10 Steps to Start Selling on Teachers Pay Teachers
Are you interested in selling on Teachers Pay Teachers? How do you make money for your “fun money”? Do you want to start a side hustle? You already spend hours making things for your classroom and pouring your heart and soul into lessons. It’s amazing how making a few dollars on something you created for your classroom validates your efforts. I think it’s just knowing that it wasn’t time wasted. Someone else values your time.
Starting to list your lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers can seem a little overwhelming. You get frozen by the “where do I start” and “will it even sell” questions. Well, you start here. And you won’t know if it will sell unless you try. Ready?
1. Sign Up To Sell
You may have already signed up for a standard buyer membership. Now you need to switch your account to a Seller account. Before you click off this post, keep reading and see why you should sign up for a Basic or Premium Seller account. Signing up for a Teachers Pay Teachers account is easy, similar to signing up for any other account on the web.
2. Open a PayPal Account
Most likely, you already have a PayPal account. If you don’t, now is the time. You need to have a way to collect payments. TPT will payout once a month via PayPal or Dwolla. Just now signing up? You will need your bank account information handy. PayPal will make two small deposits to your account (really small: .06 or .04). This is to verify that you are indeed the owner of the account. You will check your statement and then enter the amount of the two deposits on PayPal so they will really know it’s you!
3. Sign up for Premium (if you are serious)
Here we go. Are you going to test drive this for more than a few months? Try it for a year? Ask yourself how serious you are about making money on your lessons. Investing up front in the Premium Seller account will save you money in the long run! It might take a few months of selling on Teachers Pay Teachers to make your money back, however if you are selling units you might as well be cashing in on as much of that sale price as possible. The Premium membership is $59.00. You keep more of each purchase and only have a transaction fee if the buyer has less than $3 in their cart at checkout. ie. your item only and it was $2.99 or less there will be an additional transaction fee. Similar to using your bank card for purchases less than $5 at the store.
4. Invest in Commercial Fonts and Clipart
5. Choose a Design Program
Making all these great products is going to take time. If you are already tech savvy, it might take a little less time. A learning curve on this process is normal. Don’t give up just because it’s a little difficult and time consuming. You will get better and faster. Which program do you use. Well, you can start with what you have. PowerPoint is a big one. Google Slides works similarly and is free. I prefer Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Adobe offers a Creative Cloud subscription that you can get a discount on as an educator. You will need Adobe Acrobat or something similar to secure your PDF’s.
6. Make What You Use
This is a big one. Don’t just make it to sell it. Why? Because you won’t be really invested in it. That secret ingredient will be missing. You need to use it. Your students need to look over it and point out your mistakes (yup! happens all the time). It makes your product better. If you don’t have a classroom to experiment on, I mean implement your lessons with, then ask a teacher friend to try it in their room and give you feedback.
7. Products, 1 Free, 1 Paid
You only need two products to start. One free. One paid. Make that free one something worth paying for. And less than 10 pages. I’ll discuss the 10 page minimum in a later blog post for more advanced selling. Just keep it in mind for your free product. You have to list your first item on Teachers Pay Teachers as a free listing. It’s all about giving to the community.
8. Create Covers with Large Titles
Many sellers end up going back through their listings and redoing their covers. It’s all part of the learning curve and growth as a seller. If you can pin point a design/style that you like at the beginning of the process it will save you loads of time. Make them square. Make the title large and clear. Add your logo or copyright so it’s recognizable as yours.
9. Secure IT!
Based on the TOU of the creators of clipart, graphics, and fonts; your product needs to be flattened. This means it’s all one layer and a hacker can’t pick it apart and take that paid for art off it and reuse it somewhere else. There are different ways to do this such as saving your whole slide as a jpg and then placing that jpg in the file instead. If it’s a PDF, you can set security levels and password protect the file. This is a great option if you, as the owner, need to go back in and edit the file because of a mistake or an update you want to add. Save your original files!! That way you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make an edit.
10. Enjoy the Process
This whole process takes time. You won’t become a millionaire over night. You might not even make enough to buy a coffee with each month. Especially in the summer months. Selling on Teachers Pay Teachers is often referred to as a marathon, not a sprint. You will grow and learn through this process. In more ways than you can imagine at this point. And it’s all worth it. Sort of like teaching 🙂
11. Bonus Tip: Create a Credit Page
Give credit where credit is due. Most artist will specify that you need to give credit for using their clipart, borders, fonts, etc. Make a page to add to the end of your products that gives credit to the artists whose work is represented in the resource you just created.
There are so many things to learn along the way. It’s a little mind boggling at first. Familiarize yourself with the Teachers Pay Teachers site. There are resources for sellers, a handbook, the forums, and many other resources to help you along the way. Of course, you can always shoot me an email with questions and check out new posts. Looking for the next set of tips for sellers? Check out this 2nd post. Also I will be adding some courses shortly! Sign up for the free checklist and to be updated on the latest and greatest here: