Here is my list of some creative work from home ideas. I have personally used most of the websites I mention here either as a publisher or buyer. If you are a creative person then you may find an idea here that will enable you to work from home doing what you love.
1. Sell Digital Artwork
Sell your art and illustrations as digital files. There are many people looking to buy artistic images to use in their own projects. They are willing to purchase artwork from artists.
Creative Market have over 2 million members who are there to buy. You can set up a shop on Creative Market and set your own prices for your art. You earn 70% on each sale.
TheHungryJpeg.com is another website that offers 70% on each sale as well. They are non exclusive which means that you can sell your artwork on multiple websites.
If you create fonts then you can sell those too.
I haven’t attempted to sell any of my art as I don’t really create much but I have purchased digital artwork and fonts from both these websites in the past.
2. Freelance Illustrator
Offer your artistic skills by becoming a freelance illustrator. There are many illustration jobs available on websites like Upwork.com that you can apply for.
The good thing about freelancing is that once you get your foot in the door and have clients who like your work and your style there is a good chance that they will offer you regular jobs in the future.
3. Teach Your Creative Skills To Others
Have you ever considered teaching your creative skills to others? Maybe you already do that offline? The great thing about the internet age we live in is that you can now teach to millions of people world wide. There are websites that enable you to upload instructional video lessons and earn money from them.
For full details please visit these websites:
Skillshare.com – At Skillshare.com you earn money whenever someone watches your videos. They also have a course creation tool and provide support. Skillshare claim that their top teachers earn up to $40,000 year.
Udemy.com – At Udemy.com you earn money whenever someone buys your course. They provide the tools you need to design your course. Udemy have over 15 million students from 190 countries.
4. Print On Demand
Another creative work from home idea is to use your art on print on demand products. You can do this by starting a Zazzle store.
Zazzle are a print on demand website. They produce goods only after they are ordered. This is because the products that Zazzle offers can be personalized and they are made to order.
Having a Zazzle store enables you to add your art to hundreds of products. When a product with your design is purchased then you earn a royalty. You get to choose which products your artwork goes on and set up each product individually. You can also add text to your artwork that can be personalized by the buyer making it totally customizable.
You also get to set your own royalty rate.
Some of the products include: tshirts, mugs, pillows, greeting cards, business cards, wedding stationery, invitations, home-wares, baby goods, iphone cases, accessories and so much more.
I have used Zazzle successfully and earned royalties on wedding invitations, iphone covers and even napkins.
There are other similar print on demand websites such as Cafe Press and Red Bubble that you may also want to consider. I haven’t used either of these myself. I did set up an account at Red Bubble but haven’t uploaded anything to it as yet.
5. Sell Handmade Items
If you create physical items from your art or illustrations such as art prints or greeting cards you can sell these on Etsy.com. Opening an Etsy store will enable you to sell your art products online. You can sell other handcrafted items as well. It is not restricted to art only.
6. Publish Coloring Books
Are you good at line art? You may like to publish coloring books. Amazon’s Createspace makes it possible to self publish books.
IngramSpark.com also offer self publishing services.
Both Createspace and Ingram Spark give you instructions and size guidelines to help you set up your document file for print but it does help if you are proficient in InDesign or other page layout software.
You can also use Canva.com to set up the layout of your pages. If you are not familiar with this part of the process you may need to pay someone to format your book for you.
7. Design & Make Stationery
You can run a stationery business from home specializing in wedding stationery as well as invitations for other events such as baby showers and birthday parties.
This is a home business idea and you will need some money to invest in equipment and supplies to get started. You will also need a printer and a website to sell your goods from.
For the inital set up you will need to produce a portfolio of designs that you can showcase on your website.
I have a previous blog post where I have written about selling goods online here:
How To Work From Home On The Internet: Selling Goods