The AI Revolution is happening right now as we speak, and there are regular people just like you who are taking advantage of this Golden Era by starting side hustles with the help of AI. In this article, I’m going to show you four of the best AI side hustles that you can start doing right now from the comfort of your home.
1. Selling AI Mugs
Let’s start with talking about the business of selling AI coffee mugs. There are people who are making tens of thousands of dollars per month selling just coffee mugs on sites like Etsy. Now, I want you to imagine how different your life would look right now if you were making an extra say ten thousand dollars per month. Is it possible?
Well, the above seller here sells nothing but coffee mugs on Etsy. And you can see for yourself that they have over $1.45 million just selling coffee mugs. And there are dozens of sellers just like this who are making insane amounts of money just by selling coffee mugs.
The craziest part about this is they probably aren’t even printing and shipping these coffee mugs themselves. More than likely, they’re using some type of print-on-demand service such as Printify to manufacture and ship the products for them.
This means the only thing that the seller has to do is come up with the actual designs for the mugs. Now, before the help of AI, coming up with designs for these mugs would have been a very time-consuming task. But not anymore because you’re going to use the power of AI to come up with designs for you. And you’re specifically going to use a powerful AI program called Mid-Journey to do all the design work for you.
Mid-Journey is a text-to-image generator that converts simple text descriptions into full-blown images, and you’re going to use it to create an unlimited number of coffee mug designs for you.
Now, these are just a few examples of coffee mug designs that the AI has created. And these are all designs that would have probably taken a lot of skill and a lot of time to create by yourself. But with the help of AI, this has only taken us a couple of minutes to create. And all I’m doing is typing in different prompts of the different types of designs that I want.
For example, I might ask the AI to create a cute cat illustration for us.
And in a matter of seconds, this is what it generates.
Now, I have an article on how to start a print-on-demand business, you can learn a lot more about the process of connecting Printify to your Etsy shop. But for the sake of this article, I’m just barely scratching the surface to show you how easy this is to get started for yourself.
Getting Designs Ideas
Now, if you’re having trouble coming up with coffee mug designs, you can actually use another AI tool called ChatGPT to help you come up with designs. And you can do this by heading into ChatGPT and then asking the AI to give me a list of ideas for designs of coffee mugs to sell online. In a matter of seconds, the AI will start spitting out ideas.
What’s cool about this is, let’s just say, for example, that I wanted to create a couple of mug designs around nature and specifically flowers. What I can do is head into Mid-Journey and ask the AI to create flower designs for me that I can place on coffee mugs.
With this prompt, it gives us some pretty cool options, and we can certainly use some of these for our mug designs.
But let’s just say, for example, that you wanted to include some text on your mugs along with the actual AI-generated image. Because after looking at some of the best-selling mugs on Etsy, you notice that mugs with words on them sell really well.
What you can do is actually head back into ChatGPT and ask the AI to give you phrases relevant to flowers that can be put on a coffee mug. In a matter of seconds, the AI will again give you a big list of phrases that you can then add to your mug.
So, I like this phrase that says “Wake up and smell the roses”, and what I’ll do is head back into Printify and then add some text below the flower design here and then add this new phrase.
Now, within maybe three to five minutes, we have a mug design here that will probably sell pretty well on Etsy.
You can just repeat this process over and over again and come up with hundreds of different designs that you can then sell on Etsy.
If you would like me to write a dedicated article about how to sell AI mugs on Etsy please be sure to leave a comment down below. And if enough people comment, then I’ll write a dedicated article about this.
But anyways, the next AI side hustle that you can start is something extremely lucrative and that is
2. Selling Mid-Journey Prompts
When it comes to creating any type of AI artwork, whether it’s patterns, characters, stickers, or anything else, the only way to get the AI to create these things for you is by using prompts.
For example, the above seller on Etsy is selling Mid-Journey AI prompts for up to twenty dollars, and their shop has close to 19,000 sales, probably making over six figures per year.
If you’re already familiar with how AI artwork works, you know what a prompt is. But if you don’t, a prompt is simply any form of text, question, information, or coding that communicates to the AI what response you’re looking for. So, for example, if I wanted to create some cute puppy images, I might type in a prompt like this to get results like this “A picture of a cute Yorkie puppy”. Or perhaps I wanted images of puppies wearing sunglasses. In that case, I would type in a prompt like “A picture of a cute Yorkie puppy wearing sunglasses” to get my desired result.
Once you have the actual prompts, you can get the AI to generate an infinite number of images based on that prompt. But you have to have the prompt.
Generating The Prompts
Now, you might be thinking that you don’t know how to create these prompts. Well, you don’t have to because we can use another AI, ChatGPT, to create the prompts for us.
