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School of Sellers

English, Finance, 1 season, 135 episodes, 1 day, 23 hours, 22 minutes
Erin Waters from School of Sellers helps teacher authors like you run an online business in a way that feels doable. Discover how you can make your business work harder so that you spend less time in To-Do Town and more time doing what you love. Many teachers launch online businesses to live a freer, happier life. These same teachers soon find themselves swamped by tasks and surrounded by pressure to do all the things. As a result, their life becomes harder. So what the heck? Self-proclaimed Type B Teacher-turned entrepreneur, Erin knows this Catch-22 scenario all too well. In her 7 years of selling teaching resources online, it has become her mission to simplify her business—and now yours too! On School for Sellers, she will offer insight and tips for productivity, content creation, social media, marketing, and beyond. Hit subscribe now and show your business, once and for all, who’s really the boss.
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135. Sellers Actually With Amy Lemons: OG Seller Success WITHOUT a Huge Team

Today, as part of our Sellers Actually series, we're featuring a truly inspiring story that debunks some common myths about the world of Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). Joining us is none other than Amy Lemons, a pioneering figure in the TpT community. Amy's journey as a TpT seller began in 2011, and she's continued to achieve remarkable success without a massive team backing her. Amy's business is efficiently run with just herself and one virtual assistant.In this conversation, Amy shares her beginnings as a teacher blogger and her evolution into a TpT seller and offers valuable insights into running a thriving business solo. We'll explore the misconceptions about "big sellers" and discuss how Amy navigates her business landscape, all while keeping things relatable and real for our listeners. Whether you're a seasoned seller or just starting out, you'll find Amy's story both enlightening and motivating.Show Notes:🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
7/8/202425 minutes, 31 seconds
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134. TPT Conference FOMO - What to Do if You’re Not Going

Today's episode tackles a topic that many of us have experienced – FOMO, or fear of missing out! Especially when it comes to the annual TPT conference. While these conferences offer unique experiences, not everyone can attend due to various reasons. But don't worry! If you're unable to attend this year's TPT conference in San Diego, we've got you covered. From following along on our Instagram for real-time updates to tuning into special podcast episodes recorded at the conference, we're here to ensure you don't miss a beat. Plus, we'll discuss ways you can turn this into an opportunity to get ahead, including hosting your own PD and joining our School of Sellers back-to-school bingo challenge. Get ready to feel informed, motivated, and part of the action, even from afar. Show Notes:⭐ Back-To-School Bingo:🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
7/1/202411 minutes, 30 seconds
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133. The Diversifying Series: Start Your Own Tutoring Business With Molly Wheatley

We are back with another guest in our diversifying series! In this episode, I welcome the inspiring Molly Wheatley, a fifth-grade teacher with over a decade of experience who has successfully transitioned into the tutoring business. Molly shares her journey from classroom burnout to creating a thriving tutoring business that not only supplements her income but also reignites her passion for teaching. Molly provides invaluable insights into starting your own tutoring business, including tips on pricing, finding your niche, and treating your side gig like a serious business venture. Whether you're looking to diversify your income streams or seeking a way to escape teaching burnout, this episode is packed with practical advice and inspiring stories.Show Notes:🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
6/24/202416 minutes, 19 seconds
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132. Diversify Your Teacher Business: All About In-Person PD With Amanda Cardenas

We're kicking off a series on diversifying with Amanda Cardenas, founder of Mudd and Ink Teaching and cohost of the Brave New Teaching podcast. Amanda chats with me about diversifying her teacher business through in-person professional development. She shares her journey from selling on TPT to discovering her passion for in-person PD and speaking engagements. Amanda opens up about the personal challenges she faces in embracing her role as a professional development leader, particularly dealing with anxiety and self-doubt. Her candid sharing about breaking the traditional teacher money mindset and the transition from a classroom teacher to a professional development expert adds authenticity to the conversation. Through the discussion, Amanda offers practical advice for those looking to transition to in-person PD, such as building relationships with schools, considering logistical factors like travel expenses, and navigating brand confusion between different facets of one's business. Amanda provides inspiring and practical guidance for teachers looking to diversify their business beyond the classroom.Show Notes:🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
6/17/202433 minutes, 43 seconds
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131. 3 Types of Upsells You Should Be Using in Your Teacher Business

Have you been looking for ways to maximize your sales on TpT, even with some of the limitations on the platform? I know many sellers wish we had a few additional features when it comes to the TpT platform. One feature I wish TpT offered is having access to our customers’ email addresses so we can stay connected with them after their purchases.The good news is there are some hacks that we can use to help increase our sales on TpT once a customer has purchased or downloaded a product. We may not have access to our customers’ emails to follow up and promote our other products, but we can ask our customers to purchase additional products through upsells of the products they have already purchased. In this episode, I am diving into what an upsell is, three upsells you should use on TpT, and how to get started with upselling in your TpT store.Show Notes: your ticket to the Teacher Seller’s Summit! (Affiliate link)🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
6/10/202415 minutes, 10 seconds
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130. 13 Ways to Diversify Your Teacher Business

Have you thought about diversifying your teacher seller business to include supplemental income streams? Many teacher sellers, like myself, worry about the uncertainty of relying solely on platforms like TpT for income. However, we know we can’t add on something we pour as much time and effort into as our TpT stores, so what are some options for creating additional revenue streams for our businesses?Diversification is a means of reducing risk and increasing stability in our teacher seller business. Of course, this is not something that all teacher sellers want or need, especially those still in the classroom! But for those of us who rely solely on our businesses, finding ways to diversify and bring in additional revenue can be incredibly helpful.In this episode, I share 13 ways of diversifying and expanding your income stream beyond your TpT store. You’ll hear about online and in-person options, education and non-teaching-related ideas, and the pros and cons of different options to help you decide if these are a good fit for you!Show Notes:🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
6/3/202418 minutes, 20 seconds
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129. The Ideal Brain Dump System for Creative Entrepreneurs

Do you feel like you have 25 tabs open in your brain at all times? If so, you are not alone! As a teacher, business owner, and mom, I feel like I constantly have new ideas, endless to-dos, and random things popping into my head all the time. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard about brain dumps before, but finding a brain dump system that works for me has truly been a game changer for making sure that my ideas and thoughts don’t get forgotten. I personally think that the mental load of a teacher business owner is unmatched. However, feeling overwhelmed by it all doesn’t need to be your norm. Once I started implementing the simple practice of a brain dump into my seller habits, my brain finally was able to feel some relief! In this episode, I am breaking down what a brain dump is, options for brain dumps, why having a system is beneficial, and my tips for a successful brain dump system.Show Notes:🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
5/27/202413 minutes, 46 seconds
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128. My 3-Point Summer Business Plan

Are you ready to successfully tackle your business goals this summer, even with kids at home? We are quickly approaching summer which means that for many of us, our schedules will be changing. There will be kids at home, summer camps, trips, and, of course, all the everyday summer fun that we look forward to. But even with the change in schedules, you can take control of your summer business plan with a little bit of planning ahead!Balancing work and family time in the summer can sometimes feel overwhelming. As teacher sellers, we know there is so much to do throughout the year, but we also want to make summer the best it can possibly be for us and our families. In order to do that, it’s so helpful to have a solid summer business plan in place where you can identify and plan out exactly what you want to focus on and when.As I was preparing my own summer business plan, I thought it might be helpful to share it with you as a sort of “summer business survival guide.” So today, I am walking you through the 3 main things I will be focusing on this summer, what I am doing in each of these 3 areas, and how I have my time scheduled to make the most out of work time and family time.Show Notes: Data PlaybookTHE Planning Workshop For Teacher Sellers Waitlist🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
5/20/202423 minutes, 10 seconds
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127. Organize Your Teacher Business With These Spring Cleaning Tasks

