A few weeks ago I met up with a new friend who just started her TpT journey in November. She had lots of questions for me about blogging, TpT, and social media. I am by no means an expert or a top seller but I have had some success over the past few years that I've been selling on TpT and I have learned a ton. I thought maybe I should do a blog post with some of my top tips for people just starting out. And maybe even if you aren't just starting out, you can learn something new, too. The best part of this TpT journey is that we are constantly growing and learning from each other.
Then as I started using social media more, I added a second page so that buyers could find a way to get in touch with me.
Do they use it? Does it help? I have no idea but it makes me feel better knowing it is in each file.
I recently updated my page to look like this.
Here is what I started to do that really made a difference. Keep track of your stats. I do this weekly. I keep track of my earnings, products sold and followers on TpT, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google +. Then I can compare each week to see what I've gained for the week. But ultimately, this wasn't what did it for me. I started comparing my monthly earnings to the same month the year before. I started a simple excel spreadsheet that lists each month. I write down how much I earn for the month and I have it create a graph. Then, the next year, I write my total in the next column. Then I can quickly see what I made at this same time a year before. I do sometimes compare month to month in the same year but it really helps me to compare the same months to each other since you tend to see the same trends (back to school rush, slow summer months, slow down around Christmas break, etc.) When I started doing this, I realized how much more money I made than the year before. Again, it wasn't out of the park, top seller type sales, but it was leaps and bounds above what I sold the year before. Now I get so excited each month to see what I did at this time last year and see what kind of jumps I'm making. Each year gets better and better so I can only assume those numbers are going to increase over time.
I also recently purchased this to hold important files for taxes...receipts, order forms, lists, etc. I'm still trying to figure out how best to use this in addition to my binder.
Another area to think about organizing is your computer files. Obviously,you need to do what works best for you but you want to be able to access your files quickly and easily. I keep the products that I make in a file called TpT. In the file, I have a separate folder for each product.
In each folder I have the document saved as a Powerpoint, pdf, and jpegs. I also have the preview for the product saved all three ways. Also, if I have any pictures of the product in action, I save them in this folder too.
All of my clip art is organized in a file called TpT Resources.
In that file, I have a folder for each artist that I use. In that folder I have each of the sets that I have from that seller. It is organized and easy to find by seller.
So far it is working for me. I do sometimes have to click through several folders if I am trying to see if I have any clip art of a specific picture. I have seen some people who print out all of the clip art they own and store it in a binder. I love this idea but the idea of the time, money and ink that it would cost for my growing collection is sort of overwhelming to me!!
These are just some of my top tips I would have for new sellers. If you have more specific questions or something that you want a tutorial for, just let me know. If you've been selling for awhile, what is your best tip? Leave it in the comments!