Here’s the thing, though. You can’t just go into ChatGPT and ask it to create Mid-Journey prompts for you because it’ll give you responses that are not what we’re looking for. Mid-Journey was released in 2022, and ChatGPT only has knowledge of the world up until 2021. This means it doesn’t know what Mid-Journey is and can’t help you generate prompts right away. Instead, you’ll have to quickly give the AI some training.
Training The AI
To prepare ChatGPT to give you Mid-Journey prompts, you first need to feed it some information about what Mid-Journey is. Once you enter that information, the AI will respond saying that it understands what Mid-Journey is. Then you’ll paste in a sentence stating that you’ll give information about Mid-Journey prompts and ask the AI to reply if it understands, which it does.
Then you’ll paste in a response and tell the AI that you’re about to give it some sample prompts.
At this point, ChatGPT has been properly trained and can start creating prompts for you, which you can then sell on Etsy. You just need to start asking ChatGPT to create prompts for you. For example, you might ask it to create a prompt for a beautiful home sitting in the mountains, and it will give you a response. You could even ask it to give you multiple prompts with different variations.
There’s no reason why you couldn’t get the AI to create hundreds, if not thousands, of these prompts in just a few hours. Then you can turn around and sell them on Etsy. If you have more questions and want a dedicated article about this side hustle, be sure to comment below to let me know you’re interested.
3. Selling AI Print
There are people who are literally making millions of dollars selling art prints.
Take this seller on Etsy, for example. They have over 111,000 sales in total and have earned over $7.57 million. You could do the same thing, except use the power of AI to create the prints for you.
Let’s use this piece of artwork as an example.
You could go into Mid-Journey, type in a prompt that includes words like watercolor, wall art, and Abstract Beach art, and have the AI create very similar art pieces for you that you can then sell on Etsy. And like we talked about with the last idea on this list, you can actually train ChatGPT to create these art prompts for you, and the entire process takes less than one minute.
So, using AI, you’ll just come up with different prompts to generate different unique art prints. And here’s where it gets exciting because once you’ve actually created the art prints, you can sell them in multiple different ways on multiple different websites to diversify your income as much as possible.
For example, you could sell these as just digital downloads on sites like Etsy, Redbubble, Zazzle, or Society6. Digital download art prints are an insanely popular category on sites like Etsy, and the way it works is the customer simply buys a digital JPEG image of the artwork. So, you don’t actually have to produce any of the physical products. All you have to do is just create the digital AI artwork. Alternatively, you could also use a print-on-demand service such as Printify to automatically print and ship the physical prints for you.
4. Selling AI Patterns
The final AI side hustle that you can start is selling AI patterns. There are people who are making millions of dollars just by selling patterns.
For example, this seller on Etsy has over 747,000 sales and has earned over $3.27 million just selling patterns on Etsy. If you look through their shop, I’m not exaggerating when I say they literally only sell patterns. This can also be called digital paper.
Generating The Patterns
Creating AI patterns is extremely easy. For example, let’s say I wanted to create my own version of these pink floral patterns. There are two different ways to go about doing this. The first way is by simply coming into Mid-Journey and asking the AI to create seamless pink floral patterns, and these are the results.
And of course, if you wanted to, you could have the AI regenerate this prompt an infinite number of times to get an infinite number of results.
Something else you can do is head into ChatGPT and have the AI create the prompts that then create the patterns for you. Within ChatGPT, I’ll ask the AI to create a prompt for pink floral seamless digital paper, and the AI will begin working its magic.
You can then take the prompt that ChatGPT created and insert it into Mid-Journey to get some higher-quality results.
Remember, if you’re going to use ChatGPT to create the prompts for you, you have to first teach ChatGPT how to actually write the prompts, which we talked about earlier. But once you’ve created the patterns, you would just head over to Etsy, open a new Etsy shop by scrolling to the bottom of the website and clicking on “Sell on Etsy,” and then once your shop is open, you would simply create your listings. And for your product listings, all you have to do is simply copy what’s already working.
And so, just like how the above seller is doing, you would have the main image of the listing which shows the pattern, as well as some type of title or something on it. You could do this completely free by bringing the pattern into Canva and then adding a title over it, like this:
And then, you can have several different product images showing different details of the patterns up close to give the seller a better idea of what the pattern looks like. This helps potential customers make more informed decisions.
Next, you would set the price of the product, create the title, description, etc. But creating just one of these patterns takes less than one minute to do. And all of these patterns can easily be listed and sold on Etsy, offering the potential to make millions of dollars, just like some sellers are already doing.
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