3 things to keep in mind when Starting with TpT

Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is a marketplace for original educator created content. This includes clip art, classroom decor, instructional resources and more. Man was I excited when I realized I could actually sell my resources to other educators! And that there are materials out there that I can buy so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

It has been a long process to get to this point where I have my store. SO let me guide you through my struggle so you don’t have to repeat my mistakes.

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1. Download the TpT sellers app

In Play-store search for TpT seller and download to your mobile devices. I have it on my mobile phone as it is easy to manage. Initially choose the FREE Basic Membership just to get used to the layout and options, but as soon as possible move over to the Premium Membership. Trust me, there is lot more you can do and you will have higher payout rates. Keep in mind that you will need a PayPal account to link to the app. Here in South Africa, it only took me two years to sort that part out :()

2. Personalize your store

There are a few elements that is important to have in your store. First your Branding is important.

  1. Your store name
  2. Your store logo
  3. Create a banner for the store (See my very fist banner below)
  4. Create a side banner
  5. Have a terms of use page ready

3. Create quality products

You need to decide on your niche as soon as possible. This might not be so easy as sometimes our interest change, or you might find that a product that is not related to your niche sells better than the rest, opening up new possibilities.

I, like most sellers, use PowerPoint to design my products. It is fast and easy and extremely versatile. Some benefits of using PPT to create content is the ability to move elements around on the pages, duplicating pages to increase consistency in the look, the variety of fonts, backgrounds… I cant even go through the whole list. Files can be saved as gif’s, png’s, jpeg’s; you can even make videos. Other programs to use include Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop.

But more important than the medium you use, is the content you provide. Think about what you use and would use in your classroom. Quality is important. Another consideration is copyright. Do not use another content creator’s work and sell it as your own. Seriously! what kind of person does that? For your own protection add copyright information to your pages as small print at the top or bottom – you can even include a link to your product.

Create quality covers that will stand out and is brand specific. A professional cover will definitely draw more attention and increase your chances of selling.

Activate!

Upload! Keep in mind your first upload must be a free product so buyers gets a feel for your content. From there keep uploading.

Become active and join TpT Seller’s forums. Here you will get a lot of advice from experienced seller. But please abide by a forum’s guidelines.

Was this article helpful in your journey to success. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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The resources I use in class including the Workbook and Teachers’ guide is available in my TpT store. (follow the links above)

5 Things to consider when starting your online teaching business

Tips and Tricks!

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Winston Churchill

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Before starting my online teaching business journey I had a lot of doubt about my ability to sustain this endeavor. Would it work for me? Would I have time to sustain it? Would people like what I have to offer? It took me a long time to get going.

I created a blog (not this one) and some Facebook groups (not for my business). I had a Pinterest site (personal). None of it connected. I had so many issues to overcome being from South Africa. I Googled so many different aspects that it all seemed overwhelming. Especially since I am also a full time high school teacher and Acting Principal at the moment. So I stopped.

Then along came Covid19.

The time at home gave me the opportunity to sit down and plan ahead. I came up with five things to help me focus my attention and build my brand. I will show you how you can use these as well.

1. What are your skills?

As an educator / teacher / administrator in a school environment, consider what you are already doing. Be practical about how you can unleash your full potential. This is not the time to reinvent the wheel. Bring your own personality to the table and make sure you use your time management skills to their full potential.

You will have to upgrade your business and marketing skills a lot. Study experts to find out how you can become one.

2. What does the market need?

Find out more about your customers. Will they be other teachers or do you focus on parents and learners. Not all countries give access to all platforms, so make sure you know who your audience will be and how to reach them.

Find out more about other teachers, educators and education businesses. There are billions of people online and on social media. Find the niche that you can fill and what the people need.

3. What resources do you already have available?

If you are considering starting an online business, chances are you already have digital materials that you can use. Teachers pay Teachers is an online platform where educators can sell their materials. Another platform is Etsy for products to be sold. Use creative sites like Canva to help you create visually striking materials.

4. Planning is important

First plan your branding. Your online presence should be consistent across all the platforms you plan to use.

Next plan on which platforms and social media you are going to use. This can become a full time task if you don’t narrow it down to three essential services.

Plan on how your payment options will work and which accounts are more important.

Plan on how often you are going to provide new materials. This is the most difficult part as we often run out of time in a school year. Sit down and do the work or..

5. Be ready to face failure

Its not easy. Very few businesses will take of like a rocket ship in the first few months, unless you drive an awesome campaign to the right audience at the right time.

You wont fail unless you give up. Your strategies might need to change over time. Find out what works for you as this is not a one size fits all deal (is it ever?).

Be patient. I remember the first three months so clearly. I checked my tracking apps up to five times a day. Obsessed much? This too shall pass.

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