How to Make Money Selling Printables on Amazon

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Selling printables on Amazon is a great way to bring in passive income.

Printables are something that you can create and then sell over and over again, whether you’re sleeping or on vacation.

Amazon is a great space for selling printables and we are going to cover everything you need to know!

how to make money selling printables on amazon

Can we sell printables on Amazon?

The answer is definitely yes! Amazon is a platform with many opportunities, but it also includes an opportunity to sell printables. The positive to selling on Amazon is that they can market the printables, print them, and send them to the customer. 

This also means that Amazon will handle taking payments and deal with the customer service. So a lot of the back end is taken out of your hands. The only thing you need to worry about is creating the printable!

Some of the printables creators sell on Amazon are:

  • E-Books
  • Journals
  • Planners
  • Coloring Books
  • Educational Materials
  • Greeting Cards
  • Calendars

Once you create your printable, you simply have to upload it onto Amazon, have it approved and then collect payment when Amazon sells it.  Find 35+ printables ideas that sell here.

You’ll need to just create an account and add things like your payment details and tax information. Once your Amazon sellers account is created, you’ll be able to start adding the details for your printable listing like the title, author, and a description. 

Then, you’ll be able to add a manuscript and a cover for your printable (if needed). You’ll turn your printable into a formatted file and make sure you have a cover that is captivating! Finally, you’ll finish with the rights and pricing for your printable. 

This is just the simple run-down of how to sell a printable on Amazon, but we are going to cover more of what you need to know to really make an income with your printables. 

Sell Educational Resources on Amazon Ignite

Content creators have been looking into selling digital printables on Amazon for a long time, as many are already selling journals and planners on Amazon via KDP. The success on Amazon tends to be due to the very intent buyers using the platform, and creators want these eyes on their printables!

Amazon has an educational resources marketplace named Amazon Ignite.

To get started on Amazon Ignite, you will first need to request an invitation into the program. And once you are accepted, you will receive a welcome email with some tips on publishing your first resource. 

The goal of this platform is to connect educational creators with Amazon customers, where creators can sell all kinds of printables, lesson plans, and classroom games. 

To find Amazon Ignite products, go to Amazon and then select the drop down menu in the search bar.

From here you can choose “Digital Education Resources”. You can also get to the Amazon Ignite marketplace here.

amazon ignite

This marketplace now competes with Etsy and Teacher Pay Teachers as others are heading to Amazon for their classroom resources.

Homeschooling parents also often seek out digital educational downloads. More and more parents are looking for ways to supplement their child’s learning.

Publishers on Amazon Ignite receive 70% of the list price for all items over $2.99, and all resources under this amount are subject to a $.30 transaction fee. Amazon may occasionally run promotions but it will take the discount from it’s own profits rather than the publishers. 

If you are already creating and selling printables, it may be a great idea to start pivoting into educational printables as well. If you have experience as a teacher, this is even better! 

Selling Printables on Amazon’s KDP

Another way to sell printables is on Amazon KDP. This takes the design that you create and sends it directly to a print-on-demand service, rather than having to print it yourself. 

Sellers like Amazon KDP, because you can self publish your own work and keep up to 70% of the profits.

Before getting started on Amazon KDP, know that you will need to set up your file to be printed according to Amazon KDP's print size requirements.

Those dimensions are 6” x 9”. You can create your printable where you’d like, as long as it fits the preferred dimensions. 

There are restrictions on what can be on the cover of your printable on KDP. You need to avoid adding any promotions on the cover and be sure to check for any typos or grammatical errors. It’s important to create a high-quality cover that will be appealing and eye-catching to your potential buyers. 

Keep in mind that there are restrictions for what can be on the cover of your coloring page for KDP. Avoid adding any promotions on the cover, and check for any typos or grammatical errors. You want to create a high-quality cover that will be eye-catching and appealing to your potential buyers. 

You’ll then just need to upload the files for your printable and this can be done with a program such as, FlyingUpload.

This program offers a free version that takes away some of the hassle of uploading your designs to Amazon KDP. You’ll just simply add in all of the files, a cover and details for your design, like the paper quality or any other details. It's that simple!

Self publishing on Amazon KDP is a popular option for printables sellers who create the content Amazon will allow you to publish through them.

Interested in getting started with Amazon KDP? Learn how to use Canva to make money on Amazon KDP here.

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Printable Niches for Amazon KDP

So which type of printables are you wanting to sell? This is an important part of the success you will have in your business. Since it is a competitive market, you need to find a niche that you can still stand out and still be in high demand. 

What is a niche exactly? This is a segment of a larger market area. So rather than just “printables”, you need to focus on something like “printable planners.” 

When deciding on a niche, the best way is to start by choosing a topic or area that you already have interest in or are knowledgeable about. It is best to choose something that you have interest in as it means you would have more enjoyment in making the printables. When you love what you’re doing it is more likely to reflect in what you are creating. This will better attract customers!