Does spring have you feeling the need to clean, declutter, and head into summer with a fresh start? I always look at spring as a time for fresh starts and a renewed sense of energy, not just for my physical spaces but for my business as well! If you’re ready to head into the second half of the year feeling rejuvenated and with your business organized and fresh, I’ve got some helpful tips for you.If you are feeling like you have some major organizing to do when it comes to your business, you are not alone! We all know that as busy teacher sellers, we can let our virtual or business space get a little cluttered and disorganized. But there are simple ways we can make cleaning up our virtual space seem less overwhelming this spring.In this episode, I’m diving into some of my favorite tips to help you organize your teacher business because it’s so much more manageable to tackle spring cleaning with easy-to-do, actionable items. These tips will give you a great start to your spring cleaning and if you would like more help with organizing your teacher business, be sure to check out the Ignite Membership!Show Notes: product inventory toolCheck out the Finishing Framework🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
5/13/202418 minutes
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126. Welcome Back! A New Season of Seller Tips, Stories, & Support

We are so excited to be back with you for a new season of the School of Sellers podcast! After stepping back from the podcast for a bit, Ashley from Team SOS is here with me to catch up with you, share what we have been up to, and kick off an amazing season two. We understand that as teacher sellers, you have a lot on your plate, and we can’t wait to share some helpful seller tips and stories and provide support to you this season!In this episode, we're sharing why we took a break from the podcast, what we have been up to in our businesses, and what we're enjoying right now. We’re also looking ahead at what we have in store in upcoming episodes and inside the Ignite Membership.Show Notes:🔥 Join Ignite today:💻 Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers❤️ Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
5/6/202428 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep 125: A Decade on TPT: 10 Questions for 10 Years (Featuring Abby Mullins)

We are bringing a listener's favorite back! It's always such a breath of fresh air to hear from someone who has experienced it all and understands the struggle of wearing multiple hats for several years on TPT.Today's guest is Abby Mullins, the owner of the TPT store Babbling Abby. She has over a decade of experience as a TPT Seller and has many lessons to share. She will be answering ten questions from listeners like you with all her best tips and relatable advice!In today's episode, Abby tells what led her to become a TPT seller, how she can find balance in her life and business during a decade on TPT, the importance of having support, and understanding how to delegate the right tasks. Plus, Abby shares the most significant mindset shifts that helped her achieve her success as a TPT Seller, mother, and wife.Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!Mentioned in this episode:Join The Finishing Framework:
4/17/202336 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep 124: Teaching, Parenting, & Running a Business: How One Busy Teacher Balances It All (With Breyen Wee)

Are you wearing multiple hats and unsure how to balance it all? Many of us are teachers, business owners, and parents, and that can be overwhelming. If you're feeling like you're juggling all the things, you're not alone, and this episode will dive into how balancing a business can be done successfully.Today's guest is Breyen Wee, the owner of the TPT store, Oui Madame Wee. She has built her business through several different seasons of life. She will share with us how she balances teaching, business, and parenthood, all while managing to take care of herself.In today's episode, Breyen fills us in on how she got started as a TPT seller, the most significant benefits of being in the classroom and running a TPT store, how she realistically prioritizes her time to do what matters most, and the importance of having a solid support system.Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
4/10/202322 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep 123: Avoiding the TPT Burnout: 3 Ways to Balance Teaching & Passion Projects Without the Overwhelm (Special Guest Brittany Blackwell)

Are you on the verge of TPT burnout trying to excel as a teacher, parent, and business owner? You're in the right place! We are devoting the entire month of podcast episodes to those working in the classroom while also running your TPT business! Today's guest is Brittany Blackwell, who specializes in teacher resilience. She is a special education teacher, a mother of 5, and the host of The Resilient Teacher Podcast. She is sharing her best advice on how to balance teaching and passion projects, whether that's TPT or something else, without feeling all of that extra overwhelm and pressure. In our conversation, Brittany shares her background as a teacher and how it led to her current path, the importance of resilience in the classroom, how to choose what to focus on in your TPT business, and her top three tips to avoid burnout.Show Notes: Ignite today: Brittany on Instagram @teachingmindbodyandsoul.Listen to Brittany's podcast, The Resilient Teacher PodcastFollow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
4/3/202325 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep 122: 3 Tips for Launching a Course or Membership (With Guest Melanie Battistelli)

Have you been thinking about how to diversify your TPT income? This week we are diving into the best tips for launching a course or membership! It’s always a good time to look for other avenues and ways to grow beyond the traditional marketplace.Our guest on today's episode is Melanie Battistelli, the face of Duxbury digital and an incredible online business manager and Launch Manager for the TPT community and beyond. She helps business owners rock their launches and grow their businesses.In this episode, Melanie shares how she went from a full-time teacher to a full-time online business manager, what the differences are between launching a course vs. launching a membership, the most common launch mistakes to avoid, and her top three tips to prepare for launching a new offer.Show Notes: with Melanie on Instagram @duxburydigitalJoin Ignite todaySign up for The Finishing Framework Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellersLoving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
3/27/202342 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep 121: SOP Deep Dive: A Look Inside My Product Creation System

We are continuing our conversation on SOPs from last week with a deep dive into my personal product creation SOP process! Many of us learn best through examples so we will put everything from last week’s episode into action today!SOPs will make you more efficient and productive in your business. Having SOPs in your business will reduce the number of questions and mistakes and ensure that everything follows a cohesive process. You'll learn today how I use SOPs to break down the intense cycle of project creation.In today’s episode, I am pulling back the curtain on my product creation process, sharing how to start using SOPs in your own business, even as a solopreneur, the method for discovering and filling the gaps in your business using SOPs, and how to save time in the future by documenting your processes from start to finish.Show Notes: Ignite today: up for The Finishing Framework: Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
3/20/202326 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep 120: Making Sense of SOPs : A Seller's Guide to This Time-Saving Hack

We can all use more brain space in our busy lives, and today we are diving into the wonderful topic of standard operating procedures, also known as SOPs. I'm on a total systems kick lately, because I'm revamping and getting ready to launch The Finishing Framework Course soon!All of the buzzwords in the systems world have been on my mind. So, in addition to templates we covered in last week's episode, SOPs are your best friend in regards to productivity, efficiency, and overall, a quieter and happier brain.In today's episode, I am excited to share the basics of SOPs, what it means when you have them in your business, how to implement them into your current business, the simplest way to get started asap without feeling overwhelmed, and my personal favorite resource to organize my SOPs.Show Notes: the waitlist for The Finishing Framework! Get the 2023 TPT Seller Planner.  Join Ignite today!Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
3/13/202316 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep 119: 5 Templates Every TPT Seller Should Have

Are you looking for ways to save time and energy in your TPT business? I've got you covered! I'm sharing one of my favorite ways to work smarter and not harder: TEMPLATES! Your time is a precious commodity, and templates can not only give you your time back, but they can also save some serious brain power.We all know that being a TPT seller is one of the busiest jobs you could have. In fact, that's exactly how School of Sellers was created - by sharing what I've learned to help other teacher sellers streamline their business without working endless hours.In today's episode, we are diving into what you need to know about templates, the five templates you must have in your TPT business, how to use these templates to streamline your content creation processes, and the endless benefits of implementing templates into your business!If you enjoyed this conversation, then you'll love The Finishing Framework Course, which will help you finally get a handle on the constant content creation and tedious to-do lists. Learn more here!Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
3/6/202324 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep 118: Teacher Seller Favorite Things Party: Tools + Products We L-O-V-E In Our Business

Remember being excited for show-and-tell back in the day? It was always so fun and exciting! Well, In today’s episode, we are doing a business-related version with a 'Favorite Things Party'. I invited four of my friends on to share teacher seller tools and products that we LOVE in our TPT businesses!You'll hear from Amanda Cardenas, Michael Sivert, Ashley Wright, and Katie Lofton. These guests are all TPT business owners, and have tested many tools and products to find their favorites. From saving time, to managing tasks, to communicating with team members, each tool serves a purpose!After this fun episode, you'll have many new ideas and things to try out in your business (and personal life). You never know, one of these teacher seller tools just may be a game-changer for you! After listening, let me know which one you're most excited to try out by tagging @school.of.sellers on Instagram.Grab all the teacher seller tools mentioned inside the show notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
2/27/202343 minutes
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Ep 117: Let's Talk Product Photography and Mockups: A Coffee Chat With Erin & Ashley

