Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge - Dare to Dream

It's Week 2 of the TPT Seller Challenge hosted by Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, Sparkling in Second, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista. This week's challenge is Dare to Dream.

I've been creating and selling products on Teachers Pay Teachers® since 2012. First Grade Schoolhouse has continued to grow each year. The best part is that my love for creating educational products has also continued to grow. Creating materials that teachers find useful and helpful is so gratifying to me. My goal is to continue to learn and improve in every aspect of the business to create better products and a bigger store.

I already feel so blessed to have surpassed some of my dreams. 

Financial security is the first thing on my list. My "DREAM BIG" goal in this area is to be debt free - even having my house paid off - a hopeful thought.

Being more financially secure has given me more choices in my life. Choices that I may not have had without TPT. I dream about an earlier retirement and being able to travel more. 

I've been able to give back to some local charities. Not just with time and help, but also financially. I want to be able to do that on a grander scale.

Find out what other TPT sellers "DARE TO DREAM." Check them out HERE

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge - Makeover Madness

I'm participating in the TPT Summer Challenge sponsored by Third in Hollywood, Sparkling in Second, Peppy Zesty Teacherista, and Teach Create Motivate. It's a four week challenge and this is week one: Makeover Madness.

I went back to the first products I created. The ones I'm redoing were some of my best sellers at the time. I started on TPT in 2012. A lot has changed since then - so many more fonts, graphics, more practice, and experience. My style has changed.

The "before" name was Reading to Learn About Community Helpers. I simplified the cover and changed the name. It's now called Writing About Community Helpers. The before title was too confusing.  I made the fonts and graphics bolder. I want buyers to know what the packet's about at a glance. 

I used different clip artists for the community helper graphics in the "before" packet (had to use graphics from different clip artists to find all I needed). I was able to use just Melonheadz for the community helpers graphics on the new one. It makes it more consistent and unified. I love that we have so many more choices for clip art now. 

I also added posters and student word lists to make the product more complete.

Head on over to see more of the makeovers HERE.