The freelance hustle is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be exhausting and nerve-racking. Some months you feel like you have a million opportunities come your way, while others it’s just silence. Establishing sources of side income are important — they makes those tough times easier and definitely relieve some stress.
We’ve put together a short list of ways you can earn a side income as a creative entrepreneur & freelancer.
Sell Physical Goods
Try selling homemade goods in a creative marketplace like Etsy or create your own shop through a service like Big Cartel. If you’re a pattern designer, you can apply your pattern to notebooks, t-shirts, or coffee mugs. If you’re a hand-letterer, you can calligraphy famous quotes or poems. Whether you’re a photographer, a writer or a crafter you can use your talents to make something someone will buy.
Teach a Skillshare Class
Teaching a class on Skillshare is one of the best ways to earn a side income. Skillshare teachers earn monthly revenue through student enrollments and referrals–which you can link to on your new blog. On average, Skillshare teachers earn $3,000 a year, and the top 100 teachers earn around $1,300 a month. Skillshare classes are just 10-25 minutes of video content that walk students through a specific skill or project, so creating a class is fairly easy. With Skillshare Teach Challenges, you can have your first class up and running by the end of the month!
Participate in Paid Surveys
Most of us quickly discard those email surveys we receive, but why not make a little money off of them? It’s not so tough to take a quick 5-10 minute survey, click a couple of boxes and give your opinion. Companies often compensate you for your time. Checkout Swagbucks if you’d like to get started.
Write an E-Book
You’ve got killer writing skills, why not try writing an e-book? Your e-book could be a compilation of your blog posts, or you could write on current trends that you’re interested in. Like your blog, the e-book is also a great way to position you as a thought leader and add credibility to you as a freelancer. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform is a simple and easy way to make it happen.
Start a Blog or Write a Guest Post
Starting a blog isn’t going to make you money right off the bat but it has a couple of benefits. First, you’ll be able to show that you are a thought leader in your specialty. Secondly, once you build a following and start generating traffic, you have the ability to earn revenue through ad-clicks. It’s easy and straightforward to start a blog on a platform like Tumblr or WordPress. If you’re one step ahead and already have a blog, you could try your hand at guest blogging on bigger sites. This is a great way to drive new traffic to your own blog or site and you have the potential to earn more revenue.
Be a Freelance Writer
If you’re already getting rolling on your blog or just like writing in general, you can earn income by selling your services to people looking for your services. Freelance or Upwork are great places to post your services.