We are bringing a new type of episode to the podcast today: coffee chat style! This episode was inspired by the School of Sellers Ignite Membership and our theme for March, which is all about product photography and mockups!My guest Ashley, from Team SOS, and I are sitting down and having a little mini-meeting where we brainstorm all of the questions we will ask our product photography experts in real-time. Ashley and I both enjoy product photography and dabble a lot in the different ways we set up our space and what mockups we use.In this coffee chat style episode, we will share the areas we excel in with product photography and mockups, the roadblocks we are currently running into, our questions on choosing the right props and lighting, and how to streamline our process for the best results.Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
2/20/202321 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep 116: Taxes and TPT: 4 Things To Do Today So April 15th is a Breeze

Does tax season stress you out? I know taxes have always made me feel overwhelmed! Taxes are like a foreign language to many of us, and I know I'm not alone in feeling this way. But this episode will put you at ease and tell you exactly what to do before April 15th!In today's episode, Emily shares what shifted her into serving TPT sellers, how to choose your bookkeeping software, her five recommendations to prepare for a stress-free tax filing, and the most commonly missed deductions. Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
2/13/202336 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep 115: Sellers Around the World: Teaching in Brazil & TPT Life Abroad (With Guest Rachelle McCracken)

Are you intrigued by the possibilities of running your TPT business abroad? You’re in for a treat! We are continuing a popular series from 2022 called “Sellers Around the World,” where we interview sellers from around the world who are teaching and running their businesses successfully in countries outside the United States. There are so many benefits to bringing your teaching career and TPT life abroad. You’ll hear Rachelle share what made her leap into teaching abroad, her most surprising experiences teaching internationally, and how she started her TPT business while living internationally.Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
2/6/202322 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep 114: 3 Elements of a High-Converting Lead Magnet

Did you catch last week's first-ever call-in radio show episode, where I answered questions all about lead magnets? If you missed that episode, I highly recommend listening to it first and then coming back here to build on that foundation and hear what it takes to create an irresistible high-converting lead magnet!In today's episode, we cover the three elements that make up a high-converting lead magnet, how to identify your conversion rate results, how much value to deliver, and why you should make your lead magnet similar to your paid resources.Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
1/30/202318 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep 113: Using Lead Magnets In Your TPT Business (SOS Member Call-In Show)

Do you remember the old days when calling into radio stations was a regular occurrence? It was one of my favorite things to do in my pre-teens! This brings me to the exciting segment I'm getting to in the podcast today. I am hosting our first School of Sellers call-in show about using lead magnets!We don’t have the means to do a live call, but I’ve invited teacher sellers from our School of Sellers Facebook group to submit questions about using lead magnets via voice message.In this episode, we will play the questions about using lead magnets, and then I’ll answer them in detail! The following two episodes will dive deeper into this topic because our Ignite Membership theme for February is all about using lead magnets. Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
1/23/202323 minutes
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Ep 112: I Made My Business Plans...Now What? (4 Post-Planning Must-Dos)

Are you a teacher seller who has recently completed creating your business plans? Congratulations! This is such an exciting moment and should be celebrated. However, it's not the end of your journey. Once you have a finished set of business plans, your set of plans is still in progress. In today's episode, I am sharing four tips for you when it comes to getting those plans put into action because it's one thing to spend time and energy to make those plans and think about them, and it's a whole other battle to do those things. These tips will set you up for success, no matter what point of planning you are in. Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
1/16/202316 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep 111: 3 Common Sales Gaps for Sellers & How To Close Them

Are you a TPT seller wondering why your sales aren't where they should be, or at least where you think they should be? Or, maybe you have established a steady income but are unsure how to take your sales to the next level. Either way, you're not alone! In this episode on sales gaps, we'll discuss the three most common gaps in the TPT world, how we can address them to increase our revenue, and examples of tangible steps to take to close them. Show Notes: Ignite today: along on Instagram @school.of.sellers.Loving this podcast? Rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts here!
1/9/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep 110: The 3-Minute Hack to Elevate Your Work-from-Home Health (With Special Guest Dr. Melissa)

Have you fallen into the trap of not moving too much when you work from home? I know I'm guilty because If my job is to sit and stare at a computer screen every day, that's exactly what I do. So I decided to switch things up today and share an exclusive episode inside the Ignite Membership, all about improving your work-from-home health.  Dr. Melissa Manila is an internal medicine doctor, chiropractor, and functional medicine doctor who looks at how her clients got to where they are. She focuses on the root cause of illness instead of quick fixes. Dr. Melissa works with her clients to make lifestyle, diet, supplementation, and chiropractic adjustments to improve their overall health. In this episode, our special guest Dr. Melissa shares her background as an internal medicine doctor, how often we should incorporate movement into our work days, simple exercises to improve our daily health, and reminders to hold ourselves accountable to sticking with our new habits   Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
1/2/202315 minutes, 1 second
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Ep 109: Transform Your Work Habits With This One Mindset

Are you looking for ways to transform your work habits with one simple mindset shift? Today I am here to share with you a way of thinking that has totally changed how I do business, especially when it comes to those tasks that you just don't feel excited to do.  Simply put, the 'future me' mentality is doing those hard, undesirable things now, with the understanding that they will not only pay off in the future, but they are doing you a big favor. By doing something now, you are taking care of yourself in the future.  In today's episode on transforming your work habits, I'm sharing the 'future me' mindset shift, where this mentality came from, how it's impacted my TPT business and examples of how you can apply it today. The best part? You can apply this mentality to your personal life as well! Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
12/26/202210 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep 108: Outside-the-Box Business Strategies for 2023

Today, we're discussing outside-the-box ideas for your TPT business in 2023. You might be asking yourself, what exactly do you mean by an outside-the-box business idea? It’s simply doing something in your business that you haven't done before, or that is typically not something you would do in your industry.  In this episode, I'll share the purpose of trying new business strategies, five examples of outside-the-box strategies you can implement in 2023, and even which one I'll be utilizing! Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today: Follow along on Instagram @school.of.sellers
12/19/202218 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep 107: LISTENER FAVORITE: How Time Away is Actually Good For Your TpT Business

Are you someone who can't quite find your off button? If so, then this episode is for you! This week I am bringing you a blast from the past episode which has aired previously, but is highly fitting as we approach a new year. It is essential to remember that taking a break is okay, and that's what this episode is all about!  When you love work and enjoy running your TpT business, it often doesn't feel like "work." Because of this, I ran my business for years before I learned the value of taking a break. It's not something that comes easily to me, but I've learned to make it work, and today I'm telling you how.  In this episode on taking time away from your TPT business, I will share where my hustle mindset started, the benefits of hustling, and knowing when it's time to pull back. This episode will give you things to consider when taking time away from your business without guilt! Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:    
12/12/202214 minutes, 1 second
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Ep 106: How to Deal With Search Algorithm Changes (with Kristen Doyle)

This week, we are doing things differently with a podcast swap with an episode from SEO expert Kristen Doyle. She is taking over the podcast today to tell us all we need to know about algorithm changes when running our TPT businesses. Kristen is the host of the Savvy Teacher Seller Podcast and constantly shares the importance of SEO for a good reason! A solid SEO strategy can boost you to the top of search results for your resources and products, whether you’re on Google, TPT, Amazon, Etsy, or YouTube. The key is understanding the search algorithm for the platform you’re on.  In this episode, Kristen deep dives into why platforms make algorithm changes, what “black hat SEO” is, how you can always make the best experience for your customers and readers by using proven SEO practices, and so much more to feel confident with all the algorithm changes. Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
12/5/202212 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep 105: LISTENER FAVORITE: The Great Planner Debate: Which One Is Best for TpT Sellers? (With Special Guests Lisa Mattes + Ashley Wright)

