Thursday, May 31, 2012

Looking for Tips!

So I'm really thinking about making materials to sell on TPT. I make them for classroom use all the time and would really like to take it to the next level...however, (and this is where you come in!) I'm not sure the best way to go about starting. Is there anything helpful you learned along the way? Anything special to know about copyrights and such? Freebies vs. Not Freebies? I'd love any and all advice!

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  1. I have recently opened a TPT store. I've only posted freebies so far, but am about to begin selling too. My advice is to definitely check out the terms of use with any clip art that you use. I use Scrappin' Doodles and if you give away freebies, you have to purchase a special license from them. I would suggest to give away your first few items to bloggers for free so you can receive helpful feedback from other bloggers and you can make a name for yourself & then begin charging. Hope this advice helps! :)

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Hey Lisa,

      Thanks so much for the advice!! I'll be sure to follow it. I like the idea of giving away freebies for awhile just to see how it goes. Thanks again :)

      ~Steph

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  2. I watched Amy Lemons tutorials a lot when I first making products, they are just a great resource!
    http://stepintosecondgrade.blogspot.com/search/label/video%20tutorials
    I'd invest in some attractive/general graphics and some digital papers, with a teacher friendly terms of use, and just play! I'd invest in some basic clip art you can use with just about anything (aka school) to start with. I started with more seasonal clip art and wished I had invested in more general clip art. Just keep in mind your students while creating and crafting. It's easy to get caught up in "what sells" but if your time doesn't benefit you or students later, than I consider that to be time not well spent.
    The best thing you can really do is just play around, you'll be amazed at what you learn while creating!
    Lisa
    Stories From Second

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for the advice! I didn't even know folks HAD tutorials-so that knowledge is super helpful :) I'll also keep in mind using the basic clip art first. It's great to hear things like that because, in all honesty, it's probably not something I would've immediately thought to do! Thanks again!!

      ~Steph

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  3. Just go for it! Start making things that are useful to you and if you can sell it then it's always a plus. I only have a few things on TpT but a couple actually sell and I get excited every time someone purchases something. HAH. From the Pond Graphics has some great free graphics/borders that you can put in things you sell. Search for them on TpT. I would give some more advice but I'm a newbie as well. =) I just make what I can use and the post it on TpT to see if possibly someone else might be able to use it as well.

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

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    1. Thanks for the advice and encouragement! I get super excited every time I get a new follower, so I understand your excitement when someone purchases something!! haha

      Also, I checked out From the Pond Graphics and they were SUPER cute--thanks for the heads up. Have a great afternoon!

      ~Steph

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