If you're looking for work from home business ideas for creative people in 2021, you've come to the right place.
Making money working from home is easier than it's ever been.
It wasn't so long ago that working from home meant providing virtual assistant services or working in customer support.
Times have definitely changed though, and working from home doing what you love is within your reach.
How amazing is it that you can start a home business making money from your hobbies?
You can now earn money from your paintings, graphic designs, handmade jewelry, candles, and so much more.
In this article, I'm sharing 60+ work from home ideas for creatives.
Important Note: I won't be covering the legalities of starting your business; however, you'll definitely want to make sure you have a Terms and Conditions for your business. I highly recommend The Contract Shop for attorney-approved Terms and Conditions. This is one of the BEST ways to protect your business!
1. Start a Blog
Do you have a hobby that you would like to share with the world? You can chronical your hobby through a blog.
For instance, if you enjoy cooking, you can start a blog where you share your recipes or tips and tricks in the kitchen.
You can monetize your blog through advertisements, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, or by offering your own products (such as ebooks) or services.
If you're ready to start your blog, Bluehost has a great deal! If you purchase your hosting through Bluehost for just $3.95 a month, they'll give you a free domain name.
2. Start a YouTube Channel
If writing isn't for you, and you're comfortable with video, consider starting a YouTube channel.
Aside from earning ad revenue through Google Adsense, you can also earn money via sponsored videos, affiliate links, or by selling your own merchandise.
3. Teach Courses
If you want to sell your talents at a higher value, creating an online course could be a good option.
Courses are typically more in-depth than ebooks, and therefore can command a greater value.
The great thing about courses is that there's no limit to what you can teach.
If you visit the Skillshare online course platform, you'll see a wide range of courses such as bible journaling, photography, animations, business, and more.
4. Crochet or Knitting
If you have a passion for crochet or knitting, you can sell your creations online. Whether it is a physical product or digital PDF pattern, there is a demand out there for knitted and crocheted items.
Recommended Reading: How to Start a Successful Crochet Business from Home
Handmade jewelry items such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings are popular items to sell. Etsy is a great marketplace for selling your handmade jewelry.
Recommended Resource: Learn how to start your jewelry business with the Fast Start Your Jewelry Business course. I highly recommend this course.
You can sell your original artwork, or create custom portraits of people and their pets.
Additionally, you can turn your art into high-quality prints and sell them as physical or digital goods.
7. Freelance Writing
You can make money as a freelance writer by submitting your work to residual writing sites, guest posting on blogs that pay, selling prewritten article packages, or writing your own ebooks.
Recommended Reading: 5 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer with No Clients
8. Sell Thrifted Items
For anyone who enjoys thrifting, you can sell your finds on websites such as Craigslist, FB Marketplace, ThredUp, Etsy and eBay.
9. Graphic Design
You can also advertise your services on websites such as Upwork or Fiverr.
10. Sell Merchandise
This goes in-hand with graphic design. You can create unique designs and make them available for sale on products such as mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, and more.
Furthermore, if you don't have graphic design experience, you can hire someone to create designs for you.
Additionally, you can set up a photo studio in your home and offer portraits to clients. You can also photograph on location.
Recommended Resource: How to Start a Photography Business
Create and sell invitations for birthdays, weddings, and more. You can sell invitations wholesale, or create custom invitations for clients.
Recommended Resource: Learn How to Create Invitations in Photoshop
Popular wood projects to sell online include signs, children's toys, planters, checkerboards, and coasters.
Selling wreaths can be a fun way to make money. You can sell your wreaths at craft shows, on your own website, or in an online marketplace.
You may also be able to sell them wholesale.
Recommended Reading: How to Make Money Online Selling Wreaths
16. Wedding Decorator
Run a home-based wedding decorating business. While you will do some traveling as a wedding decorator, this is a business that can be run from your home office.
17. Sell Prints
You can also sell your prints on SmugMug.
18. Craft Supplies
There is a high demand for craft supplies. Buy craft supplies wholesale and resell them.
If you're looking for a place to sell your craft supplies, Etsy and Shopify are a good choice.
Check out Worldwide Brands for wholesale suppliers in every major category.
Do you enjoy cooking for others? You can earn a profit for your passion by starting a home-based catering business.
There are a lot of steps involved in running your own catering business, so make sure you do your research beforehand.
20. Travel Agent
As an at-home travel agent, you can help people plan their vacations. When you work from home, you can choose to work for a company or start your own business.
The Work from Home Wife has a great article featuring 30 Work-From-Home Travel Jobs to Consider.
21. Event Planning
Do you get enjoyment from planning parties? Becoming an event planner may be the perfect work from home business for you.
Sign up for the Event Planning Toolkit for tools on learning how to plan a successful event.
