I am considering starting a TpT account. I know it has been talked about a lot here. Two silly questions for those of you that do it:
1) Is it really worth your time? Do you make some decent pocket change?
2) What resources or programs do you use to make your stuff cute? I've read that the cute items sell the best!
I'm looking to just add money to my savings account and this is motivating me to make even more awesome stuff for my classroom when I can, so that I can also post it. I have been trying to get a tutoring job on the side to help my savings,but this in economy no one in my area can afford to higher one. So TpT is worth a shot I hope!
I certainly know I have spent money there, and I only discovered it!Plus, I don't even have my own classroom yet!
I love that I am supporting other teachers. It will be the first place I head when I need something for my classroom or tutoring. I would much rather pay another teacher than some publishing company.
I'm both a buyer and a seller. Yes, it is really worth it and you do make decent pocket change. Once you upload your item and write the description, you are done. You get email messages when someone buys something and/or leaves feedback. It runs itself! Some teachers make tens of thousands of dollars a year. I'm sure those teachers have to pay income tax, but if you're making just a small amount of money, you don't. Just by submitting digital things that I make that work really well in my classroom, I make a couple of hundred dollars a year. That just about pays for what I buy on TpT, so I break even.
I don't know how to make things "cute", but I agree they sell better (from what I can see). When I buy "cute" things, they always have the source of the graphics on them. Perhaps your could buy a few and find out.
I would encourage you to be a buyer first, or at least check out all the free stuff. See what you like and look at the selling helps.
I am so glad you asked this question, because I have been wanting to do the same thing. I even bought really cute clip art and resellers rights as well. Unfortunately, I have figured out how to use the clip art yet!
There are different licenses you have to purchase from the graphics companies in order to be able to sell products that you create with their graphics, and you also have to be very careful because copyright infringement goes for graphics as well. I have even seen some licenses that you have to purchase just to use the graphics and post your creations as free items. There are some good ones out there, just be careful!
I started selling in March, and I am impressed with the site. I love when I make something new for my students, and i can just add it to my "store", and thats all I have to do. You can jazz up your items, add clip art (make sure you know your copyright stuff), and fonts to make it more attractive, but the work of creating the document is something teachers do anyway. If I am looking for something to use with my class, it is the first place that I look because most of the stuff is made by other teachers, and I would want to support them, rather than a publishing co. Also, the things are reasonably priced. I don't want it to seem like I am advertising my site, so I won't post a link, but you can find my store if you look up my user name from Proteacher. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
What software to you generally use when you are creating TPT products to sell? Do you use Microsoft Word, or Photoshop, etc.? I have no idea where to get started on the graphics/fonts side of things...
I have been thinking about starting to sell as well, however the whole copyright thing with fonts and clipart just makes me nervous so I have not.
I would also like to know what programs TPT sellers are using?
I use powerpoint to make my stuff. Its easier to move text and clip art around. Then i change the slides over to PDF files so that no one can copy and past anything and use it as their own.
As far as copywriting, it does take some reading to figure it out. Once I find an artist who sells clipart or fonts, who allows others to use it on TPT, then I usually stick with them. There are lots of threads about copywriting once you are on the TPT website.