Here's a fun fact about me - I am absolutely obsessed with planners. Over the years, I've obtained quite the collection in my search for the perfect planner. Anyone else share in my obsession? As TpT sellers, it is essential to have a planning system that works for you! But how do you choose the best planner when so many different options and varieties exist? In today's episode, we are talking about our go-to paper planners, digital planners, and more. This conversation is a special episode of the podcast because it's actually a flashback of a listener favorite all about choosing the best planner for TpT sellers. Whether it's your first time listening or not, I hope you'll learn something new as Lisa Mattes, Ashley Wright, and I discuss our planner preferences and geek out about planner stuff.  While I use multiple different planners throughout the year, the School of Sellers Planner is my favorite! If you're a planning nerd just like us, then take a quick screenshot of this episode, add it to your Instagram stories, and tag me @schoolofsellers to let me know what your favorite planner for TpT sellers (and pens) are! Head to the show notes: Join the Jumpstart Your Year Workshop! Join Ignite today:
11/21/202226 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep 104: How I’m Business Planning for 2023

Do you go into every new year stressed and overwhelmed? I know that feeling so well. That’s why I’m so excited to share one of my favorite topics...planning. I love anything and everything planning related, but today I'm focusing on business planning. In this episode all about business planning for 2023, I will give you the same rules I set for myself over two years ago to go from frantically overwhelmed to peaceful and productive! You’ll hear my favorite strategies to save time, prepare for the unexpected, and how to make data-driven decisions. Head to the show notes: Join the Jumpstart Your Year Workshop! Join Ignite today:
11/14/202217 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep 103: TpT Sellers Around the World: Canada (with Brain Ninjas)

We are back with another episode of the “TpT Sellers Around the World” series.  Our guest today is the creative mind behind the TPT store Brain Ninjas. She is one half of the Brain Ninjas team, as their business is run in partnership.  Inside this episode of TPT Sellers Around the World, you’ll hear the story of how Brain Ninjas started, lessons learned along their journey, the challenges faced as an international TpT seller, and how she found the perfect partner to run Brain Ninjas.    Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
11/7/202220 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep 102: Making the Most of Your Mastermind: Part 2 (with Jill Bensimhon)

What does having a TPT mastermind have to do with your business success? Our guest today, Jill Bensimhon, shares how her TPT business transformed after joining her TPT mastermind and how much she could grow from having other women who "get it." In this episode, Jill shares her experiences in two different mastermind groups, how helpful having a TPT mastermind has been for her success and lots of tips for making your TPT mastermind successful for each member. If you've felt stuck doing your TPT business alone, this episode is a must-listen to help you find your tribe of other TPT business owners to support you on your journey. Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
10/31/202223 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep 101: Making the Most of Your Mastermind: Part 1 (with Brittany Naujok)

What the heck is a mastermind and how do you make the most of your mastermind? Our Guest Brittany Naujok shares with us the ins and outs of what a mastermind consists of and how beneficial it can be to your TPT business. Inside this episode, Brittany shares her best tips for how to go about creating your very own mastermind and the questions to ask to form groups with women who complement and don't compete directly with each other's TPT audiences. She also discusses how to communicate and keep the mastermind together for long periods. Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
10/24/202217 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep 100: 50 Seller Things - Tips, Quotes, Shout-outs & Lessons Learned

Seller friends, this episode is a special one because it marks our 100th episode! It feels like just yesterday that we started this amazing community of sellers. In celebration of this milestone, I knew I wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary compared to my usual episodes. I'll be sharing 50 "things" that are all TpT tips in one way or another. You'll hear lessons that I've learned, my best pieces of advice, inspiring quotes, and special shoutouts to certain people who have played a crucial role in this entire journey. 50 things is a lot, so if you'd like a printable list of all the things I mention, you can grab that here. Head to the show notes: Download a printable list of the 50 things mentioned in this episode: Join Ignite today:
10/17/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep 99: Seller Success Stories: The Airstream Dream (with Michelle McDonald)

What does a successful TpT seller look like to you? For our guest, Michelle McDonald, it means having complete flexibility and freedom to not only continue building her TpT business, but also travel the country in her 1968 vintage Airstream. Living out the Airstream dream is definitely a lifestyle that I could get behind as well! Michelle is a former elementary and middle school teacher. She stepped out of the classroom in 2019 to focus her attention on designing social studies resources for k-8. Michelle also brings virtual travel to older adults with a line of virtual field trips tailored for senior living communities and hybrid care. Inside this episode, Michelle shares the good, the bad, and the behind the scenes of the Airstream dream. Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
10/10/202215 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep 98: Share Your Seller Schedule: Full-Time TpT (Part-Time Hours) with Melissa Martinez

As teacher sellers, we are constantly juggling all the things. Many of us are working hard to balance being in the classroom, growing our business, and being the best parent and/or spouse that we can be, all while taking care of ourselves physically and mentally.  It can be really helpful to hear from full-time TpT sellers to get an idea of how they manage their time. That’s why today we are continuing our “share your seller schedule” series with a guest who can offer some insight on managing business and kids.!  We’re joined by Melissa Martinez who is here to share about her experience running her full-time business, while also being a full-time parent. All you parents out there know that’s not an easy task! The best part? Although she is a full-time TpT seller, she only works part-time hours (about 4 hours a day to be exact). Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
10/3/202220 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep 97: TpT Sellers Around the World: Spain (with Kathryn Kosmider)

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s so cool to hear about other people’s experiences outside of what we know. While not all of our listeners live in the United States, the majority of you do. That’s why I love the “TpT Sellers Around the World” series that we occasionally do here on the podcast. Today, our guest is here to share about her experience living in Madrid, Spain. Kathryn Kosmider is a U.S. citizen who has been living in Spain for the past four years with absolutely no plans to leave! Inside this episode of TpT Sellers Around the World, you’ll hear Kathryn share details about her experience as a TpT seller and virtual teacher abroad, what her typical schedule looks like, and what life is like in Spain compared to the United States. This conversation is a great reminder that it’s never too late to start living the life you want. I hope it inspires you to do just that! Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
9/26/202219 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep 96: Store Audit with Jennifer Darrell

Have you ever had an audit of your TpT store? Store audits are a great way to get honest feedback from a neutral party, and we’re doing just that in today’s episode. I’ll be doing a live store audit of Jennifer Darrell’s store, La Profesora Inspiradora. Jennifer recently went through a rebrand of her business, so during this store audit, we’re going to take a look at her colors, fonts, and other changes she’s made.  Head to the show notes: Join Ignite today:
9/19/202230 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep 95: Preparing for the TpT Conference: Top Tips With Kelley Jo Hibschman

The TpT conference, while one of the most life-changing experiences, can also be one filled with anxiety and nerves. No fear--I've teamed up with a School of Sellers veteran, Kelley Jo Hibschman, who is sharing the best tips for a seamless conference experience. Whether it's your first time or you're a conference pro, it's going to help you--trust me!
6/29/202228 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep 94: Mastering Your Money Mindset (With Trina Deboree)

Making money is fun but talking about it is another thing. Trina joins us today to share her own experiences with money mindsets, how they have helped and hindered her business, and what she has learned in her growth journey!
5/26/202230 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep 93: How to Get Unstuck When You’re in a TpT Funk

Creative slumps, work plateaus, lack of ideas and all the other lovely things that come along with a funk happen to us all. While a funk is unavoidable, today I’m sharing some tips of ways that I unfunk myself when this strikes.
5/20/202216 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep 92: Share Your Seller Schedule: A Mindful Morning Routine (Featuring Kristina Harrill)

Starting the day off right is important for anyone—whether you’re a morning person or not. In today’s episode, Kristina talks about why her morning routine matters, how it impacts the rest of her day, and what a typical morning looks like for her.
5/4/202219 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep 91: The Copycat Battle: What’s Fair, What’s Not, + What to Do When It Happens to You (Featuring Kerry Tracy)

