Well hello there my fellow passive income lover. Below I've created a short list of 40+ great digitial downloads that with a little practice and time you could learn to create yourself and sell online.
The beauty of digital downloads is that they allow you to do the hard work once, upload them to an online marketplace or website and then sit back and watch them sell.
Well that is a smidge of a simplification lol. As I've mentioned in previous posts selling anything online even something that requires no packing, shipping or replenishing stock takes time and a little know-how (something I discuss in my other posts) but the main pro to digital products is that you can spend much less time worrying about all the recurring production and delivery issues that comes with selling physical products and just focus on getting your downloads out there into the big wide online world!
Now the skill-set for each of these types of downloads varies greatly and depending on your experience creating graphics, documents, videos, photographs e.c.t you may have to filter which products suite you best and what you can actually create.
I personally started out with very little experience in graphic design and writing and over the course of 8 months I have built a successful online art printable business and ebook shop that has so far generated me over £5000+ in passive income. I've enjoyed this method of income so much that I'm planning on venturing out in the coming months and trying my hand at creating a few more products I've included in this list to see how it goes.
Below I've described 15 of the most popular digital download products you might be interested in creating in more detail and I've also added a huge list of 40+ passive income product ideas to really get your creative juices going!
I hope you guys find this ideas post useful! Anyways lets start with the downloads...
1. Art Printables
Art printables are digital downloadable versions of art designs you can sell online to a customer and they can download and print out themselves. Art prints can be super fun and creative to make. Personally I love this type of passive income product simply because with a little graphic know-how (i'm talking basic) and a great design website like Canva or Picmonkey you can create absolutely stunning digital prints that you can share and sell in an online shop.
2. Ebooks - Fictional Stories
If you love to create short stories, novellas or epic novels then writing ebooks and selling your stories on ebook platforms such as Amazon KDP, Smashwords and Nook might be the perfect place for you to start your passive income journey. I'm not going to lie to you competition for selling ebooks online can be fierce but if you do your homework and you're willing to put in the effort and time this can be a really enjoyable way to express your creative writing passions and receive royalty income along the road.
Creating digital download cards can be such a fun way to spend a few hours of your free time. Places like Etsy.com make it super easy for you to upload your card designs onto their platform and start selling to their audience in just a few days. From season greetings cards, inspirational cards and housewarming cards to wedding and bridesmaid request cards there's a whole host of niches and occasions you can cater for. All you need to do is get to grips with an easy to use design platform such as Picmonkey or Canva (or Photoshop for the more advanced) to start creating these fun and crafty digital download products.
4. Digital Branding Kits
Digital branding kits are simply packages you create packed full of super helpful design elements your customer can use to help layout their website, blog, Online shop or Stationary branding with much more ease.
These kits can include a host of visually cohesive elements to help someone style their blog or brand their online store such as logo designs, stock photos, call-to-action buttons, unique fonts, digital paper backgrounds and textures, even business card templates and letterhead designs. Note depending on the types of elements you include in your packages there may be some custom work involved that will require you to spend a few moments catering to your customers requirements.
For example if you include custom logos or business card templates then you may have to change the wording to suit your customers needs. Again it's up to you as to what you include in your packages and how much of you're time your willing to spend customizing your work.
It's also important to note that creating branding packages can be quite a labour intense and technical process and you may need a number of skills (e.g. graphic design, photography and computer programming) in order to create high quality original packages your customers will enjoy.
5. Social Media Templates and Packages
Social media templates can come in real handy for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to promote and push their products and brands. If you're willing to put in the time and attention to learn how to create them then selling social media digital download templates can be a super useful way to help your fellow entrepreneur and start or grow your passive income.
You can include a wealth of elements to help your customer elevate the look and feel of their business online including stunning stock photos you've taken, background patterns and textures for your customer to use in their social media posts, unique fonts and Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook vertical or horizontal templates ready for them to upload to Photoshop, Illustrator, Canva or Picmonkey and overlay with their own wording.
You can even include pre-made inspirational quote graphics that they can quickly upload on their feeds when they're on the go.