Sewing is an excelling skill to poses and is something many people don't have experience in.
If you're skilled at sewing, you can earn a full-time income through an at-home sewing business. You can offer alteration and repairing, custom sewing projects, handmade crafts (such as plush toys, and totes) and more.
Recommended Resource: Fast Start Your Sewing Business
Are you a licensed cosmetologist? As long as you have the proper licenses, you can operate a salon out of your home.
24. Web Developer
Large companies, small businesses, and bloggers are in need of functional websites and they are looking for people to create them.
If you have web development experience, start your own business to develop websites for clients.
You can also create premade website templates and sell them on your own website, or in a theme marketplace as I do here at Beautiful Dawn Designs.
25. Online Coaching
If you love helping people reach their goals, a home-based coaching business could be for you.
Being a life coach does not require a license, however, being certified does help increase your chances of gaining clients and allows you to raise your rates.
26. Start a Podcast
Podcasts are big right now. If you have a topic or niche you enjoy discussing, starting a podcast may be a good option for you.
Podcasts are generally inexpensive to start and as a podcaster, you can make money through sponsorships, products, coaching, books, crowdfunding, affiliate marketing, and more.
27. Vinyl Sign Creator
I'm sure you've noticed those colorful vinyl signs around your town promoting sales, political candidates, businesses, and more.
As your customer base grows, you may even decide to expand by hiring employees. Create a vinyl sign shop can be a very lucrative business.
28. Fiverr Gigs
Fiverr is a huge marketplace for digital services. Services on Fiverr are priced starting a $5, hence the name.
Some services that you can offer on Fiverr include music and audio, graphic design, digital marketing, programming, and much more.
29. Sell Beats
Music producers around the world are making money by selling their beats online.
As a music producer, you can earn thousands of dollars per month selling your own beats. You can sell your beats on your own website, Airbit, and Bandcamp.
Recommended Reading: How to Make Money Selling Your Beats Online
30. Candle Making
Starting a candle making business is a fun and creative way to make money.
While prices vary, the startup cost for a candle making business is around $200-$400, making candle making an affordable business to start.
Check out my post How to Make Money Selling Candles from Home to learn how to start your own candle business.
31. Baked Goods
The baked goods industry has grown in popularity over the years. As a home-based baking business, you can sell a variety of tasty treats such as cupcakes, cakes, cookies, pies, muffins, and more.
Foodservice businesses are regulated by your Occupational Health and Safety Department.
Be sure to research the regulations for your state if you want to start your own bakery business.
32. Audiobook Narrator
Do people ever tell you that you have a nice voice? With a little practice, you can have a career as a self-employed audiobook narrator.
Recommended Reading: How to Become an Audiobook Narrator on Amazon
33. Editorial Services
Get paid to read and edit stories and articles by working as a freelance copyeditor or proofreader.
There are several freelance sites that you can offer your services on, like Guru or Get a Freelancer.
Even with the popularity of ebooks, there are plenty of readers out there that prefer to read from physical books.
That means there's definitely a market out there of people looking for unique bookmarks.
For more information on starting your own bookmark business, check out my post How to Make Money Online Selling Bookmarks.
35. Tarot Card Readings
If you have a gift for reading Tarot cards, you've probably considered starting your own Tarot reading business.
If this sounds about right, I have some good news for you. You can definitely make a part-time or even a full-time income by reading Tarot cards for your clients.
Recommended Reading: How to Start an Online Tarot Reading Business
36. Sell Printables
Creating printables is a useful skill for bloggers to have because you can use printables as an incentive for people to sign up for your email list.
You can also make money online by selling your printables in your online store. Check out my post How to Make Money Online Selling Printables to jump-start your printable business.
Additional At-Home Business Ideas
If you're looking for more work-from-home ideas, continue reading below. You're bound to find something that strikes your interest.
37. Greeting Cards
38. Music Teacher
39. Sell Plush Toys
40. Create Decorative Pillows
42. Cake Decorator
44. Roast and Sell Coffee
45. Create Sculptures
46. Video Editing
47. Interior Designer
48. Tattoo Artist
49. Dance Teacher
50. Basket Weaver
53. Gift Wrapper
54. Custom Stamps
55. Sell Handcrafted Spices
56. Eco-friendly Wallets
57. Sell Crystals or Offer a Course on Crystals
58. Create Custom Doormats
59. Start a Subscription Box Service
60. Create DIY Kits
61. Sell Keychains and Lanyards
62. Custom Belt Buckles
If you're a creative entrepreneur or are looking to become one, I hope you've found these creative business ideas helpful.
The sky is the limit when it comes to work-from-home business opportunities. Good luck!
More Articles You May Like: