How to Get Rich as an Artist? (31 Proven Ways in 2022)

How to Get Rich as an Artist? (31 Proven Ways in 2022)

Are you an artist who is looking to get rich? If so, you're in luck! There are many ways to become wealthy as an artist.

This blog post will discuss the best ways to make money as an artist. So, whether you are just starting out in your career or have been working as an artist for many years, read on for some valuable tips on getting rich!

1. Start a drop shipping business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Hey, y’all I’m Cinquanta Cox-Smith I hate putting myself in a box, but If I had to explain what I do: I’m a Multipreneur. (Author, Podcaster, and Entrepreneur) I’ve been helping entrepreneurs start an EASY Print On Demand side hustle from anywhere for about 3 years now. I’m originally from a small town in South Carolina called Georgetown. It’s historic in many ways, especially for the Geechee Gullah culture. I’m an Army Veteran and my Husband (Shawn) is an active-duty soldier. We have 2 kids Kyree (15) and Sharye (12). Let’s not forget about our dog ChuChu. He's most definitely the star of this show.

I’ve always felt like this was just a hobby, or I was just making shirts but Print On Demand is so much more than that. It’s helped me create $7,000 in one month selling POD journals on Amazon KDP, it’s helped me land a Magazine Cover with my T-Shirts for Stars & Stripes (American Military Newspaper). It’s helped me teach over 10,000 people how to create passive & residual income from home with just a computer and some wi-fi. Most importantly it’s allowed me the gift of TIME. Time to spend and travel with my family. Once we get further along into this interview. I’ll tell you about how I accidentally started in the Print On Demand industry 12 years ago.

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2. Start an art lessons business

Are you a professional artist? Teaching arts and crafts online can be a small but profitable business venture.

You can target kids interested in becoming artists or talented teens who want to advance their artistic skills. To start an arts business, train yourself in arts and crafts, and then plan a curriculum suitable for your target audience.

Advertising your business will help you to reach a larger audience.

3. Start an online shopping business

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $500,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Matt Griffin, and I'm the CEO of Combat Flip Flops--a team of people that believe we can bring sustainable, peaceful solution to armed conflict with education and economics.

As the CEO, I manage the corporate team to help drive messaging, social media, and sales. Alongside me is Andy Sewrey, President, and Donald Lee, CMO.

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4. Launch an online classes platform ($88K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $175,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hello and good day to Starter Story readers, my name is Surinder Singh, and I am the founder of social learning app MillionCenters.

We see ourselves as technology enablers, fresh data serving broad category options, job opportunities, and career growth, providing flexibility to centers on how to market the courses, SMM, and events, creating a digital network for learners.

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5. Become an ebook writer

How Much Can You Make?
$17,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 3 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

In the year 2016, we had negligible revenue from the blog but the blog has grown substantially since then. Our average revenue is about $17K per month. Our gross profit margin is about 80% since we maintain a very small team and there are no physical products. Our target is to achieve 100% revenue growth by the end of next year.

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6. Sell e-books

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Hi, I’m Naveen Joshi and I co-founded AllAuthor with my brother, Mady Joshi. We started AllAuthor together five years ago as a book promotion platform focused on helping self-published authors to market their books.

Readers’ accounts on AllAuthor are entirely free of cost. Readers can browse through the various book and author listings, find ebooks at discounts and search for books from multiple genres and book types.

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7. Start an online course sales business

Do you know you can make money selling what you are passionate about? People are making money creating courses and selling them online. Common online courses include music, cooking, coding, web design, dropshipping, etc.

Thus, if you have a skill, you can turn it into a source of passive income by launching online classes. All you need is to choose a target audience, create the online course and choose an online learning platform where you can sell the course. The gear you need to start creating online classes includes:

  • A good HD camera
  • Professional Lighting kit
  • Video editing software
  • Green screen
  • Script

The e-learning market is expected to be worth over $645 Billion in the next few years.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $1,666,666/month
Average Initial Investment
$100
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hey Everyone, my name is Rahul Alim and I am the founder of Custom Creatives, a Digital Marketing Agency that helps connect business owners with their dream client, AKA, The Peoples Agency.

