Side hustles are fun.
They are even more enjoyable when it’s something you can make. There are so many creative things to make and sell online, you will be surprised at the list.
Being creative can be a BIG plus if you know how to monetize your hobby. There are many creative gigs that are not only profitable but also quite popular. And the best part is many of them don’t need you to be an expert.
It’s also become a lot easier to create and sell things online with so many online marketplaces being created in recent times. You need to tap into your passion and make money from it online.
Here are some creative things to make and sell online:
Homemade dog treats
Did you know that you can make sweets for your furry friends and turn it into a profitable business? Yes, you can. Making dog treats is a great side gig, and it can be extremely satisfying if you love baking. If you want to take it part-time, then it can pay around $500–$1,000 per month. If you want to learn more about how to start a dog treat bakery business, read this interview I did with Kristin, who runs the successful Diva Dog Bakery course and shares everything about her journey.
How many times have you come across a beautiful piece of jewelry on Etsy? I am sure many of them are made by someone creative as a side hustle. If you love making amazing creations with metal, stone, beads, or wire, you are looking at a great money-making gig. It does take some time to research and niche down on your type of jewelry, find out which platforms are good to sell on like Shopify, and get your materials.
Once you are all set up, it’s all about creating beautiful masterpieces and selling them online.
Whether it is photography, painting, or abstract art, you can sell your creations online for good money. If this is your passion, then you can use marketplaces like Etsy, Shopify, UGallery, etc. You can also start a blog to showcase your creative skills and use social media channels like Instagram for marketing your art pieces.
There is no shortage of places you can sell art; it just takes some time and research to find the right one.
Are you someone who likes to share your knowledge with others? Then why not make this an income stream by creating online courses. You can create valuable courses in your areas of interest and sell them online through platforms like Teachable, Kajabi, Thinkific, etc. All these course platforms are very simple to use and have loads of features to make it easy for you to create courses.
No matter what you are interested in, creating courses is one of the easiest and most passive ways to make money.
Read more about the best online course creation platforms.
If you love baking or whipping up sweet treats, then you can surely start a profitable home business. It’s one of the most popular home businesses around and has a great income potential. You do have to get some permits depending on where you live. You can always start with social media marketing and create a website to promote your side gig.
Candle making is a quite popular home business/side gig. Though it might seem very complicated, candle making is very easy to learn and you can start off with low-cost materials. Once you have decided how to make your candles unique (using different materials, scents, packaging, etc.), you can start marketing your stuff through local markets or websites like Etsy.
Read more about how to sell homemade candles online.
You must have come across a lot of fun and quirky sayings on T-shirts. Well, designing T-shirts is very easy, and websites like Zazzle, Teespring, and CafePress make it a smooth process. All you need is your creativity and way to market your business.
Many of the above websites let you open a store online and sell your stuff. You can also have your own website to promote your creations.
Learn more about designing and selling T-shirts online.
Photography is very special to me. If you are a shutterbug like me, I am sure you will want to make money from your passion. There are so many ways to earn good money if you are a photographer. You can earn through sponsorships, collaborations, commission work, etc. Alternatively, you can sell your prints, presets, photo books, etc. entirely online.
Do you love designing cute printables or online journals? There are so many things you can do like calendars, checklists, wall art, etc. The options are endless. If you are thinking about the process of creating printables, it’s quite easy. You can use online design tools like PicMonkey or Canva to design your printables and then sell them on Etsy.
I love how easy and passive this hustle is; you just have to carve out a niche for yourself and promote.
I interviewed Julie Berninger, who started selling printables on Etsy and now her shop has over 1,000 sales!
Have you ever made a beauty concoction for yourself and felt great? Homemade cosmetics are growing in popularity as more and more people want natural and nontoxic ingredients in their cosmetics.
You can make things like face wash, moisturizer, lip balms, hair oils, etc. This is like any other home business and requires you to research the market and be clear about the ingredients when you are promoting your products.
You can start off with your local markets and scale up to supermarkets.
Soapmaking is pretty much like making candles. You have to zero in on the type of soaps you want to make and get all the required materials. Once the products are made, you can sell them on platforms like Etsy or Amazon Handmade.
Handmade homewares have huge market. Think ceramics, bowls, home decor, etc. You can even make kitchenware out of wood if you are interested in that. Promoting your products can be done through social media like Instagram or through your website.
Here is a popular Etsy store with unique homewares.
Designing baby clothes is such a fun and satisfying gig. If you have the creative eye for designing clothes, then why not make something for the kiddos? The baby clothes market is quite competitive, and you will have to first zero in on your USP before you jump in. This is one of the home businesses that has a huge potential to earn a great income.
Here is how Monica + Andy (a super popular baby clothes brand) started.
Homemade tote bags, purses, beach bags, etc. are some of the things you can sell if you are thinking about selling bags from home. You can even sell crochet bags that you made with your crocheting skills. You can sell them on websites like Etsy, Amazon, eBay, etc.
When it comes to selling baby stuff, handmade toys are some of the most popular items you can sell. Stuffed and woodwork toys mainly sell more on Etsy. This is one of the easiest side gigs you can start if you are a beginner.
Bath bombs are pretty similar to soaps and have almost the same process of manufacturing. In recent times, bath bombs are some of the most sold items in the handmade industry. Keep in mind that in some countries, you do have to get a permit to sell bath bombs.
Do you love curating amazing gifts to give to your friends? This could be your next side gig. The gift basket business is perfect for someone who loves to select and arrange gifts according to the customer’s personal choices.
Once you know your target market, you can factor in your expenses and any licenses you need to get depending on the place. The rest is all getting the word out about your business.
Who doesn’t love making fun and quirky stickers? I would love to do that. Making stickers is one of the beginner-friendly side gigs you can start if you are on the creative side. You can make logo stickers, kids’ stickers, bumper stickers; the options are endless. You can design and sell your stickers online on websites like Printify.
Another very flexible and creative side gig is graphic design. You can sell amazing designs to your clients. In some cases, it’s better if you’ve done a course in graphic design, but it’s not compulsory. You can start your own graphic design business and start by freelancing first on websites like Fiverr.
If you are someone who loves discovering new scents and want to start a business, then the perfume business is just for you. It will take quite a creative approach to invent new scents and make your business unique, but if you have a passion for this biz, it’s all possible. Formulating new scents, packaging them in attractive bottles, and promoting your business through various channels is what it takes to start this business.
Roadmap to make and sell things online
Choose a product
This is probably the most vital part of your potential business. With so much competition in every industry, you must spend a good amount of time deciding on your product. Think about the market, the demand, and your target customers.
Being unique in your products and process is one factor that can make you stand out from the competition.
Choose your platform
When you are done with your product creation, choosing the right platform to sell it on makes a big difference. Choose the platform that suits your product, factor in any charges, and check if the website ships internationally.
Promote on social media/blogs
Marketing your business is the last but most crucial part of being successful. You can rely on offline or online marketing. These days online marketing is becoming the go-to method for any business. You can promote on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. You can also do giveaways or contests to create interest in your brand.
Having a website can help you create useful content around your brand and sell your stuff.
Think outside the box
Starting a brand new business or side gig is surely overwhelming, but it all depends on taking risks and following your passion. At every step, think outside the box and come up with new ideas so you can better serve your clients. This is the best way to lay a strong foundation for your successful business.
The choices are infinite if you want to make and sell things online. Whether it is bath bombs or graphic designs, you can choose a lot of things to make and sell online. Just go through the above choices and decide on the one that interests you.