In this day and age, the concept of a starving artist is not only offensive, but also outdated.\u00a0 Telecommuting has reached into many worlds, and art is one of them.\r\n\r\nSome of the best telecommuting jobs in art include: photographer, videographer, illustrator,\u00a0graphic artist, designer, blogger, editor, reviewer, greeting card writer, and partier.\r\n\r\nBelow, I have included a list of the 20 most interesting telecommuting jobs in the art world.\u00a0 I have also included brief descriptions.\u00a0 In some cases, I have included companies that hire for these positions, either part-time, full-time, or contract.\u00a0 I have separated the jobs by category, so that you search them easily.\u00a0 Enjoy!\r\nPhotography and Videography\r\n1. Virtual Tour Photographer\/Videographer\r\nMany real estate brokers have too much on their plates to take pictures or videos of a house or apartment.\u00a0 Maybe they don't know how to take good pictures or videos.\u00a0 Perhaps they don't want to invest in the equipment.\r\nWith the right tools and skills, you can find work creating virtual tours of real estate.\r\n\r\nThese homes and apartments tend to be vacant during showing periods.\u00a0 This means that you can generally set your own hours.\r\nIf you get enough experience and feel ambitious, you can start your own company doing this!\u00a0 Keep in mind that building, updating, renovating, and painting real estate happens continuously.\u00a0 Thus, there will never be a shortage of work in this area.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tTo get a sense of what this job is like, check out virtual home tours.\r\n\r\n2. Wedding Photographer\/Videographer\r\nYes, technically you have to be at the wedding.\u00a0 I know that this is a fate worse than death.\u00a0 However, you can edit the video and choose the best pictures at home.\r\nWedding photographs have been around for a much longer time, but wedding videos have become more common in recent years.\u00a0 If you have experience taking pictures or shooting video for events, you might find contract gigs for weddings.\u00a0 However, most couples will not take the chance that you will mess up the photos\/video.\r\nIf you have no experience, talk to an engaged couple.\u00a0 Ask if you can take pictures or shoot video for free.\u00a0 They might make you promise not to get in the "real" photographer's way.\u00a0 Still, you will have something to write on your resume or put in your portfolio.\r\nIf you do a good job, the couple might end up paying you a little something anyway.\u00a0 You might also find referral work as you improve your skills.\r\n\r\n3. Venue Photographer\r\nAgain, technically you need to be on-site to take pictures of a venue.\u00a0 However, you can do most of the work of choosing the best pictures and touching them up at home.\r\nGo through the websites of some bars, restaurants, and other venues near you.\u00a0 If they have no pictures or poor pictures of the inside, make a note.\u00a0 Call them and ask if they need a photographer to take pictures and update the website.\r\nMost venue owners are too busy to do this, or might not even think to do this.\u00a0 However, if you put it right in front of them and make the business case, they might agree.\u00a0 Remind them that a lot of people in the younger crowd will check online before going to a restaurant.\u00a0 If they don't get a good vibe, that is one less customer.\u00a0 Your service can help to prevent that!\r\n\r\n4. Location Photographer\r\nMany magazines will hire local freelance photographers who know the area and can take high-quality pictures.\u00a0 This job will pay you to take pictures while you attend events and see the sights in your area.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tYou can check out Boston Magazine here.\u00a0 This page has an email address to send inquiries about freelance opportunities.\r\n \tYou can check out Chesapeake Bay Magazine here.\r\n\r\n5. Party\/Event Photographer\r\nIn this job, you will attend parties or networking events and take pictures.\u00a0 Did I just say free food and fun, in exchange for taking some pictures?\u00a0 There is one downside.\u00a0 Some of these jobs don't pay, but think of it this way.\u00a0 If the totally offensive and outdated "starving artist" stereotype applies to you: suck it up and take the job!\r\nYou can eat for free, and network while you're at it.\u00a0 Perhaps some of the people at these events will be wealthy or well-connected (gee, you think?).\u00a0 In that case, you might find some business prospects in need of one of your skills.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCheck out Party Digest here.\u00a0 They do not pay their correspondents, but you get to attend the events for free.\u00a0 All you have to do is take pictures and report back on the event.\r\n\r\nArt, Illustration, and Design\r\n6. Product Design\r\nIf you have a creative flair and an art background, this job might fit well with your tendencies.\u00a0 Many companies offer personalized, custom gifts for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, groomsmen and bridesmaids, etc.\r\nYou would take specifications and design something novel that incorporates what the buyer envisions.\u00a0 You might also help to create artwork for product packaging, or design the packaging itself.\u00a0 Another possibility is creating artwork, which the company reproduces on collectibles, such as plates, ornaments, or figurines.\r\n\r\n7. Greeting Card Illustration\r\nIn this job, you would illustrate cards, based on what a writer produces.\u00a0 You will need to express creativity, while maintaining the company's standards and matching the words on the card.\u00a0 In some cases, you will have space to be humorous or off-color with your artwork.