Summer Offers the Greatest Opportunity for Teachers pay Teachers Sellers

Summertime is right around the corner and your Teachers pay Teachers sales have likely come to a screeching halt.  The decrease in sales is enough to make you second guess everything you’re doing, but the reality is that June and July are likely going to be slower than any other months throughout the year.  The good news is that August is coming and the customers will be back in full force.

This summer I’ve already put in a plan into place to start pumping out some new products.  That’s not to say that I’m going to put off having some fun also.  There is plenty of fun on the agenda, including a cruise and a trip out to Vegas with my wife for the TpT conference.

If you remember back to my e-book I talked developing a system to achieve your goals.  It’s great to have a goal to create 5 new products this summer, but if you don’t have the system to make that happen then you basically have nothing.

Do you have any products that are almost done?  90% of a completed product is still 0% to a customer.  Get those suckers wrapped up and move on to the next one.

Tips to Streamline Your Product Creation Process

  • Write item descriptions first and then build the product from them.
  • Schedule blocks of time that are specifically dedicated to creating products, and creating products only.  No email, social media, browsing allowed.
  • Batch schedule my social media updates, blog posts, and tweets so that I can free up time to create more products.  In fact, this post was actually written about two weeks ago and scheduled to post on this day.
  • Create units/products that can be bundled together.

How do you plan on spending your summer?  Are you going to focus on TpT?  I would love to hear some of your favorite tips in the comments.

7 Responses

  1. Pamela Kranz June 3, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    Haha! I took a break from working on my product to read this blog post! Back to work!! BTW, writing descriptions is a painfully slow process for me. Maybe first would be better.
    Pam =)
    Desktop Learning Adventures

  2. Traci June 3, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    Haha, I love your honesty and efficiency! I am in that dark hole of 80% completed products but I hesitate to publish! I am definitely taking your tips to heart. So helpful. Thanks for sharing. ~

  3. Heather June 3, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    Great tips! I plan on using my Google analytics to help me prioritize my products. Too many ideas and not enough time.

    I also plan on dedicating a few hours every morning to work on products/blog posts and an hour for social media out reach. Hopefully, this will help me stay focused!

  4. Susan Berkowitz June 3, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    I do consulting to a variety of agencies in addition to schools, so I don’t get the summer off. But, I do usually have less work time and a little more “down” time, so I’ll spend that making products. I’m taking a 2 week vacation – so I’ll miss the TPT conference – and I’m bummed about missing the conference, but mice more pumped about an art retreat in France to be honest.

  5. Stephanie June 4, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    The only time I have to work on my products is super early in the morning before my kids get up. So there won’t be much sleeping in for me this summer if I want to accomplish my goals!

    Speaking of focusing on TPT, I’d love some advice for how to best allot my time for working and marketing. On January 1 of this year, I started TPT, a blog, a Facebook page, and a Pinterest business account. With only a few hours a day to work on growing my business and creating products, one or two of those things inevitably just doesn’t get the attention it needs. How much time do you spend on marketing and social media vs. the amount of time you spend solely creating products? Is there a particular social media outlet that should take priority, say where I can get the best bang for my buck?

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and advice. I’ve really been enjoying TPT School!

  6. Chris Kesler June 4, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    I would prioritize like this
    1. Create products
    2. Market every product you create on Pinterest.

    Those things should take up 80% of your time.

    The other 20% can be spent on:
    1. Minimum of one blog post a week
    2. Other social media outlets

    When in doubt, create products.

  7. christina June 5, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    Stephanie had a great question… I am also just starting a blog and looking forward to sharing strategies and making connections to other bloggers… Thanks Chris for your posts, I get a lot out of reading seem to do everything, not sure if you ever sleep!

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