Monthly revenue is often the indicator many people use to determine the success of an agency or individual. While I don’t disagree, I put more emphasis on the success of our clients and the fact that we retain clients for many years, and in our case, many for over a decade. We have consistently been over 7-figures year over year.

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8. Start an online art prints business

The art print is a fast-growing segment. Although there is a lot of competition in the fine art marketplace, selling original art prints online can be profitable.

You do not have to rely on original artwork sales alone for financial stability in your artistic career. Selling copies and digital art from different artists is a simpler way of starting your online art print business.

How Much Can You Make?
$6,600 — $110,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Amrit Pal Singh is an art director, visual artist, and 3D illustrator. He was referred to as the Indian NFT industry's toymaker who enjoys creating 3D dioramas and toy faces.

His famous Toy Faces are 3-D portraits that resemble cartoons of various favorite characters and renowned personalities such as Frida Kahlo, Steve Jobs, and Malala Yousafzai.

Singh came up with the NFT business idea after a friend told him that one of his earlier projects, Toy Faces, would "work well as NFTs."

For the past ten years, he has enjoyed working with clients worldwide and designing his own line of goods, including digital toys, picture books, card games, and mobile apps.

Over about nine months, Amrit Pal Singh has made over $1 million from the sale of 57 nonfungible tokens (NFTs) made from his artwork.

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Read the full story on cnbc.com ➜

9. Start an ebook reading app business

How Much Can You Make?
$17,000/month
Skills

Case Study

In the year 2016, we had negligible revenue from the blog but the blog has grown substantially since then. Our average revenue is about $17K per month. Our gross profit margin is about 80% since we maintain a very small team and there are no physical products. Our target is to achieve 100% revenue growth by the end of next year.

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10. Start an e-book writing business

An eBook business is profitable and flexible, letting you start a business from anywhere, while it is a low-cost business that is easy to start. You can make living self-publishing and selling eBooks online as long as you are ready to invest your time and money in it.

Anyone can start the eBooks business! Just choose a niche that interests the target audience, and ensure in-depth research.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$35
Skills

Case Study

I'm Vaibhav Kishnani, an engineer but a passionate writer by profession. I established Content-Whale in 2017 when I was in my third year of engineering. Going by the maxim that quality writing is everything, Content-Whale caters to 42 different content types that form the backstory of every company’s digital presence and marketing efforts.

I started this content agency with a mere sum of Rs. 2,500. Today, we have drawn a revenue turnover of Rs. 4 Crores! In my opinion, it is not individual progress. Instead, a start-up is about connecting with the right individuals at the right time, who keep the show running ahead with their strife for perfection.

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11. Start an anti-subscription service business

How Much Can You Make?
$16,666,667/month
Skills

Case Study

When Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna launched Birchbox from business school in 2010, they set out to disrupt the beauty industry by delivering monthly samples in a box. Even though people told them the idea would never work, Birchbox attracted hundreds of thousands of subscribers and enthusiastic buzz as a subscription pioneer. But the speedy success was overwhelming for Katia; over the years the company endured plenty of growing pains as it found its distinctive voice in the beauty industry. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," after noticing that many of her female friends hated buying cars, Athena Staton launched SheCar, a personalized online service for used car buyers.

For artists, getting the attention of traditional brick & mortar stores is an enormous challenge with slim odds of success. Fortunately, online marketplaces make it possible for artists across the globe to sell their artwork internationally.

With art galleries contributing up to 45 billion dollars, they can be a great business opportunity. If you are interested in the art industry, you can start an online art gallery.

How Much Can You Make?
$350,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150,000
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi, my name is Adam Vieira, and I’m the creative director for Station 16 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Montreal heavily influenced by graffiti and street art.

We showcase original art, sculptures, and works on paper, which changes every month, sometimes every week. We also launch a new limited edition silkscreen print every month with international artists.

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13. Start a youtube channel

For anyone looking to start a successful YouTube channel, there are plenty of YouTube channel success stories that can be used as inspiration and encouragement. YouTube has an established monetization system and boasts incredible popularity, making it a potential platform for revenue generation.

