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Ally Hodges3,949 Points
Passive Income or Alternative Revenue Streams
Hello TreeHouse World!
I am an illustrator and I'm here learning how to code to one day create my own apps and games. That is far down the line from right now (I'm still on CSS), but I do have questions that I'm hoping I could get some insight with now.
I am curious if anyone here has ways in which they make passive income or income that is not what they do on a day to day basis. I make art during the day and bartend at night. Can I tell you all how hard it is to maintain enough energy to make art before I go to my night shift (that actually does not pay all that well for bartending standards). I cannot make enough with my art freelancing which is why I have the second job. I've been thinking of selling prints and originals, but I'm hoping if I could get some different ideas in other areas where I could make some money on the side that would help a lot. I would love to know everyones' experiences. I know I could make sites, I'm working on that right now which is why I'm here as well, just curious if there is more I can do...
A few ideas...
1. You can create a few awesome html templates for people that need a great website in a short amount of time.
2. You can create a video tutorial service doing what you are good at. There is a high demand for that.
3. You can hold seminars for aspiring artists, posting ads at the local community centers, schools and churches etc.
4. If you feel confident in your website making ability, you can create a website for local businesses, including your current employment, and set up year-long contracts with them to update and maintain the website(s) for a set amount per month.
5. If you have a blog and love online social networks, you can blog about awesome company promotions (like Treehouse's refer a friend program) or other affiliate-marketing-type of promos.
6. Advertise on Craigslist that you can create great ads for a rate you set.
7. Create a free profile at Elance and start applying for contracts (there are a lot) for either (pick one) web design, illustrations, graphic design, etc.
8. If you are trying to get your name out there, check out Fiverr and offer your services for super-cheap prices to not so cheap prices.
9. Create a few online portfolios, at least one for each type of media you produce--link to this when you apply for jobs online.
I'm sure I could come up with more but these seem good enough to get started. :)
What city do you live in? I know a lot of people that have become lyft drivers and love it for the flexibility of hours and good pay. This might make a lot of sense because you wouldn't be forced to create your art at a specified time. You could "Make" only when your inspiration strikes. For example, maybe you drive a ton the first couple days of the week and spend the rest of the week creating.
Bernie McCabe5,179 Points
Ally I am a similar situation as you, I am learning design and code while also working a full time job, launching a startup and doing art on the side. I set up a website through Wordpress to sell prints of my artwork, I haven't really had time to market it yet but it seems to have potential to provide income with minimal work (I just have to mail them out). My art is very niche based but I have sold a decent amount at shows and markets so I thought I'd take it once step further - Mazing Art Studio
I thought of it as a win-win, even if the site doesn't bring in any income I still built it, and am able to practice within Wordpress, CSS, and mess around with different plugin and code snippits. I still have a long way to go but I've learned a lot, I would suggest you just go for something similar and just see what happens. The worst that happens is you get practice and you learn something new.