I have finally found something to make a few bucks from home. Of course, I am starting out small and have visions of bigger things. I have already made over $60 just in the past month. Many others are making several thousand a month and more. I hope to attain that level over the next year. What am I doing? I am utilizing Amazon’s free Merch by Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing print-on-demand(POD) programs.
First of all, let me tell you Print-On-Demand is all about. Print-On-Demand is when a person goes to a website, places an order, and the item is printed after it is paid for then shipped. There are many POD sites but I am only utilizing Amazon’s programs until I get a handle on it.
Merch by Amazon specializes in t-shirts, hoodies, long-sleeved shirts, and PopSockets Grips. The process to join Merch takes a bit of time. You actually have to apply to join. Amazon then reviews the application and will get back to you. In some cases, it can take months to get approved. I joined a long time ago but never did anything with it until recently. I currently have 100 items listed and more pending in draft status. In Merch, you have tiered limits as to the number of items you can have listed at any one time. Everyone starts out at 10 items. I went to 25 fairly quickly and then 100. I am currently waiting for my next tier up.
Kindle Direct Publishing(KDP) has just started the paperback publishing service. The paperback POD was previously known as CreateSpace. With KDP, you can write a book to publish, create low content books such as journals or planners, coloring books, etc. I am currently creating journals and planners but there are many types of low content books to be designed. I currently have just under 100 books listed on KDP. There is currently no limit as to how many items you can have listed on KDP.
I design all of my items in Illustrator and Indesign. I pay the monthly fee for Adobe Creative Cloud. There are other programs to use such as Canva, GIMP, etc. With a little effort, you could be making money in no time!!