42 Easy and Effortless eBook Ideas for the Time-Starved Entrepreneur

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Okay, so why do I have so many eBook ideas to share?

Well, because… I’ve written over 10 eBooks in the last 5-odd years and this does NOT include the free eBooks or the eBooks I’ve written for clients. Add those numbers up and we’re somewhere in the 20s range.

You can safely say, I love writing eBooks.

They’re super fun to create and it’s always nice to get payment notifications for them come in while you’re shopping or on holiday, or just checking your emails!

And I’ve done all of this, while managing a full-time business, a blessedly full plate of client projects and raising our {now} 8-year old daughter.

So, yes, eBooks are my jam, as the young kids would say 😉

4 Reasons Everyone Must Write an eBook {or 10!}

But, why should you write eBooks? Isn’t the market oversaturated?

Good question and one that many of my Coffee ‘N’ Critique clients ask as well.

So, here’s what I tell them:

  1. eBooks are great for positioning you as an expert. Crafting a quality eBook, loaded with valuable, implementable advice, is a powerful step towards giving you an edge over the others.
  2. They’re a wonderful way for helping a large number of people, at one go, easily and effectively.
  3. eBooks create and add to your passive income streams. You create it once and yes, you need to market it {and I’ll talk about that in my next post} but you can sell it over and over and over again.
  4. You can use them to build your list, connect with your customers and engage with prospects… with ease.

Yes, it may seem overdone and overrated, but trust me, it works. You do have to ensure that you’re delivering oodles of value instead of flaky fluff.

THIS is where eBooks can be a powerful strategy for a product-based business too.

For instance, one of our clients Finlee and Me, is giving new subscribers a free Healthy Snacks Ideas for Kids eBook that we helped co-create.

Okay, so now that you know eBooks are incredible, let’s see how we can make it easy for you to create them.

42 Exciting eBook Ideas for Time-Starved Entrepreneurs

Here are 42 {yep, FORTY-TWO!} easy and effortless non-fiction eBook ideas that anyone can use to write an eBook, right now.

You can clearly play a LOT with these ideas, tweaking them to add a qualifying word or two in front of them, as some of the examples will show.

Would you like them all at once? Saved in a handy PDF thingie you can print out with ease? Pop your details below!

1. How to _________________

This is the quintessential eBook. The eBook that teaches you how to be or do something that you’re experienced in.

How to be a Work-at-Home Mom, my step-by-step guide to be a work-at-home mama is one such eBook.

Pat Flynn’s Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money is another how-to eBook that shows you how to validate your business idea.

Own a product-based business? You can use the same how-to model to educate your customers and engage with them too.

For example, if you own a cloth diaper store… an eBook on How to Find the Best Cloth Diapers for Your Budget will work wonders!

2. How to Use __________

This eBook talks about how you can use something to accomplish a particular result.
Dan Norris does that incredibly well in Content Machine: Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-figure Business With Zero Advertising

More examples? Here you go… How to Use Your Smartphone to Take Better Pictures is a great eBook that photographers can create and sell!

Or How to Use Essential Oils for Healthy Skin is an eBook I’d buy in an instant!

Teaching people how to use something is an art and if you can pull that off, you have an eBook you can easily create and sell.

3. The Step-by-Step Guide to ________________

This is another spin off on the How-to eBook. You share the step-by-step process to learn something or do something.

You can in fact, combine the How-to title with the Step-by-Step title if you’re putting together a really robust resource.

I did it with How to be a Work-at-Home Mom: The Step-by-Step Guide to Leading the WAHM Life. 😉

4. ____________De-mystified

What is the one seemingly complicated thing that you can super simplify for people?

For instance, Bookkeeping for Business Owners, De-mystified. I can see that one flying off the shelves.

Or Crazy Cravings and Pregnant Women, De-mystified. That is an eBook I’d have been happy to read when I was expecting Manini and craving apple pie, all.the.time. I kid you not!!

5. _________ Days to Get More __________________________

Another eBook that I’ve knocked out of the park is the 31 Days to Get More Customers, Increase Traffic and Boost Sales.

You can do the same, if you can break down the steps to accomplish a particular result over a period of a number of days.

It’s a fairly popular eBook topic and a quick search reveals eBooks like 30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders or 30 Days to a Powerful Vocabulary.

6. __________Ways to Be More _________________________

Similar to the “days” topic, this one shares “ways” in which you can improve or add more to your life.

From 30 Ways to Be More Organized to Wayne W. Dyer’s 101 Ways to Transform Your Life, if you can share how to do something in a variety of different ways, you have an eBook on your hands.

7. ____________Things You Need to Know About _________________

What are some of the must-know things about a topic that you’re an expert in?

Taking the bookkeeping example, you can write an eBook on 25 Things You Need to Know About Bookkeeping for Your Business.

See? You can spin a topic on its head and get 2-3 different topics as well.

Product-based business? No problems. How about 15 Things You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Jewelry.

It isn’t that difficult once you start going through these topics and filling in the blanks with your areas of expertise and your industry.