\u00a0 You can also illustrate for postcards, calendars, and posters.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCheck out American Greetings Corporation here.\r\n \tCheck out Carlton Cards here.\u00a0 This page has a link to LinkedIn, where you can see available jobs.\r\n \tCheck out Noble Works Cards here.\u00a0 A little off-color, if that is your style.\r\n\r\n8. Display Fixtures\r\nIf you have experience in retail or advertising, this job might make sense for you.\u00a0 Retailers will always need eye-catching displays for new items.\u00a0 They also need to conserve space, since every square foot wasted means lost revenue.\u00a0 If you have an interest product design, advertising, and consumer psychology, then you should consider this job.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCheck out Display Connection, Inc. here.\u00a0 This company produces advertising display fixtures\r\n\r\n9. Children's Book Illustration\r\nMaybe you have children, and have read every children's book in the library with them.\u00a0 In that case, you know what type of illustrations they like.\u00a0 You also know which ones fall flat.\u00a0 If you have artistic talent and want a flexible schedule to work from home, this job might match your style.\r\nAs an illustrator, you can work on several different projects.\u00a0 You might design a book cover, the pages of a book with words, or a coloring book.\r\nA word of advice: find out up front how the assignment pays you.\u00a0 You might get an advance.\u00a0 You might also get a flat fee per illustration page or per book.\u00a0 It is also possible to see some type of commission or royalty based on copies sold.\u00a0 It could also be some combination of these.\r\n\r\n10. Graphic Designer\r\nA graphic designer puts together images, type, and other elements to create a piece of visual art.\u00a0 A graphic designer might create graphics for brochures or advertisements, such as in magazines.\u00a0 He might also design logos for small businesses, corporations, and charities.\u00a0 These are good places to start looking if you are a freelancer!\r\nOther places to check are Fiverr and Upwork, which both have freelance jobs available in graphic design.\u00a0 These sites pay less than larger companies, but they are a good place to start.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCheck out Fiverr here.\r\n \tCheck out Upwork here.\r\n\r\n11. Cartoonist\r\nIf you enjoyed reading the "funnies", or the cartoons in the newspaper, then you might like this job.\r\n\r\nTo succeed as a cartoonist, you don't need to be a great artist, though it doesn't hurt.\u00a0 You do need to be clever with your writing and humor.\u00a0 In addition, you need to be able to start and end your joke within a few frames.\r\nKeep in mind that getting syndication is a tough nut to crack.\u00a0 The cartoon syndicate will put your cartoon in as many newspapers as possible.\u00a0 However, they reject most applicants, due to the sheer volume of applications.\u00a0 You could try to convince newspapers to run your cartoon yourself, but some might only work with syndicates.\r\nOne idea is to write for a smaller publication, such as a college or industry magazine, to get some experience.\u00a0 Either way, you should start your own website and publish cartoons there.\u00a0 You should do this as often as you can, in order to practice your craft.\u00a0 You will also have a large portfolio to point to when you start to get your big break!\r\n\r\n12. Awards Designer\r\nAs long as there are sports tournaments and high school graduations, there will be a need for awards.\u00a0 There will also be a need for people to design those awards!\r\nFor starters, you might design medals for events such as high school and college awards ceremonies.\u00a0 You might also design trophies for sports tournaments at the high school or college level, or beyond.\u00a0 In fact, you could even design class rings.\u00a0 Since every school wants a unique ring, there is plenty of work to go around!\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCheck out Herff Jones here.\u00a0 To find more such companies, do a Google search.\u00a0 Better yet, ask a recent high school graduate where his class ring came from!\r\n\r\nWriting and Editing\r\n13. Greeting Card Writing\r\nThis is the other side of greeting card illustrating.\u00a0 You will need to be creative and express sentiment, while not taking yourself too seriously.\u00a0 You might have the opportunity to express humor with certain lines of cards.\r\n\r\n14. Blogger\r\nSome bloggers write for their own blogs.\u00a0 Others write only for other people's blogs, in a sort of perpetual "guest post" deal.\u00a0 In either case, you need to write in a way that is interesting to your intended audience.\u00a0 Long-winded, complex sentences will not score you any points.\u00a0 Save it for your Ph. D. dissertation!\r\nAs a blogger, you should know something about your topic of interest.\u00a0 You can learn about it in school, through experience, or by doing your own research.\u00a0 Some blogs are purely informational, intended to educate and inform readers.\r\nOther blogs intend to entertain, perhaps by displaying humor, tragedy, or otherwise eliciting an emotional response from readers.\u00a0 Some blogs have a financial incentive.\u00a0 This means they will use ads, affiliate links, and calls to action to get readers to buy something.\r\nIf you want to work as a professional blogger, you should start your own blog.\u00a0 Write about something you know and love, in order to gain experience.\u00a0 Also offer to guest post on other blogs in your niche.\u00a0 Finally, find some smaller websites that have poor quality blog content, and ask if you can write for them.\u00a0 Once you gain enough experience and get enough exposure, you can charge more for your skills.