Two Roads to Creation

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This is worth the thought: what can you make or do for others with that which you love to do? You don’t need to wait for someone to hire you into a job, a job that you hope will be something you love.

I’ve found creative roads to making money. I call them “roads” because they are each entrepreneurial journeys. Let me briefly explain them, then tell you what I’ve done to make money at each of them.

1. Create Products

First think of what you love to do, then think of the products that could be created and sold. If you’re an entertainer, create CDs or DVDs. If you’re a teacher, create curriculum. If you’re a contractor, invent a tool to be patented and sold. With a bit of creative thought, you could come up with something tangible for any trade or profession that can be turned into a product to sell.

I have an entire line of debate and speech resources. They’ve become the bestselling resources in my niche. I love that people love them. I’ve created textbooks, sourcebooks, CD and DVD sets, curriculum, and disposable resources.

2. Create Services

Your creativity shouldn’t stop at products. You should figure out where you can help others, too. These are services – you “serve” others and help them understand how you do what you do so well. My nonprofit and my contract work are good examples of “services”; they aren’t products, really, but ways I serve others and get paid for it.

Sometimes it makes sense expand on the product side of things and develop a service end to it. I’m going to work on this for 2013. I have a long string of coaches who create great resources, but they are also available to coach. I hope to expand the online collaboration tools easily available to any of us to connect coaches with students as a premium service.

Question: What do you love? How can you turn that into products and services that others would buy?