So I opened my store on TpT about 2 months ago and like anything new, it has been a really steep learning curve. Today I’m making a compilation of all the blog posts and YouTube videos that I used to make products and get my Teachers Pay Teachers store up and running.
So… what am I getting myself into?
For a great overall read to see if you are ready to open up a store, check out Erica’s Edventures and Jenna Rayburn’s posts to get the ‘big picture’ of selling. While it can be a bit of an overwhelming read, it’s nice to know the scope of the work before you jump in. I also liked reading Chris Kesler’s post and free eBook as it gives you those “I wish I knew this first” tips.
How do I make a product for TpT?
I have been using PowerPoint to make products and followed this YouTube clip from Jessica Ann Stanford. You might choose another program, but all the tips I read told me to steer clear of Word.
Making the product is just the start. If you want to promote your product then you will need to make a cover page. This video from Teacher to Core gave me some great insight and tips.
When you make a product, you need to make sure that it is secure so that your work and the fonts and graphics that you use are protected and cannot be copied. The 3am Teacher shows great step-by-step procedures of how to do this.
If you are considering putting a few products together and selling them as a bundle then this is the post that I read from Glitter Meets Glue Designs.
If you are not sure how much to price your products, then download this free “Suggested Product Pricing Guide for TpT Sellers” by Margaret Whisnant.
How do I add personal touches to my TpT store?
You will need to make a logo for your store so that buyers know who you are. I downloaded this free template from Teacher’s Clipart to get me started. I’m a visual learner, so this clip on how to make a transparent logo by Notebooking Nook was great to watch too.
Once you are a little familiar with TpT and browse other people’s store, you realise that most of them are a little jazzed up. Watch this video if you want to know how to create and upload a banner from the Notebooking Nook.
If you have a blog and want to add a TpT widget to it, The Mommy Teacher shows you how it’s done.
And finally, please feel free to use my “refer a friend” link if you are interested in signing up and becoming a seller.
*Feel free to comment on any other tutorials that you have found useful.