Again creating social media templates does require a level of graphic design skill but with a little patience and persistence, you'll be uploading amazing social media packages your customers will love in no time at all.
6. Craft Patterns
If you're a super crafty one by nature then this passive income product could be perfect for you. Do you already have a nifty skill such as crocheting, sewing, doll making or macrame that you are exceptionaly good at? Then why not create fun and inspiring craft patterns for your fellow crafters to purchase and create aswell. Most people love learning something new and using your spare time to create products that will educate and inspire others is definately a worthwhile pursuit.
7. Ecourses and Workbooks
Teaching aids such as ecourses and workbooks are great online products you could try your hand at creating if you fancy helping other people learn how to achieve something or acquire a new skill. Building an engaged audience for these kinds of products however can take alot more time in contrast to selling digital art prints or greeting cards as your audience will need to learn to trust you, your knowledge and your teaching style before they invest in purchasing a course or workbook you've created.
Well established bloggers and website owners can do particluarly well with these types of products especially when they've built an audience within a particular niche that they know alot about. Business bloggers, craft bloggers, beauty bloggers and so many other education inspired websites offer a wealth of different ecourses, workbooks and ebooks that they're customers can purchase for an in-depth teaching experience to help them achieve their goals.
8. Stock Photos
Do you love photography?? Do you have a keen eye and a knack for styling that means your images always stand out from the crowd?? Then creating stock photos may be an excellent way for you to dip your toes into the world of passive income. Stock photography is again a super competitive game and getting your images noticed amongst the wealth of free imagery out there can be a grueling task but with a little determination and focus on building your portfolio and brand you could start earning passive income from stock photography in a few months. Again I want to reiterate that stock photography is a competitive game so do your homework on the best niches, photography websites and marketing techniques to jump start your earning potential selling stock photos.
9. Product Mockup Photos
Following with the trend of photography I just wanted to mention a smaller more niche style of imagery that truly appeals to small business owners and entrepreneurs. If you're handy with a camera and you know how to create beautiful photo layouts then Product Mockups could be a really lucrative way for you to make passive income. Product mockups are photos that help businesses or online shop owners display their products. Whether it's an print frame mockup, a tote bag mockup or even a ceramic mug mockup numerous digital download and drop-ship art designers love to use styled mockup photographs to display their product designs to their customers.
I personally love to use product mockups for my digital art prints. I can easily insert my art designs onto beautifully styled frame photos and hey presto... my audience gets to see what my art could look like if they printed it and framed it in there own home.
10. Downloadable Games, Colouring pages and Children's printables
Printable games and coloring books have been skyrocketing in popularity and demand on marketplace platforms such as Etsy.com. From children themed colouring pages to hen night and baby shower downloadable party games there's a wealth of different printable ideas you can come up with to entertain your audience and grow your passive income.
Using websites like Canva and Picmonkey its now easier than ever to get creative and design your own downloadable games, quizzes and colouring pages you can easily sell in your online shop. Just like art printables and greeting cards you may have to create quite a few variations and options for your customers to choose from in order to start earning a good income from this type of passive income product. But if you enjoy the process and grow your shop overtime there's no limit to money you can make from your online stores.
11. Printable Invitations
Printable invitations to all sorts of events and occasions can make excellent 'passive income' products you can upload once and sell again and again. Birthday invitations, wedding invitations, baby showers and holiday party invitation templates are just some niches you can use to create beautiful invitation designs to sell on marketplace platforms or your own websites.
Downloadable invitations can be a super easy and fun digital product that anyone can learn to create and again websites such as Canva and Picmonkey and design programs like Photoshop and Illustrator make the design process so much easier for graphic design beginners and intermediates.
For tons of inspiration and to help you see the kinds of fun and elegant designs other have created in this niche then browse some printable invitations here on Etsy.com
12. Planner / Organizer Templates
If you love organization and you fancy helping your fellow entrepreneurs or busy working families keep track of their hectic day to days then why not learn to create super helpful planner pages or organization worksheets and workbooks that your customers can download and print out at home.
