What Have You Got To Sell, Part 2?
Sarah is a motivational speaker for a popular course in spirituality. In the 1990s she traveled the country lecturing and selling tapes of her lectures at the retreats where she was a speaker. Now she is retired and doesn't want to continue traveling despite many offers to do so. However her tapes have become a significant source of income for her and this is how she did it.
With the help of the engineer who originally recorded her lectures she had them all reformatted into MP3 recordings. These files are in a database on the internet linked to her web site which describes the various lectures. Those wishing to purchase the lectures can do so for a modest fee which they pay for by credit card or bank card through PayPal. The site is set up so that as soon as a customer pays for a lecture they are automatically redirected to a page where they can then download the MP3 file to their computer, MP3 player, or any other device. Simple as that.
There are several advantages to this system. 1.) Anyone, anywhere with computer access and a bank card or credit card can purchase from her. 2.) It doesn't matter what time of the day or night they do it and doesn't need Sarah to be involved. Plus it is instant gratification for the customer. 3.) Once a week Sarah checks her PayPal account and transfers the funds that have accumulated into her bank account. That's all she has to do!
Brian is a composer. Over the years he has written dozens of original pieces as well as created arrangements of well-known songs. With a web site that describes his work, which includes small audio clips that can be listened to, Brian is able to sell his composition and arrangements in PDF format. Like Sarah Brian did all the work when he created his pieces and scanned them in to his computer. Now musicians can just pay for the music they want and be immediately taken to the access page where the piece is downloaded. Brian's job is to transfer funds when he feels like it.
Bonnie loves to cross-stitch. For years she designed her own cross-stitch patterns and friends often begged her to share her designs --- which she usually did for free. When she started sorting through her patterns she had over a hundred of them all drawn out on graph paper and colored in with colored pencil. Like Brian, Bonnie picked her favorite designs, scanned them into the computer, and created PDFs. By creating a web site and using the simple pay/download technique Bonnie's designs are available to needleworkers around the world.
Knitters, quit pattern designers, crocheters, and other fiber artists are finding the internet a rich market for selling what they used to give away!
Whether it is music, audio and video files, photography, designs, instructions, lectures, stories, poems, songs, or more, if you have created a body of work you could be earning money from it. At Valentine-Design we have helped a number of creative individuals get started generating streams of passive income. What can we help you with?