The UK’s creative industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy.
We are amazingly creative as a nation, with world-leading entertainers, architects, designers and more.
That means you, by the way….you are innately creative and being a Brit, you have even more chance of doing well with your projects.
So with this in mind we’ve put together a list of 12 creative ways to make money, from taking photos to making Youtube videos and scrap-booking to writing.
See our creative ways to make money with your fave hobby!
- Get creative with your hobbies
- Get creative with the camera
- Get creative with arts and crafts
- Get creative with words
- Get creative with digital media
Scrapbooking is basically putting together photos and keepsakes of a special event in a gorgeous album for people to treasure and there’s an increasing demand for people to make them which can make you some good money.
Because scrapbooking is still fairly new in the UK, throwing a scrapbooking party is a great way to show your friends and family your skills and the kind of thing you could do with their photos and keepsakes, as well as a good way to seek out potential clients.
2. Make money knitting
The easiest, and the one that most people begin with when they first start to knit, is the scarf which you could sell to your friends, family or even a market stall if you come up with a creative enough design.
Once you’re a little more confident with your skills you can move on to jumpers, socks, hats, bags, cushion covers and blankets.
If you don’t fancy standing on a market stall all day or find the idea of selling online a hassle, there are different ways that you can make money from your knitting skills.
For example, designers sometimes look for very skilled knitters to make up specific items.
There are buyers all around the world, so sell your photos online and you can make money while you sleep!
This isn’t child’s play, but you’re not expected to produce a work of art either.
If you can capture an image that is well-constructed, well-lit and properly focused you can sell them for good money.
There are many amateur photographers about, but the demand for digital images is also increasing.
Every day, new photographs are needed for company websites, public sector newsletters, corporate presentations and thousands of other uses.
4. Make money as a nightclub photographer
Another way to make money from photography is to become a nightclub photographer.
It’s a flexible job which can earn you anything from £30-£100 a night.
Anyone can become a nightclub photographer, although it will obviously help if you feel comfortable in the clubbing scene and have the confidence to approach strangers to take their picture.
It’s particularly suited to students who are looking to earn a little extra cash during their studies, however it also suits anyone interested in pursuing a career in photography who enjoys hanging out in clubs.
Can you work with children and adults?
If so you might be able to turn your artistic hobby into a money making opportunity.
Facepainting is a fun creative way to make money and it doesn’t cost much to get started.
When you start face painting you will have to invest in a face painting kit. This will probably set your back around £50.
If you’re serious about generating an income being well kitted out will give you an advantage and hopefully it won’t take you too long to make this money back.
Take a look at our article on 5 ways to make money facepainting to see a full list of things you’ll need to invest in here.
Practice makes perfect so grab your friends and family and experiment with different designs and ideas.
Once you think you’re good enough you can start making money.
There are many ways to make money facepainting including: face painting at children’s parties, festivals, special events, theatre and if you’re really good you could even teach it.
6. Make money as a manicurist
A manicure is no longer about French tips or simple red fake nails.
People are getting creative with nails and creative nail art can make you a lot of money.
Becoming a mobile manicurist can be a great part-time money maker if you’re interested in the beauty industry and have the patience to create intricate designs using nail polish, glitter and crystals.
If you love beauty, and you do your own nails and friends’ nails regularly, this could be the perfect job for you.
7. Make money from homemade beauty treatments
If you need a bit of extra cash and love being a bit crafty, why not try your hand at whisking together some bath salts or sugar scrubs and incorporating pretty packaging.
Bath salts and sugar scrubs can sell in the shops for around £12, but they are so simple and cheap to produce that you can make an easy profit selling them as gifts.
Once you’ve perfected your craft you can sell them at your local jumble sale, at a product party you host, or just give them away as presents so you don’t have to spend on stuff from the shops.
There’s potentially good money to be made out of writing greeting cards – if you can get into the market.
It is a very competitive market though, so you may not want to make a career leap just yet.
Giving it a go, however, can provide a outlet for your creative writing that will earn you some extra cash.
It doesn’t take much and a punchy pun or quirky quote could earn you up to £150!
Start by researching the market – the best place to start is at a high-street card shop.
- Go in and take note of the types of cards available, read them and get an idea of what types of cards are popular.
- Take down the publisher name, which can be found on the back.
- You should write down as many publishers as possible.
The amount of money earned varies from publisher to publisher and like all freelance work, it sometimes takes a while to receive payment.
So initially this isn’t a good option for steady income; however, with steady contact building many people make a career out of greeting card writing.
9. Make money blogging
But it’s not just money you can make. You can also get free tickets to events, free music, free DVDs and more depending on what you write about.
You can be in complete control of your blog yourself, and all you really need to get started is something interesting to say.
Even if you’re completely new to this blogging lark, it’s honestly not difficult to get the hang of.
Take a look at our essential guide to make money blogging for more information.
You could blog about your life, particularly if it’s interesting or different.
You could review something specific like beauty products, a football team, jazz music or vegan restaurants.
Whatever you choose it needs to be something you really care about and want to keep writing and videoing about.
Often the successful blogs are ones that find a niche to attract people and then go from there so get your creative juices flowing a start blogging today.
If nothing else, you should be able to bag yourself some good freebies after a while.
You can write your own eBook, market yourself and sell far more copies than most authors do on paper.
The Kindle e-reader is particularly popular – the electronic reading device accounts for 60% of the eBook market so that’s the best one to publish on.
Sure there is a LOT to writing a book and even more to getting people to read it.
It may be true that ‘everyone has a book in them’ but many of those books should never see the light of day!
Be aware that it takes a LOT of effort to market your book once you have mastered the work of actually writing it, designing it and turning it into a pdf.
If you are going to try to promote and sell it yourself you will need to:
- push it through social media
- possibly advertise it through Google Adwords
- do as much offline publicity as you can
- probably set up a blog or website to sell it and get people to sign up to regular updates from you
- and more…
So, this is not an easy option, but if you think you have a really good idea for a book – particularly a non-fiction, how-to kind of book – then go for it.
All you need is a computer and the will to get on with the writing.
Or if you’d prefer to write something shorter, then find out how to make money writing short stories.
11. Make money from Youtube
But if you upload popular videos to YouTube, you can apply to receive a share of the income from the ads that accompany your clips.
Plenty of people make serious cash by sharing their videos on YouTube, with many managing to make thousands of pounds a year.
A lucky minority even quit their day jobs and make their YouTube hobby their career!
If you hope to make any money from your YouTube videos, they must meet these minimum requirements:
- The content must be family friendly
- They must not contain any content that you didn’t create or get permission from its author to use (this obviously includes any use of music still under copyright)
- They can’t show people from whom you didn’t get permission to feature
So whether you have a one-hit wonder video like Charlie Bit My Finger or go on to build a YouTube fanbase like Zoella, there’s money to be made from YouTube if you have a bit of a creative streak.
12. Create your own money-making app
Even if you’re a complete techno-phobe you can have a go at the app-making industry, and maybe even bring in a tidy profit.
Obviously, the money you earn from your app will depend largely on its popularity and how much you decide to charge, so it’s difficult to say how much money you will make but you could have the next Angry Birds and bring in nearly £660,000 a month.
You do need some technical know-how although if you have a really good idea, it is possible to get off-the-shelf solutions that don’t take too much techie knowledge to put together.
Seriously, if you think there’s an app that should be on the shelf, but isn’t, take a look at how you could potentially create one yourself – or at least start one and get it to the point where you could partner with a coder and do it seriously.
What creative skills do you use to make money? Share them with us in the comments below.