If you’re the creative type and you’re interested in making money on your own terms, in your own way, there are endless opportunities for you out there in the world of online business. It’s just a matter of finding your niche.

To help you with that, and to provide you with some inspiration on your journey to creative business person extraordinaire, here are some interesting online business ideas for the creative mind:


Etsy is a platform for other creative businesses, as well as being a successful business in its own right, and it deserves to be mentioned here because it enables creative artists of all kinds to sell their goods to a large audience. Whether you’re an excellent photographer, a talented oil painter or a dab hand with a set of knitting needles, you can create your own unique business, selling your creations, on Etsy.

Santa Mail

Santa Mail is one of those businesses that once you’ve heard about it, you exclaim: “Why Didn’t I think of doing that!” It’s such a simple idea, but one that has proven to be quite lucrative for the creative thinker who set it up. Basically, for $10 parents can have Personalized letters from Santa sent straight to their kids, complete with North Pole postmark. It’s such a neat idea and one that spreads a lot of joy, which is something that can’t be said of a lot of businesses. Although this was the first business of its kind, several more have sprung up since, and although the market may be saturated now, you can surely use this as a springboard for your own mail-based business ideas.

Fetal Greetings

Fetal Greetings is another one of those business ideas that is so simple, but so brilliant that you wish you’d thought of it first. Basically, expectant moms can log on to the Fetal Greetings Website and have purchase greetings cards from their baby, announcing their imminent arrival into the world. It’s very cute, and it was completely unique when it was launched onto the market. You might want to encroach on their turf, but getting into the greetings card business is a great way to make money using your own creativity for sure.

Ship Your Enemies Glitter

Ship Your Enemies Glitter and other similar websites enable customers, as you might imagine, to ship packages filled with glitter to people who they don’t like very much., As you might imagine, when they open the package, they, and their homes. Get covered in the stuff, leaving them with a big mess to clean up. It might be mean-spirited, but you can’t deny that it was a very creative idea, from which you can take an enormous amount of inspiration.

The App Store

The app store is a treasure trove of inspiration for creative individuals who want to set up business online. It’s full of fantastic games, mobile identity verification products, lifestyle apps, fitness trackers, and well just about everything you can think of. Take your time to explore it, learn how to create your own apps and be prolific if you want to make money.

Mystery Boxes

There are a number of companies on the internet which offer to send customers a mystery box of goods for a price. This is a great way to make money if you’re creative because you can literally send your customers anything you like and if it’s interesting. There’s a good chance they’ll buy again, or recommend you to a friend. Just make sure that you come up with mystery items that are interesting, exciting, or even better, collectable.


Upwork is a fantastic platform for freelancers looking to find online work. Check it out if you want to get an idea of some of the creative ways you can make money. You will probably find that copywriting and web design are amongst the most lucrative ways to make money online, but you’d be surprised by what else is available; for example, you could get work producing marketing videos for other companies or recording voice overs.


XKCD is a fantastically successful web comic that goes to show you can really make money for your creativity online. Take a look at it if you want to laugh, think and be inspired to come up with your own digital entertainment product that will help you to launch a business and make very real money online without having to work a bring 9-5.

As you can see, making money from your creativity online is very possible, and it can be very rewarding, you just have to work out how to leverage your particular skills to your advantage, like the businesses above were able to do.


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