If you’ve been following my SallieBorrink.com site, you are already aware that I’ve been busy over there and in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I’ve now been with TPT for over nine months and want to share my observations. I know there are a number of teachers, former teachers, and home educators who read here. I’m hoping this information will be helpful for them.
I’ve been very pleased with my experience with TPT. We just completed the first quarter of 2013 and my earnings were substantially higher than the previous quarter. There is a learning curve, but I feel very good about where I am and where I am going with my products. I increased my earnings by a multiple of 6.6. My goal is to do something similar this quarter. This might be a lofty goal given that school and home education will be winding down, but I’m aiming high! I could have earned much more than that, but rather than develop new products in January and February I spent a lot of time rebranding everything, redoing my site, etc. I had a definite dip in sales in February due to not having many relevant products available during that time. I’d make the same choice again, but it certainly had an impact on my sales graph! LOL!
Selling on TPT is a half and half proposition. You spend a good deal of time creating your products, but you also spend a good amount of time promoting them. There are so many sellers on there that you have to work hard to get your items noticed. But there is a definite correlation in how much I market and my sales.
If you are a high school teacher or middle school teacher, I would strongly encourage you to consider it. The lower elementary market is very competitive. Upper elementary is competitive, but not to the same degree. But there are many fewer middle school and high school educators on TPT. The same would hold true if you are a special education teacher. There is very good potential.
If you can create a product that isn’t already there… the sky is really the limit. I’ve watched the top sellers list and there are several people on there who joined around the time I joined or even after. I’ve determined that young women with no children seem to do especially well. LOL! They have nearly unlimited time and energy. Some of the sellers put in an incredible amount of time all week and all weekend on creating products. I simply don’t have the time or energy level to do so.
But for someone who has the education, experience and desire… There’s a lot of potential there. It is the perfect opportunity for a retired teacher, stay at home mom, etc. who has an education or home education background and wants to grow a little business on the side.
If you are interested, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email about any specifics. I’d be happy to help anyone out who would like to get started. This is also my referral link if you decide to give it a go.