YAY! You’re here because you’re ready to create your very first low content printable planner. Now you know it’s time to get started but you’re not sure what to do first.
No worries, lovely!
I have your back. 🙂
I’m Avery Wilmer and I spend my days teaching people just like you how to start a low content business publishing printable planners, coloring books, and more.
So now that we’ve been introduced, here are the first three steps you need to do.
Step #1: Brainstorm Your Printables
The first step to take when it comes to creating printables is to stop and think about what exactly it is you want to make. A few good questions to ask yourself include:
- Who is the audience for this printable?
- How will they use this printable?
- What designs already exist for this type of printable?
- How can I make my printable stand out from what’s already available?
Answering these questions can give you some insights and help you create printables that actually sell (vs ones that sit on your virtual shelf!).
How to Find Fresh Ideas
Sometimes, you can experience a block in your creativity when it comes to creating printables. This isn’t a reason to panic though. Usually, you can find plenty of fresh ideas by spending time doing some research.
I recommend starting with Craft Count, which is a site that will show you which Etsy stores are performing best right now. You can use it to discover new printable shops and see what’s selling currently.
I recommend looking for popular keywords (that have a few thousand searches a month) then go to Etsy. See if you can find a lot of printables for the topic. If you can only find a few, then try to publish 1-2 planners and watch how they do.
Keep in mind that if you find a keyword that has thousands of searches a month and there are already thousands of printable planners that are meeting this need, your new creation is less likely to stand out in the market. This will make it harder for customers to find your listing.
Step #2: Choose Your Planner Size
Printable planners can come in a variety of styles and sizes. It helps to consider what you’ll do about sizes before you start your design. The most common types of planner sizes are:
Here’s an image with the dimensions in both inches and pixels for these common paper sizes so you can easily create your designs…
Tip: When it comes to dimensions, the width is listed first then the height.
Some printable creators choose to make their printables available in all four sizes such as the Meal Plan and Grocery Shopping list from Printables321Done.
However, some creators will design printables for one paper size only and that’s a perfectly acceptable idea, too. This Disneyland Day Planner from My Pixie Printables comes only in letter size.
Step #3: Pick A Program for Creating Printables
Honestly, it doesn’t matter what program you choose to use for your creating printables. I advise you pick one that lets you save an editable version of the file that you can change later in case of a typo but that also has the capability of saving PDFs.
Common programs for creating printables include…
- Microsoft Word
- Affinity Publisher
I find that a lot of people who create printables enjoy PowerPoint as it’s easiest to drag elements where you want them to go. But any of these programs on the list above will work so it really comes down to your personal preference.
Web-Based Alternatives for Designing Printables
If you don’t have access to the programs above, it can be frustrating. But you can still design beautiful printables in these free web-based programs:
- Google Slides (PowerPoint alternative)
- Google Documents (Microsoft Word alternative)
- PhotoPea (PhotoShop alternative)
Unfortunately, I haven’t found a free alternative for Affinity Publisher. However, there is an option for a free trial of the software (Mac version here). If you plan to only create a few printables in a very short time span, then the free trial might serve your needs.
When it comes to this step, I think the important thing is to choose a program you’re comfortable using and actually like. You’ll have more fun that way and the whole process will be much smoother! 🙂
This post is an excerpt from my workshop, Profit with Printable Planners. It gives you the tools and resources to turn planner pages like these into planners that you can publish and sell on Etsy, Amazon, and other sites.
Besides over-the-shoulder tutorials, you’ll also get full access to a PDF guide of publishing resources that you can use again and again with each planner you create.
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