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A 30-year-old woman earns $22,000/month in passive income from her side hustle and works “only 2 hours a day”

“Here I am in my workspace surrounded by some of my favorite pieces.”

In 2020, I was working two marketing jobs and putting in grueling 80-hour work weeks. But my true passion was creating art.

So, in April 2020, I launched DomoINK on the side. Since then, it has become a successful art and interior design brand. I earn $22,000 per month in passive income from online sales through my website, Etsy, Society6, and retailers like Target and Home Goods. I have also collaborated with major brands like Disney, Samsung, Lowe’s and Dr. Martens.

The best part is that I only spend an average of two hours a day on DomoINK. The rest of the time is spent working remotely as an interactive designer.

Here is a glimpse of my typical week:

My full-time job schedule is typically 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Since I work from home and don’t have to travel, I can wake up at 8:00 a.m. and spend an hour responding to emails about customer orders.

I created this vibrant piece for a refrigerator collaboration with Samsung.

Photo: Domonique Brown

On Mondays, I set aside time to create social media content for DomoINK, such as decorating my house to showcase my product line.

On Tuesdays, I do more granular tasks like editing footage. On Wednesdays I usually work on a new piece of art and film the whole process to post it online.

This piece is called “Rodeo Queen Dreams”.

Photo: Domonique Brown

On Thursdays, I try to learn a new artistic or business skill. I might watch a Youtube video on Adobe Illustrator, for example, or listen to a podcast about what makes a social post go viral.

If I can, I take Saturdays and Sundays to relax. Sometimes I go on a date with my fiancé or spend time with family and friends. If I’m staying at home, I love looking for eclectic decorating inspiration online.

On Fridays, I often update my website and come up with new product ideas. I’m always looking to offer my customers more options like puzzles, kitchenware, art prints and clothing.

Over the past year, I have taken on more freelance projects. Two of my favorite jobs were collaborating with Dr. Martens for their Santa Monica location and partnering with NASCAR for Women’s History Month to honor their organization’s female athletic presidents.

My completed collaboration with Dr. Martens, hanging in their Santa Monica, CA store.

Photo: Domonique Brown

My work was featured in Target’s 2023 Black History Month collection. In 2024, my collaboration with the Goody Tru hair accessories line will be sold at Walmart. My artwork will also be featured on stationery for Walmart’s Black History Month collection.

I always try to do better than the last work I did, which can sometimes lead to artist’s block.

If I’m really struggling to make a drawing, I’ll visit a local art gallery. Two of my favorite places are the Broad Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

I love creating joy with my art, like with these Fleur Sunpremes cushions. It’s impossible not to smile when you see them.

Photo: Domonique Brown

My goal is to one day be able to exhibit my works in museums. When I visited galleries growing up, seeing the work of black artists was so rare. I want to make this dream come true to inspire other young black creatives as well.

Domonique Brun is an artist and founder of DomoINK, a lifestyle brand that offers art, clothing and home decor to celebrate diversity and empowerment. Follow her on Instagram And Tic Tac.

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