Last week, I published a blog post about 3 places where you can make a passive income with your artwork. That blog post did so well, that I decided to write a follow up: 3 more places where you can make money with your artwork.
Missed part one? Click here to dive in right away.
In the previous part, we talked about passive ways to make money with your artwork. In this part, we are going to do things a little different. I have one more passive way, and two non-passive ways.
Let’s dive into 3 more places where you can make money with your artwork.
Patreon is an online platform where you can create subscriptions for your fans. In this way, your fans will pay you to see exclusive work from you.
Let’s create an example:
Jordan (Our fictional person for today) loves to hand letter. He has over 50.000 Instagram followers of people admiring his work. He gets questions every day, where his followers ask for tips, tricks, behind the scenes and the tools he uses.
Jordan really wants to answer all those questions, but doesn’t have time to do that for free. He decides to go to Patreon to create an account. From there, he can create different subscription options, for different fans. Evey subscription options come with different rewards. A higher subscription option comes with more rewards than a lower subscription option.
Here are the subscription options Jordan can possibly create:
- $1/Month: See my artwork before anyone else sees it
- $5/month: Behind the scenes, and all the $1 rewards
- $7/month: Materials tutorials, and all the previous rewards
- $10/month: A timelapse of my artwork, and all the previous rewards
- $20/month, A hand-letter tutorial, and all the previous rewards
- $50/month: 2 high-quality prints, a custom piece, and 30% discount on my items, and all the previous rewards
So that is how Patreon works, pretty easy, right? You sign up for an account, you tell people what you do, you fill in your bio, and you are ready to go.
Patreon is ideal if your followers want to see more of you, and you are able to give that to them, in exchange more money, which convert your followers into fans.
Sell custom work
Let’s take hand-lettering again as an example. Let’s say you are really good at hand lettering. Then it is a great idea to sell your printables on Etsy as mentioned in part 1 of this blog post. But you could also level-up your hand-lettering game, and sell custom projects.
Think about custom projects like:
- Chalkboard signs
- Envelope addressing
- Custom name cards
- Window lettering
- Custom hand-lettered cards
People are always searching for things that are unique. And why not making it extra unique by creating custom projects. And to make things even better: Mostly, custom projects are priced higher, which means you will make more money on those projects. Ca-ching!
How to market your custom projects.
There are 3 ways I recommend you to market your custom projects:
- Add a services tab on your website. Make sure to add a contact form, or your email address on that page, so people can reach out to you easily.
- Add your email in your Instagram bio. Are you marketing your services on Instagram? Make sure to fill up those extra bio characters by adding your email. In this way, you will make the most out of your bio, and people don’t have to search around for your email.
- Open an Etsy shop. In part 1 we already talked about opening an Etsy shop. But you can also accept custom projects with Etsy. For example, if you want to create custom cards, tell your customers that they have to add the custom text in the notes.
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Host a local workshop
A local workshop is another great way to make money with your art.
There are probably a lot of people nearby you that would love to learn hand lettering (Here is the example again). Why not host a local workshop? In this way, your attendees are able to ask questions, and they can learn more from you.And of course, don’t forget the snacks and coffee to make them even happier with your services 😉
Within this workshop, you can learn your attendee’s specific techniques, talk about the materials. You can even sell packages to your attendees with all the materials you recommend.
Always make sure that you have some materials for them, so they don’t have to bring it themselves. For example: For every person, including a worksheet, and 2 brush pens.
You can host a local workshop at your own home, or even rent a place for a limited hours. Make sure to only market your workshop local, so you have a higher chance of more attendees.
I recommend 10 spots for every workshop, so it doesn’t get too overcrowded. If you work with fewer people, it is also easier to give 1:1 feedback.
Those were my top 3 ways to make money with your art. Missed part one? Click here to read that one.
Before you go: Don’t forget to download your free Profitable Etsy Toolkit.
If you liked this post, don’t forget to pin it to Pinterest, to show all your fans that it is possible to make money with your art.
Lots of love,
Missed part one? Click here to dive in right away.