(Note: This post contains some 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 checked out by me or my readers. I never want anyone to waste good money they've worked hard to earn!)
In the video above I want to talk about 12 fun passive income opportunities you can create and sell on Etsy!
I love creating digital downloads.
It's fun, it's creative and it can be a great way to earn passive income online.
It's also an awesome way to start your passive income journey without having to invest a huge amount of capital as you can set up an Etsy shop and start listing digital products for pretty much free!
Below i've added a wealth of hopefully super helpful resources for you to check out if selling digital downloads sounds like something you'd like to do.
Don't forget to take advantage of as much of the information available online as you can around this subject before you dive in.
Before I really started making money with digital art printables on Etsy I sat down, did my homework and worked out a strong step-by-step strategy to achieve my Etsy shop goals and I really recommend you do the same too!
I hope that at least some of these resources can help you with whichever digital download you fancy giving a try and don't forget although creating an Etsy shop can be a good way to make extra income, I also want you to remember that making and selling digital downloads online should also be FUN!!
So go ahead check out this video and blog post, find a product you're passionate about and that gets you're creative juices flowing and get started on creating an online business that in time will start to help you build your passive income!!
RESOURCES TO HELP CREATE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PRODUCTS:
In this section i've added a few key resources that I personally think are vital for any budding digital download Etsy seller including a great place to source your clipart, fonts and graphic elements if you're interested in creating goodies such as art printables, cv templates, social media packs etc plus two awesome online (beginner friendly) graphic design programs you can use to create your gorgeous digital products and my absolute FAVOURITE Etsy Success program that helped my own Etsy shop sky-rocket from making next to nothing to bringing me in a small full-time income (£1000+) per month!
CREATIVE MARKET: FOR COMMERCIAL LICENSE ARTWORK AND MOCKUPS!
I absolutely love creative market. From when I first started out to where I am now I credit this platform for about 60% of all the artwork, mockups and flatlays I use to create and display ALL the products I sell in my store.
I would love to write a full blown article all about this awesome website detailing exactly how I use it to create the most beautiful digital downloads that literally sell themselves, so let me know if any of you would be interested in that and I will?
**Check out creative market for yourself and download these gorgeous designer artworks available for FREE on the creative market platform - make sure to always check the license that every graphic design product comes with just to check if you can use it in your commercial products or not!
The best thing about creative market is quite simply that its the ultimate one stop shop for everything a girl needs to create out of this world digital products, social media graphics, website backdrops and so much more!
I personally love to use this platform to source gorgeous clipart and fonts for my art printables and those interested in creating social media packs, cv templates, printable invitations, printables games etc will find creative market super handy to grab gorgeous commercial use designs to add detail and style to your products.
If you're not a natural born artist or don't want to spend all your super valuable work time drawing mediocre stick figures that you know would never sell online then it's best to just leave this part of the product process to the experts.
In a future post I will write a step by step guide on how I create my digital downloads using other peoples artwork and how majorly fun it is to get creative and use their stunning illustrations and fonts legally to create artwork, cards or templates covers to sell.
But for now if you're new to creating digital products I would suggest taking a good look at Creative Market not only when you're ready to start creating your amazing products but also as a regular inspirational hotspot to get your creative juices going as you research what to sell.
Above i've attached an offer that Creative Market has on right now to download a bunch of completely free goodies from the platform for you to see what you think of their artists stunning graphics and fonts so you don't just have to rely on me and my experience (Note: affiliate link).
Try out these gorgeous graphic freebies and really get the juices flowing with ideas on what digital products you could potentially create in your store to help build your passive income - I love finding and sharing gorgeous FREEBIES with you guys!
PICMONKEY: GREAT FOR DIGITAL PRODUCTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA!
When it comes to creating my digital download products I have to say I have experimented with both Picmonkey and Canva over the last 2 years.
I absolutely adore both so this paragraph is not going to be a tear them apart comparison. The one thing I will say that steered me a little more towards Picmonkey in the beginning of my passive income journey is it's insanely easy to use platform for complete graphic design beginners and the fact that within seconds you can create absolutely beautiful digital downloads with little to no previous graphic knowledge.
There design layout is super simple and just like Canva they have absolutely beautiful templates you can play around with to create most of your digital and printable products.
Now 2 years down the line I still love to use a mixture of the two platforms to come up with all my designs.