Many of us have been there: we open the TpT app and see a product that looks rather…similar to one in our own store. We go straight to the listing and begin our detective work. This story is all too common for many sellers, and we’ve all had different endings to our stories. Today, Kerry Tracy joins me as we unpack our experiences with copying—and our advice for others who will walk the same road.
4/27/202241 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep 90: 3 Bundles Tips to Make Your Business Explode (Featuring Allison Wienhold)

Bundles are so much more than just a pack of products in your store - not only are they the optimization power tool, but they give you ways to provide many pathways to your listings. Listen in as Allison and I discuss 3 ways to grow your store with bundles.
4/20/202217 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep 89: TpT Sellers Around the World: South Africa (Featuring Liezel Pienaar)

The impact TpT has on teachers and students across the globe is undeniable. What’s even cooler is that so many sellers create from a totally different hemisphere. Sellers Around The World is a series you’ll hear throughout this year as we highlight what life and business look like everywhere. Today’s guest is Liezel from The Lab. Listen in to find out what unique challenges Liezel faces as an international seller, her favorite part about living in Capetown, and the *really* cool thing about the school where she teaches (it’s basically a teacher’s dream).
4/13/202217 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep 88: Seller Success Stories: A Trail-Blazing Fairytale (Featuring Cassi Noack)

Having your own TpT business is still such a new concept for most of the world to understand—but some sellers are making moves that are new even to the most veteran sellers. Today, Cassi shares her incredible journey from solopreneur to business partner to one of the most successful TpT Sellers to date.
4/6/202231 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep 87: A Decade on TpT: 10 Questions for 10 Years (Featuring Abby Mullins)

When I say I could have asked Abby 100 questions, I’m not exaggerating. In today’s episode, Abby shares what she has learned over the years on TpT. Abby is candid about her journey as she answers 10 questions from listeners—her answers will make you smile, nod your head, and laugh!
3/30/202235 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep 86: Share Your Seller Schedule: Making Full-Time TpT Work on a Part-Time Schedule (Featuring Laura Santos)

When someone says full-time TpT, we immediately picture 40-hour workweeks. The truth is, many full-time sellers also have other things to manage in addition to their business. Today’s guest Laura from Core Inspiration shares how working from her pajamas was never something she thought she’d do—but how it’s the secret to her success now.
3/23/202230 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep 85: Seller Success Stories: The Digital Nomad Life (Featuring Rachel Davis)

Most TpT Sellers could never imagine the positive impact their business would have—but today, Rachel is sharing how dreams really do come true. Rachel’s success comes in the form of freedom to go wherever she wants, whenever she wants. She runs her TpT business serving school counselors all over the world. Listen in as she shares all about life and business on the go.
3/17/202223 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep 84: The Secondary Seller Story: Creating for Big Kids on TpT (Featuring Dani Kennis)

The truth is, selling on a site where elementary resources are the majority can present unique challenges and opportunities. Dani Kennis (@stuckonedu) is here today to talk about what secondary teachers and students need right now and how secondary sellers can serve them. 
3/9/202223 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep 83: Let’s Take a Look: Mid-Renovation Store Audit (With Rachel Bailey)

In the first ever live store audit, we will take a deep dive into this Spanish teacher’s resources that are mid-makeover. Listen in to see what’s staying, what’s leaving, and what the creative process has resulted in during this live TpT audit!
3/2/202224 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep 82: The Best-Kept Marketing Secret: The Art of Mock-ups With Kelly Harvill

We all know that feeling while creating a TpT product. We reach the creation finish line and start to celebrate only to remember we are only halfway there, because MARKETING. Luckily, we have photographer extraordinaire Kelly Harvill here today to talk to us about using mockups: how they save us time and make our resources look irresistible.
2/23/202226 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep 81: Share Your Seller Schedule: Full-time TpT (Part 1)

In today’s episode, I share what a typical day in the life of a full-time TpT seller looks like. I’ll review my average week at a glance and how my schedule runs with a stay-at-home husband doing the childcare. Stay tuned for Part 2 where we hear from more full-time TpT sellers to see how they make it work while working on their business from home!
2/16/202215 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep 80: Interview With a TpT Spouse (With Special Guest Billy Waters)

If you've ever wanted to hear from a TpT seller's partner to hear what life is like on the other side, it's your lucky day. When I say that the best system to have in place is a great support system, I'm not lying. It takes a village to grow a business, and our life partners are the core of that village. Listen in as I interview my husband, a teacher-turned-stay-at-home father and husband.
2/9/202225 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep 79: Podcasting for TpT Sellers (With Guest Sara Whittaker)

Content creation is a must for any TpT seller. Podcasting is an increasingly attractive option for many online business owners. Today we welcome Sara Whittaker from Podcasting for Educators shares all of the need-to-know information for any seller considering a podcast. Sara is also going to dive a bit deeper into your options for a private podcast and how that differs from a traditional podcast. 
2/2/202227 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep 78: Essentialism In Your Business: Why A Few Things Make the Biggest Difference

In today’s first ever SOS book talk, I’m diving into my review and takeaways from Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Greg writes largely about how we spend most of our time on many little things whereas we should *actually* be spending our time on several big things. Listen in to get tips as they pertain to TpT, time management, and finding the things that you should actually spend your time on.
1/26/202217 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep 77: The Best Ways to Infuse Accountability Into Your Business

When we know someone else is paying attention to what we are doing, it creates a magical force of productivity. THAT is the magic of accountability: being held responsible for what we say we will do. If you know you need accountability but are not sure how or where to find it, this episode is for you.
1/19/202218 minutes, 1 second
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Ep 76: When Bad Feedback Happens to Good People (4 Star Reviews + How to Deal)

Challenges abound in the TpT world, and customer ratings are no exception. That notification pops up and your worst fears are confirmed: a bad review. Now what? I’m walking you through a healthy mindset shift, ways to respond, and how to leverage the good feedback.
1/12/202215 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep 75: 3 Words I’m Taking to the New Year

Small but mighty, these 3 words have changed the way I work and live my life. I’m sharing with you these words alongside the mindset hack that will allow you to feel better about the work you do—and probably get more done in the long run.
12/8/20217 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep 74: 3 Ways to Prepare Your Business For the New Year

I've said it once and I've said it again: new year's resolutions are garbage. They simply don't work. In today's episode, I'm offering you 3 guidelines for preparing your business plan for the new year. These will help you design your best year yet with all the things that truly matter.
12/1/202112 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep 73: Timesaving Tips I'm Thankful For

“Time is money” never really meant anything to me until I became a teacherpreneur. Learning how to budget my time efficiently has been one of the most monumental gifts I’ve given my business (and bank account!) Listen as I share my 10 favorite tips for using your time wisely: you can “thank” me later ;)
11/25/202117 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep 72: The Great Planner Debate: Which One Is Best for TpT Sellers? (With Special Guests Lisa Mattes + Ashley Wright)

If you are a serial planner collector like me, you’ll love this episode. Listen as I sit down with special guests Lisa Mattes and Ashley Wright as we talk about the merits of paper planners, digital planners, and options in between. 
11/17/202125 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep 71: How I’m Business Planning for 2022

Listen: if people can decorate for Christmas the day after Halloween, I can make my business plans for 2022 in November. But for real: today I am giving you the inside scoop on how I make my business plan for the new year—the *entire* year—before it even begins. Follow along as I give you an outline of my planning process, my dos and don’ts for business plans, and other tips for making this year your best year yet.
11/10/202115 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep 70: 3 Tips For Juggling Motherhood and Your Online Business With Arianna Vernier

Being a parent and owning a business is not for the faint of heart, but if you feel like you are constantly playing the work + kids balancing act, this episode is for you! Arianna Vernier, creator behind Ditch the Classroom Podcast, sits down with me to talk about how a work-from-home business and kids can *actually* work.
11/3/202121 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep 69: Spooky Seller Stories: Tales From the TpT Crypt