In this article, we'll look at different approaches you can use to help promote your channel and grow your viewers. While there's no quick and easy way to success, you can take these tips to build your own YouTube Channel Success story. If you love content creation, you can capitalize on YouTube`s popularity to earn an extra income.

If you are looking to join the Youtube partner program to monetize your channel, you will need to reach a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $4,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,966
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

I am Chhavi, the founder and owner of the blog and YouTube channel Mrs Daaku Studio along with my husband Amit.

Our blog, YouTube channel, and products are designed to help you achieve what we have (...and, more).

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14. Start an art business ($59.7K/month)

If you have a passion for art, starting an art business can be a great idea.

You'll be able to work on your own schedule, set your own prices, and do something you love—while supporting yourself or even making money!

There are so many different avenues available to you as an artist-entrepreneur right now—from selling your work online (on sites like Etsy), through galleries or museums, or even at craft fairs and flea markets.

How Much Can You Make?
$876 — $415,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$29,336
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I’m Sarah, an artist from Plano Texas and living out my life long dream of being an artist. I am a stay at home mom to two; my oldest Elijah is 17 months and youngest Skyla is 4 months old. My husband is also an entrepreneur, so our schedules are pretty flexible and our children get to grow up seeing us both pursue our passions.

I am most proud of how my art allows for a connection with the buyer. To me, it’s more meaningful to know the artist and their process than purchasing a piece of art in a retail store or gallery.

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15. Start a content creation business

How Much Can You Make?
$7,000 — $380,536/month
Skills

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Josh Ellwood and I am the founder of Debt To Dollars on YouTube. I use my channel to teach people how to start their favorite side hustle and leverage it to create financial freedom. Primarily, I focus the channel around selling on Amazon using Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) services.

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16. Start a youtube channel

For anyone looking to start a successful YouTube channel, there are plenty of YouTube channel success stories that can be used as inspiration and encouragement. YouTube has an established monetization system and boasts incredible popularity, making it a potential platform for revenue generation.

In this article, we'll look at different approaches you can use to help promote your channel and grow your viewers. While there's no quick and easy way to success, you can take these tips to build your own YouTube Channel Success story. If you love content creation, you can capitalize on YouTube`s popularity to earn an extra income.

If you are looking to join the Youtube partner program to monetize your channel, you will need to reach a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $4,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,966
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

I am Chhavi, the founder and owner of the blog and YouTube channel Mrs Daaku Studio along with my husband Amit.

Our blog, YouTube channel, and products are designed to help you achieve what we have (...and, more).

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17. Start a portfolio website business ($250K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Skills

Case Study

When I started Design Extensions, which has since been rebranded as Business Builders, I was just 17 years old. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a teen trying to make some side money doing something I loved — building websites.

Today our services are focused on three key areas: coaching, marketing & development. Our mission is to help other people grow their business - like we have our own. We’ve gone from just $5000 in the first year to over $3,000,000 in sales this year.

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18. Print on demand business

Print on demand is a business model that allows you to create, publish and sell books, images, and other creative work to interested customers. It is the easiest way to start your own business as a publisher and make money while you sleep.

Starting a POD (Print-on-Demand) business like a printing company, or a drop shipping website is an attractive option for many people. Sending out a printed product is not something you can do on your own, but you can make money from it.

There are thousands of POD(Print-on-Demand) businesses out there. With the increased popularity over the last few years, it's becoming easier to create and run your own POD(Print-on-Demand) business.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$525,000
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

My name is Roy Kirchner, an entrepreneur from Odessa, Florida. After years spent in the automobile and marketing and advertising industries, I decided in 2014 to form a new company solely focused on emerging new technology, 3D printing.

I started my company with an initial, out-of-pocket investment of $65,000, and today we are averaging monthly gross sales of $330,000.

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19. Start a website designer

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $100,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Aunia Kahn. I am the CEO of Rise Visible, a full-service digital marketing agency. Our mission is to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs to rise above and become visible in their industry.

