There are many ways you can make money and earn income from your art, online and offline. Today, I’m sharing 5 ways I make money with my art, specifically online. Yes, that means that as long as you have 1) your creative power, 2) art to sell, and 3) an internet connection, you can also sell your art from the comfort of your home with these methods =).
Here are the 5 ways I currently earn revenue from my art online!
1. my etsy shop
I’ve sold my artwork on etsy for nearly the past 4 years now! As of right now, the bulk of my art income is coming from etsy! You can check out my shop here, and if you’d like to open your shop, you can get your first 40 listings free by opening your shop with my link: https://etsy.me/3fB0eIY (*affiliate link)
2. my own website
I sell my art on my own website, directly to my customers! As much as I believe it’s important to diversify your art income, I recognize that ultimately, if you build your shop on a platform that is owned and controlled by someone else (e.g. etsy, amazon, and other 3rd party marketplaces), you are building on borrowed land. I host my website through Shopify! You can check out my website here.
Society6 will always be special to me, because it was the first place I opened up shop! I started selling on society6 a long time ago, haha. I’ve recently seen an increase in the number of orders I’ve received from society6, so I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a platform to sell your work that handles all fulfillment!
Oh boy, Amazon. I feel like I’ve yet to truly tap into the magic that is Amazon, haha. I will say that currently, Amazon is my least favorite method because it has the most restrictions in terms of what you can sell, how you can sell it, returns, etc. I would suggest one of my other methods before venturing into selling your art on Amazon, but of course, do what resonates with you best. =)
5. print licensing
This one might not be the easiest to start with (i.e., you can start selling on any of the above right now if you wanted to, but this one involves outside partnership), but it’s the only form of income that is truly 100% passive once everything’s set up! (Though, there are ways to digitize/outsource someo f the previous methods, too!) Essentially, this involves licensing your artwork to a company that handles all marketing and fulfillment. There are pros and cons to this of course, and it’s not the right avenue for everyone, but it’s been a nice stream of additional art revenue for me! The company who I license my work to found me on etsy, believe it or not! (This is another reason why I believe selling on etsy is great for beginners who want to see some quick wins!) If you’re looking for more information about art licensing, a great book to read is Art, Money, & Success by Maria Brophy.
And that’s it! That sums up the 5 ways I’m currently earning income as an artist =). I hope this was helpful to you! Which one of these methods are you thinking about trying first? Do you sell your art online via a method that I didn’t describe? Leave a comment below to share—I’d love to hear your thoughts!
If you’d like, you can check out the video version of this post from my youtube channel, below!