8. The Ultimate ___________________Kit

This is a surefire winner of an eBook topic and one that almost everyone can knock out.

Don’t believe me? Here are some examples.

The Ultimate Photography for Beginners Kit

The Ultimate Blogging for Business Kit. Wait, I have that one! 😉

The Ultimate Cloth Diapering for New Parents Kit.

The Ultimate Essential Oils Starter Kit for Parents

You can see where I’m going with this, right? Anyone can write an eBook sharing their top tools and resources to simplify life for their readers, clients or customers.

9. The 10 Must-Have Tools for More _______________________

Don’t have an ultimate kit?

How about sharing your top 10 tools instead?

From tools you use in the kitchen to tools you use to run your business to tools you’ve created to stay sane and organized as a parent, you are bound to have a list of tools. Share those!

10. The Top 10 _________________Hacks for __________________

Kinda like the Top 10 tools eBook but this one will have more techniques than tools. 😉

Example: The Top 10 Time-Saving Hacks for Busy Parents

The Top 10 Travel Hacks for the Budget Traveller

Own a product-based business? Here’s an example for you… The Top 10 Natural Skin Care Hacks for the Lazy Person 😉

Sidenote: Someone please write this one for me!

11. _________________Ideas for __________________

Another easy eBook to whip out if you have a bunch of ideas to share on a topic.

Example: 10 Ideas for Themed Birthday Parties or 10 Ideas for Saving Money while Outsourcing for Your Business

12. What I Wish I Knew Before I __________________

This one is based on personal experiences and is the eBook you wish you had when you were struggling.

Example: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started a Business

Another example: What I Wish I Knew Before I Had a Teenager. This one is great for a parenting coach.

13. The Hidden Truth About ________________________

What are some of the unknown, little known facts about your industry? Since you’re on the inside you can share those insider secrets and help people navigate the niche better.

Example: The Hidden Truth About Sugar! I’m sure this one’s already been written!

14. ________ Best Websites for ______________________

This is a wonderfully easy and useful eBook to create.

What are some of the best known websites that you personally trust with knowledge about your niche?
Share those in an eBook.

Added bonus… you can send it to the website owners as well and get some additional publicity!

15. _________Best Blogs for _______________________

Similar to the best websites eBook, this one shares blogs.

Example: 45 Best Blogs for New Mothers Struggling with Post-Partum Depression

Imagine how incredibly helpful that will be!

16. _________Must-Read Books for the Summer/Winter/Year

This is a fave of mine. Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy puts together these incredible reading guides that make it super simple to decide what to read each season.

Example: The Summer Reading Guide by Anne Bogel

17. The Complete ______________Playbook/Blueprint for _________________

A spin on the step-by-step guide, this eBook lays out the plan to accomplish anything. Sujan Patel does it really well with Content Marketing Playbook: MASTER THE ART OF CONTENT MARKETING and so does Peter Voogd with The Entrepreneur’s Blueprint to Massive Success: Create An Exceptional Lifestyle While Doing Business On Your Terms

18. The ____________: Recipes for ________________

You can use this for a cookbook or if you’re like yours truly, use it for whatever you want to teach.

Example, The Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for a Healthier Life and a Busy Lifestyle

Another example, for a non-cookbook-style eBook, The Content Cookbook: Quick-and-Easy Recipes to Create Fresh, Juicy Sizzling Hot Blog Topics and Social Media Updates. 😉

19. Simply _____________: Everything You Need to Know About __________________

This is another spin on the complete guide eBook. It has to be comprehensive and filled with actionable advice.

Example: Simply Organized: Everything You Need to Know About De-Cluttering and Organizing .

20. The Bootstrapper’s Guide to __________________

What can you teach someone who’s on a shoestring budget? Put an eBook together for that!

Example, The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Travelling the World {I’m pretty sure this one’s out there!}

The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Starting a Business and Growing it Too! {This is one Mayank and I should write! Lol!!}

21. The ________Way: Everything I Know About _____________________

This type of eBook is hugely based on your personal experience and may even, be a part memoir, part inspirational guide.

Richard Branson does it with The Virgin Way: Everything I Know about Leadership

22. _____________Techniques from/by ______________

This is like the experts roundup eBook in which you share a certain number of techniques.

For example, 36 Photography Techniques from Behind-the Camera and 15 Jewelry Making Techniques by 15 Artists

23. A Proven Plan to _____________________

What is, in your opinion, a proven, bound-to-work, plan to help reach a certain result? Use that knowledge to bake up this eBook. It’s pretty much like a step-by-step eBook. Michael Hyatt does it brilliantly with Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

24. The Ultimate Guide for _____________________

This is quite simply a comprehensive look at accomplishing a particular result. I love how Carrie Wilkerson does it with The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom.

25. ____________ 2.0: An Advanced Guide to __________________

This one is, as the title, suggests more in-depth and more advanced than say a 101 or 1.0 version. So, yes you need to have expertise and more know-how to whip this one out.

26. The Art of ______________

Example: The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

Your turn! Share with me in the comments which eBook will YOU be writing first! Or if you have an eBook already, share that as well!

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