Are there times when you’re perfectly sure what you wanted, you’ve figured everything to a T, then all of a sudden things go pfff FFT? Just like that.
Before I launched Coloring Book Worm, my brain was hacked by a million and one things to do. They all were yummy-licious ideas, and I wanted to do them all. I was a butterfly or, more aptly, a flutterby, hopping from one enticing thing to another. When I felt like getting nowhere while finding something “more doable,” I moved on to another.
It happened many times in the past.
In short, I failed to achieve my goal.
This bad habit is a treacherous black hole. More so, my lack of focus has made the situation more complicated. I may have had a roller coaster joyride but it didn’t get me anywhere. And honestly, I don’t enjoy roller coaster rides!
It was a struggle. Many times, I looked for solutions and tools to deal with this. My best cure so far is this six-letter word spelled p-a-s-s-i-o-n.
I have found my passion in adult coloring books. But then, perhaps, it’s too early to tell, and that’s why I am relying on workable tools and habits to keep me focused and on track.
6 Handy Tools to Increase Your Productivity
They are nothing fancy, and I’m sure, you’re familiar with them. Nevertheless, let me lay them down:
It’s like any other calendar. What makes this handy is its location - on your computer screen. Just one click and you see it. You can add your list of activities or events on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
This tool keeps you super-focused. You know what you must write today, tomorrow and the days ahead. Your Google calendar could be dedicated for this or double up as an editorial calendar. The downside to doing a mixed one is that it could get crowded. Clutter can add to the confusion and lead to overwhelm and inaction.
You may use the fancy journal you find at bookshops. Mine is a simple 360-page Hilroy notebook. Cheap. Thick. Handy. I had this type for years and now have a boxful. I write anything on them - mostly, my daily to-do activities, outlines, and content. I could get them dirtied, and I won’t care a thing. Whatever works for you is best.
I’m the traditional type and index cards work for me. I write so much in my journals, but I noticed that I tend to forget the important stuff. I had to dig through, and I write the same things over and over. What a waste of time. My index cards do the trick. I have cards listing:
- goals and objectives with their timeframe
- traffic sources to tap for my blog
- go-to websites
- activities by project
- target places to sell
- books to write
- and more.
A certain Francesco Cirillo developed this time management technique in the late 1980s. His method uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. As the PomodoroTechnique site says, it helps you to
- work with time and not against it
- eliminate burnout
- manage distractions
- create a balanced life.
Free apps using this technique are:
I use the paid desktop version of Action Enforcer that you may read about here.
Writing and editing apps
I have a handful of writing and editing apps like Scrivener, Grammarly, Hemingway, The Journal and more. For a short time, I was with 750words. What I regularly use though is Grammarly. I write and edit at the same time. Then, I’m done.
4 Simple Habits to Channel Energy on Your Target
When I’m busy, I manage to stay away from distractions such as Facebook, emails, YouTube and news and entertainment. I get distracted from all the distractions! But not always. When I get tired from continuous work, I still turn to them. The tragic thing is that I get sucked in unwittingly that I lose valuable time. I must guard myself intently against these time thieves!
Keep everything handy
I used to waste my time looking for things that I needed. When I managed to find them. I felt annoyed, frustrated and exhausted. Simple solution? I put everything in one place. I keep them handy at all times. Now, I’m better off.
Label digital files and folders
I do this to save myself from a plethora of negative emotions that result to drained energy.
Nothing is as powerful as showing up for work; even if work is a few walks away from your bed. Each time. Every time. Even when you’re dead tired and could think up of all excuse possible, go through the motions. That’s how the engine starts. You’ll be amazed where your actions take you.
What do you think of these tools and habits?
Please share your personal list and the stories behind them below. Sharing this post to your family and friends would also be awesome!
Fiverr Is Great But Requires a 100%
The day before yesterday, a customer bought a gig from my store at Fiverr. They were for adult coloring pages, either mandalas or patterns. Yesterday, I got two more gigs. Although I had three days to deliver, I completed delivery earlier. That practice builds good reputation for satisfactory customer service.
I set up an account at Fiverr in May 2011. Seven months later, I was selling videos. I was earning, but it was not much.
Gigs - the term for products or services sold at Fiverr - started at just $5 at that time. As a seller, you graduate to Level 1, 2 or top earner seller depending on how much you sell over a period of time. As you move up the ladder, you are rewarded with more gigs and more extras to sell.
I got to Level 2 as a seller, but when I went for a 2.5-month holiday last June 2015, I paused my services. I lost track of Fiverr for a year and learned just this June 2016 - when I reopened shop to sell coloring book designs - that it just got better.
You have more earning potentials now because of their triple gig packages, a tiered pricing structure, which means each package should have a different value:
- Standard: Standard is the lowest priced package that includes only the essential elements of your service. This Package should provide your customers with a complete but basic service at an attractive price.
