sell pdf files

Thinking of increasing your income? Here’s a crazy idea: sell PDF files online. Pioneered by bloggers trying to earn a living this method seems to be everybody’s favourite nowadays. However, selling digital products isn’t as easy as it sounds but some online platforms made an effort to help you. Therefore, if you want to sell PDF files my research could be very useful to you. Take a look!

What type of PDF files should you sell

First of all the PDF’s been around for almost three decades now and it proved to be quite versatile. The beauty of it consists in its compatibility with most of the smart devices we use today. Please take a moment to think about that. Also the PDF supports any kind of documents, it doesn’t require physical storage and it lasts forever. After all, these are the perks of the digital reality we live in but don’t count your blessing just yet.

To avoid wasting your time you ought to find your niche and sell PDF files containing information you master. If you already know what to sell then scroll down to the next paragraph. But since you’re reading this article I’ll just assume you’re at the starting line. To prep you well for this journey here’s a list of PDF files in high demand:

  • DIY patterns
  • Catalogues & brochures
  • Courses (coding, marketing, design)
  • Guides & tutorials (cooking recipes, first aid, beekeeping)
  • Magazines
  • E-books (fiction & non-fiction)
  • E-mail marketing templates
  • Document templates
  • Workout and nutrition plans

Remember your goal is to make money which means you want the online community on your side. For that to happen on a regular basis your PDF files ought to be relevant or useful or entertaining. Actually a combo of these three characteristics guarantees a steady revenue.

The right platform to sell your PDF files

Now, the help provided by the platforms mentioned above comes with a cost of course. You might find it steep or you might find it fair. It’s up to you to decide which one provides the best service for you. Luckily you have plenty to choose from so take your time and sniff around. Although I did a little bit of detective work and found out that most of them concentrate on a niche. Let me give you some examples.

  1. Teachable

    This is the platform you were looking for if teaching others is your passion. Teachable is a Learning Management System on which you can upload courses as PDF files and sell them online. They made education accessible by creating a market for it. Besides that they’ve integrated some marketing and selling tools that’ll help you as an educator greatly. This platform knows its audience and is one of the most easy-to-use platforms of its kind out there.

  2. Lulu

    Built for writers who prefer to self-publish their work (ebooks) this online platform has everything a writer needs. It’s been around for some time now and despite Amazon Kindle’s dazzling success Lulu has a solid user community. The reason behind its resilience might have something to do with the fact that it plays nice with others. What does that mean you ask? Lulu sells printed books by collaborating with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. So while you sell your ebook on Lulu, if you desire, you can capitalise on this collaboration. Make the most of what each one has to offer.

  3. Flipsnack

    We know it’s not ethical to eulogise our platform and we won’t. Our users already do that for us. We’re also aware that Flipsnack is not the most famous or the most successful online publishing tool. However we offer one of the best services for uploading, creating and selling flipbooks. That’s right, you can sell through us magazines, brochures, catalogs, guides, reports, newspapers and so on and so forth. Our editor will help you make your flipbooks stand out and attract buyers like bees to honey. I’m sorry but I couldn’t refrain myself from boasting a little. Also if editing isn’t necessary than just upload something you already created in PDF form and start selling. We thought you don’t like extra fees on your sales so all the money you make with Flipsnack are yours. You can find out more about that in this other article.

  4. Sellfy

    If you don’t have the money, time and skills to build your own website then Sellfy is for you. This e-commerce platform is used worldwide by entrepreneurs to sell digital products such as DIY patters. Uploading and selling your PDF files on Sellfy is pretty easy. Plus they offer quite a few marketing features to help you succeed. So if you want to open an online store without the hassle than, in my opinion, this platform is a great option.

  5. Selz

    I’m inclined to believe that Selz was created for those of us with a strong practical side. You can upload any document in PDF format here and sell it but non-fiction ebooks seem to be bestsellers on Selz. From nutrition plans to workout routines and other how-to ebooks this is the place for this kind of digital products. They value customer experience and customer service which is why they offer a “buffet” of marketing options you can use.

    These are my five picks if you plan to sell PDF files online. Let’s see what advantages have these platforms in common.

More reasons for you to sell PDF files

You should know that selling PDF files on these platforms is safe, fast, private and easy. Also they allow you to embed the Buy Button on your website, or blog, if you have one. That means you don’t have to worry about storage or losing customers to other sellers. In addition, since you have access to a global market you decide how, when and where to promote your digital products. You are in total control at all times and you’re never going to run out of stock.

Final thoughts

We all want to live a stress free life and we should. Selling PDF files on any of these platforms can be a way out of the rat race. Besides paying those few dollars a month the costs to sustain such a business don’t exist. If you decide to sell digital products online remember to sell only what’s relevant, useful or entertaining. Find a niche for your products and a platform that suits your entrepreneurial needs. In case you already sell PDF files online please share your experiences with us in the comment section below.

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