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How You Can Create a Digital Product with Zero Skills and Make Money by Selling it Online

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Creating a digital product without any effort or specialized skills might sound like a dream. But guess what? It’s not just a dream anymore — it’s a reality. Today is the day when you can make it happen.

You don’t have to be a professional artist, writer, or designer to create a highly desirable product. All you need are the right tools and the right people. With them by your side, you can bring your ideas to life and create something that everyone wants.

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Why sell digital products?

If you’re contemplating selling a product or service, opting for a digital product can offer several advantages.

Scalability

One significant advantage of digital products is their ability to effortlessly reach a significantly broader audience without requiring additional effort or incurring extra expenses.

For instance, if your aim is to assist individuals in preparing nutritious meals, offering cooking classes online is a viable option. This would enable you to reach many people without having to pay for additional travel costs.

Passive income

Digital offers the distinct advantage of requiring minimal effort post-launch while continually generating online income. Their exceptional value lies in the ability to effortlessly sustain a livelihood.

In service-based business, revenue is only generated during working hours. However, in an ecommerce business, orders can come in 24/7. Nonetheless, it is crucial to promptly fulfill orders and maintain inventory levels.

Digital products offer the convenience of round-the-clock availability without the need for restocking. Consequently, they represent the ultimate business model for generating passive income.

Low startup cost

Many businesses require startup costs and overhead, which can quickly plunge individuals into debt. That’s why many aspire to acquire the skills of digital product creation to avoid this common headache.

As an illustration, if you run an ecommerce business, you might need to procure certain products in advance. Consequently, you’ll be responsible for covering the costs not only of the products themselves but also of the accompanying storage space.

Service businesses usually come with ongoing expenses. For instance, as a personal trainer, you might have to allocate a portion of your profit for gym space rental fees.

By acquiring the skills to become self-employed through the sale of digital products, you solely bear the expenses of your website and marketing, which are akin to those of an ecommerce or service-based business. This means you allocate resources efficiently while maintaining the essence of your enterprise.

Check the demand before creating your digital product

Before you dive headfirst into the excitement of your amazing digital product idea, take a moment to assess its demand. Ensuring that there is a genuine need for your product and that people are actively searching for it on the web is crucial.

Otherwise, you risk investing valuable time and effort into creating your digital goods, only for them to go unnoticed. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

  • Google Trends (GT) allows you to gauge the interest in your product keyword or discover related search queries.
  • Use Google Search to discover popular online searches. Pay attention to the search suggestions and explore the “People also ask” section for more insights.
  • Explore the digital products categories on popular marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, along with niche platforms. Dive into what people are purchasing and the high-demand items, discovering valuable insights into consumer trends.
  • Ask, listen, and learn from people. Engage with 5-10 individuals within a specific niche to gain valuable insights into their digital product preferences. This will lead to better results and understanding.

How to create a digital product (cheats ahead)

Now, let’s dive into the realm of creating the products. Surprisingly, this tends to be the simplest part of the process.

Create digital products with Fiverr

Don’t want to spend time creating a digital product? Order it! Services like Fiverr connect you with thousands of digital products creators that will get it done for a fair price.

On Fiverr, you can find a wide range of services available for order. Here are some examples:

  • Graphic design: You can hire graphic designers to create custom prints, backgrounds, design templates and kits for any occasion.
  • Software or apps development: Find web developers who can create or customize software, websites, or even ecommerce platforms.
  • Content writing: Hire writers to create guides, manuals, articles for the magazine, or even write books.
  • Voiceovers and reading: Get professional voice actors to turn articles into audio podcasts, or record audiobooks.
  • Video editing: Find video editors who can help you with creating video courses, guides or add special effects to them. Video editors can also help you with creating amazing footage from your or someone’s videos.
  • Music production: Get musicians and producers to compose original music, create soundtracks, or mix and master your tracks.

While ordering from Fiverr can save you valuable time and skills, it does come at a cost. However, the real challenge lies in managing the process, coordinating with vendors, and integrating disparate parts. It’s important to note that Fiverr does not offer ready-to-launch products for the market.

There’s a better way but we’ll get to it a little later.

Create digital products with AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become the buzzword of our time, and with good reason. The tremendous impact and potential it holds have captivated the attention of people worldwide.