- Premium: This package should be priced higher than Standard, but lower than Pro. It should include some extra elements that will justify a higher price point and entice buyers who are looking for more than just the basics, but might not be willing or able to invest in a pro-level package.
- Pro: This is the package with the highest value, so it should include all of the extra services that a buyer might need, plus multiple revisions and a fast delivery time.
I love that each week I get a gig. At least one a week. Not bad for a new seller. If Fiverr has a set-and-forget, hands-free delivery system - one where I could upload my pre-made products, and buyer gets them without waiting - everything would have been perfect.
In the real world, perfection doesn’t exist. Good enough is good enough as long as it works.
Fiverr is a great platform - even if I had to deliver customers’ orders manually each time. Well, I can’t always have everything. I am happy the way it is. Over a period of time while selling videos at Fiverr, I have developed a reliable system to fulfill my gigs in less than 15 minutes.
A Set-and-Forget, Hands-Free Delivery System Is What You Want
Fiverr is unlike other platforms in that regard. At CreativeMarket, where I also have a shop, sellers already upload your files as they set up their offer. When a customer orders and pays, they get your product instantly. You would know that the transaction got completed when you get an email notifying you about a purchase and how much you earned.
That’s the kind of marketplace that I’m eyeing for my products. In the coming weeks and months, I am targeting to open shop in these platforms.
There are plenty of them. Some that I’ve taken note of are the following:
I have more in my mind but I’m not sure how their system goes. On my study list are the following:
I’m also eyeing various graphics deal sites. I have a specific strategy for them but only after I’ve put up my products in the sites I’ve mentioned.
They are pretty much like Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore and CreateSpace. You do what are required of you. Once done, you just wait for your royalty report to know how much you earned. Then, you collect your money at the bank by the end of the month. Cool, right?
That’s what you want.
The more platforms you’re in, the better. Shoot for marketplaces that provide a set-and-forget, hands-free delivery system. You invest time and effort initially to set up your shop and products. You then forget it. The time you remember it would be when you get an alert email telling you that you have money in your account.
Fiverr Is Still It Plus More
Having said that, there’s no way that I’m not backing out of Fiverr. I love Fiverr! I’ve gotten so much from it beyond monetary satisfaction.
Now, I’m shooting for smart systems that would let me optimize my efforts and harvest so much more while I sit around creating more adult coloring pages and books!
If you know of other places to sell digital products in the way that I described, please let me know and I’ll add it to my list. I’m sure readers looking to earn passive income would thank you. I would be grateful to you myself.
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I am at the 17th day of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge. I’m not stopping or slowing down. I’m just breathing in some fresh air and then off to work I go. I have to deliver two orders for coloring pages at my Fiverr store.
Taking a Short Break from Work
Part of my routine in the morning are do the following:
- check my website for comments
- finding interesting mail
- monitoring orders at my online shops
- read news and entertainment online
- post to social media.
As I did them today, some inspiring meme caught my fancy. I searched the original source and discovered variations of it.
A Dose of Inspiration
What would you expect me to do? Put my own spin to it, of course.
Here’s my end product:
This really made my day!
Spread the Joy
If this is something that touched you, please do the favor of sharing it to friends and family at Facebook!
It’s a friendly reminder that life is beautiful. You just have to live by some principles.
Today - day 16th of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge - I’d like to spot other uses for coloring pages. There is so much more to coloring sheets that you may not have thought of.
Adult Coloring Pages: Sales and Marketing Uses
# 1 - Sell published physical book
This is the standard use for adult coloring book pages. You compile them using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Indesign, and the like and then send them to a print-on-demand platforms like Create Space and Ingramspark.
# 2 - Sell at your own store or shop
Why not put up your digital store or shop? You could sell a wide variety of adult coloring books. You do this on a long-term continuing basis. You have control over your shop and products. You decide at which price to sell, when to hold sale event, how much commission to give to your affiliates, and more. You brand your shop, promote it and expect people to come to you regularly to fulfill their their needs. You serve them a variety of coloring books, you’re open 24/7, and they get instant download when and where they want it.
# 3 - Sell digital downloadable ebook at other online shops
You save your adult coloring book in PDF format and sell them at online stores. There are many like Fiverr, Gumroad, Sellfy, Tradebit, Dealguardian, and more.
# 4 - Drip content to your membership site
You set up your own coloring book membership site and use the adult coloring book pages that you created as content to drip feed your members.
# 5 - Manage a coloring group or club
You may organize your group of coloring artists, enthusiasts and hobbyists and use the coloring sheets for your peers or club members to color.
