Would you like to have a side hustle
that gets your creative juices? Do you need a stable source of income before you embark on your freelance career?
Whether your need money to launch your start-up
, make new investments (buy your first home, perhaps?) or get rid of mounting debt
, it helps to have another job to supplement your income.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics
, the need for part-time work is increasing, with the economy experiencing a strong secondary jobs surge, jumping by 30 per cent among professionals since 2010.
While some people sell their unwanted items online through Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, others offer their services like dog-walking, nannying, Uber driving or even renting out a spare bedroom on Airbnb.
There are myriad ways you can supplement your income.
You can work as much or as little as you’d like – the flexibility is a bonus.
You can set your schedule based on how much you want to earn and may end up with new skills to add to your resume. You can also club together a variety of jobs to become a full-time freelancer.
Be warned, there is financial insecurity. You need to have regular ongoing work to ensure that you’re financially sound. Freelance work often means chasing up invoices and periods of low income.
The question arises: What if you want to make use of your creative skills to supplement your income?
Let’s find out about flexible job options that you can do as a creative. All these jobs allow opportunities to work flexibly, including remote, part-time and freelance work.
Creative job ideas
- Digital Marketing.
- Web Design/Production.
- Account Services.
- Market Research.
- Caregiving and Community Services.
- Small Business.
- Sharing Your Expertise.
1. Digital Marketing.
Digital marketing specialists can lend their expertise to a wide range of businesses, from technology start-ups and small businesses to not-for-profits.
Creative jobs in digital marketing include freelance copywriters, social media marketing managers, digital analysts, digital marketing strategist, digital producers and designers.
This sector is poised for growth given the fact that all businesses need to be online nowadays.
2. Web Design/Production.
A web designer creates interesting, fully functional websites for clients, combining their creative and technical skills while a job in web production combines aspects of journalism, design and marketing.
Some creative jobs in this category include web designing, studio artist, visual designer, marketing production designer and UX-UI designer. You can also design logos and short videos for clients.
3. Account Services.
If you have a background in accounts, it’s worth considering the many jobs that fall under the account services category like tax professionals, client services analyst, risk management associate and account manager.
While the initial stages of setting up a business and finding clients is time-consuming and daunting, once your reputation grows, the sky's the limit.
4. Market Research.
Love the world of marketing and research? Why not combine these skills to work in market research. Openings range from internships to management jobs, with seasonal, part-time and remote work in roles such as sales and marketing specialists, data insights analysts and quantitative market researchers.
5. Caregiving and Community Services.
The demand for employees in aged care and childcare is growing steadily in Australia. If you have previous experience working as a nanny or looking after the disabled or elderly, use these skills to supplement your income by working in Community Services. Added benefits? The job satisfaction.
6. Small Business.
If you have a small creative business idea (selling handmade items, art, sewing, photography, etc.) you can start your own business without much overhead costs.
Get in touch with people in your local network – friends, family, schools – and let them know what you are offering. Spread the word on social media via Facebook groups and Instagram.
7. Sharing Your Expertise.
If you are an expert in a particular field (it can be anything from event planning to teaching a foreign language.
You can make money spreading this knowledge through educational YouTube videos (make sure to create a Google Adsense account), e-books, podcasts, online courses and tutorials.
Yes, it is a lot of work up-front, but if it takes off, you could be famous – and rich!
Do you need further creative inspiration?
If you want to turn your side hustle into a full-time business, get creative and check out Upskilled’s online courses and earn a qualification that will help you be on your way.
Courses are self-paced and most can be completed within 12 months. Be sure to speak with an education consultant and find out what course is the right fit when it comes to your own career dream.