are many routes of writing you can go down to start s side hustle. Firstly, become a freelance journalist. Or you could start a blog to share niche or exclusive content for brands. You could also write an ebook on something you’re either passionate about or have a lot of insight on. You could become a novelist, a content marketer, write show notes for podcasts… The opportunities are endless.
Speaking of podcasting… why not start one! I started This Millennial Mess to share insight on the news and the representation of millennials in the media. But you could start a podcast to discuss your passions, or use it as a breakthrough way into radio journalism or presenting. Podcasting can help your confidence and public-speaking, as well as grow your network and media skills in general.
Editors are crucial for so many things! Writing, shows, YouTube, content creation etc. You can be a copy-editor or a proof-reader for self-published authors or a publisher, or edit content for a growing influencer. I’ve known an editor who edits CVs and essays for university students, and an editor for a podcast and radio show.
If you watch a lot of movies or read a lot of books, why not become a reviewer? You can review on many different platforms: a blog, a podcast, video etc. You can sign up to be a reviewer for Reedsy or via NetGalley and help self-published authors reach new readers with your honest reviews.
If art is more of your thing that I highly recommend setting up an Etsy shop and selling your wares. If you design websites then you can sell the files via Etsy, eBay or other platforms. You can sell physical or digital artwork online or offer your services as a designer to others. It’s a great way to build a profile as well as make a little extra cash.
Speaking of web design, if you’re good at coding and have an eye for design then there are plenty of people out there that need help with web design. From self-published authors, to bloggers, start-up companies to agencies. Sell your designs via Etsy or set-up your own website. Reach out to others and let them know you’re available to help.
If you have marketing knowledge then you could create a great freelance career as an advisor or marketing assistant. Help start-ups get off the ground with your freelance innovation or help side-hustlers to turn their hustle into an established business. Anyone in business needs a marketing professional on their side.
Social Media Training
Social media is such a big part of our lives, yet so many companies don’t know how to use it to the best of their ability. As a social media coordinator you could offer help to start-ups, authors, new businesses, students etc. You could offer courses via Skillshare or run talks via Funzing or Eventbrite. Share your insight via a blog or even run webinars.
Coaching and one-on-one mentorship is a growing career path, particularly in business-central cities like London and Manchester. You can offer one-on-one coaching to clients either in person or via online services like Skype or FaceTime. Coaching is another form of mentorship that is a mix between counselling and career advice, you can’t give your clients the answer but you can guide to make the right choices for them and keep them motivated to keep going. Start a website or a blog and reach out to people, particularly other coaches, for advice on how to get started.
Yes, this is a side hustle and it is possible to become an influencer as a side hustle. Maybe not to the level of Zoella, but as a micro-influencer you can create a platform in a niche that you’re passionate about that allows you to spread your creative wings and develop your profile.
Which side hustle will you start with? Let me know in the comments below.