Have you created awesome resources
that you'd love to see others teachers using?
(and maybe make a little money on the side, too!)
SELLING YOUR OWN TEACHING RESOURCES CAN BE AWESOME
BUT LET'S BE CLEAR ON WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE MORE THAN $3 A MONTH
Update your resource.
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.
Edit your resource.
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.
Design a beautiful cover.
Create an attractive cover that will entice other teachers to check out & buy your resource.
Set up your store.
Set up your store with a picture or logo, store description, author bio, etc.
Create a free resource.
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.
Take pictures of your resource.
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 for your store.
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.
Start a blog so that you can connect with fellow teachers & let them know about your resources.
Write blog posts.
Write regularly on your blog, sharing teaching tips and more information about your resources.
Check for copyright infringement
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 resource preview
Create a preview of your resource that teachers can download & check out before they buy.
Write a detailed description.
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 resource.
Upload your free resource & paid resource to your store. Make sure you choose the best applicable categories, grade levels, standards, etc.
Create promo images.
Use your pictures to create promo images that highlight the key features of your resource.
Post regularly on social media
Post regularly on your social media pages so that you can build your following and spread the word about your resources.
Learn new ways to promote 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.
Be patient & persistent
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.
But if you're overwhelmed and exhausted just looking at that to-do list,
YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!
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.
You can get your amazing resources into the hands of hundreds of students & teachers
>>> WITHOUT all the extra work <<<
AND make some money too!
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?
Why are we doing this?
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.
Okay, I'm intrigued. So how does it work?
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
What Kind of Resource are You Looking For?
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....
- Appeal to a wide range of teachers. A resource that can be used in multiple grades and/or subjects is better than something that is only for one specific type of teacher.
- Can be used throughout the year - not just one time. In other words, a large resource that covers the whole year - or a set of resources that go together is better than a single one-off resource that can only be used for one specific topic. For example, a set of review games (one for each chapter in your curriculum) is better than one single review game over an isolated topic. Or that's used repeatedly throughout the year - like a semester or a year's worth of bell ringers - would be great too.
- Discuss a topic from a Biblical perspective. We'd LOVE to work with resources that discuss academic, seasonal, or character education topics from a Biblical perspective. These could come in two forms: overtly Biblical resources for the Christian school, and/or resources for the public school that contain no reference to Scripture but nonetheless approach the topic from a solid Biblical perspective.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
What happens after I submit a resource?
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.
Am I committing to anything when I submit my resource?
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.
How do I know if you're going to purchase my resource?
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.
When do I get paid?
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.
I have another question.
I'd love to answer it for you. Just send me an email: email@example.com