Think Outside the Box

Think Outside the Box

Sunday, July 16, 2017

6 Tips to Avoid Update Overload

It's summer.  Time to relax, unwind, breathe, ... and stress about ALL the THINGS that need to be done to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I want to learn about Pinterest.  I want to redo all of my covers.  I want to start over on some of my old products that haven't ever sold.  I want to create my tracking documents in excel.  I want to update all of my product descriptions to include links to more similar products (I took the easy way out, and just linked them all to my biggest bundle).

I'm no expert, that is true, but I've given myself 6 Tips to AVOID Update Overload.

1. Focus on SMALL products that can be created quickly (but with high quality)

Think items that use the same template, or pieces of a bundle.
Example: Cornell Notes Template & 3 different Biology units using that template

2. Learn something new and apply it (from this point forward)

Don't try to go back and fix everything you've created so far.  There will be times you don't have time to create new products, and you can update the old ones with your new knowledge
Example: Watched a video about Pinterest Pins -- changed my COLORING covers (and created a new cover template to use going forward)

3. Don't Reinvent the Wheel

Stick to your productive best sellers.  How can you grow those ideas?

4. Be ready for BACK TO SCHOOL

Try to market my existing products as Back to School items.  Create Pins & Facebook posts that shows my followers how to use as a first day/week/unit item.
Example: Big Kid Coloring as Binder Covers, Cornell Notes Template, General Classroom Bundle for setting up rules and procedures.

5. Find the source of traffic & build on it.  

I noticed that I'm gaining organic Instagram followers and that I'm getting traffic to TpT from my blog.  So, here I am updating my blog.  (I also want to change this at some point, but if it's driving traffic, I'll take what I have for now).


My TpT birthday is in July.  I'm excited about the success of my first year.  I know that I will continue to grow as long as I continue to create quality products that I can use in my classroom.  I will slowly learn the marketing side, and I will become more efficient.

How do YOU avoid Update Overload?  Give me your tips in the comments below.

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