Creators are making bank selling....Google spreadsheets

Mashable 30 Apr 2021 08:34
Indie creators are sharing their knowledge via products built on tools such as Google Sheets and Notion.
Indie creators are sharing their knowledge via products built on tools such as Google Sheets and Notion.
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Would you ever buy a spreadsheet?

Clearly, a lot of people would...because they already have. Online creators are making some real money selling digital products created on spreadsheet services such as Google Sheets and Airtable. 

Take Andrew Kamphey, who is a self-described "maker." Kamphey told Mashable that he's made more than $40,000 in the past year from his spreadsheet products, such as "100 Twitter Templates in a Google Sheet." His main moneymaker is Better Sheets, which teaches users how to better utilize Google Sheets (so they too can sell their spreadsheets).

Another maker, Janel Loi, went with Notion, a workspace tool that allows users to create databases and wikis, to build her product, Newsletter OS. It includes templates, spreadsheets, and more that can help creators manage their newsletters. In a conversation with Mashable, Loi says she has made more than $35,000 from it since it launched in October 2020.

Many of these products are sold on Gumroad, a popular online marketplace for indie creators. The platform has especially found a niche within the startup community and tech sector.

In April 2020, Kamphey had an idea: People would be working at home more due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some may want to put that extra time saved from not having to commute into side projects.

"I'm a developer; I know how building a new product from scratch takes time," explained Coiffard to Mashable. "With Airtable or Notion (and a bunch of no-code tools), I can create a product in a couple of days."

The success of Newsletter OS led her to team up with the creator of Morning Brew’s Business Casual podcast, Josh Kaplan, to create another Notion dashboard product: Podcast OS. The two have made more than $10,000 from Podcast OS so far without spending a dime on advertising.

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