There is no time like the present, especially when it comes to your Teachers Pay Teachers store!
I have been selling on TpT since 2012 and I think these things have finally sunk in within the last year or so. So let me break them down for you.
If you have an idea, CREATE IT.
I used to compile ideas in notebooks for “someday.” I’d think that once I had enough ideas, I’d create this awesome super pack of resources that would… Well, I don’t really know what they would do. In my daydreams, I’d just imagine that once I had some killer ideas, I’d know it and I’d spend time designing them. But guess what? I already had fabulous ideas. I just needed to get my butt in gear and create them! Once I stopped second-guessing myself or worrying about my ideas not being good enough, it felt freeing and I was on a roll.
If you finish a product, POST IT.
I’m embarrassed by how many complete resources I had saved in folders gathering virtual dust on my computer because for one reason or another, I wasn’t “ready” to post them. They weren’t “store ready” or they needed some extra pizzazz or “something more.” Let’s think for a second how silly that is! These were resources I had used with my students or created after finding a need.
In the past 6 months, I have added over 120 products to my store because I’ve stopped worrying about them being “the perfect resources.” I still have a high standard of quality for my work, but I’ve stopped obsessing over perfection and I’ve stopped comparing myself to every other teacher-author on the site. If I find value in what I create, other teachers will, too!
If you have a great product, MARKET IT.
I used to think that all I needed to do was post my resources online and in some magical way through the power of the interwebs, they would land in the hands of teachers all over the world. Ha! As if it’s that easy. If only I’d realized sooner that it takes a combination of hard work, knowledge, and understanding of keywords, social media, and analytics to get your products found, I’d probably be in a different spot of my TpT journey by now.
So once you have your fabulous products posted in your store, be sure to share them out. Maybe you prefer Facebook or Instagram, or maybe you’re all about Pinterest… Maybe you need to try a few different things before you find one that works. Either way, don’t just let your products sit there, unseen. Get them out there and tell the world about how you have something awesome to help teachers and learners!