Earning money as a teacher: Selling resources

Are you looking for ways to add a little extra money to your monthly teacher salary? So did I.

The bad news is: There is no “get rich in a month” quick money earning scheme that actually really works. (And in my opinion everything that promises to make you earn lots of money in a very short time without a lot of effort is a fraud…I might be wrong, but this way I’m on the safe side.)

The good news is: There are actually some well-known websites that let you publish your teaching resources online and sell them on their website.

I started using teacherspayteachers.com approximately half year ago and currently earn between 10-50$ a month. There are other sellers that started half year ago and already earn more that 500$ a month, but the rule is: You get out what you put in.

I’m a full-time teacher with all additional after school hour work…writing report cards and IEPs, reading emails, planning… so there is limited time to create extra resources, especially since “selling a resource” is much more work than just creating it for your classroom use. It has to be well-designed and formatted, you have to make sure it doesn’t violate anyone’s copyright (e.g. when you use clipart in your product)…. However, other teacher’s do have more time, better designer skills, better marketing ideas … and therefore can add more products and invest more time in marketing.

The point is: Selling your teaching resources online works. It just depends on your effort how much you are going to earn.

Currently I’m using Teacherspayteachers and Teachersnotebook.com to sell my resources, yet to start a business I’d always recommend teacherspayteachers.

Teacherspayteachers.com:

  • Largest marketplace website for teaching resources (buy and sell)
  • Founded 2006 (You might find TpT in numbers interesting!)
  • Monthly payout using Paypal
  • Free seller account available (60% royalities / 30 cent per transaction / unlimited product postings)
  • Premium seller account available (85% royalities / no transaction fee / unlimited product postings – annually 59,99$
  • Very competitive – thousands of sellers, thousands of customers
  • Big support forum
  • Easy sign up as free seller, post one free item, then sell items

The annual fee of 59,99$ seems to be a lot, but actually it is really worth to pay it as soon as sales are coming in. I waited until I had 30$ in my TpT account and then decided to get the annual membership.

After registration you will have access to the member forum where everyone is really really helpful! All members there are sharing their expertise, their experience and ideas on how to promote your products in the most successful way.

Teachersnotebook.com

  • Founded 2011
  • Growing website with easy to use interface to publish your products
  • Payout twice a month using Paypal
  • Free seller account available (75% royalities / 30 cent per transaction / unlimited product postings)
  • Premium seller account available (85% royalities / no transaction fee / unlimited product postings – $49.95 one-time setup fee)
  • Not as competitive as Teacherspayteachers – but therefore less customers
  • Easy to get followers by great promotion tools (e.g. giveaways)
  • Easy sign up as free seller, you can post paid products straight away

I recently started using TN …just a few days ago and have uploaded 8 products – lots of followers (a lot more than on TpT!), but no sales so far.

Although it seems to be easier to set up a resource selling business on Teachersnotebook.com – it is cheaper, higher royalities as a free member, less shops to compete with – I recommend starting with TpT, because I believe your chance to get real sales (and not only a lot of followers that probably follow you to be informed about free TN giveaways) is a lot higher there. Or maybe create a free account on both websites, upload the same product and see which one runs better for you?

As long as I’m not generating any sales on TN I will keep my focus on TpT, but will still upload my new products to TN.

If you are curious to see a running TpT store, feel free to follow me!

Let me know about your experience!

Cammily

 

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