This is the first post in a series of How To Guides for teachers using TpT as a marketplace to sell their resources.
To start with, you’ll need a Teachers Pay Teachers seller account. It’s completely up to you if you want a free account or a premium account. Personally, I started with a free account and then upgraded to premium when I saw the potential that TpT has. You can set up your account by clicking here.
You’ll also need a few quality resources to get your store set up. Your first resource must be a free one! You can check out my free resource here.
There are a few things to remember when making your resources:
- Avoid copyright and trademark violations!
- This includes images/clip art that your find online. There are many websites that claim to have copyright free images however some of these sites have simply taken images from other sources online without permission from the creator. Do your homework before you use images and fonts!
- There are many well-known educational materials that have been trademarked. Think the good Dr S, that big red dog we all love, and the cat named Pete. All trademarked, along with many, many more! Don’t even think about including anything related to these in your resources!
- Be original
- Some districts frown upon teachers creating resources that they plan to sell, so
- Do not use any school equipment to make your resources (this includes computers, fonts, photos, etc)
- Make all resources on your own time and at home
- Think of your TpT store as a completely separate job to your teaching job. There should be no cross-over between the two
- Think about your own personal strengths as a teacher and start creating resources that suit your strengths
- Have fun creating!
There are several different software packages available that you can create your amazing resources with. Go with your personal preference, start with something you know how to use (for example, I often use PowerPoint). There are also heaps of online tutorials, courses, and videos that can help you if you get stuck.
Once you’ve set up your account, you will need to think of a name for your store. Come up with a list of names that you like and check their availability. You will need to check that the name is available in TpT, but it’s also a good idea to check the name’s availability across social media platforms, and, if you’re thinking about a website too, check if the domain is available.
You will also need to think about your branding. Some teachers incorporate their photo into their logo whereas others use an image or text. A quick YouTube search will give you some ideas about designing your logo. You can also employ someone else to help you with branding. There are sellers on TpT who design logos, store banners, websites, etc. The benefit of doing it yourself is that it won’t cost you anything. To change your images on your TpT store, go to My Account > Store Profile > Edit (the orange button at the bottom of the page)
You can upload your logo first. If you haven’t already entered your store name, you can enter that now too. The personal quote section is located at the top of your store page, just below your logo.
You can further customize your store by adding banners. Hover over your store name at the top of the page, click Dashboard. On this page you will see an overview of all of your sales. Click Marketing > Customize to add banners to your store.
Now that your store looks amazing, it’s time to add some more products to it! Set yourself some realistic goals around product creation. There is no limit to the number of resources you sell, but you will need to make sure all of your products are high quality so that people will buy them. Some tips for creating high quality resources:
- Include clear instructions for how to use the resource
- Include answer keys where appropriate
- Create a cover page – this is the first thing people will see, you want it to look interesting and eye-catching so that customers will click on it
- Make sure any student instructions use age-appropriate language
- Make the resource visually appealing to age range of the students that will be using it (so avoid cute clip art on resources for teenagers!)
- Avoid fonts that are difficult to read
- Include a credits page where your list all of the creators of clip art or fonts that you have used in the resource
- Include a page that tells your customers how they can contact you if they need to (this can also be on the same page as your credits page)
- Make sure everything you include is your own work. You’re not going to have much success if you simply copy other teacher-authors
- How to Create a Banner for TpT
- How to Create a Rotating Banner for TpT
- How to Sell your Products on TpT
What would you like to know next? Leave a comment below to let me know!
*I do not offer legal/tax advice. You will need to speak to your own tax advisor to check how this venture may impact you. If you are in Australia, you may also need to register your business name and obtain an ABN.
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