Have you been wondering how to create your very own printables? Have you delayed getting started because you figured the process was too complicated?
Well, it’s much easier than you think.
In fact, by following just a few easy steps you can have your first printable made and on your site to sell or giveaway in under an hour.
Are you ready to get started?
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Ok, let’s get started on your printable.
I’m assuming you already have an idea of the type of printable that you would like to create. If not take a look at a few of your most popular posts and brainstorm ideas that would be a good complement to them.
If you’re stumped look at these 100 ideas for printables to get your creative juices flowing.
Once you have an idea of the type of printable you would like to create, you are ready to get started making your first printable.
How to Make a Printable
When it comes to making a printable you have a few options. These are your top two ways:
- Hire someone to do it for you
- Do it yourself
Hiring Someone to Design Your Printable
Getting someone to create and design your printable can save you valuable time and it doesn’t have to break your bank either. You can use services like Fiverr to hire a freelancer or you could hire a Virtual Assistant. You could also check with other bloggers to see if they offer the service or know someone who does.
Do It Yourself
When it comes to creating printables yourself, you have complete control over the entire process. However, it may require you to learn how to use a new software program or learn to use a familiar one in a different way. What do I mean you ask? I was first introduced to PowerPoint in high school (I won’t bother counting up just how many years ago that’s been but it’s been quite some time ago); however, it wasn’t until last summer that I learned how to create printables using this popular presentation software.
Did you know PowerPoint could do that?
Perhaps your mind is blown like mine was but ever since I took this course I’ve been creating not just printables but planners and journals using PowerPoint and selling them on Amazon. And another one of my favorite bloggers, shows you step by step how to get started using PowerPoint as well.
Other Software Options
Powerpoint is one of many options you have for creating a printable. You could also use:
- Canva – is a popular option among fellow bloggers. It has both a free and paid version. And you can use it for creating your social media graphics as well as your printables. Get started using Canva today.
- Adobe Photoshop or Indesign – also quite popular is the suite of products from Adobe. You can use either one of these programs to create a printable. However, I’ve found the learning curve for Indesign to be a bit steep.
- Excel – although it is a popular spreadsheet application, it can also be used to create printables. I don’t find it to be my favorite method.
- Affinity Designer/Publisher – these products from Serif are a popular Adobe alternative and what I like most about them is that you have a one time fee. They function much like Adobe’s Photoshop and Indesign. I’ve been going through this course to learn how to more efficiently use Affinity Designer.
- Google Slides – like Powerpoint it is presentation software but can also be used to create printables as well.
When it comes to picking which software to use, I say pick your favorite and get started. Or choose one to try and give it a go. There is really no right or wrong one. It comes down to personal preference and what you are most comfortable using.
Blending DIY With Hiring Someone
If starting your printable from scratch has you scared, you can use a blend of the two options by using premade templates. Printable templates take away that dreaded staring at a blank screen. And gives you a head start on the designing process.
Choosing template packs that offer a variety of layouts will give you more options to pick and choose. Canva offers quite a number of premade templates but you can also get templates from PLR providers.
PLR stands for private label rights, which allows you to purchase templates, brand as your own, and sell or giveaway to your readers. Check out my first PLR pack here. Use code bcw20 to save 40% off. Here are a few of my favorite PLR providers:
Which Will You Choose
I hope this helps you see that creating a printable doesn’t have to be hard. Which option you choose will depend on your skillset and your available time. But don’t forget that done is better than perfect. Before you spend an exorbitant amount of time creating a printable, do the best you can and see how well your audience resonates with it.
Don’t get stuck in the planning!
And don’t forget it’s not necessary for you to do it all, friend. Templates or hiring out can be a great time saver.
Ok, let me know in the comments which method you will be using to create your first or next printable and don’t forget to pick up your freebie.
Wanda is the owner and editor of BCW. She's on a constant quest to seek the one who fills this thirsty soul. A lover of God and seeker of wisdom and never too far from a good book. Lover of tech and enjoys helping beginner bloggers set up their new blogs