Mistakes are a part of business, but some missteps are just downright SCARY! We recently asked our School of Sellers members to share their spookiest, most cringeworthy “Oh no!” Moments as a TpT seller. The tales you’ll hear are chilling, horrifying, and…well, relatable. Listen in as 3 brave sellers share stories that will make you laugh and gasp at the same time. Joining me today are special guests Brenna Nelson, Katie Loftin, and Maryana Dublanko!
10/27/202129 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep 68: How to Pivot When Your Plans Fail

It's a hard pill to swallow when you spend time and resources on a project or idea only to have it fail. The truth is, business failures abound in the TpT world--we just don't hear about them all. I used to scrap things altogether when they didn't work out, but I've learned so many times that a failed plan often grows into an even better one in its place. I'm getting 100% transparent about 1 tool I tried and 1 service I offered that did NOT go well---and how I pivoted.
10/20/202122 minutes, 1 second
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Ep 67: Making Sense of Data in Your Teacher Business (With Special Guests Beth + Jarrett Vaucher)

Not only is the sheer amount of data intimidating, but once we sort through it we are expected to make informed decisions about what to do next. Jarrett + Beth Vaucher from My Data Playbook are here with me to break it all down. There’s a lot of pressure to use our data, but where do we start? What numbers matter? What does it all mean? Beth and Jarrett are here to help!
10/12/202133 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep 66: Outside-the-box Offers: A Tale of One Seller's Success (With Special Guest Amanda Cardenas)

We’ve all heard of Shakespeare festivals, but have you ever heard of Shakespeare Teacher Festivals? Amanda Cardenas from Mud & Ink Teaching is taking things to a much cooler level. She has transformed a brick and mortar event into an online playground for ELA teachers everywhere. Listen in to hear behind-the-scenes details from her festival success and tips about how she was able to make money from a free event!
9/21/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep 65: The Power of Easel to Grow Your Teacher Business (With Special Guests Will Cullen + Courtney Roberts)

As teacherpreneurs, it’s important we stay current with trends and tools in education and on TpT. You’ve heard a lot about Easel by now, but what’s the deal exactly? In this episode, I sit down with Will Cullen from Team TpT and Courtney Roberts of Classroom Resource Queen to dive into all the details: What is Easel, why does it matter to sellers, and why is it a no-brainer in our teacher seller businesses?
9/8/202124 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep 64: I Changed My Mind About Hashtag Sales (Here's Why)

If you think hashtag sales are all about making a few bucks, you're wrong--and I was too. Today I'm sharing lessons learned after a year of hosting hashtag sales. It turns out there are tons of non-sale victories to be had. Listen to find out why hashtag sales are worth your time and then some!
8/24/202125 minutes, 1 second
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Ep 63: The Truth About Pinterest: Let's Talk TpT Shop With Chelsea Hall

It's no secret that a teacherpreneur's journey with Pinterest is filled with ups and downs. Sometimes it can feel like more downs, but the truth remains that Pinterest is the highest traffic-driver to TpT. Today we sit down with Chelsea Hall, teacher-turned-Pinterest strategist to learn the best way to leverage Pinterest and its constant changes. 
7/21/202130 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep 62: After the TpT Conference: Now What? (Let's Make a Plan!)

Conference week brings the most shocking combination of creative energy, information overload, and infinite inspiration. The question is: how do we harness it and use the momentum to move our business forward? In this episode, I give an overview of how we made our plans in an online workshop this week. Spoiler alert: You're invited, and it's free!
7/14/202110 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep 61: 6 Clever Ways to Repurpose In Your Teacher Business

Repurposing is a buzzword we can't get away from. But what does it actually mean? Are you doing it the right way? What else can you repurpose in your business? I answer all of these questions and more as I share 6 fresh ways to repurpose your content.
6/30/202117 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep 60: Taking a Break: How Time Away Is Actually Good For Your Business

When you love work and you enjoy running your TpT business, it often doesn't feel like "work." I ran my business for years before I learned the value of taking a break. It's not something that comes easily to me, but I've learned to make it work and today I'm telling you how. 
6/22/202112 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep 59: 6 Ways to Prepare for the TpT Conference Now

Virtual or in-person, there are always ways to prepare for the TpT conference ahead of time. Listen in for quick, easy tips that you can put into action ASAP. In this episode, I recommend Chrome extensions, downloading opportunities, and more!
6/16/202116 minutes, 16 seconds
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Looking Back + Looking Forward: My Mid-Year Business Check-In

While it's hard to believe the year is half-over, I'm so excited to share with you how things have been going. In this episode, I'll review the last 6 months and share with you my favorite tool, biggest lesson, + fun on the horizon.
6/8/202121 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep 57: 3 Ways You're Probably Leaving Money On the Table

Today I'm offering 3 super simple, super quick tweaks you can make in your business TODAY that will result in money. Pure and simple, nothing sneaky--just good old-fashioned TpT business hacks that we tend to overlook.
6/1/202110 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep 56: Making Money on TpT (What Nobody Will Tell You)

Talking about money is weird and uncomfortable, but 100% necessary. I'm confessing the *real* reason I started selling on TpT and why it's okay if you are money-motivated.
5/25/202115 minutes, 16 seconds
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Starting Out on TpT: Sellers Tell All Panel

Join Molly Beardsley Keri Brown, Nicole Brown, Vanessa Mejia, Molly Bearsley, Michael Sivert and I in this LIVE replay when we answer questions about starting out on TpT.
5/18/202158 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep 54: How to Have Your Best Teacher Seller Summer

Not sure how we are already talking about summer, but it's coming! Here are 4 surefire ways to leverage your summer break in order to give some TpT TLC to your business.
5/11/202120 minutes, 17 seconds
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How Being a Teacher Seller Has Impacted Me: Teacher seller stories with Shannon Betts

Join me and Shannon Betts of RDNG as we dive into Shannon's story and what being a teacher seller means to her. Learn how Shannon's teacher business has helped her some of her greatest challenges both in and out of the classroom.
5/4/202135 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep 52: How to Make Your Business Better Now, Not Later (Back to Basics Part 4)

Join me with special guest Jen Regan as we reflect on the mistakes we've made in the TpT business and how to avoid them + make your business better now--not later. Jen shares candidly about balancing work and home life, and also how she has learned to make the most of her time by repurposing her content.
4/27/202130 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep 51: Branding Your Business on TpT (Back to Basics Part 3)

If you need to build your brand but have no clue where to even begin branding your business, listen up! Carly Mitchell, a professional graphic designer, is here to save the day with super practical, easy-to-follow ways to brand your business. Carly will talk us through your best way to create a logo, choosing brand colors, and how to find that perfect font.
4/20/202129 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep 50: TpT Marketing Tips To Get Seen + Sell Your Products (Back to Basics Part 2)

Marketing your teacher products can be stressful, scary, and expensive. Today, I am showing you all of the ways to make marketing the opposite---follow along for TpT marketing ideas that will be friendly on your wallet and are already right in front of you!
4/13/202123 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep 49: How to Make TpT Products Teachers Will Buy (Back to Basics Part 1)

If you've ever wondered how to make products that will actually sell in a market that seems so crowded, this is your show. Guest Kristen Doyle and I talk about 3 big ideas beyond the techy step-by-step of product creation. Anyone can create a product, but listen in to our top tips for making TpT products that will maximize your success!  Links Mentioned In This Episode: Product Creation Checklist Foundations Course
4/6/202128 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep 48: I Quit Teaching (Here's What Happened)

When I quit teaching, I had no idea what my future would hold. Today, I am sharing an update 4 years later about what it's like to be out of the classroom and living a life I love. If you are thinking about leaving the classroom, have wondered what other options you have, and want to hear firsthand from someone who has left, this episode is for you!
3/30/202124 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep 47: Simple Ways to Grow Your Business That Require NO Work

