The internet is a fantastic tool for a million different things. From communicating with friends, to getting work done, to researching facts, there has seldom been anything more powerful at our fingertips.
It’s only recently though that technology has also given us incredible manufacturing and publishing tools as well, and enabled members of the public to create things in the same way that you might normally expect of a large organisation. Using the web it’s now possible to create all kinds of amazing things quickly and easily. Read on to find out some of the more interesting examples…
They say that everyone has a book in them, but certainly not everyone will become an author. Unfortunately, while many of us have dreamed of getting our own books on the shelves, the competition is just too huge and even when you’re lucky enough to get noticed that still doesn’t guarantee your story will be a success.
But thanks to the web it’s now no longer necessary to go through the lengthy process of applying to publishers and chasing agents. Thanks to the web, it’s now possible for anyone to get published completely for free and to get their books into stores shortly thereafter.
The process is called ‘POD’ – or Print On Demand – and it’s interesting because it allows books to be printed on an ‘as needed’ basis for stores and customers. That means you don’t have to take a huge risk in ordering thousands of copies to sell on as with vanity publishing, but can instead simply upload a .doc or pdf file, and then wait for the sales to come to you. No sales? No loss!
T-Shirts and Mugs
The above can also be useful if you just want to create a book of memories, or perhaps a compilation of resources for your own uses. But there’s much more you can create just for you if you want to, or to use for promotion.
For instance, how about creating a custom t-shirt with your face on as a joke for a friend? Or a mug with your company name on to give away at tradeshows? Creating custom goods online has been popular with businesses for a long time now and it’s a very successful way to spread your brand.
More powerful still is the ability to make your products completely to specification however. Thanks to 3D printing, it’s now possible to create your own jewellery, your own toys and your own tools. Any ‘part’ that’s made from a single piece of material can now be printed off in metal, plastic or any other material. Better yet, these three dimensional products are also printed on demand meaning you don’t need to buy huge orders. And if you want to turn your skill into a business, then you can even set up a shop and start selling your invention to the public. All you need is a great idea and some basic skills with 3D modelling software such as Blender.
Before we had these tools though, the internet already gave us incredible options for self-expression and creation. It’s always been possible for instance to create websites, and long before POD people were already making eBooks and distributing those for cash. Software of course has also been an option for a long time, but as the capabilities of our computers and the range of devices increases, there are now countless more options in this regard. Whether you want to create a computer game in Unity, a HD movie, a piece of business software, or a fun app, it’s now easier than ever.
Better yet, there are also huge communities out there and tons of support to make the process even easier – as well as some very handy infrastructures and outlets for getting your products in the hands of customers. Promote your eBook on Kindle or on ClickBank. Promote your app on the Play Store or with Google AdSense. Either way you can make something incredible and then have it sold around the world for a large profit in no time at all.
And that’s perhaps one of the most exciting things you can make online easily these days : money.
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The author of this post, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who part of the team at PromoPays, a provider of designer t-shirts in Canada. She has a keen interest in blogging and enjoys sharing her recreational ideas via blogging. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.