One of the most asked questions I get is, “how do I start or level up my Teachers Pay Teachers™ store?” Why do I get this question? If you don’t know me, I have a Youtube channel that focuses on side hustle help. Teachers Pay Teachers™ is a big teacher marketplace and there are an equally large amount of teachers trying to earn a secondary (or primary) income from it. When it comes to building a side hustle business, my first recommendation is do not do this alone.
With any business, there are a lot of intricacies involved if you want to do something right. I’ve learned this the hard way. You may be in the same boat. But when it comes to supplementing a sub-par income or creating an income for yourself that will give you options, we don’t have time to struggle and make mistakes. This is where I come in.
Starting A TPT Store
Over on Youtube, we have started a series on opening your store and creating that first product. This week, the second video was uploaded, and towards the end of filming I had an epiphany. This is bigger than anyone thinks. Next a checklist will be available. It’s nothing fancy, but I needed to get down on paper EVERYTHING that needs to get done. From beginning to end, I’ve tried to list all the stuff that starting a store entails.
If you want to watch the videos, here are the first one.
Why Do You Want to Sell on Teachers Pay Teachers?
Knowing your why is pretty important. If your why isn’t strong enough, when life gets crazy, you’ll stop working on your store. There are legitimate reasons to stopping your store. However, if your goal with starting a store is to help pay your bills, or save for your children’s education, or a big ticket item, then stopping will not be an option. Selling on Teachers Pay Teachers is a long game. You can make fast money if you can locate gaps amongst all the resources. You can even make good money if you market yourself well. This is going to take some hard and smart work!
What To Do Next?
Get yourself a notebook and start brainstorming your store. What do your want to sell? What grade level are you aiming at? Will these be products that you can use in your own classroom? Write it all down. Also write down any fears you have about starting a store. It’s best to get it out on paper so you can see it. Fears don’t look as scary if they are written down. Last one for this week: do you know someone who can mentor you through this journey. As I mentioned at the beginning, don’t do this alone.
If you need recommendations of Facebook groups to join, let me know. Also, subscribe to my Youtube channel as I post videos regarding Teachers Pay Teachers regularly. Email me to let me know that you’ve made this decision. I’ll be your cheerleader if you need one! Until then,