There are many potential business opportunities that you can launch with public domain works. Government publications are one of the popular categories where the public domain is very strong, where you can find your own niche within and build a thriving money-making business out of it.
The core process here is to brainstorm – once you understand what the public domain is about and get a clear idea of the sort of information available in the public domain, you can then sit down and brainstorm the different sort of niches suitable for public-domain driven businesses.
Here, instead of finding a business idea first and then finding the right public domain resources, we will look at finding public domain works and creating businesses out of them. But, you'll need to make sure that the right market exists for any of these topics before you start running with the idea!
The US government routinely releases information on taxes, health care and other government policies into the public domain. If you are involved in providing consulting services in any of these areas, using the public domain as an important resource for your website will help build trust and more importantly, increase both your traffic AND your conversion rates.
There are two important lessons when working with the public domain, though:
The public domain is a resource – not a business itself. Use it as one of the supports in your business, but using just the public domain won’t get you anywhere. Even if you have to do something as simple as do some minor editing, repackage the product and write a sales letter, you’ll still have to put in some effort and strategy into the business – it’s not instant coffee, although in a lot of cases this is instant content.
There are two ways to make money from the public domain. You can have a business or business idea and then use public domain works as a source of content, or you can search the major categories of the public domain and brainstorm new business ideas. Use both techniques to make money from the public domain.