When I started selling products on TPT in my online store Kitten Approved Curriculum, I had no idea how much it would change my life. The passive income I receive from my online store continues to amaze me, even though I am not actively working on it. In addition to the money, it showcases my abilities and helps me land positions outside of the classroom as an educational professional.
Why I Suggest You Sell On TPT
The first question everyone asks is: “can I really make money selling products on TPT?” The answer is YES. It is a great extra income for teachers. I won’t sugarcoat it though, you will have to put a lot of hard work into it. After years of hard work, I now receive thousands of dollars in passive income off of my TPT store. If you are creative, motivated, and technology savvy – Teachers Pay Teachers is a fun and lucrative hobby.
But, there’s another reason you should sell on TPT. Yes I love the money, but I leveraged my TPT store as a digital portfolio for both of my new positions outside of the classroom. It was a great addition to my resume and I was able to even show my resources during the interview. This extra step helped me land a position as an Instructional Designer, an area I have no formal training in. In the digital course, The Teacher Career Coach Course, I walk teachers through the steps to transition out of the classroom into new positions. One of the biggest struggles teachers have expressed prior to entering my course is writing their new resume. I cannot express how important it is if you are looking to transition to gain some additional skills that correlate with your career goals.
TPT On Your Resume
Imagine on your resume being able to honestly say the following:
- Designs, implements, and publishes educational content and resources, over ( # sold ) units to date
- Performs all sales and marketing responsibilities with a focus on content branding, digital marketing, email campaigns, and copywriting.
This is just a few of the many bullets I’ve been able to put on my resume due to my TPT store, helping me get noticed when applying for high paying positions.
Building a Teachers Pay Teachers store or creating a digital course are both great options for teachers who are looking for positions such as Educational Consultants, Professional Development Trainers, Directors of Education, Content Developers, Curriculum Writers, or Instructional Designers.
Getting Started Selling Products on TPT
You can get started learning the ropes of selling on TPT with a few steps.
A few of the basics you’ll need to get started:
- Free clip-art from TPT – clip art is the fun artwork that makes your worksheets and activities look professional! You can find a ton of this for free on TPT. I like to stick with one or two clip artists so that my resources look uniform and branded. You’ll also need to credit them in your resources, so you won’t want to have too many artists to keep track of at first!
- A free account on TPT. In my opinion, you don’t need to purchase the paid seller’s account until you are ready to start creating! However, purchasing the seller’s account was one of the best motivators for me. Anytime I spend money on something, it helps ensure that I push myself to make it pay for itself.
- I personally use PowerPoint to create my resources, so if you continue to follow me you’ll need to be familiar.
Watch a Free TPT Training
If you are interested in learning more about starting a TPT store jump into my free mini-course here!