50 Best Resources for Creating and Selling Information Products (Infoproducts) (Updated for 2017)
An Information Product, or Infoproduct, is a product that sells information. It can be a report, ebook, online course, newsletter series, webinar, software, mobile app, membership website, etc. In my Video Course: Blueprint to Build a Sustainable Business - Part 1, I mentioned that five conditions need to be met to create a profitable and sustainable infoproduct:
It needs to be about a subject you are passionate about or at least interested in.
You need to be knowledgeable about the subject.
The subject needs to be in demand without too much competition, that is, it needs to be a good niche.
The infoproduct format needs to be appropriate for the subject.
The infoproduct needs to have a unique selling point or USP.
The following resources can help you create and promote your next information product.
Finding Your Passion
The first condition that has to be met to create a successful and sustainable information product is that it should be about a subject you are passionate about, or at least interested in. From my conversations with hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners, however, I realize many of us struggle to find our passion. If you have yet to find yours, you are not alone. A majority of us will never find our true passion. (I know. This is scary!)
The following books, tests, and resources can help you figure out what your passion is, or will be.
By Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people, including Paul McCartney, Matt Groening, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bart Conner, he shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that this is the essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities in the twenty-first century.
A breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment.
By Janet Attwood and Chris Attwood
Can a simple test change a person’s life? Through their New York Times bestseller The Passion Test, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have inspired thousands to shape their lives by discovering their passions and living according to what matters most to them. Readers can identify their top five passions by taking the Test, and then learn exactly how to align their lives with their priorities by following the Attwoods’ easy-to-follow step-by-step program of action. Combining powerful storytelling and profound wisdom from models of passionate living such as Jack Canfield, Richard Paul Evans, and Stephen M.R. Covey, as well as drawing on their own personal experiences, the Attwoods show how living a full and impassioned life is not only possible, it’s inevitable— for anyone willing to take the Test.
By Elle Luna
Who hasn’t asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle Luna frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must.” “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire. And it was her own personal journey that inspired Elle Luna to write a brief online manifesto that, in a few short months, has touched hundreds of thousands of people who’ve read it or heard Elle speak on the topic. Now Ms. Luna expands her ideas into an inspirational, highly visual gift book for every recent graduate, every artist, every seeker, every career changer. The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—we get to choose the path between Should and Must. And it gives every reader permission to embrace this message. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work. Why knowing what you want is often the hardest part. It gives eye-opening techniques for reconnecting with one’s inner voice, like writing your own obituary (talk about putting life in perspective). It talks about the most common fears of choosing Must over Should—money, time, space, and the ultimate fear: total vulnerability—and shores up our hesitation with inspiring stories of and quotes from the artists and writers and thinkers who’ve faced their own crossroads of Should and Must and taken the leap. It explains the importance of mistakes, of “unlearning,” of solitude, of keeping moving, of following a soul path. Presented in four chapters—The Crossroads, The Origin of Should, Must, and The Return—inspired by the hero’s journey outlined by Joseph Campbell, The Crossroads of Should and Must guides us from the small moment, discovering our Must, to the big moment—actually doing something about it, and returning to share our new gifts with the world.
In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Among Grit’s most valuable insights: *Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal *How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances *How lifelong interest is triggered *How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy *Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards *The magic of the Hard Thing Rule Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.
By Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
The New York Times bestselling author of The Element gives readers an inspirational and practical guide to self-improvement, happiness, creativity, and personal transformation Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk video and groundbreaking book, The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired readers all over the world and has created for Robinson an intensely devoted following. Now comes the long-awaited companion, the practical guide that helps people find their own Element. Among the questions that this new book answers are:
How do I find out what my talents and passions are?
What if I love something I’m not good at?
What if I’m good at something I don’t love?
What if I can’t make a living from my Element?
How do I do help my children find their Element?
Finding Your Element comes at a critical time as concerns about the economy, education and the environment continue to grow. The need to connect to our personal talents and passions has never been greater. As Robinson writes in his introduction, wherever you are, whatever you do, and no matter how old you are, if you’re searching for your Element, this book is for you.
