Side hustles are a great way to earn extra money to provide for your family, but when you’re disabled, you may be limited as to what you can do to generate an income.
If you have a passion and skill for art, you can turn your hobby into a side hustle you enjoy.
Benefits of Side Gigs
One study found that 44% of American adults have side hustles to generate additional income. The main benefit of turning your passion for art into a business opportunity is having the chance to make money while doing something you love. It won’t feel like work if you are doing something you truly enjoy.
Turning your hobby into a side gig allows you to explore your creativity in ways you may not be able to if you had to spend your energy earning money in other ways.
Finally, side gigs have flexible hours. You are free to work your business around your children’s schedules so that you are available to tend to your family’s needs.
You can work as much or as little as you like.
Ways to Find Work
You can’t make money off a side gig if you don’t have clients. Designing an effective marketing campaign is a good way to spread the word about your services, but connecting with people in your community is the best way to find work when you are an artist or painter.
You can attend local events and interact with other artists in the area. You may also pick up a few clients and have the opportunity to interact with them personally.
Another way to find work is to look online. Many people post on social media looking for the services you have to offer. If you can connect with people looking to hire an artist or painter, you can advertise your services after making a personal pitch.
Once you have a few clients, word of mouth will spread about what you have to offer, and
you may not need to look for jobs anymore but instead have potential clients approach you.
Choosing a Business Structure
When you offer any type of service, there are legal ramifications. You must think about having contracts drawn up so that you do not provide service without payment.
You may also want to think about choosing a business structure that provides you with tax benefits.
Forming a limited liability corporation, for example, protects you from legal action while providing you with significant tax breaks to enhance your profits.
Spreading the word about your business is essential for growth. You don’t have to have a huge marketing budget to advertise your artistic talents. Word-of-mouth marketing costs nothing, but people who have purchased your art in the past are likely to recommend you to their friends and family members when they need your services.
Similarly, you can use a social media campaign to target a wide audience with minimal effort. Social media marketing is a cost-efficient way to engage with both new and existing customers. You can create a Facebook ad for free using an online ads maker. After selecting a template, simply add in your own copy, images, and design elements.
Turning your passion for art into a side hustle is a great way to make extra money while doing something you love.
Once you find work, choose a business structure and market your business through social media and word-of-mouth recommendations.