If you want a totally free way to get started online as a senior, consider self-publishing on a site like Amazon. You have a lot of different options for what you want to publish on this site.
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Self-Publishing for Seniors Ideas
Memoirs are something many seniors like to publish. These are interesting, not only for their own heirs and friends to read, but for others to absorb and learn from, too. You can even turn this into a service where you offer to gather and turn someone else’s life stories into a memoir of their own that you publish online for them.
Non-fiction guides are always in hot demand. People want information and tutorials on topics they need, such as how to diminish stress, how to grow a garden, or how to lose weight effectively.
Fiction novels or stories are very fun to write. There are many indie authors who use their own name or pen names in a variety of genres. So whether you think you’d like to write romance, science fiction, crime thrillers, mysteries or something else, Amazon can give you a free platform to make it happen.
Coloring books are another thing you can self-publish online. If you can draw or know how to use tools that turn pictures into coloring book images, then you can put out coloring books for children or for adults who use it as a form of stress relief.
Journals are also a welcomed product you can self-publish online at Amazon. Amazon handles all of the printed materials, so you just upload your file and they send it out to customers who buy it.
Self-publishing is a money method that allows you to earn money without having to pay anything upfront. They get their share from the sale of your products, so you’re never pressed to hand over money beforehand.
Once you decide to get into self-publishing, you’ll be able to use free promotion tools like Facebook pages and groups, Tik Tok (#authortok or #booktok hashtags), YouTube, Pinterest, or Instagram (to name a few) to reach your audience until you have the funds to level up with paid ads.
Turn Your Influence Into Income
Some seniors mistakenly think that all online influencers are beautiful young teens and adults who are flouting the latest fashions and trends to their hungry audience. But an influencer can be anyone who garners enough attention for their wisdom.
So if you’re an outgoing individual, or just have good information and insight to share with people who need your help, consider tapping into the income potential that influencers achieve.
This is especially helpful if you build a good following on social networking sites. That includes Instagram, Tik Tok, and other places where your target audience hangs out. Influencers can happen in any niche.
Companies will pay attention to people who are achieving the most likes and engagement from their target audience. Then they’ll approach you with an offer for a deal where you recommend their products in exchange for payment.
It’s not just household names and celebrities who achieve influencer status. Many of the people making money like this would be people you’ve never heard of – men and women of all ages.
You’ll also find that some companies offer freebies in exchange for you touting their products. Just be careful about who you promote, and why – because the last thing you want to do is alienate your loyal followers by selling out and promoting shoddy products to them.
Even if no one approaches you with an offer for advertising, you can monetize your influential content and make money that way. On YouTube and Tik Tok, for example, you’ll get paid based on the number of views you achieve.
So if you work on researching your niche keywords and topics and develop content that meets the needs of a hungry audience, you could build your influence income steadily over time.
Because social networking sites are free, it won’t cost you a penny to grow a business model like this. It will cost you in terms of time and effort, though. You want to be creative and outgoing in order to get a following that converts into dollars.