\r\n\r\n15. Market Research Writer\r\nThis job may be a bit too "mathy" for most artsy types.\u00a0 I'm sorry, that's offensive.\u00a0 The truth is though, that most people are either left-brain dominant (math, logic, reasoning) or right-brain dominant (art, intuition, creativity).\r\nYes, I know that we all use both sides of our brain.\u00a0 However, I personally am left-brain dominant.\u00a0 I am strong at math.\u00a0 However, I got a B- in Cartooning in high school.\u00a0 Believe me, that grade was a very generous gift, from a teacher who liked me.\u00a0 If you want to see some scans of my old cartoons, let me know.\r\nBack on topic with market research writer!\u00a0 You may need to do some math, in the way of statistics based on the market you are studying.\u00a0 For example, what percentage of women aged 20 to 35 have at least one child?\u00a0 Of those, what percentage live in the Northeast U.S.?\u00a0 How do you advertise to these women?\u00a0 This will differ from how you advertise to 50 year old women in the Southern U.S.\r\nYour job is to take your research and condense it into something an executive can understand and act on.\r\n\r\n16. College Application Essay Critiques\r\nNote that this does not mean writing or rewriting essays for students.\u00a0 This job would involve providing critique in a few different areas.\u00a0 First, you would want to make sure the essay sticks to the requested topic.\r\nSecond, you need to make sure that the essay has a good overall structure.\u00a0 It should have strong transitions between paragraphs to make it flow.\r\nThird, you should comment on the use of literary devices, such as metaphors, appeal to emotion, and other tools.\r\nFinally, you should make general comments about how the student can improve the essay.\r\nFor example, you could encourage writing in depth on a topic that you think is worth developing.\u00a0 This is a good opportunity to help students to develop their ideas and get into the school of their dreams.\r\n\r\n17. Dissertation Editor\r\nGrammar nerds might enjoy this job - perhaps too much.\u00a0 If you enjoy ensuring smooth citations and like to do formatting for fun, read on.\u00a0 Many Ph.D. candidates are very busy conducting research, whether that means laboratory experiments or in-person interviews.\r\nAs a result, they quickly bang out their dissertation, and scatter pesky things like grammar to the four winds.\u00a0 You can help them with that!\u00a0 In many cases, you need experience, but the pay can be good ($25 per hour or more).\r\n\r\n18. High Tech Marketing Copywriter\r\nTry this job if you enjoy writing, marketing, and keeping up with the latest in tech.\u00a0 Every company with constantly evolving technology, from Apple to Google, needs to communicate with an audience.\u00a0 Since software engineers are sometimes not so good at writing "the English", you have a potential in with these companies!\r\nI will take this opportunity to make an outrageous claim.\u00a0 It is less competitive to find work as a writer at Google than as a software engineer.\u00a0 Case in point: every software engineer ever dreams of working at Google.\u00a0 Many of them apply, and many of them go to Ivy League schools.\u00a0 Most writers, however, don't have Google (or any other tech company) top of mind.\r\nLet's say you can't get in at one of the Silicon Valley tech behemoths.\u00a0 Plenty of other companies develop software, apps, and devices that you can explain to the general public.\u00a0 Remember to focus on benefits, not features!\r\n\r\n19. Career Guide Writer\r\nIn this job, you take your experience in a career and share your knowledge with others.\u00a0 You can help people to climb the corporate ladder, while avoiding the pitfalls and mistakes that you made.\u00a0 A guide that takes a few days to read could save a reader weeks, months, or years of time!\r\nYou might also interview others who work in a specific career, and then condense their collective wisdom into a guide.\u00a0 Education, experience, and companies that hire for the career in question are important.\u00a0 It is also important to write about which personality types will enjoy the job, and which ones won't.\r\nYou might gain more insight from someone who left the career than from someone who stayed for life.\u00a0 Since new careers are always popping up, this job should keep you busy for a while.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCheck out Fabjob.com here.\u00a0 Their stated goal is to help people find their dream careers.\r\n\r\n20. Business Training Kit Writer\r\nWhen writing these types of training kits, you will cover a variety of topics.\u00a0 These include promotions, career development, sales, time management, productivity improvements, and business opportunities.\r\nYou might also write copy for franchises.There are many established franchises that need to change with the times, and update materials accordingly.\u00a0 New franchises pop up all the time.\u00a0 They need good writers to produce quality material to help their franchisees to a strong start!\r\n\r\nConclusion - Best Telecommuting Jobs in the Arts\r\nThe jobs listed above certainly represent a diverse range of opportunities.\u00a0 However, it is by no means exhaustive.\u00a0 I get the impression that this list is only beginning to scratch the surface of what is available out there!\r\n\r\nYou can likely find plenty more like these, especially if you use this article as a jumping-off point for inspiration.\u00a0 If you aren't sure about whether you would like remote work, check out my article on the pros and cons of telecommuting.\r\n\r\nIf you come across any interesting jobs or companies during your own search, please share them in the comments below.\u00a0 Thanks for reading!