I know from experience that you can make money online selling printables. I've earned thousands of dollars simply by selling my digital printables.
How amazing would it be to make money from the comfort of your home by using your creativity? Selling printables will allow you to do that.
The best thing about selling printables is that it doesn't cost a lot of money to get started. With just a few supplies, you will be on your way to earning a part-time or even full-time income selling your digital goods.
Important Note: I won't be covering the legalities of starting your business; however, you'll definitely want to make sure you have a Terms and Conditions for your business. I highly recommend The Contract Shop for attorney-approved Terms and Conditions. This is one of the BEST ways to protect your business!
People Love Printables
You may or may not be surprised to learn that people love printables! Not only that, but they're willing to pay for them.
What I love about making and selling printables is that no matter what type of printables you want to create, there's always someone willing to buy them.
From budgeting printables to wall art printables, you can find an audience for your products.
What Kind of Printables Will You Sell?
As I mentioned previously, you can make money by selling a wide variety of printables. However, I find it helpful to have a general idea of the types of printables you want to sell.
For example, you can sell "binder" printables. Binder printables are a large assortment of printables that can be printed and placed in a binder. They typically focus on one topic such as fitness, home organization, and more.
Because binder printables include a large assortment of printables (usually 75+ printables), you can sell them at a higher price point.
You can also sell individual printables, or smaller binder printable sets with just 5-10 printables.
Some examples of printables you can sell are:
- Grocery list printables
- Budgeting printables
- Recipe cards
- Fitness trackers
- Password keepers
- Monthly calendars
- Pantry inventory
- Water trackers
- Inspirational quotes
- Coloring pages
- Morning routine checklists
- Evening routine checklists
- Project planners
You can find more ideas by taking a look at what other printable creators are selling. Pinterest and Etsy are both great places to find inspiration and ideas for your printables.
Choose Your Software
I'm a Photoshop lover through and through. However, there are other programs you can use to create your printables. Here are a few great options to consider.
My favorite online software is PicMonkey. PicMonkey is an online graphic design service. With PicMonkey, you can create your own printables and more. PicMonkey is $12.99 a month for the basic plan. If you're interested in giving PicMonkey a try, I recommend signing up for the free trial.
Canva is another excellent online image editor. What I like the most about Canva is the wide variety of templates, images, illustrations, and other graphic elements. Keep in my that you cannot sell Canva's premade templates. You must make your own from scratch to sell.
Canva uses the freemium business model. There basic features are available for free, however, to access additional features, you will need to upgrade to a paid account.
As I mentioned earlier, Adobe Photoshop is my go-to software for creating all of my printables. If you plan on selling your printables, I recommend getting familiar with the Photoshop software and creating your printables there. The result will be a high-quality product that you can offer your customers. I recommend CreativeLive for online Photoshop classes.
Note: Most printables are sized to fit a standard 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper (US Letter).
Hiring Someone to Create Your Printable
Not many people know this, but you don't have to create your own printables. You can hire someone to make your printables for you.
Fiverr is a great place to have printables designed for you at a low price. All you need to do is check that the designer will allow you to sell them in your shop.
Download Design Elements
You don't have to create every element of your printables from scratch. You can use design resource sites to download illustrations and clip art for your printables. Just make sure you're choosing design elements that can be used for commerical projects.
Some of my favorite places to download graphics are:
If you’re looking for free commercial use premium graphics, Design Bundles has a page dedicated to showcasing their current selection of free design resources. New bundles are added regularly.
Check out Font Bundles for exclusive deals on premium and free fonts. As with Design Bundles, all fonts are available to use for your personal and commercial projects.
I love using FreePik for printable resources. I'm able to download printable templates, illustrations, and more. I actually pay for the yearly subscription that allows me to download unlimited resources for commercial use. This is one of my favorite purchases of the year!
Make sure you download mockups to showcase your printables. You can download wall art art mockups, binder mockups, and more.
The design resource websites that I mentioned above are excellent resources for finding mockups.
Mockup shown above from FreePik.
Determine Your Prices
A good way to determine how much you should charge for your printables is to see how much other designers are selling their printables for.
Of course, you can sell your printables at a higher or lower price point, but this is a great way to get a general idea. The price for single sheet printables typically ranges from $1-5 dollars. Binder printables can range from $10-$30.
Decide Where You'll Sell Your Printables
Before selling your printables, make sure you've done a test print of the completed designs. You want to make sure the quality of your printables is up to par and everything fits on the page properly. Once you're happy with the quality, you can set up your printable shop.
There are a few different options available to you when it comes to selling printables. A good portion of printable shops offer their printables using Shopify.
Another platform I recommend for selling your printables is Etsy.
Etsy is a handmade marketplace that's perfect for selling your printables. I like Etsy because it already has a built-in audience, making it easier to promote and sell your products. It also makes it easier for people to find you via the Etsy search engine.
To make sure your printables are found in the Etsy search engines, and that people want to buy once they find you, read my article What I've Learned After 1,000 Sales on Etsy. In this post, I share some of my best tips for getting found and making money on Etsy.
Promote Your Printables
Once you've got your shop set up, you'll want to make sure you're promoting your printables.
On Etsy, you can promote your printables for as little as $1 a day. This is an affordable way to get your products out there.
As a small business owner, starting a blog can be an excellent way to promote your printables. You can write blog posts sharing your latest products, you can offer free printable downloads, and more.
Some blog that do this well are:
If you want to start your own blog, it's so easy to do. I have a tutorial that shows you how to easily start your own blog.
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Creating and selling printables is a fairly simple way to make money online. After you create your printables, you can make money from them for years to come.