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20. Start an online art prints business

The art print is a fast-growing segment. Although there is a lot of competition in the fine art marketplace, selling original art prints online can be profitable.

You do not have to rely on original artwork sales alone for financial stability in your artistic career. Selling copies and digital art from different artists is a simpler way of starting your online art print business.

How Much Can You Make?
$6,600 — $110,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Amrit Pal Singh is an art director, visual artist, and 3D illustrator. He was referred to as the Indian NFT industry's toymaker who enjoys creating 3D dioramas and toy faces.

His famous Toy Faces are 3-D portraits that resemble cartoons of various favorite characters and renowned personalities such as Frida Kahlo, Steve Jobs, and Malala Yousafzai.

Singh came up with the NFT business idea after a friend told him that one of his earlier projects, Toy Faces, would "work well as NFTs."

For the past ten years, he has enjoyed working with clients worldwide and designing his own line of goods, including digital toys, picture books, card games, and mobile apps.

Over about nine months, Amrit Pal Singh has made over $1 million from the sale of 57 nonfungible tokens (NFTs) made from his artwork.

article

Read the full story on cnbc.com ➜

21. Start a chatbot affiliate marketing business

How Much Can You Make?
$2,700,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Mikael Yang founded this industry-leading chatbot business named ManyChat in 2015.

ManyChat enables companies to build Facebook Messenger & Instagram bots for marketing, sales, and support, boosting ROI and revenue.

ManyChat powers 1B+ conversations annually, 1M+ businesses selected ManyChat to expand, and 190+ countries use ManyChat globally.

The goal of this business is to assist companies in expanding through the development of deep connections with their clients.

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More business ideas

  • 22. Start a print on demand coaching

23. Start a product design business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

Laura (Williams) Elizabeth founded Client Portal, a project management plugin, in 2017.

It is a super simple WordPress plugin that people can use to provide their clients access to all files at any time and let them track the project's progress.

Laura founded this firm while working as a freelancer and needed a platform to help organize client projects.

In the first year of launching the business, she made $4K in monthly earnings from her WordPress plugin.

The founder is a multitasker - a designer, writer, speaker, and also cross-stitching in her free time.

Client Portal is the first-ever product launched by Laura. Though this business started as a side gig, it became her full-time business very shortly.

Later she also launched two other businesses - Design Academy (a design course made for developers) and Project Pack (collections of documents and templates for freelancers and businesses).

Laura was primarily hesitant to use social media to connect to her audience, however, later, she realized that Facebook & Twitter could be important platforms for reaching new clients, interacting with them, and getting feedback.

Here are some of Laura's best practices

  • Building in the open and sharing projects in public enabled her to land more clients and partnerships
  • She made just under $10K through Black Friday deals
  • putting herself out there early rather than waiting until she had something to sell fast-tracked her success.
  • Podcasts have been key to her successful entrepreneurship
  • Cross-selling and developing projects that target the same audience have helped her grow the brand

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More business ideas

  • 24. Start a hair products affiliate marketing business
  • 25. Start a start a blog
  • 26. Start a baking subscription service business
  • 27. Start a drive-thru art gallery business
  • 28. Start a start a blog
  • 29. Start an arts & crafts fair business
  • 30. Start a business license and permit services
  • 31. Start a start a blog

Frequently asked questions

Can you get rich as an artist?

If you're an artist, you're probably not in it for the money. But that doesn't mean you can't get rich. The easiest way to build real wealth as an artist is to start your own business. Maybe one of the ones we listed in the business ideas list a bit above.

How to get rich as an artist?

First, invest in yourself. Get an education and specialize in a field that pays well.

Second, think outside the box. There are many opportunities for an artist to make money.

Third, be creative and entrepreneurial. Start your own business or find ways to monetize your skills and knowledge.

By following these tips, you can become a wealthy lawyer and enjoy the good life!

Conclusion

an artist can get rich by becoming an artist entrepreneur.

There are many opportunities for artists to start their businesses and become wealthy.

Artists can create their products or services or provide consulting services to other professionals in their field.

Artists who are successful in business have several things in common, including a willingness to take risks, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a dedication to excellence.

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
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