7 Ways to Make Money with WordPress
One of the questions I get asked the most on the blog and by email is how to generate income with WordPress or by offering services related to the platform as a freelancer.
Have you asked yourself the same question?
Every day thousands of people around the world generate income with WordPress. From a few extra dollars a month to million-dollar companies with hundreds of employees.
What do they do, what is their model, how can WordPress help someone generate income and make money?
How to Make Money with WordPress - 7 Ways that Work
Let's go over 7 methods to make money with WordPress. Keep in mind that these ARE NOT quick fixes or ones that will generate you thousands of dollars overnight. Each one takes time to learn, dedication, and obvious experience.
You may already be in a position to take advantage of one or you may not, depending on your experience. The objective of this article is to give you a vision of what can be achieved, adapt it to your tastes and your situation, and start an action plan today to generate income.
1. Become a developer and offer a specific service
WordPress is a platform in which many programmers and developers specialize, either by the necessity of employment (the place where they work asks them to know how to master the platform) or by their conviction to be able to offer services.
Among the most popular services you can offer as a WordPress developer are:
- Creation of websites of all kinds.
- Creation and development of plugins
- Creation and development of themes or templates for the platform
- Project management
- eCommerce services (creation of Woocommerce extensions, creation of online stores, eCommerce plans, etc.
- Creation of WordPress backup and security services
- Many more!
The possibilities you have as a WordPress developer in terms of services and sources of income are endless.
To be a WordPress developer you need to have knowledge of programming / Web development and know specifically:
- Management of servers
Let's say that this first point covers in some way what we will see in the following points......
2. Develop and sell plugins
Plugins are in large part what allow WordPress to be such a flexible platform and allow you to create any type of project with this wonderful platform.
One of the great businesses you can take advantage of is plugins. Here are three options or possible scenarios:
- You are a developer. You create and market your plugins yourself.
- You are a developer. You create plugins as a service for clients, agencies, or companies that need them.
- You are an entrepreneur. You have a lot of ideas for useful and innovative plugins and to create them you hire a programming team or delegate the work to one or more WordPress developers anywhere in the world.
No matter how many plugins exist for WordPress, it is always possible to improve an existing one (create a superior product) or create something original that solves a certain need.
Creativity is key!
3. Create your theme
Another of the pillars of WordPress is the themes or templates. Just by looking at the best-selling themes on ThemeForest and the number of sales they have we can realize the business it represents.
Not only ThemeForest, but there are also hundreds of providers like ElegantThemes, Studiopress, or Woothemes that generate thousands of dollars every month in membership sales of their WordPress templates.
As with plugins, the options here are to create your theme, offer the service to clients who need it, or delegate the process to make something and release it to the market.
4. Create a course/information product
Within WordPress, there is a universe of themes where people want to learn certain skills, know-how, how to use a certain theme, how to apply and take advantage of some plugin, and much more.
For example, within this very blog there is a course membership where in addition to learning how to use WordPress, you learn how to create different types of sites:
- Corporate sites
- Online stores with Woocommerce
- Marketing sites (landing pages, memberships)
- Personal and business blogs
- How to use certain themes
In addition to this membership, there are also other courses to learn WordPress and the use of its tools.
5. Give face-to-face pieces of training
Another way to teach skills and how to use WordPress tools is through in-person pieces of training. In many parts of the world at this very moment, someone is teaching a class to 10, 20, 30, or 100 people on how to use WordPress.
Maybe the execution is not so simple since you need the space, a good curriculum, and what you are going to teach, but if done properly you can generate excellent income.
6. Get paid to make Web sites / Manage projects
If you already have good experience with WordPress, then you are at the perfect time to offer your services to create WordPress projects and sites. You can create sites, blogs, membership portals, online stores, and virtually any type of website that can be created with the platform.
Start small and as you grow your portfolio you will be able to position yourself more in the market and charge more money.
7. Web Design
If you know web design and you are web-oriented, then you can offer web design services either to design blogs, web pages, templates, or even plugin interfaces.
As you can see, WordPress offers a lot of options for you to generate income. It can be developing, teaching, and selling.
Getting customers is the most important thing, and making money with WordPress is pretty much the same thing that keeps any business alive: sales and cash flow.
My biggest piece of advice, after having experience selling courses and making hundreds of web pages for clients and for my projects: START TODAY. The perfect time will never come. You can always have more knowledge and experience and there will always be a better time.
Learn WordPress and at the same time start offering your services, selling your products, or whatever model you have chosen.
I'm also not saying that you offer a product or service without knowing how to do it well or compromising the quality of it. It is NOT about that. But it is about not waiting so long and jumping into the fray even if you're not ready.
Action is the only thing that counts!
Do you know of other ways to make money with WordPress? What are some of your favorite strategies for getting sales and customers?