Being a new TpT seller can be very overwhelming. Creating products, learning new software, flattening and locking products, using Pinterest for traffic generation, and all this while keeping up with your family and classroom. It’s a learning curve.
Reading the TPT forums as well as their help pages is another great way to learn. Reading on the forum and Googling different ideas and questions that I had is how I learned to sell (and having previously started stores on Etsy helped). I have learned enough to take my store far enough to earn the same amount that I do teaching full-time, with 13 years of experience!
The best way to learn is to ask questions and follow the advice of teacher-sellers who have established successful stores on Teachers Pay Teachers. Below you will find some of the top advice from experienced sellers.
What better way to figure out your next steps than some advice from experienced sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers.
I wish I had known to think big when it came to creating products! When I started selling, I posted a bunch of one-page worksheets. A few of them sold decently well, but I didn’t see any sizable earnings until I started grouping resources into bundles and other sets costing $5-20. I’ve learned that since larger products are a better deal and bigger time-savers for buyers, they are the best way for me to earn, too! ~English Teacher Mommy
Think About Your Brand:
I wish I had taken more time with the design aspect of my resources in the beginning. I’ve had to make updates to most of my resources so they look more professional. I didn’t really pay attention to covers in the beginning and then had to go back and redo so many. It really does make sense to really think things through and take a bit more time at the beginning instead of having to go back later and update everything. ~Rosie’s Superstars
Quality Over Quantity:
I think one really important tip for starting out is to not worry about jumping into social media and marketing right away. Just focus your time (which always seems to be limited!) on quality product creation. Then, once you have your store built up more, think about starting on one social media platform at a time. ~Erin Guge
Creating and Selling Resources 101
You already create so many things from scratch to supplement your students’ education. Selling those same resources to other tired, stressed, and overworked teachers will help make their days easier and put a little “cha-ching” in your pocket! Taking an online course that walks you through the creative process will save you time and major headaches!!
Focus on Your Journey:
Tried and True Products:
My tip would be to create things that you use successfully in your own classroom! These are the tried and true! Many times these are things that you create because you couldn’t find what you needed elsewhere. If you need the resource chances are someone else does too! ~STEM to STEAM Trio
Link to Other Products:
I wish I’d hyperlinked other products/custom categories in my product descriptions sooner. Going back and adding hyperlinks to all my descriptions was time-consuming. I also wish I’d saved those hyperlinks to a file on my computer so I could have easily gone back and found them to insert them into other product descriptions. ~Let’s Get Literature
Plan For the Long Haul:
I think one of the things that would have been helpful for me early on as a new TPT seller was to be able to understand that building a store here is a long-term kind of project. You hope for (and I think a few do achieve) an instant success story. But the truth is, this is a long haul kind of build your business thing. You have to stay consistent, even on the days when it feels like it’s not going anywhere major. It can be challenging because as someone above mentioned, there is a *steep* learning curve. Even being the talented folks we are, there is a steep learning curve. You might come to the table with video chops or design skills, but you still have to get in and paddle through the Pinterest waters or jump into blogging. There’s a lot to it.
I think it’s really important to know that you’ll enjoy it. There’s a lot of time investment involved, and your store becomes this personal tangible thing that you really want to see grow and bloom. I think it would have helped to know that, too, at the beginning. ~Glimmercat Education
Become a Premium Seller:
I wish I had become a premium seller right away. If you are serious about building your TPT store, then it’ll pay for itself pretty quickly. I know it seems counter-intuitive since you join TPT to make money, but you will thank yourself once the sales start coming in and you get to keep more of your money! ~Foreman Fun
Find Your Tribe:
Connect with other sellers in whatever way works for you. The forum is a great way to do that and there are Facebook groups and Pinterest groups designed to support new sellers. It always helps to have a support network. ~Blue Sky Design by Mrs. T
If you are still feeling overwhelmed, leave your questions or comments below. I’m happy to help. All of these topics are covered in my new online course, Creating and Selling Teacher Resources 101. This free checklist can help you track your progress and keep track of your to-do list!