4 platforms that will put your art to work

Drawing Hands Illusion by Mc Escher 1948

Whether you’re a full time creative, occasional hobbyist or took a brief dive into abstract poetry that one whimsical summer – there’s a good chance you have a few old projects lying around that could be earning you extra cash while you study.

With numerous online platforms now offering a streamlined means for artists to set up shop, there has never been a better time to get your creations seen and sold.

Here are 4 online art markets to check out:

1.Society6

Ideal for: photography, fine art, illustrations, graphic designs and typography.

This popular, hassle-free platform can be used by professionals and hobbyists alike; there is no strict selection process so literally anyone with original work can create a store.

Joining and listing sale items is free with commission taken only once pieces have sold. In addition, the entire ordering, distribution and payment process is covered by the platform, meaning artists don’t have to lift a finger once set up.

Aside from standard prints, artwork can be printed on a range of fun products including apparel, home d├ęcor, furniture and accessories.

2. Creative Market

Ideal for: content producers, including illustrators, graphic designers, typographers, photographers, web and template designers.

This is a digital design marketplace for creators seeking content for websites, blogs, apps, social media and other business paraphernalia. If you have ever created an original PowerPoint presentation, invitations for an event, a resume, brand logo or set of stock photos for an assessment – you can sell customisable versions of those here.

Additionally, if you’re someone who doodles flowers and robots in the margins of notebooks, these can be gathered and sold as a digital pack.

3. Etsy

Ideal for: anything handmade or designed by you!

You are undoubtedly familiar with this platform as Etsy is one of the largest online marketplaces in the world. It offers artists the ability to sell unique vintage and handmade pieces – a huge drawcard for buyers looking for one-of-a-kind items.

This option requires a larger commitment compared to other platforms as the dispatching process is largely handled by the seller. Plus, there are additional listing and transaction fees.

For time-poor students this may not be an ideal sales platform. However, for those studying part-time or via distance, Etsy is a great way to test the consumer waters if you’re looking to seriously monetise your handmade hobby.

4. The T-Shirt Mill

Ideal for: photographs, illustrations and graphic designs.

A quirky, Australian-owned printing hub which offers a free affiliate store setup to anyone wanting to see their design on a t-shirt.

I’m labelling this the ‘indie option’ as, unlike the above platforms, The T-Shirt Mill isn’t a major marketplace. Like Society6 however, they take care of everything and you receive a commission.

Enjoy wondering through the marketplace and don’t forget to tell your friends about your new store!