How to Sell Teacher Created Resources and Lesson Plans Online
Apart from having a vocation and dedication to their students, what do all teachers seem to have in common? Answer: they are time-poor. This explains why there’s such a great opportunity to sell teacher created resources online.
As a teacher you have to constantly create new lesson plans. What you always want are imaginative resources that engage students and help reinforce key learning points. Some teachers have a particular talent for doing this. And if you’re one of them, why not share the benefits of your creativity and earn money in the process?
You have loads of great ideas for teacher created resources – now all you need is an easy way to share them and earn an income. In the age of the internet and online selling, that’s easier than you might imagine.
There’s also a ready market of teachers looking for tried and tested templates to enrich their lessons.
What Teacher Created Resources Can You Sell?
Anything that can be made into a digital file and downloaded from the internet is a resource you can sell. Lesson plans, worksheets, presentations, reading lists, flash cards, notes to accompany plays or films, quizzes, activities – there’s a huge list. You could also produce audio files or videos for people to download.
In most cases you won’t need special equipment or fancy software. Whatever works for you when you create your own resources will be just fine for everyone else.
One of the few things you will need to be more aware of is copyright. It’s one thing to create resources for your own use that borrow images and other content – it’s quite another if you then want to sell those resources online. Always check the usage rights!
Want to learn more about creating and selling digital products online? We’ve got you covered here.
The Pandemic and Online Learning
Online and remote learning became commonplace during the pandemic. And having proved that it’s possible for teaching and learning to carry on without students all being in the same classroom it’s likely that hybrid learning will continue – even without further lockdowns and school closures.
This means that there’s an ongoing opportunity to sell teacher created resources that are tailored to online learning.
Creating resources probably won’t be your biggest challenge. You know how to do this and have been doing it for years. Selling your teacher created resources might be less familiar territory.
To sell online you need to master social media including Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. These tools aren’t that hard to use but you need persistence to build an audience.
‘Personal branding’ is a thing that online marketers talk about a lot. Think of it as building a reputation and profile as an education professional with something interesting to say. If you build a following you are also building a potential customer base.
Other promotional ideas include:
- Creating a blog where you discuss educational issues and teaching practice (and how your resources fit in).
- Previewing resources and offering free samples.
- Organising podcasts or webinars with other teaching professionals.
- Being active in online forums and chat groups.
Where to Sell Teacher Created Resources
Ideally you want to spend as much time as possible creating and promoting your resources – and as little time as you can on the mechanics of selling and collecting money. In other words, you want an online selling platform that makes life easy for you and your customers and which doesn’t cost a fortune to use.
Payhip is all about simplicity. It’s easy to set up your online store and upload new products. Linking social media accounts is a cinch and you get paid instantly and automatically every time somebody makes a purchase.
You can also sell products without a monthly or annual fee for as long as it suits you with our forever free option.
So if you have teaching materials to sell, try Payhip for free and start earning an extra income!