It sounds too good to be true, but there are some seriously passive ways you can grow your business and expand your business mind without even lifting a finger (well, maybe JUST lifting one finger—literally). Other than that, I offer you 3 surefire ways to learn new tips, find the experts you need, and take in top-notch information that is sure to grow your TpT business.
3/23/202119 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep 46: How to Plan Your Week: My 3-Step Process for Productivity

Planning your week effectively is one of the most important things you can do for your teacher business. In this episode, I share my exact process for planning my ideal week and walk you through a quick but effective system for making every day count.
3/16/202121 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep 45: Where to Begin If You're Just Starting Your Email List (Part 3: Email Hot Seat Series)

45 Join Erin and Ashley from Team SOS as we answer the #1 thing email beginners should do, and other questions teacher sellers often wonder about email marketing. Whether you have no list, a new list, or a list that's ready to grow, this episode has some great nuggets of knowledge you'll take away to boost your email game. Access the Show Notes:  Links mentioned in this episode: Finishing Framework Email Lab ABCs of Email Marketing Start with Flodesk Start with ConvertKit
3/2/202118 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep 44: Newsletters, Sales funnels, + Sequences--Oh My! (Part 2: Email Hot Seat Series)

Join Erin and Ashley from Team SOS as we answer burning questions about email marketing: What is an email funnel? How often should I be emailing my list? And everything else you've been wondering about email but are too afraid to ask. We've got you. Links mentioned in this episode: Finishing Framework Email Lab ABCs of Email Marketing Start with Flodesk Start with ConvertKit
2/23/202112 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep 43: SOS Email Hotseat: Starting An Email List, Getting Subscribers, + More!

In this first-ever hotseat episode, Ashley from Team SOS grills Erin on all things email marketing. She will talk about starting an email list and answer questions on the spot like, "How do you get your subscribers to become paying customers?" and more! ABCs of Email Marketing Email Course Waitlist Finishing Framework Getting Started with ConvertKit Getting Started with Flodesk School of Sellers on Facebook School of Sellers 101 Instagram
2/15/202118 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep 42: How to Batch: A Crash Course in Productivity

Catch our Batch Party Part 1 as I dive into all things batching. This week's show is our live video series we hosted on Facebook this week in which I cover how to batch, what you can batch, and how batching will revolutionize your teacher seller game.
2/8/202136 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep 41: Batch Chat + More Teacher Seller Talk With Farrah Henley

Join us today for our first-ever podcast guest! Farrah is a past student of The Finishing Framework and is here today to talk all things batching--why we love it, the nitty-gritty of the actual process, and the gifts it has brought both of our businesses.
2/1/202150 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep 40: My Deep Dark Secret (And Why It Matters To You)

In today's episode, I'm letting you in on something I've never told anyone before. Let's get real (and really embarrassing) as we talk about why you don't have to be an organized person to embrace systems and organization in your business.
1/25/202115 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep 39: Control in Your Business (And A Lesson From Frozen)

In Part 2 of Getting Ahead in Your Business in 2021, I talk about the types of control you have in your business. We will dive into the things you should let go of, the things you should hold on to, and how this will help your business flourish in the long run.
1/18/202120 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep 38: Getting Ahead of Your Business in 2021

Preparing for the unexpected isn't easy, but there are tons of things you CAN predict and get ahead of in the new year. Listen to Part 1 of our Getting Ahead in 2021 series. In today's episode, I'll share 8 small but mighty tips you can do today behind the scenes to stay on top of your business all year. (Spoiler alert: most of the tips take less than 5 minutes each!)
1/11/202118 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep 37: 2020 Wrap-Up (And My #1 Wish For You in 2021)

I'm signing off until next year, seller friends! But first, let's recap 2020 and put our best foot forward in the new year. Listen in to my year in review and my wish for you in the new year
12/14/202013 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep 36: Your Goals Aren't Enough

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your life is not a Hallmark movie. Writing down your goals with your new Flair pens is not going to make all your wildest dreams come true (but it is fun). If you want this to be your year, you have to make sure you have all the pieces to your planning puzzle----not just your goals that sound good. Let's design our best year yet!
11/16/202019 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep 35: How to Market Your Products Without Sounding Like a Used Car Salesperson

One of the side effects of being an accidental entrepreneur is always worrying about whether or not you sound too "sales-y." Try as I might, the actual sales pitch of a product still gives me a stomachache. Luckily, I've found a few workarounds that remedy the situation and will make you feel way better when putting your products out there.
11/2/202011 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep 34: How to Slash Social Media Time (And Not Lose Your Business)

It's no secret that social media is a nightmare. But it's also a necessary evil in this business world of ours. So, what's a seller to do when a pillar of our business requires us to show up in such a stressful place? Here are a few action items to do TODAY that will make you feel a *little* better--and preserve your business too.
10/26/202010 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep 33: The Content-Planning Hack You Didn't Know You Needed

Your “big picture” content plan can be overwhelming. Find out how to streamline and simplify how you decide what to post! Say goodbye to “I have nothing to share” and say hello to your new favorite posting strategy.
10/19/20206 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep 32: Ask Erin: How Can I Get My Partner on Board With TPT?

Supportive families and loved ones are a must in this teacher seller journey--but how do we explain to them why what we do is so important? Listen to how we made it work--even when it wasn't always easy.
10/12/202012 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep 31: Overcome the Project Plateau With 3 Techniques

Starting a new project is SO FUN but about halfway through, the energy has faded and that nap is sounding *really* good. Find out how to get your creative sparks flying again and push through the brick wall of the product creation plateau with 3 easy-to-implement ideas.
10/5/202011 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep 30: Blogging Without Tears

Dreading the blogging world? Maybe you can't seem to write consistently; maybe you have no idea what to write about. Regardless of your stance, blogging is one of the tasks that is one of the common undesirables. Really, though? Blogging doesn't have to be so bad. In this Facebook Live replay, I offer tips for blogging in a way that is doable and not torturous. 
9/28/202041 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep 29: Examine Your Email Systems

Email marketing systems are crucial for your teacher seller business. Whether you are just starting out or your current system needs a refresh, this is for you. This video lays out a simple plan, free tools, and an overall framework for you to follow for your own email system.
9/21/202027 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep 28: Systems That Transform Your Teacher Business

Checklists, online tools, and spreadsheets--oh my! Systems are the way we run our business. Whether you know it or not, systems are WHY your business grows, thrives, and succeeds. You can have goals beyond your wildest dreams, but the success of your business will always only be as good as your systems. In this Facebook Live replay, follow along for a glimpse at business-transforming systems you can start today.
9/14/202022 minutes, 1 second
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Ep 27: FAQ Pick 2 | Hiring Out + A Day In the Life

With questions rolling in and trends emerging, this new segment is dedicated to answering the most common inquiries. Listen in to hear my views about having a team and also a peek into what a typical work day looks like!
9/7/202020 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep 26: Workcations 2.0 [Making Your TPT Getaways 2020-Friendly]

Earlier this year, I did an episode about one of my favorite teacher seller productivity hacks: the workcation. Like most everything in our lives, I've been forced to adapt this coveted tradition of mine and make it fit our current circumstances. Join me for Workcations 2.0 as we revisit this amazing idea with a few tweaks.
8/31/202013 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep 25: Why Teachers Make Great Entrepreneurs

I often refer to teacher sellers as accidental entrepreneurs; while we always have dreamed of being the next Ms. Frizzle, we find ourselves thrown into the business world, feeling more like Bill Gates than The Frizz.  It can be a scary feeling, but teachers are actually more prepared for the business world than you think! This episode may surprise you.
8/24/202018 minutes, 1 second
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Ep 24: Quick Win: Your Ideal Content in 5 Minutes or Less

Follow along on this super-speedy episode in our first edition of Quick Wins: Short on time, but big on action. In this fast episode, I talk about the best type of content to create for your business. 
8/17/20205 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep 23: How to Fake Your Focus