# 6 - Build your subscriber list
You may give away adult coloring books or pages for free. This is a way to attract people to your site and get them into your subscriber list or database. For marketers, entrepreneurs, authors and just about anyone doing business in the internet, having access to subscribers via their email is important. It’s the best way to keep in close contact with target audience and customers. On a personal note, you may also give your coloring pages to members of your family and circle of friends.
# 7 - Earn affiliate commissions
You sprinkle affiliate links in your adult coloring ebooks. If people use your link to buy any offers, you get commissions by way of products, services or money.
Adult Coloring Pages: Artistic Uses
There are lots of uses for your adult coloring sheets. Most that I could think of are artistic uses such as:
- Greeting cards
This list never ends and is limited only by your imagination. Can you add to it?
Read about my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge here. Why don’t you join me?
How to Make a Coloring Book: Areas to Learn
I am on the 15th day of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge and halfway through the usual 30-day challenge projects you often hear. Everything I do are geared towards learning how to make a coloring book.
Apart from drawing, inking and vectorizing, I search everywhere for relevant courses or tutorials that I need to learn and focus on. I think the most important ones are:
- how to create professional-looking adult coloring pages
- how to self-publish adult coloring books
- how to market adult coloring books.
I am mostly at the stage of learning how to make a coloring book but intermittently switch to the other two. My learning curse is not that steep but takes so much of my time. Nevertheless, I keep going as I want to hit the nail on the head, learn the trade from the masters, and sink my teeth into it. Seriously.
How to Make a Coloring Book: A Great Go-to Learning University
Let me share with you some of the short courses that I finished. If you’re keen, you’ll notice that all of them share the same patterns and features:
- videos are short, quick and easy to digest
- relevant, downloadable resources
- practice assignment to hone your skills and get guidance
- a project gallery to showcase your work-in-progress and completed work
- access to an active and supportive community of like-minded people
- professional answers to your questions, concerns and requests.
Plus, it doesn’t cost you an arm and leg to enroll in them.
Haven’t got a clue yet?
It’s popular among artists, crafters, art enthusiasts, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and teachers (though not much with internet marketers).
Skillshare is a “learning community of creators and makers. Anyone can join.” Learners may be teachers and teachers may be learners.
“Skillshare is to unlock the world’s creativity. We believe that everyone is creative, and that giving people tools to harness their creative power has the potential to change lives for the better. We’re dismantling the traditional barriers to learning so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn whatever they set their minds to.”
Now that you know, let’s dive into the most exciting part - courses to related to adult coloring books!
How to Make a Coloring Book: Awesome Bite-Sized Courses
Ria Sharon teaches this bite-sized course on how to make coloring book page. She’ll show you exactly how she creates her coloring pages, including the following details:
- what supplies to use
- where to draw your inspiration from
- how to come up with your sketch
- how to ink your sketch
- how to enhance or polish your work
It’s only 22 minutes long, and if you speed up the videos, you’ll be amazed at how much you learn in a short time. Then, you could replay them to refresh your memory or follow along.
See for yourself how learning Ria’s course is a breeze!
In this premium 14-minute course, Jenn Coyle teaches you how to make your coloring book page.
You learn how to do the following:
- draw your coloring book page
- digitize and vectorize your work
- print it out and color with watercolor.
Rejoice at how short the videos are!
Jenn delivers it in a succinct style that makes learning fun and easy.
Check out Jenn’s course.
On Amazon’s best sellers in Coloring Books for Grown-ups, adult coloring books on swear words compete for the top spots.
This is also true for the Crafts, Hobbies and Home category.
This adult coloring book sub-niche may not appeal to you, but if it does, you may want to have a look at Aerie North’s premium class on creating a swear words coloring book.
Don’t miss Aerie’s course!
Aerie North also has this course about creating a botanical coloring book. You spend only 12 minutes of your time and voila! You learn how to make a coloring book on flowers and gardens.
This link should take you to Aerie’s course.
Course # 5 - You Can Self-Publish a Coloring Book
What do you do after you have created your adult coloring pages? You may package them as a downloadable digital book to share to friends or sell. More than that, go self-publish them.
Katie Cannon shows you the shortest path to do that as she teaches you the following in her course “You Can Self-Publish a Coloring Book”:
- supplies that you need
- setting up your coloring pages and text in Microsoft Publisher
- setting up your inside and front cover
- uploading your document to Create Space for publication.
Check out Katie’s class now.
The Key to Make a Coloring Book: Action!
If there are more bits of information or skills that I want to learn, I scour them from other courses in Skillshare.
I can’t get enough of Skillshare. It’s the only learning platform that has taught me the specific skills that I wanted to learn, in a way that suits my needs and lifestyle.
Go check out Skillshare! You won’t regret.
Soon, you’ll see your own adult coloring books lining the shelves of bookstores and all from learning how to make your own coloring book!