I've created art prints, digital cards, social media posts, digital planners, screensavers, phone backgrounds, ebook covers and even 90% of my blog graphics and downloads on these 2 graphic websites and trust me i've had zero professional training when it comes to design.
If you're looking for somewhere to start creating your own amazing digital downloads to sell then I would definately recommend you check out Picmonkey.
If you're serious about building passive income from an online store or blog you won't be disappointed with what you can achieve on this platform alone!
I'll drop your off on the Picmonkey Homepage right here if you want to see what this amazing website has to offer you.
I personally recommend trying out Picmonkey first if you're a complete graphic novice not only because it's a touch simpler than Canva but also because they have great tutorials and blog articles stuffed full of super helpful advice and guidance to improve your design know-how that helped me out when I had no idea what to do!
I will be creating way more posts on all the tips and tricks i've learned to create stunning ultra sellable downloads for my shops in the future but for now I just wanted to mention this amazing resource if you guys want to try them out.
4. CANVA: A LITTLE MORE ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN!
I adore Canva not only because it's fairly easy to use (granted after the first few attempts) but mostly because they provide an astounding wealth of design templates for you to play with for almost every kind of graphic you could want.
For example if you need inspiration for a CV template or social media layout they have you covered and they have so many tools and processes you can easily use to create gorgeous digital downloads of your own.
(Note: Never simply copy one of their templates and sell it as your own on another platform - this could wind you in serious trouble).
However as long as you stick to creating original pieces such as unique art printables or digital planner pages with commercial use imagery and fonts you've purchased form places like Creative Market you're good to use this killer platform to create stunning designs you can sell in your own Etsy shop!
If you want to try Canva out for yourself then here's a link to their website.
I'll drop you off on their homepage so you can have a good old nose and discover everything they have to offer on their amazing platform!
Note: There are also much more detailed and advanced programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator that are excellent for people confident in graphic design!
Subscriber tribe: THE PERFECT PLACE TO START!
There is no other reason for me to put this course at the top of my list except for the fact that this program quite literally helped me start and build my online business from nothing to the little powerhouse it is today that makes me my full time income. I promise you i'm not giving Jenni Waldrop's course too much credit. I discovered this online academy quite literally by accident about 3 months into my online seller journey at the time when I had almost completely given up on the idea of building passive income. Everything online seemed so confussing and the few strides I managed to make towards building my online business kept turning out to be wrong and had to be corrected over and over thus I was getting nowhere fast.
Then I stumbled upon the Subscriber Tribe course and plucking up all my courage I made the first (and best) decision I could of possibly made for my business and my income.
Within a few weeks following Jenni's advice and course modules I quite literally turned my business around. Even now I know that if I hadn't took my future into my own hands that day and decided to learn about online business the right way on this course I wouldn't be here talking about my success now.
That's why I want to share this course with you guys not because I want you to sign up but because I really want you to see that making a decisive descision and getting the help you need in the beginning is the most important step to building a strong profitable business online.
Subscriber Tribe is chocked full of priceless advice, guidance and easy to follow modules that carefully guide you through the maze of creating online income.
I personally love her friendly warm writing style, her amazing how-to videos and the fact that she takes so much time to interact with the group. From facebook lives where you can ask her any question you want to the group page where you can chat with so many other like minded people working hard to build there own online income.
If you're interested in taking a look at Etsy Academy then this is a link to their homepage.
Jenni also has tons of free articles on her blog to help you scale your Etsy Income and grow your Etsy shop in no time!
FREEBIE FROM SUBSCRIBER TRIBE -
You're also welcome to download here HUGE Ultimate Guide to Running an Etsy shop awesome FREE course which is chocked full of FREE tutorials to help you grow your Etsy shop once you've created your first passive income products!
Now lets talk specific Digital downloads you can have fun creating and selling on Etsy (+ other online platforms such as Creative Market)...
12 AWESOME DIGITAL PRODUCTS YOU CAN CREATE AND SELL ON ETSY:
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.
If you're interested in discovering how to create art printable to sell on Etsy then I have a kick-ass 'Passive income with Art Printables' ecourse coming in November 2018.
Register your interest early and gain an EXCLUSIVE 15% discount coupon for the course here - http://tiny.cc/PassiveIncomeWithPrints
Also don't forget to check out my Art Printables video and blog post here - How to Easily Create Art Printables To Sell Online
2. 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 to try designing useful planner sheets for myself (although they're no where near the quality i'm sure a dedicated digital planner Etsy shop can create) but 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.
