Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Do You Wonder?

So you've started selling on TPT. You have a few products in your store. You are ready to sell, sell, sell. You sell an item one day. Maybe two sales another day. You get excited. Maybe this will work. And then ... no sales for several days. Now you are feeling bad about yourself and your store. Maybe this isn't for you.

Any of that sound familiar? That's how it goes for most TPT sellers. Selling at TPT is like a roller coaster ride. There will be ups and downs. Some days you'll feel like you're in a spiral downward slide. And some days you'll be thrown for a loop. You have to roll with the ups and downs, the twists and turns. The thing about this roller coaster ride is that it's yours and you are in control. It takes a lot of patience and hard work. You can't get down and out about not making a sale. You can't whine when sales are slow or non-existent. You can't compare your journey to someone else's. We've all been there - no sales days, feeling like our products are worthless, feeling like this journey just isn't for us. Guess what? Many sellers before me have survived! I have survived! You will too!
Just creating and posting a resource does not always get it noticed. Are you able to look objectively at your product that hasn't sold yet? Why isn't it selling? Does it have a great cover? Does it have a preview? Is the description buyer friendly (not stuffed with keywords)? Am I marketing my product in a non-spammy, non-pushy way?

Are you comparing yourself to others? Stop! It doesn't matter if they've been selling for 1 month or 5 years. Your journey is different from theirs.

What's your "why" for creating products? Is it about the teachers and students who will benefit from your resources? Or are you just hoping to make a quick buck? The quick bucks most likely aren't going to happen.

Are you running your store with integrity? Are your products free from trademarks that you don't have permission for? Are your products original ideas and not just copies of someone else's hard work? Be original and put your own spin on your resources.

Mindset is especially important on this ride. You need to be positive each and every day about your store and the teachers you are serving.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. It was much needed today. TpT has been a slow process for me and I am trying to build sales. This reminds me to not linger on the negative and focus on the positive.

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  2. I am glad you found the post helpful. I spent way too many days very discouraged about my sales. No one really talked about the ups & downs. After 2 1/2 years, I understand the trends a little more and can be more positive about the journey. Keep focusing on the positive. Print out some positive quotes to hang in your space for reminders. Thanks for taking the time to stop and comment. :)

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  3. In the past, I always posted my new product on Facebook and would keep it free for 24ish hours. Lately I have been checking the downloads. As recently as Thursday when I did this, there were 5 downloads. Now one person was kind enough to leave feedback but the other 4, still haven't. So now that was $10 that I gave away. I think when we start out, we have a different mindset than when that business sense really kicks in.
    I really love this blog. You have such good advice and your posts are about things that all of us are wondering about but unsure of the answer. Keep it up, I am learning a lot from you!

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  4. Welcome to the blog Kristin! It is hard when you start out. Boy, do I remember! You try things that you think might help. I'm glad you are finding the blog helpful! It is such a passion that I have right now to share my experience.

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