Content published using KDP include products from the following niches:

  • Novels
  • Book Series
  • Children's Books
  • Comics
  • Cookbooks
  • Journals
  • Poetry
  • Textbooks

The secret to choosing a niche

The secret to choosing a successful niche is to find a gap in the market where there is already a lot of competition. In this gap is where you are going to find customers, but you won’t be competing directly. 

A little competition is a good thing, because if there is a lot of competition in a specific niche, it means there is a demand. But if you are directly competing, it also means you’ll have to work a lot harder to get noticed! Not enough competition means there may not be any demand for the product and you will struggle to get sales. 

Even if the type of printable may be very competitive, this means you can find ways to design yours to stand out from the rest.

Take a common product and design it for a very specific market, like creating journals for middle school students, or educational materials for preschoolers. 

The most important thing about choosing your niche is just to be sure you are not copying what someone else is doing! Make it your own and come up with your own ideas. That’s key to your success in selling printables!

So how do you find what this gap is? You ned to do your research. Don’t just choose a printables niche because you think it’s a good idea. It needs to be a good idea to others as well, so this involves some research. 

Finding a niche may be difficult at first but it is one of the best ways to have success selling printables!

How Much Money Can You Make Selling Printables?

Okay, so exactly how much money can you make selling printables? With the right product research and product demand, the possiblities are endless!

Starting out your printables business, it’s best to set a financial goal and work your way towards that goal. Making your printables business a side hustle at first is one of the best ways to start your journey.

A very realistic goal for selling printables for passive income is making about $500-1000 per month.

To make this amount could mean having a lot of different printables to choose from, and some marketing to get your products out there. 

The great thing about printables is you can put in a few hours of work into it, and even making a couple hundred dollars makes it worth it! You’re only doing the work once so the benefits definitely outweigh the costs!

Want to make more than $500-1000 per month? Put that extra work into it and you can definitely reach those goals!

Making Money with Amazon

Although there are other ways that you can sell your printables, Amazon is one of the best options out there! It is an easy way for you to list your printables and let someone else take the printing out of your hands. 

The biggest positive to selling on Amazon is that it is already a high-traffic site. Amazon sells everything, so why not printables also? You already have the buyers on the platform, so getting them to find your printables is a lot easier!

Because this is a high-traffic site, this means the chance for income is higher and you have the opportunity for more sales. So selling your printables on Amazon is a great way to make an income and reach those goals!

How to Make Printables to Sell

Making and selling printables is something that even a beginner can do! You don’t need to be any type of expert and the tools you need are very affordable.

The first step to making printables to sell is doing some research to decide what type of printable you would want to make and how to format it. You need to be sure that you aren’t copying someone else’s idea, but it is important to get an idea of what is out there and how to present your printable.

Then it’s time to start creating! You have a few options for how you can create printables: 

  • Canva: perfect for creating invitations, party games, or stickers
  • Excel or Google Sheets: create trackers or planners
  • PicMonkey: similar to Canva, and great for making templates and teaching matterials
  • Adobe Acrobat: create workbooks and journals

What to consider when making printables

Size it the first thing to consider before you start making your printable.

If you’re using a spreadsheet for an 8 ½ x 11 printable, you just need to be sure to stay within the columns and rows for that size.

If you’re creating a printable, you want to make a variety of sizes that can fit some of the most common planners, such as A-5 (5.8” x 8.3”), classic (5.5” x 8.5”), and personal (4.25” x 6.75”). 

It is also a good idea to test print your printable to make sure it appears as you’re hoping on the printed page.

If you are creating something with punch holes, make sure that you have left enough room for the holes without cutting the design. 

Price is another factor to consider when making printables.

Get an idea of what other people are charging for their printable by searching on different marketplaces, such as Etsy, to price yours similarly.

You don’t want to price yours much higher, but you also don’t want to be a lot lower as you want to be sure you still make a profit and have value to your product.

Once you have your printable created, it’s time to start selling! 

Learn the exact steps for starting your own printables business and fast track your success!

Final Thoughts

Selling printables on Amazon gives you an opportunity to earn a passive income that can turn into a side hustle or a full-time income! The only thing you need to do to get started is just get creating! Find out what type of printables fits you and your skills, and get them out there for your buyers to see.

Start your printables business today!

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Katrina Waardenburg

Katrina Waardenburg

Katrina is an Etsy seller and content writer who was formerly a teacher. In her own words, "Being a mom of two girls, I work hard at growing this business and helping others grow as well so I can provide for my little family.”
Katrina Waardenburg

Katrina Waardenburg

Katrina is an Etsy seller and content writer who was formerly a teacher. In her own words, "Being a mom of two girls, I work hard at growing this business and helping others grow as well so I can provide for my little family.”

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