how to make money as an artist online

how to make money as an artist online


5/9/20244 min read

woman holding paint brush
woman holding paint brush


This is a great post that questions the current model of selling artwork. I know many artists who have been burned by this, and it's essential to be able to talk about what you want for your business when you go out looking for investors.

Learn how to operate online stores.

The easiest way to make money as an artist is by selling your work online. To do this, you'll need a website and some way of selling your art on that site.

  • Set up a website: You can use Squarespace (which is free) or WordPress (which will cost money). Either way, set yourself up with hosting and domain registration before designing anything else.

  • Sell your art: This part is easy—just upload high-quality photos of the pieces you want to sell, create descriptions of them and their prices, then add links to each item's page so people can buy them directly!

Use social media to promote your art.

A great way to make money as an artist online is by using social media. Social media has become an important part of our lives, and it can help you promote your art in ways that other platforms don't allow.

First, let's talk about how to use social media to promote your artwork. You should post pictures or videos of what you create on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so people can see it for themselves! This helps them decide whether they want to buy something from you or not (and then buy something from another artist). If someone likes what they see, then they might share it with their friends, who may also want similar things done by other artists! This is called viral marketing because everyone gets exposed through these channels, which means more potential customers for us artists."

Don't sell so much that you're spending all your time marketing.

You want to spend only some of your time marketing yourself or working on sales and money-making.

You should spend a lot of time making art, but not so much that you're spending all your time making art. In fact, the best way for artists to make money is by focusing on their art instead of trying too hard to get it out there in the world. Only sell a little! If you're not selling any prints (or even CDs), then stop trying so hard because no one wants anything from you right now anyway—you'll just end up frustrated with yourself and feel like giving up altogether before ever having gotten anywhere near where they wanted to go with their work."

Plan out when you'll make sales.

When planning out your sales, it's important to remember that there is no guarantee of success. The only way you can control your destiny is by avoiding the pitfalls of uncertainty and randomness—the two biggest enemies of making money online as an artist.

When I started out, I was curious to know how much money my work would make or how many people would want to buy it. This lack of knowledge led me down a path with many wrong turns along the way:

  • Planning too far ahead meant I had yet to learn what kind of demand existed for my art at any given time. As such, I'd end up feeling frustrated when sales weren't coming in fast enough (and sometimes never).

  • Not planning meant that once someone bought one piece from me, they'd likely never repurchase another piece because they thought they'd already seen everything worth buying from me this particular year or last month/week/day...

Get sponsors who can help promote you.

Sponsors are companies that pay to have their names or logos used on your website, social media, and other promotional materials. When you get sponsored by a company, they pay you for being featured in your work—in exchange for promoting their product or service. For example, if a sponsor wanted to feature an artist's work on its website as part of its marketing strategy (which might include promoting selling products), then it would pay that artist directly with money from whatever sales were made from those pieces of content on the site. This is similar to how an advertiser pays writers at big news outlets like The New York Times so they can write articles about products they sell; only instead of paying writers per word written (like most advertisers do), this specific kind of sponsorship deals usually involves paying artists based on how many people view their art online at any given time!

Isolate your role in the process.

  • Don't be a pest. You're not trying to sell your stuff, and if you're going to be annoying about it, then someone else will do it for you.

  • Don't be too pushy or aggressive. You don't have to ask for money every day—but do ask every now and then! If someone likes what they see on social media, it's probably worth asking them if they'd like to buy something from you (or vice versa).

  • Avoid passive-aggression; this means not taking any action when people aren't interested in buying anything from you at all times (which happens sometimes).

You can make money as an artist online.

The first step to making money as an artist online is to get your art out there. You need to sell it, and you can sell it in a variety of ways.

You can sell your art online on websites like Etsy or eBay or host a show at a venue such as the local art museum or gallery space. If you want more control over how your work is displayed and distributed, consider starting your own online shop where customers can purchase prints and original paintings directly from you without having to go through any middlemen (like galleries).


Money is a tool to help you live the life you want. Money does not determine success but can help you achieve your goals. And money, not talent or time, is what makes the world go around. I have been living paycheck to paycheck since I was thirteen years old; I've had to tighten my belt and make tough decisions. It's made me stronger and twice as determined.

Nothing else matters more than having enough money to get by in life; it's our daily bread and butter. You must be prepared to work hard every day, seven days a week, however much or little you're making, because this business is not for everyone. However, you have a good attitude and are dedicated, determined, and willing to learn about this industry. In that case, there is no limit to your possibilities of how far you can accomplish in life!