How to make money from creative pursuits

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Creativity can be defined as the ability to produce something of value that did not exist before. You could harness creativity to design a product, make a blueprint, or write a script, for example. The outcomes of creative work may be wildly different among individual people or disciplines, but there are often similarities in the process.

The creative process often starts with a spark of inspiration: An idea. It can come at any time and from anywhere, such as from nature or people. When thinking of ideas for a fabric pattern, for example, Triola looks in unexpected places, including cracks in ice or the lines on a cabbage leaf.

But inspiration alone is not enough for creating. Creativity requires hard work and patience to turn ideas into viable output. Workers increase their chances of success through planning, assessing, revising, and reflecting on their work.

Planning is important because it helps creative workers find focus and use their time wisely. By setting aside time for practice and research, for example, workers can improve their craft and connect ideas.


A creative pursuit is a career usually involving imagination and original thinking, particularly by creating work in the arts and media. Creative jobs often require a lot of dedication and work that extends beyond traditional business hours. 

Many careers in creative fields feature teams that brainstorm and problem-solve to find solutions and new ways to tackle things. It can be exciting to walk out of a brainstorming session with a plan or task that you work on from concept to competition.


A creative position often requires new thinking, quick changes and fast-paced deadlines. The thrill of meeting a deadline or finding a quick solution not only keeps employees alert but maintains a level of excitement and thrilling challenges.

 If you think creativity is only for artists, think again. People use creativity every day in all kinds of ways, whether to tell a story about that time your car broke down or to develop a mobile app. But making creativity your job typically requires practice, risktaking, and trial and error. For workers who do it on their own, it also means learning how to market themselves and run a business.


Highlighted below are ways you can make money from a creative pursuit ; 

1. Be commissioned directly by a client to create a creative work from scratch. These can be individuals, companies, charities and government organisations.

2. Work with- and be paid by an agent to create something, who liaises with their client.

3. Bid for paid creative projects with clients online on sites like Upwork.

4. Offer smaller, shorter-duration creative services on sites like Fiverr or Outsourcely, and then providing the option to up-sell to larger projects.

5. Work in-house for a company as a creative employee full-time, part-time or on a contractual basis.

6. Get paid for street art, and interior/exterior mural painting and design.

7. Advise individuals and companies on their creative process and artistic projects such as interior design, or audio/visual projects.

8. Be a consultant or teacher in the skill of creativity itself, which I guarantee will experience huge growth in the coming years in many industries.

9. Start your own creative company, working with other talents to provide creative services for companies. 

10. Be an agent to help sell the work of other creatives for a commission.

11. Curate the work of other artists on a blog, in a magazine, or a gallery, and sell their work or other products for a commission.

12. Work as a therapist or councillor, using art, music as a tool for therapy.

13. Be paid to document, photograph and report on creative events such as art shows or music events.

14. Host and organise creative events like art shows, performances, talks, and conferences, and charge for tickets.

15. Write and sell a book about your art process.

16. Write and sell books about your experiences as a creative.

17. Write and sell articles or being paid by publications to write them.

18. Syndicate your written work, cartoons or comics to various publications for a fee.

19. Write and sell stories in articles and books.

20. Make and sell an app with a story and pictures.

21. Make a digital product like a website template that can be sold repeatedly.

22. Sell original art and products in galleries, retail outlets, and online.

23. Sell prints or replications of your art without limit.

24. Sell prints or replications up to a limited run to increase value but losing the ability to sell the product when the limit is reached.

25. Build a game or application from scratch or through collaborating with others, to sell.

26. Build a game or application for sale using pre-existing open-source or un-copyrighted code as a foundation for a new product.


The creative industry has a wide range of opportunities to make money from. Earning money from creative expression has always been a contentious issue because many think that money impinges on the integrity of the creative work but rather making money will give expression to your creativity.


by  Tolulope Olagunju Published



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