Starting a business as a teacher is hard and selling on Teachers Pay Teachers or The Wheel can seem like an extremely daunting task.
Whilst there are tools to make it easier when it comes to marketing online, there is a lot to learn. In fact, you’ll make mistakes early that seem so obvious with the power of hindsight; I know I did.
Luckily, I have you covered.
What if some of the best in the business told you what they wish they knew when they started. Would that help?
Granted, there are some great ways to get traffic to your store, but there is a lot of noise by so-called internet marketing experts out there. It can be easy to be lead astray in the beginning, so make sure you take on the advice of these TPT sellers because they’re all awesome and have made the simple mistakes so you don’t have to.
TPT sellers give their best advice for people who want to start selling on Teachers Pay Teachers.
I went and asked some of the best Australian TPT sellers, and some from overseas on their top tips.
What is the one thing I wish I knew before selling on Teacher Pay Teachers?
1. Veronica from Teachezy
I wish I had known how to design right from the start. That has been a huge learning curve and now I make about half of the clip art in my products, as well as all my logos, banners, gifs, and social media images. It makes a huge difference. If I want a koala in a tree holding a stop sign for a resource, I just now make it. I love not having any rules about how I can use the images as they are my own. Unfortunately, I now have older products that need updating…will get to them in time. I do use other clip art as well as making clip art it is time-consuming.
2. Tech Teacher Pto3
The one thing I wish I knew before starting my business is how much happier it made me. I was initially scared to invest time and energy because I couldn’t see it paying off but once I started and the snowball got going I realised how much I loved being my own boss. There is always something new to learn and I find the time dedicated to my own business is so rewarding! The more I do the more I earn. Energy in equals energy out. The satisfaction it gives me is worth all the effort.
3. Oceanview Resources
4. Sarah from Curiosity and the Hungry Mind
5. Hinemoa from Top Teaching Tasks
6. Tanya from Resourcing Time
7. Melissa from Ridgy Didge Resources
8. Mandi from MindRoar Teaching Resources
9. Maribel from The Wordy Owl
10. Annie from Kindergarten Matters
11. Madhura from The Innovius Ideas
12. Colleen from Real lessons for the Teenage Mind
13. Mrs Strawberry
14. Jennifer from The Connett Connection
15. Alisha & Ashleigh from Rainbow Sky Creations
The takeaways: What you should do before starting a TPT store
When starting your TPT store, or any online business, getting expert info is always a great idea. Some of the best pieces of advice you can take away from experienced TPT sellers are:
- Treat your Teachers Pay Teachers store like a business from the start.
- Focus on a target market – If you try to be everything to everybody, odds are you’ll struggle to make traction.
- Start branding early – make your work recognisable.
- Start blogging and diversify your income.
You’re almost ready to start!
If you’re interested in starting a TPT store, make sure you do the following.
- Visit the TPT selling guide here.
- Check this out, and promote your free products.
- Share this article around. The below image is perfect for Pinterest