As we talked, I realized that I have learned so many skills as a TPT Seller. Here are the top 5:
- Marketing Skills - With so many teachers opening their Teachers Pay Teachers stores, it is truly up to you to market your products. I choose to do this through my blog, my Pinterest boards, Google +, and Facebook. There are many options available.
- Design Skills - In creating resources for teachers, I have learned to share items that I would use myself. That means my items are helpful and functional. I admit it, "cute" is not my top priority. Yes, I work with kids. No, they don't always have to see stick figures of cute children on every single page. I will use something ugly if it works - it's the content that matters, not the cover. 'Nuff said. The exception: clipart/font designers - it's all presentation for you! :)
- Collaboration Skills - Teachers love to collaborate, and TPT allows you to enter classrooms throughout the world. Once you register as a seller for TPT, you'll have access to the sellers forums, where many talented sellers who share their thoughts, experiences, and expertise. Also, many bloggers and Teacher Authors are using social media to share what worked, what didn't, and what they would do differently next time. A caution: be aware of where your ideas came from. Be sure to give credit where credit is due, and to always act with ethical intentions.
- Technology Skills - Through tutorials from the local library and internet searches, I have taught myself how to work with files in many different formats: *.jpeg, *.pdf, *.png, *.ppt, *.doc, and *.zip are just a few of the more common ones. I have learned to edit pictures, manipulate images, schedule posts, and secure my documents, many through trial and error.