I started selling teaching resources online randomly one day. However, little did I know, that decision would be so transformative.
I started creating resources for teaching in my classroom when I couldn’t find some of the things I was looking for. I remember searching for “elementary teaching resources” and “resources for teaching reading” on Teachers Pay Teachers and thinking “Ugh I just wish it had more _____. I also remember thinking “I could totally make my own.”
This is where my journey began. I started creating my very own online teaching resources. My stuff wasn’t perfect and beautiful but it was what my students needed and I loved doing it. There’s something so satisfying about creating a resource and it helping your students grow.
Eventually I started to create more and more, but I didn’t understand the business side of it. I wasn’t actually sure how to get my resources out there so I could help more students and teachers.
I love to joke and say it was fate when I found Kayse Morris’ Transform your Resources course. It came at the perfect time. I was addicted to creating resources and I desperately wanted a way to help others. However, this course helped me with more than just expanding my store. Below are the 7 unexpected things I gained from selling teaching resources online.
I Made Friends
I joined the Transform your Resources facebook group and just started asking questions and offering advice. Little did I know that these people would become friends. “Mom I’m talking to some friends I met online from my teaching resources store.” LOL. As crazy as that sounds, these people are my inspiration and support. Having a place where people who understand you and have similar interest is truly priceless.
It affected my teaching
Fear of being able to balance creating my resources and teaching effectively kept me from starting sooner. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to successfully do both and I did. I actually became a better teacher after I started creating resources.
It first started by unpacking the standards across curriculums and grade levels. Next I started to really get into the lessons I was teaching. I became an even bigger wealth of knowledge (I swear teachers are full of fun facts). I also started to utilize different strategies and techniques I found from my product research. This time spent creating my own unique teaching resources was benefitting my students, other students, and myself.
I Stepped into my Authentic Self
It sounds a little woo-woo, but I truly mean it. I was always trying to make others happy. People being happy is so important to me. I now realize after selling my teaching resources, I can’t make everyone happy.
I also know that what works for some people will not work for others. It’s important to be my authentic self (hot mess and all) so I can reach the people who need my teaching experience and my talents. (This applies to anything, we all have something to offer the world).
Creating Teachers Resources Helped Build My Confidence
Doing something I love and learning a new set of skills has made me a more confident person. I’m starting to speak up and use my voice to give advice and create change. I’m comfortable sharing my story and helping inspire others as well. Most importantly, I’m creating goals and achieving them. As a result, I’m creating bigger and bigger goals and I actually believe they are possible. I’m seeing a bigger and brighter future for myself every day.
I’m Happier (& More Inspired)
Being my authentic self and building my confidence has made me a happier person. I never think “I hate my teaching job.” Instead I’m creating interactive teaching resources to keep myself and my students engaged and thriving in the classroom.
I’m doing two things that I love and I love them more and more each day. I look forward to creating online teaching resources and using them with my students.
I’m a Money Managing Machine
When I started selling my teaching resources I naturally became better at managing money. Having a second income and wanting to invest it further into your business requires organization. I developed my own tracking spreadsheet for my personal budget and teaching resource budget. Now my finances are organized and I feel in control of my money.
I Developed a Growth Mindset
Often times learning a new skill requires having a growth mindset. Kayse Morris helped me with this so much. She broke down every skill and I took things at my own pace. The more I do it, the easier it got. Learning new things is now an addiction.
Want to Start Selling Teaching Resources Online?
If you’ve been considering selling your teaching resources online, I hope this post has convinced you to go for it. It’s truly been a transformative experience. If you’re unsure of where to start, I highly recommend Transform Your Resources with Kayse Morris. Her course starts at the very beginning and guided you through to the “advance” strategies and techniques with support and motivation along the way.