You don’t have to be a starving artist. One of the fastest growing career categories for remote work is art and creative, according to a new study by FlexJobs.  With more than 40% growth in job postings, your ability to make money with art and photography has never been better.

How can you make money with art and photography?

FlexJobs’ help-wanted listings run the gamut from fashion design to animation. The site is a curated job board, which charges $15 per month (or $50 per year) for membership. It currently has 13-pages of art and creative job listings, including those for highly-paid art professors and scantily-paid art-class models. lists more than 2,000 jobs for artists and art teachers in Los Angeles alone. The site sorts jobs by location, but you can also search by estimated pay and whether the job allows you to telecommute. When narrowing the search to Los Angeles jobs with expected to pay $40,000 or more, some 1,400 positions remained. These include full-time teaching positions in public schools, as well as jobs for artists willing to organize and lead “Paint ‘N’Sip” classes at local restaurants.

Selling art

However, if your passion requires too much of your day to take on full-time work, you can also find side gigs that will pay a few bucks for your lesser art, while you work on your masterpiece.

Etsy, for example, allows artists to set up shops on the platform where they can sell hand-made items, ranging from paintings and jewelry to hand-crafted furniture. Artists determine their own prices. Etsy simply charges a listing fee, plus a commission when items sell.

RubyLane also specializes in selling art and antiques. This site doesn’t charge a commission, but it does charge set-up and monthly listing fees. This is a less advantageous structure for those who sell $1,500 or less in goods each month. But it can work well for those whose sales add up to more, since the commissions charged by other sites add up quickly.

Freelance animation, illustration and photography

If you want to freelance in art, design, animation or illustration, there are a number of sites that can help.

Skyword connects Fortune 1000 clients with writers, photographers and videographers. The companies need people to produce blog posts, infographics and videos for corporate events and websites. The client sets the rate of pay, which can be accepted or rejected by the freelancer. Skyword charges the client, not the freelancer, a fee for the matchmaking service.

Reedsy connects authors with professional book editors, writers, illustrators, photographers and designers who can move a book project from concept to reality. Clients say what they need, Reedsy connects them with five appropriate freelancers, who bid on the job. Freelancers set their own rates and payment formula, determining when progress payments are required. Those payments are automatically collected by the site, which saves editors from dealing with collections.

WorkingNotWorking connects creatives in art and film with companies that want to hire them. The idea is to avoid agency fees and commissions levied on talent. This site puts the cost of hiring on the company seeking work. The site is selective about who can sign up. But those who are accepted at the site generally earn between $50 and $150 per hour.

Royalty sites

Few artists get rich on royalties alone, since they typically amount to only a few bucks a sale. But royalties can produce a continuing stream of income long after the initial work is done. Prolific artists with a lasting portfolio can generate significant passive income by simply making their art available on multiple sites. The options are particularly attractive with so-called “print-on-demand” sites, which put your photos and art on everything from comforters to iPhone cases.

Society6 invites artists to upload their drawings, paintings and/or photographs and make them available for sale on t-shirts, coffee mugs, phone cases, etc. Society6 makes the products, handles the billing, shipping and simply pays you a royalty for the art. If you’re selling prints, you get to set your own royalty rate. However, if you’re selling your art on anything else, the site pays a set 10% royalty.

RedBubble has a similar set-up, but a less rigid royalty system. Like Society6, Redbubble puts your art on t-shirts, hoodies, notebooks, stickers, posters, comforters and a wide array of other products. However, where Society6 sets a price per product and tells you how much you’ll make, Redbubble has a dynamic pricing formula where you can set your own margin.For instance, if a t-shirt’s base price is $18.50, you can add a $10 mark-up and the site will sell it for $28.50. Or, you could decide to accept a lower mark-up to sell at a lower price. The site says the average commission rate is 17%.

DesignbyHumans, Zibbet and Threadless offer similar services, but have had issues with quality and complaints from both designers and customers.

Stock photos

Photographers can also earn royalties by making their stock photos available. However, the pay per purchase is usually modest.

Adobe Stock promises to pay the photographer 33% to 35% of the amount it collects from photo buyers. However, your photos would need to be both dramatic and popular to make more than a few bucks a month. The reason: Adobe Stock — a division of the software giant — has thousands (maybe millions) of images for sale. It generally sells access to these images via subscription. Smaller subscription plans, which give users the ability to upload just 3 images a month, would result in a royalty of $3.30 to the photographers whose photos were chosen. However, frequent users of Adobe images are likely to buy bigger subscription plans, which cost far less per photo. Adobe Stock’s minimum royalty rate on these plans works out to 33 cents per photo.

Shutterstock has a similar set up, but passes on only 10% to 20% of the royalties to the photographer, resulting in a minimum roryalty rate of 25 cents.

However, if you take portraits or event photos, Snapped4U could be a great find. The site allows you to set up galleries, where the subjects of your photos can browse and buy JPEG files. Snapped4U charges photographers a modest $10 set-up fee; after that, you pay just 10% for a domestic sale and 12% for an international sale.

Renting out your equipment

Finally, if you have a bunch of unused photo equipment — lights, lenses, etc. — you can rent these out through sites like ShareGrid and KitSplit. You set your rates; the sites take a cut.