Focus is a hard thing to regain once you've lost it--maybe you have too much to do and are bouncing around from task to task, with nothing getting completed. Maybe you are in a funk and can't seem to do much of anything TPT-related. Regardless of WHY you've lost your focus, here are some tips for finding it again--even it involves tricking your brain.
8/10/202012 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep 22: Feeling Left Out + Finding Your TPT People

TPT FOMO is a thing and it sucks. The online world can often make it feel like you are the only one not doing something, or the one that is being left behind--surrounded by masterminds, and giveaways, and bundles, it's easy to feel like you are alone in this TPT world. Follow along for my best tips for turning this situation around. 
8/3/202011 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep 21: Being Open to Changes in Our Business

Stepping out of our comfort zones can lead to incredible things but can also be very scary. So what happens when circumstances force us to change before we are ready? Here's an interesting lesson I learned this year when I had no other choice but to change the way I do business.  
7/27/202010 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep 20: Running a Business in Dark Times

To say 2020 has been hard is an understatement. As we've been catapulted into a year of unknowns, running a business has been a challenge. While the year is far from over, I'm sharing with you today the lessons I've learned while running a business even when life feels heavy, hard, and filled with despair. 
7/13/202017 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep 18: You Don't Need Another App [How To Use What You Have Wisely]

Shiny objects and distractions are everywhere we look. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, colorful spreadsheets, and free trials for organizational tools I know I don’t need. In this episode, instead of giving you more distractions, I talk about simple adjustments or hacks you can make using the tools you likely already employ in your business.
5/19/202021 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep 17: What I've Done Well In My Teacher Seller Business

I’ve focused a lot on this show on mistakes I’ve made in my teacher seller business; I think we do learn a lot from our missteps. Today, I am flipping the script and sharing with you things I have done well. It’s an important reminder that we should celebrate our successes and give ourselves credit where it’s due--and that there is something to be learned from things that end well too.
5/12/202019 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep 16: Workcations: The Teacher Seller Hack You’ve Been Missing

In this episode, I talk to you about the most exciting discovery I’ve made in my business in the past year. It’s not always easy to find time to work, but scheduling workcations can totally turn your work time from zero to 60 (literally) in the click of a “book now” button.
5/4/202013 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep 15: Teacher Seller Moms, You Rock

Being a mom comes with an endless list of emotions and responsibilities. Running a business comes with its own set of tasks and obligations. Being a mom and a business owner? Yikes. In this episode, I talk about important mindsets for teacher seller moms to adopt in order to maintain a healthy attitude and also run a successful business. 
4/27/202017 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep 14: A Different Look at Teacher Seller Self-Care

Don’t get me wrong--taking care of ourselves is the most important thing we can do in life. But when we are surrounded by trends and buzzwords, we can often misconstrue the message. In this episode, I share about the unique spin on self care in the teacher seller world.
4/20/202012 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep 13: Doing It All: How It's Actually Possible

The concern I hear most from teacher sellers is, “I don’t have time to do it all.” Juggling so many business tasks, along with our day-to-day obligations, is daunting to say the least. I’ve devoted the last 2 years of my life to finding a system that helps me accomplish it all and today I am giving you a peek.
4/13/202019 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep 12: Why You Need Workflows In Your Teacher Business

The way you do things matters. We are fortunate in this business that many of our tasks are recurring. This means we have the opportunity to become ninjas with these tasks. I’ll show you how to take a look at what you’re currently doing and turn it into a system that will shave hours off your work time.
4/6/202020 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep 11: Slay Your Workload With This One Technique

To-do list burnout is real and it’s awful. When we are faced with the same tasks day in and day out, our brain starts to shut down and our eyes glaze over. Eventually, our business suffers. I am sharing a technique I swear by to get all of the things done so you don’t have to look at the same obnoxious tasks every single day.
3/30/202015 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep 10: The Power Of Repurposing

In this episode, Erin breaks down the ways you can make your content work harder for you. We have precious little time to spare, so when we spend it creating content of any sort, it’s in our best interest to use the hell out of it. Let’s explore the ways you can reuse, revamp, and repurpose your blog posts and social media posts so that you don’t have to create something new week after week.
3/23/202015 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep 9: Optimize Your Teacher Business Content Calendar

In today’s episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters shares about how a thorough content calendar can be a great hub around which to run your content creation. Her Content Calendar is integral to creating shareable content that is valuable to not only her own business but to her customers as well. Get a copy of Erin’s Content Calendar Starter Kit here: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
3/16/202013 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep 8: 4 Cornerstones for Content That Matters

In today’s episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters talks about the elephant in the room: the content you share. She discusses her personal processes that help her to be more focused, purposeful, and intentional in your content creation.   Grab Erin’s Easy-Peasy Blog Post list here: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
3/9/202014 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep 7: 5 Big Business Mistakes I’ve Made in My Teacher Business [And What I Should Have Done]

In today’s episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters opens up about the mistakes she’s made in her business and what she would do differently if given the chance. Hopefully, you can avoid some big missteps by listening to this cautionary tale so that you don’t have to waste time fixing them like she did!   Get Erin’s business report card: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
3/2/202020 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep 6: Small Habits, Big Results: Tiny Actions to Supercharge Your Teacher Business

In today’s episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters flips the script and instead of talking about the big things on the to-do list that have a big impact she’s exploring the tiny habits that actually hold big power. Those tiny habits that empower us to accomplish the big tasks that really matter. She shares her own and encourages you to find and implement your own.  Grab Erin’s habit tracker here: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
2/24/202017 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep 5: The Epiphany That Changed the Way I Work

In today’s episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters discusses the epiphany she had that changed the way she runs her business. This is the most important piece of information that Erin has to share with the teacher seller community as it currently exists. She shares how this changed her life and has freed her to do more in less time. Get Erin’s gallery of quote cards here: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
2/17/202016 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep 4: Inside the Teacher Seller Toolbox [Where It All Begins]

On today’s episode of School of Sellers, I get geeky about systems: why I love them, how they help my business, and what you can do starting TODAY. Automation is a major goal for me in my teacher seller business. I have simple ground rules for creating--and sticking to!--my systems. I am sharing a crucial tool with you too!  Get your copy of Erin’s Hub template here: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
2/10/202015 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep 3: The No-Fail Way to Work Smarter

On today's episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters shares what the next steps are after you’ve prioritized your tasks and answers the question: how are you going to schedule your time? She shares what she learned about how others define “work time”. She also encourages us all to be realistic about the amount of time and energy each task will take to complete (even something as basic as getting ready in the morning, if, you know, you happen to need help with that).  Find Erin’s Work Smarter Worksheet Here: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
2/3/202016 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep 2: Power Up Your Productivity: The Ultimate To-Do List Makeover

On today's episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters talks about all things productivity, one of her favorite topics to talk about! But it didn’t start out that way. She shares her journey from “Type B” to “Type A” and common mistakes we make in tackling our To Do lists. She shares her Priority Plan with you. She guides you through an exercise to increase your productivity.  Find Erin’s Priority Plan Worksheet Here: Join our Facebook Community: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
1/27/202011 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep 1: New Year’s Resolutions Won’t Work: Do This Instead

On today's episode of School of Sellers, Host Erin Waters discusses New Year's Resolutions and goal setting. She shares her issues with traditional New Year's Resolutions, what she loves about non-traditional resolutions, and what she does instead. She shares her strategy for and the importance of setting bite-sized goals for work, home, and self. Join our Facebook Community: Check out Erin's Planning Form & Inventory: Connect with Erin on Facebook: Follow Erin on Instagram:
1/20/202012 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep 0: How School of Sellers Was Born

Being a teacher seller is an incredible journey, but the business side of things can feel hard. To help juggle and figure out your online teaching business, Erin Waters has created School of Sellers as a space to serve the teacher author community through action, tips, tools, and more. Growing Gallery of Quote Cards  
12/31/201912 minutes, 49 seconds