I love designing useful planner sheets not only for my store but also for myself and if you're like me and enjoy planning ahead then why not use some of that forethought and invest your organization skills into your passive income journey.
Wedding planners, digital journals and meal prep worksheets are just a few niches you could venture into but truly the list of options remains endless as more and more people are investing there time and pennies into organizing their hectic lifestyles.
There are a wealth of template ideas on Canva and Picmonkey to help you create beautiful, unique and most importantly helpful organizational sheets and workbooks your customers can purchase form you and download themselves.
13. Graphic Art - Clipart / Vectors
If you have a talent for drawing or graphic design then this really could be your ideal niche to create gorgeous 'passive income' products. I personally couldn't be without all the amazing artists I buy from who allow me to use their designs for my own digital products. If you have a skill for art and you're willing to learn how to upload and promote your work then selling your artwork as vectors or clipart that others can use on their branding, commercial products or social media graphics can be a great way to make money from your talent.
14. Digital Fonts
Creating your own fonts could be a fun and interesting way to spend a few free hours of your time in order to make a 'passive income' product. I personally have had no experience crafting my own digital fonts and so I'm limited in how much I can attest to it's ease and the level of skill you'll need to acquire in order to create this type of download.
I love to purchase new and unique fonts on Creative Market and on the websites blog they have tons of useful advice, tips and tricks on how you can go about creating your own designs for yourself or your customers to download and use. Although I haven't sold fonts myself, if you're interested in this type of digital product then I suggest doing your research extensively before you consider setting up shop.
Just as with every other digital download you could potentially create there will most likely be a steep learning curve and plenty of rules and regulations you'll need to uphold in order to safely sell you fonts online.
I'm not saying this to put you off... almost the exact opposite in fact. If you have a love or real interest in beautiful typography and you think font designing may be a fun way to create your passive income then by all means have fun and explore.
With patience and persistence there truly are very few limits to what you can create. Who knows I might even be purchasing my next font from you in the near future.
15. Digital resume / spreadsheet and business templates
Finally I want to quickly mention a few digital download products that I have fallen in love with since starting my online income journey and couldn't be without. Business templates such as bill tracking spreadsheets, budget spreadsheets, inventory and revenue templates, price lists and even resume templates are popular digital download products loved by so many small business owners and entrepreneurs all around the internet.
If you have a knack for creating easy to follow spreadsheets, perfectly laid out resumes or business focused workbooks then the niche of business related digital downloads could be the perfect place for you to start creating your 'passive income' products.
I love discovering and downloading super helpful spreadsheets and templates that keep my business tasks and to-do's lists on track and if you think you could create something in this niche to help your fellow entrepreneur tackle the day to day hassle of running their business or keeping track of their finances then I definitely recommend taking a look at the wealth of digital design choices you could create here and help your fellow girlboss succeed by creating the perfect product to help them out!
Below I've added a simple infographic highlighting an even wider range of 40+ fun digital downloads that with a little time and practice you could create and sell online!
Go on write down all the 'passive income' products you see that ignite a little creative spark in your mind and make a note to spend 1 hour researching each of them to see what skills and tools you'll need to bring them to life??
All of the examples listed above can be created by you and turned into sellable digital downloads.
I personally have created a number of Fictional Ebooks, Art Printables, Digital Planners and Phone/Desktop Backgrounds and have found it immensely fun and creative.
I hope you find at least one download amongst the list that works for you!
If you decide to try creating any of these digital download ideas then I definitely suggest you check out PicMonkey and Canva. They're both amazingly easy to use graphic design websites that makes it a thousand times easier to whip up gorgeous digital designs to sell online.
If you have any other ideas then please leave them in the comments below. I can't wait to discover what others suggestions you guys come up with!
Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and decide to buy I will get a tiny bit of compensation for your doing so. I want to stress that in no way does me including affiliate links affect my opinion of a product good or bad and I would never bother linking to an item I didn't deem worthy of being purchased by me or my readers. I never want anyone to waste good money they've worked hard to earn!
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