SELLING YOUR OWN TEACHING RESOURCES CAN BE AWESOME
BUT LET'S BE CLEAR ON WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE MORE THAN $3 A MONTH
There's a big difference between what works for your class & what you can sell to someone else. Look over your resource with a critical eye & make the changes necessary to take it to the next level.
Check & double check everything for spelling, grammar, or mechanical errors. Oh, and of course you want to catch the plain old "oops, I put down the wrong answer" errors.
Create an attractive cover that will entice other teachers to check out & buy your resource.
Set up your store with a picture or logo, store description, author bio, etc.
On Teachers pay Teachers, you have to start with a free resource. So go back to step 1 and repeat these steps with a resource you plan to give away for free.
Your resource is available for sale, but no one knows about it. Take pictures of your resource that you can use to promote it.
Set up social media accounts that you can use to promote your store and its resources. Sites to consider include business accounts on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
Start a blog so that you can connect with fellow teachers & let them know about your resources.
Write regularly on your blog, sharing teaching tips and more information about your resources.
Make sure that you have commercial rights to all images in your resource and that you aren't using any copyrighted materials.
You know how to use your resource, but the teacher buying it may not. Add detailed directions that explain how to use each aspect of the resource.
Create a preview of your resource that teachers can download & check out before they buy.
Write a resource description that explains the benefits of your resources & convinces teachers to purchase it. Be sure to include the right keywords so that it will show up when teachers search for the topic.
Upload your free resource & paid resource to your store. Make sure you choose the best applicable categories, grade levels, standards, etc.
Use your pictures to create promo images that highlight the key features of your resource.
Post regularly on your social media pages so that you can build your following and spread the word about your resources.
Keep looking for new ways to spread the word about your resources. Consider collaborating with other bloggers, hosting a webinar, creating an email list, giving away free resources, and more.
Don't expect to make much money right away. Be prepared to keep working for a year or two before anything consistent is coming in (at least more than $3 a month).
If all this sounds exciting to you then GO FOR IT! It truly is rewarding.
The good news is that your amazing resources don't have to waste away in the back corner of your closet or the forgotten folders of your computer - only to emerge once a year when you (finally) get around to teaching that one topic.
Okay, maybe you won't exactly be rolling in Benjamins. But every little bit helps, right!?
And why not? You put the time & effort into going the extra mile for your students & creating something awesome.
We'd like to reward you for that.
And share your amazing resource with the world.
And, yes, we will hopefully make a profit at some point, too.
How's that for a win, win, win?
As a teacher, you know how hard it can be to find the best resources for your class - and it's even harder to tell if they're going to align with your Biblical values.
At the same time, you've already created awesome resources that many other teachers would love to have access to.
You have something others are looking for. And others have something you're looking for.
At Teach 4 the Heart, we'd love to take all our best ideas & create a curated offering of fantastic teaching resources - all of which are consistent with Biblical values and truths.
1) You send us a copy of your resource.
You provide us with some basic information about your resource & send us a copy to look over. At this point, you are NOT agreeing to sell it and we are NOT agreeing to buy it. You're saying you're interested in selling it - and we'll take a look to see if we're interested in buying it.
2) We decide if your resource is a good fit for our store
Next, we look over your resource to determine if we think it's a good fit for our store. If we love it & think we can sell it, we'll get in touch with you for more details.
3) We agree on a price & purchase the right to sell your resource.
You receive a single, up front payment & sign over the rights to sell this resource. This means that while you retain the right to use the product in your own school & classroom, you no longer have the rights to sell this resource to anyone else.
4) We go to work getting your resource ready.
We'll go through all the steps above to get your resource ready to sell. You don't have to worry about this step at all - unless we've asked for (& you've agreed to give) your feedback or direction on certain steps.
5) We release your updated resource & start promoting it
Your resource is released to the world & we start promoting and sharing it through the channels & resources we've already built up & continue to build.
6) Teachers & students LOVE your resource
You get a huge smile from knowing that your resource is being used & loved in classrooms around the world
We'll be honest - this is a new idea for us. So right now we're just interested to see your best resources - whatever they area.
But we also have a few ideas for what we're most excited about. Please don't think your resource needs to meet all this criteria to be considered. Not at all. But if you DO have something that sounds like one of these, that's even better.
We're MOST interested in resources that....
We take a look & see if we think it will be a good fit. If it is, we contact you to get more info & decide on a selling price.
Not at all. You are simply stating you're interested in selling your resource. You are under no final obligation until we accept your resource & agree on a price.
However, please do not waste all of our time by submitting a resource you don't intend to sell.
Honestly, this whole process is new to us & we're still figuring out the best process. Right now, I can't give you an expected turnaround times. I can say, though, that if you haven't heard back from us within 3-4 weeks, feel free to email me for an update.
If your resource is chosen, we'll agree on a one-time payment that you will receive up front at the time you sign over the resource's selling rights to us.
We may also negotiate a one-time bonus payment if your resource sells a certain number of units within the first year.
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