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8 Innovative Ways to Make Money From Your Art

Sell or License Your Art through Stock Agencies

Earn royalties from your work by licensing it or simply sell it outright to a stock agency. Photographers, musicians, and video makers will look to Getty Images as a top choice in the field, while Shutterstock is one of many agencies that also accepts illustrations and vector graphics. If done wisely with quality work, this can be a steady stream of income that can quickly add up.

Write an eBook

If you enjoy writing more than creating video content, you might want to try your hand at creating an eBook. As an artist, there is no shortage of guides you can create, whether it’s giving advice on how to use a specific medium, teaching the basics of composition, or giving a specialist approach to your niche. Whether you’re writing about underwater photography or the basics of studio lighting, your expertise will be valuable to other creatives—and they’ll be willing to pay for it. Check out this list of the top 10 eBook creators to find the perfect software to help you design the project.

How to Earn Money from Art

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Become an Influencer

If you are savvy with social media and build up a good following on your Instagram, you may notice that you’ll begin to be contacted by brands for sponsored content. Especially lucrative for travel photographers, many fund their way around the world by linking up with hotels, airlines, and travel boards looking to publicize their services in exchange for sharing incredible images of the destination. However, it’s not only travel photographers getting in on the action. Artists are also collaborating with diverse companies, from art supplies to fashion brands, and sharing the results of their work with their followers. Aren’t sure how to connect with brands or what to charge for sponsored content? There are services out there that can help match you, like Influence.co, Revfluence, and iFluenz.

Start a Blog or YouTube Channel

How can you make money off of this? Besides the fact that potential clients can find your work through a well-thought-out blog or interesting YouTube videos, advertising and affiliate commissions can be lucrative revenue streams. Street photographer Eric Kim runs a highly successful blog that certainly draws traffic—allowing him to better advertise his workshops and eBooks. If done correctly, you can also earn commission from recommending the products and equipment you enjoy using. As for YouTube, it’s no secret that the platform has made millionaires out of its biggest stars. But the reality is you don’t need millions of views to start earning. This simple calculator will help you determine how much you can earn if you decide to monetize your videos and a look at people teaching how to draw on YouTube will give you some inspiration on how you might leverage your own channel.

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