The First Follower

When someone first starts with Teachers Pay Teachers they will inevitably ask themselves the following questions over and over.

  1. Am I ever going to get a sale?
  2. Am I totally wasting my time by doing this?
  3. When I post on my FB page I feel like I’m talking to myself.  Is this worth it?
  4. Why is no one re-pinning my stuff?
  5. How long does it take to build up followers?

These are totally natural questions and the difference between the successful TPT’ers and the pretender TPT’ers is the will to fight through those fears and to keep focus that what you are doing IS important and WILL make a difference.  You are going to feel like a total nut when your spouse asks you how much  you have made for the 15 hours you spent on your product and your response is ZERO.  The first sale will come and so will the first follower.  Once you have both of those things behind you TPT opens the gates and invites you into a world of awesomeness.

I’d love for you guys to watch this quick video on the first follower.  I think that it’s a super important concept to understand, and it relates so well to the emotions of a teachers pay teachers seller.

My first sale came from a TPT user named vlhyams. I unfortunately don’t know who that is, but I wish that they knew how important they were to my business.

My first FB follower was Jean from JWDesigns.  She also happened to be one of the first followers here at TPT School.  I’m forever grateful to her  because she was the “spark” that I was looking for that really set a lot of things in motion.

Work hard to to get that first sale and follower and treat them like the rock stars that they are.  They will ultimately be the reason that you are successful.

6 Responses

  1. Debbie Crockett March 23, 2014 / 2:35 am

    Great post! It seemed like forever before I got my first follower on TPT. I wonder how that first follower felt. Did they hesitate before following a store that had no other followers? Interesting ideas you’ve brought up.

    Now I’m going through the same anxiety as I try to establish my blog and facebook page.


  2. Les Vrolyk March 27, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    Love the video! Great blog too! Thanks for putting all this together Chris…it’s very inspiring!

  3. Caffeine Queen March 27, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    What a great video – glad I took the time to watch! I really enjoyed it.

  4. Beth smith April 1, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    I love this video! This so true when starting out on TPT. It seems to take forever to grow followers, but once the momentum picks up, it is truly a great experience! Thanks!

  5. Jody Weissler February 17, 2015 / 4:51 am

    You have a great and informative site.
    How do you know who your followers are other than just the quantity that you have?

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