There are plenty more benefits that come from HTML template creation for frontend developers besides passive income. Repurposing your already made work and your accumulated experience into products will bring benefits on all fronts. Besides the sweet passive income from products you get freelancing inquiries, cool collaborations, items for portfolio and better job opportunities.
There is a myriad of products you can build even with good HTML CSS skills and design or copywriting knowledge. From blogs, tutorials, courses, ebooks to my specialty HTML templates. Honestly I think HTML templates are the easiest products a frontend web developer can build. If passive income is not enough for you, here are the full range of benefits you can expect.
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Learn by building
It’s an exciting way of learning web development and that means there is an emotion attached to the learning process. The wonderful feeling of building your own product with complete creative freedom that people might love and even pay for makes everything you learn easy to absorb.
Better dev job
Having 5 HTML templates that are actively published for sale can help you get a better paying junior frontend developer position within a startup. Seeing the templates in your portfolio the recruiter understands that you are capable of taking a product from concept all the way to the customer’s hands completing all stages of planning, design and development.
There is something magical about creating something from nothing and getting sales for it while you sleep, on vacation and even while working your day job. HTML templates are some of the easiest products a web developer can build to make users happy and generate revenue.
Having HTML templates offered for sale or as free downloads will bring in a good number of freelancing services requests. Users that download the templates reach out to ask if you are available for customization work.
HTML templates are the foundation for WordPress themes. Partner up with a WP dev which will convert your templates to themes and offer them on their own website or marketplaces. Make a deal for a sales percentage.
I was blessed with a few users that purchased most of my templates twice and not necessarily because thy actually needed them. They purchased them to offer support and help me continue working on building them.
This one is indirect and it only happens if you invest the time to grow your Twitter audience. Given the fact that it’s virtually impossible to sell through your own website without an audience I assume you will be doing this.
About 1 month after launching one of my template websites on Product Hunt I got an inquiry from a big no code app builder startup that wanted to purchase this website for the users, traffic and everything that came along. It didn’t go through but impressive nonetheless.
Hope these opportunities got you fired up and interested in making HTML templates. It will definitely be worth your time if you are a visual inclined developer interested in improving your design sills. I’ve shared my 5 years experience of template making on top marketplaces and on my own website in an ebook called How To Create And Sell HTML Templates