Let’s face it, as an independent artist, achieving sufficient, steady and reliable income is a challenge. Music is seasonal, gigs are sporadic, and there’s minimal stability. Truthfully, the psychological reward of following a career in music can be significantly larger than the actual monetary payout. Even as a full-time musician, there are still periods of low cash flow as performance opportunities tend to ebb and flow. According to ASU Alumni Association, it was estimated back in 2006 that “as many as 42 million people have contingency employment arrangements or are self-employed, working multiple gigs for multiple clients.” At the publishing of this article, this was about 15 years ago. Just imagine what those numbers are today! Musicians and independent artists who are curious about how to make extra money are no different.
There are countless ways to make easy money without having to abandon your career in music. The internet alone offers a multitude of money making opportunities from freelancing websites to virtual tasks and more. What’s more, you can save time and gas by choosing a side hustle that allows you to make money at home in addition to making money on the internet. Check out these 5 side hustle ideas specifically written with the musician and independent artist in mind. With a little effort, you can make fast money in no time.
Option 1. Freelance using your other Creative Outlets:
If you are an independent artist, you are bound to harness other talents and creative skills. What are some of your other creative outlets? Can you monetize them to help earn extra cash during the low season or as a year-round way to supplement your income? Just to name a few ideas in this area: Graphic/Web Design, Visual Art, Photography, Videography, or Writing/Blogging.
Option 2. Provide a Service:
Think of a service you would want as an artist. Can you provide that to aspiring artists or younger artists? Can you facilitate a Song-Writing Workshop for kids or young adults? What about moonlighting as a guitar instructor? Are you well versed in your scales and modes enough to be a studio musician? What about managing social media sites for other musicians?
There are even more services you can offer not related to music such as being a Lyft/Uber driver or you could become a Shipt Shopper. You could rent yourself! Yes, this is a thing. You can rent yourself as a friend for a day or a party companion on RentaFriend. You could sit with elderly or shop and run errands for the elderly. You could even become a virtual assistant by offering a gig or something similar on Fiverr. A few more ideas would be auto detailing, house sitting, baby sitting, or cooking meals for busy families.
Option 3. Monetize your Hobbies/Interests:
Do you have a hobby that can be monetized? Do you like animals or have a green thumb? Hobbies can help you earn a few extra hundreds per month while still working from home. Here are some ideas… Pet Sitting/dog walking, pet grooming, lawn care, sewing/become a seamstress (great idea during wedding season), or selling your crafts and homemade goods.
Option 4. Teach Something
Teachers are the cornerstone of society especially when it comes to teaching children! The beauty of a teaching gig however, is that everyone can be taught, not just the kiddos. Have you become an expert on something? Why not share it with others and make easy money by spending just a few hours per week teaching. You may need to become certified in order to be taken seriously, but in most cases these are just one-time fees that can reap you a return on your investment in doubles. Check out these great teaching ideas: Teach English to international students or immigrants. Teach fitness, Zumba, or Yoga classes. Teach financial planning and debt elimination. Or, you can tutor second and third graders with their math and reading.
Option 5. Resell Stuff
There’s an entire industry built around refurbishing and reselling items. You can replace a quiet Saturday morning with a garage sale tour to find untold treasures and sell them on eBay or Amazon. Here is a very thorough article on how to sell on eBay that will inspire you to start selling today! Some people even go to auctions hosted by storage companies to scout for items. You may even find people to pay you for refurbishing their items.
In conclusion, making extra money with a side hustle as an independent artist is a world of opportunities. If your music is not bringing in as much as you hope, don’t give up on it. Take charge of your finances and choose a secondary “gig” that can help supplement your income whether it’s making money on the internet, making money at home, or finding money making opportunities outside of home, the possibilities are endless. Don’t let the haters fool you into thinking you “need a real job” in order to be successful. With a little planning, a little time, and a little starter money, you can do your music and earn money with a side hustle too.