If you're looking for more inspiration and guidance on this particular digital download then definitely check out these resources.
Here's a super helpful video to guide you in the basics of creating planner pages using Adobe Indesign - How to Design Planner Pages in InDesign | A Beginner's Guide
Definitely check out this mini course for a step-by-step guide to creating physical and digital planner pages - http://bit.ly/TrishaTaylorPlannersCourse
Examples of digital planners being sold on Etsy - Etsy Digital Planners!
3. DOWNLOADABLE CARDS
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. PRINTABLE STICKERS
Do you love using printable stickers in your own home for journalling, d.i.y projects or for just rewarding the kids? Then you might also enjoy learning how to create your very own designs and even better discovering how you can sell them on places like Etsy and Creative Market for passive income. I love using digital download stickers in my day planner and in the future I will definately be looking further into adding these super fun products into my own Etsy shop. As I don't specialize in this form of digital download myself I've compiled a small collection of resources to help you learn more if you think digital stickers could be a fun way for you to start earning passive income on Etsy.
Here's a super helpful video tutorial from Nicole Elizabeth on - How to Make Planner/Bullet Journal Stickers - Step by Step Guide
This awesome in-depth article from Nicole Elizabeth helps explain digital stickers in a clear and easy to follow context... including startup costs, common sticker sizes and so much more - How to Make Planner Stickers to Sell on Etsy
5. 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
6. 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.
7. GRAPHIC ELEMENTS - E.G. 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.
If you're serious and passionate about creating art then designing gorgeous graphics can be a great way to express yourself and make money over and over for your digital artwork however this method can vary greatly in start up costs depending on what type of design equipment you want to use to create your product (e.g. scanning your hand-drawings onto your computer (relatively inexpensive method) or using detailed illustration equipment and programs to create digital artwork on places like photoshop (costs can ratchet up using this method) but at the end of the day it's totally up to you and how much you're ready and able to invest in your business at the start!
This is an in-depth 1 hour video introducing budding artists to using photoshop to create graphic designs - A Basic Introduction to Illustration in Photoshop with Aaron Blaise
If you're interested in creating digital artwork and want to give it a go this video and youtube could be a helpful starting place for you - Photoshop Clip Art Tutorial | Intuos Drawing Time Lapse | How To Earn Passive Income For Your Art
Transferring you hand-drawn art onto your computer - Getting Your Drawings into Your Computer
Check out some gorgeous graphic elements I love being sold on Etsy here - Gorgeous Girly Clipart on Etsy
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.
A beautiful stock photo bundle by Floral Deco!
8B. 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 a 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.
A Stunning product mockup collection from WhiteHeartDesign co!
9. 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.
This is a great ecourse you might want to take to help you learn how to create and sell your own custom fonts - Paper to Digital: Create Your Own Hand Drawn Font
Check out come beautiful digital fonts on Etsy here - Etsy Digital Fonts
An example of a stunning font from Nicky Laatz!
10. Printable Decorations
As I mentioned in the video above, there's a whole (relatively) hidden world online dedicated to customizing and theming almost anything you're heart desires and it seems that the idea of creating awesome uniquely themed party decorations for a child's party, wedding event or any other celebration has not escaped the digital printable madness... especially not on Etsy!
I've included a link to Etsy below showing you some of the awesome unique printable party decorations available for sale right now just to get your inspiration buzzing. I've also added a fun course you might like to take from a women far more adept at creating party printables than me plus a kick-ass video of hers to give you as much information as I can in this direction.
Check out these gorgeous Party Printable designs on Etsy - Go on get your creativity pumping!
A helpful video tutorial guiding you through creating a simple party banner using Photoshop - How to create a printable party planner in Photoshop!
(Ecourse) How to Make Party Printables in Photoshop and Monetize Your Designs - Check the course out here!
11. 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.
12. 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!
Discover some super professional and stunning CV resumes on Etsy - Digital CV Templates!
A gorgeous CV Template from Keke Resume Boutique!
Thankyou so much guys for making it through this giant post!
I super hope you've found something to help you move further along you passive income journey and definately let me know what digital download ideas you're excited to try.
See you in the next blog post guys,