Have you ever wanted to know how to make worksheets and other resources to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers? I first found Teachers Pay Teachers when I was in the darkest season of my life. I was an eighth-grade ELA teacher by day and a mom to three little kids by night. I had two of my boys twelve months and eleven days apart as a young mom going to school to be a teacher, and I ended up in deep postpartum depression. I was in survival mode, so when I found this fantastic website where I could pay a few dollars to have my lesson plans and activities done for me, I was all for it!
Soon enough, I realized that I, too, could make worksheets and activities to sell. The first month I started creating resources; my goal was to pay for my Netflix bill. Seven years later, I’ve made more than a million dollars with my online teacher business, and it all started with me figuring out how to make worksheets for TPT. I want to share my experience, tips, and advice with you, so it doesn’t take you this long to build a sustainable business for you and your family. There is room for everyone on the playground, so let’s start creating!
Let me save you hours of frustration as you learn how to make creative worksheets and resources for your online business. First things first, let me tell you about the brand new opportunity I created just for you- the Teacher Income Challenge. A 4-week kickstart to living the life of your daydreams. Now if you aren't quite ready to go all in and join us, here are your tips for creating worksheets…
Stop using Microsoft Word! When I found out how to make worksheets in PowerPoint, creating resources for my TPT store became so much easier. PowerPoint gives you a completely blank, customizable canvas to work with, while Word makes you fit into its boundaries and formatting.
When you brush up on your PowerPoint skills, you’ll want to get very familiar with using text boxes, shapes, inserting pictures (clipart and stock photos), font kerning, and exporting your document as a PDF. I love seeing how each teacherpreneur uses these same elements to create their unique worksheets and resources to serve their audience! The eyedropper tool to color your text and shapes is awesome because you can use the exact color you want. And don’t forget to play around with the shape effects that will help your resources stand out from the crowd.
Think about a chef, for example. He doesn’t give away his secret recipe to just anyone – he creates a delectable meal to serve to his customers that satisfies them and leaves them wanting more, so they’ll return to his restaurant time and time again. The worksheets and products you create and spend your limited time and energy on are your secret recipe. Without securing your documents, you’re giving away that secret recipe instead of thinking like a business owner who wants their customers to keep coming back for more. So as you learn how to make pdf worksheets for TPT and start creating your own, remember to do it the right way the first time. It pays off in the end!
It is mindblowing how, in just a few months, digital resources have exploded! They came out of necessity, and I believe that even after 2021, education will continue to move in the digital direction. So if you have worksheets you’ve already created for your classroom and you want to make them digital, or if you want to know how to make digital worksheets, the process isn’t too hard. The biggest hurdle is deciding where to house them.
There are many digital product options now – Boom Cards are digital task cards, Seesaw is a digital platform with a ton of interactive capabilities, TPT has a digital activities creator, and Google files are very popular. This is not a comprehensive list, so if you have other options that are working well for you, please share your favorite way to make worksheets digital in the comments below! I still recommend starting your product creation in PowerPoint.
One of the fun aspects of creating digital resources is that they can be made in color since the educators who purchase from you don’t have to print anything! Another vital thing to think about is how many platforms tend to use a landscape orientation versus a portrait layout. When you make digital resources, think about how you can use the landscape page setup to your advantage. This isn’t necessary, but it will give you the most real estate as you’re creating resources. Especially if you’re looking for how to create worksheets in Google docs and slides – Since the computer screen is landscape, students will find it easier to see everything when your resources match that orientation.
When you export your digital worksheets from PowerPoint, save them as PNG or JPG files instead of PDFs. That way, you can insert them as the background of whatever platform you’re putting your resources on. The larger you make the dimensions, the more crisp the image will be. You can then add text, text boxes, shapes, and anything else you create in the platform you use to make it interactive. I love the way teachers are thinking outside the box and come up with creative ideas for how to make worksheets more engaging.
I coach hundreds of teachers every week, and one of the biggest hurdles they face in their journey to become a successful CEO Teacher® is mindset.
STOP worrying about making everything perfect – perfection is not the goal here. The goal is to use your passion for education and expertise to create resources that serve teachers, parents, and students and move the needle forward in your business so you can live the life you love. Take action now, and gain clarity later. I understand that you want to learn how to make beautiful worksheets and resources (and I teach you how in the CEO Teacher® Membership), but if you don’t put in the work and put yourself out there, you’ll stay stuck where you are right now. And I don’t want you to stay stuck; I want to see you grow and flourish and be as successful as you want to be!
If you are wondering how to start or expand your online business as a teacher, I’ve got you covered! Join the Teacher Income Challenge and get started making your biggest dreams and goals a reality. It’s brand new, and I created it with you in mind. I teach you how to build your business from the ground up and set yourself up for success.
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