By Tom Ayling
f you don't think it's possible to find your passion in life, think again! Nowadays, you can go from not having a clue about your passion to spending most of your time pursuing it—and getting paid for it as well. For thousands of years people have asked, “What is the purpose of life?” But an even better question is this: What will be the purpose of YOUR life?
In How to Find Your Passion, you'll be empowered to live the meaning of life that is right for you in a matter of weeks. By following the simple ten-step process detailed in the book, you will embark on an exciting journey of personal development that will jumpstart discovering what drives and inspires you to be your best self, finding your life purpose, engaging in personal healing, increasing self-awareness, finding greatness in the present moment, operating from a mindset of abundance… and those are just some of the benefits you’ll find in the first five chapters! What’s even better is that you can accomplish all of this in matter of two or three weeks. Start living a purpose driven life TODAY...
The first step in the process is to become fully aware of who you are. Most people live their entire lives without this awareness. Think of this book as your guide to living the life you’ve always dreamt of living. It's not hard to find your passion. All it takes is following a simple process that anyone can complete—even if you don't have an ounce of previous personal development experience. You won’t find a lot of “fluff” in the process. Each step is clearly identified, its importance explained, and how you can take immediate action to implement it.
Follow the 10 Simple Steps to Live a Purpose Driven Life If you’ve ever wondered how to change your life, How to Find Your Passion provides the step-by-step strategy you need to get your life moving forward with unstoppable positive momentum.
Here’s a quick summary of the 10 steps:
1. Find out what matters most
2. Become self-compassionate
3. Discover the power of self-awareness
5. How to find your passion
7. Giving back
8. Worldly Compassion
10. Set Goals
Ten simple steps and a few weeks of your time is all it takes to completely transform your life.
By Henri Junttila
What's the secret to living a life full of passion, purpose and meaning? The secret is that there is no secret. You already have everything you need to live the life you secretly dream about. You just have to uncover the answers, and the path forward. That's what this book helps you do. When you're done reading, you'll have the answers you need, and you'll know how to take the next step toward your dream life.
By Bob Doyle
Wondering how to make the Law of Attraction work in your life? With the publication of The Secret, the Law of Attraction has become a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, many people are still not getting the results they want and have been left disappointed and confused. Now motivational coach Bob Doyle, one of the teachers featured in the film version of The Secret, dispels the misconceptions and myths about the Law of Attraction and offers a practical, easy-to-use program for creating abundance and happiness. Doyle addresses head-on the objections, questions, and comments that many still have about creating abundance to get the things they want in life. Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power is a down-to-earth, no-hype, motivational approach to take control of your life and get the things you want. Doyle makes it clear that the Law is not a personal development tool you can use the right way or the wrong way; it's a profound statement of how energy works in the universe. It has to do with paying attention, recognizing where you are, and aggressively striving for what you want. It is all about passion, vision, and purpose. Get clear on your vision for your life, and follow a step-by-step plan to live your life by design.
By James Rosseau
Passion comes from inside. Stoke it. Setbacks happen. Find your way around, over, and through them. Be willing to receive, then give back. Pay it forward. Many young people--perhaps four out of five or more--are dissatisfied with their jobs. Why bother to pursue a dream? It's up to you to create your custom-tailored career and define success your way. How? Combine your burning passion with drive, determination, strategy, and commitment to pay it forward; and find and nurture mentor support, stay steady on your path, and see the fireworks. Success on Your Own Termswill show you exactly how to do it. Living parallel lives as a business executive, Christian hip-hop media owner, and author, James Rosseau has merged the streams of his three passions to make a difference in his own life and the lives of countless others. Learning to make and keep six promises during his diverse career, Rosseau now shows young people how to develop a plan for themselves. These stories, lessons, setbacks, and triumphs--from the neighborhoods of North Philadelphia to executive leadership--reveal new possibilities in an inspiring blend of smart strategy, hard work, and willingness to connect to help others.
Tests and Quizzes
Knowing your personality type can guide you to find your passion. Take the following tests and quizzes to identify your passion.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® - the original Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality type assessment.
Jung Typology Test™ - this free personality test is based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ personality type theory.
The Passion Test - created by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood to help you discover your passions and begin really living them. Their book, The Passion Test – The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose is a New York Times Bestseller.
The Passion Profile Quiz - designed by Rachel East and Kristen Walker from Clarity On Fire.