  • AI can be leveraged to create digital products, making your workflows more efficient and cost effective.
  • AI can be used in video editing by adding effects and transitions to footage without the need for manual or external assistance.
  • AI-powered music production tools can help create compositions, soundtracks, and mixes with minimal effort.
  • AI-powered design tools can help create visual assets with no prior knowledge of design principles.
  • Furthermore, AI-based development tools such as chatbots or voice assistants can be used to build apps and websites quickly.

This opens up a new realm of possibilities for creators who want to make the most of their time while also creating quality content that stands out from the competition. With AI, you get results in no time and at a fraction of a cost compared to manual labor or even hiring freelancers.

Create digital products by repurposing existing digital goods

Content takes on various forms. Books can transform into audio, videos can be transcribed into text, and photos can serve as design templates or digital art. Explore the possibilities by searching online to discover opportunities for creating unique products.

Below are some illustrations of how you can repurpose a digital product into another and continue selling it with a fresh perspective while keeping the essence intact.

  • Turn an ebook into an audio book. For those looking to edit audio themselves, all you need is a quality microphone and a laptop. Alternatively, if you prefer a professional touch, consider ordering a reading service from Fiverr.
  • Turn videos into text. Extend your kindness to those who are unable to hear or rely on text-to-speech software. Who knows, you might even have the power to revolutionize accessibility and create a whole new platform, like a YouTube for people with visual impairments.
  • Turn articles into a digest. If you have a series of articles on the same topic (you don’t have to be an author), consider combining them into an organized digest that gives readers the full picture in one place.
  • Turn photos into printable templates/art. Are you in possession of captivating photos depicting rare or exotic locations? Or perhaps portraits of fascinating individuals? These images could serve as an exquisite resource for the creation of print-on-demand designs.

Set your imagination free and watch as your ideas come to life!

Create digital products by digitizing physical products

Digital products can also be created by digitizing physical products. For example, turning paper documents into digital files or records for easier access. It’s a great way to save time and money while expanding your customer base.

Similarly, artwork from painters and sculptors can be digitized so that it can be printed on demand at various sizes, allowing customers to get custom pieces without having to go through the hassle of ordering traditional physical prints.

More examples:

  • Documents into downloadable files
  • Paintings into photos and printables
  • Books into ebooks and audiobooks
  • Live concert/show into audio recording
  • Live lesson into video/audio tutorial
  • Anything into 3D model (using 3D scanner)
  • Anything into NFT (using camera and special service)

Creating = Getting

Sometimes it’s easier to just ask. The people around you might already have digital products or something that you can turn into one.

Get digital products from you family and friends

Does your grandma have vintage photos or an old cooking book with rare recipes? Your mom might have classic teaching materials for kids or books she used to read to you. And do your parents have stories they made up themselves?

Do you have a friend who is a photographer or a traveler? Nowadays, with mobile phones, almost everyone can take great photos. So why not gather them together?

If you’re a student, ask your classmates to share their lecture notes with you. You can turn them into podcasts or downloadable PDFs.

Buy (and resell) digital goods

As mentioned before, here’s a superior approach to crafting your digital products.

Purchase them and become a reseller!

There are various methods through which you can acquire a digital product, claim it as your own, and sell it online.

  • Stock images. Reselling stock images purchased from marketplaces as-is is not permitted. However, modifying the images can remove the license protection. Once modified, you can sell them online.
  • PLR content. PLR or Private Label Rights content is essentially pre-written material that you can purchase from a digital marketplace. The benefit of buying this type of content is that you don’t have to create it yourself. Plus, it’s white label content, meaning that you can sell it as if it was yours.
  • Reseller programs. Lots of companies offer partnership programs for anyone looking to resell their products, even the digital ones. Ecwid, for instance, has some cool opportunities for partners, like a white-label solution and a reseller program. With the first one, you can sell Ecwid as if it’s your very own product. And with the second one, you can earn commissions for every purchase you bring in  super ideal for content creators and influencers!

Closing

To sum it up, you don’t have to be an artist, designer, or developer to create and sell a digital product online. All you need is a good idea.

You can rely on freelance services, existing products, or your basic skills like voice, typing, and editing.

And don’t forget the people around you — they may have awesome ideas, useful resources, or just be willing to lend a hand on your journey to success.

 

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About the author

Max has been working in the ecommerce industry for the last six years helping brands to establish and level-up content marketing and SEO. Despite that, he has experience with entrepreneurship. He is a fiction writer in his free time.

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