Signing Up for TpT

If you’re iffy about signing up, watch this video where I guide you through the process and discuss the advantages with you! If you’re interested in signing up after watching this video, go to and get started!! It’s going to change your life!




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5 Steps to an Eye-Catching Cover Page

Let’s face it, your cover page is what sells your product and if it’s not attractive you’re going to lose a lot of sales. Attractiveness isn’t what it’s all about, of course, your product needs to include some quality content, but that cover page is going to gain the attention of a potential buyer. I’ve created this short post to get you started with creating an eye catching cover page. How-To videos are coming soon! The five steps you’ll need to follow in order to create a great cover page are:

  1. Invest in clipart-this is going to pay off in the long run. Clipart will help you sell your product and it’s something you can include in your actual product, not just on the cover page.
  2. Think bright-there are a lot of women who shop on TpT and other teacher sites so it is a good idea to make your covers bright. If you think bright, you’re going to catch the attention of a lot of teacher’s out there.
  3. Take your time-doing this will help to make you the perfect cover pages. Create your own style that encases your store.
  4. Change up the fonts-Don’t just simply use the same font for your entire title. I absolutely love fonts mixed together.
  5. Be sure your cover page conveys what your product is/does-this is only going to increase who looks at your item. Don’t overcrowd the cover, but make sure it states what subject and grade.

These fonts for this cover below are a great example of mixing it up! Good luck on your adventure! Stick around for more tips and tricks for becoming a star TpT seller!


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10 Skills to be Successful with Teachers Pay Teachers

If you’re like me and you have that entrepreneur mindset, then you can be successful with Teachers Pay Teachers. Just about anyone can be successful with Teachers Pay Teachers as long as you have the know how. Let’s get some things straight. You don’t have to be a teacher to sell on TpT, you just have to be talented and have a passion for education as well as the desire to own your own business. Let’s all be real here, this is an online marketplace, it’s not like you own the site, but once you become a seller and make your first sell, you are a business owner on the path to success.

  1. Computer skills: This is a must. You’re working with an online marketplace and your technology is the key to your business success.
  2. Power Point knowledge: This program will become your absolute best friend and it is a program I use to create absolutely everything in my shop.
  3. Design skills: You’re going to have to create cover pages that will catch a lot of attention. Cover pages sell your product, trust me, they help. Investing in Clipart and learning how to use Power Point to create these brilliant cover pages is going to pay off in the long run.
  4. Social media experience: Places such as Pinterest and Facebook will help drive your sells. It does take time so don’t give up. My Pinterest has grown as has my Facebook, but I’ve been selling for over three years now and neither are where I would like them to be. If you need some assistance with this, feel free to ask, I’m always excited to help a fellow colleague out!
  5. Blogging skills: Creating a blog is going to gain you followers as well as sales. My blog hasn’t grown as much just like my other social networks, but this is an area I didn’t dedicate my time to until the last couple of months. I’ve created a blog on WordPress and actually got me a .com using bluehost. Learn a little more about this from this blog post.
  6. Passion and drive: if you are dedicated to your new business, you will go places. Passion is going to make your products great for teacher’s everywhere. Taking your time and putting a lot of hard work into a product will pay off. A high quality product will likely take you around 40 hours of work, I mean serious work depending on your intentions. So be prepared to dedicate your time and energy into this endeavor.
  7. Basic knowledge of core content/Common Core: This can be done with some research or even talking and working with your friends that just might be teachers. This knowledge is going to help you create powerful products. Please do keep in mind that not all states core content is the same. Some use the Common Core and some have their own core content. Do some research and make google your best friend.
  8. Paypal knowledge/account: You’ll be paid via Paypal from TpT so creating and getting a feel for Paypal is going to help you in the long run. Don’t be afraid of Paypal, it’s very protective of your personal information and this site does it’s best to keep your money safe.
  9. Patience: If you’re lucky, you won’t need this skill. I was one of those lucky ones. I started out and made $10,000 in my first six months selling on TpT. Yes, that was amazing and a true blessing from God. Most of the time, though, it’s going to take time to build your small business, this will be an important skill to possess. When sells are slow or I’m creating a new product idea that’s taking longer than expected, I need patience.
  10. Data Analysis Skills: This is a handy little skill you’re going to want to possess. It’ll help you to keep track of where you started when selling and how much you are growing as your business grows. Along the way you will be able to use this to improve products and increase sales.

I hope this list helps you on your endeavor and business! Go ahead, take your life to the next level and give TpT a try!

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How to Start a Blog using WordPress and Bluehost

I’m Casey. The gal behind a DIY Kinda Life. I wanted to share my beginnings as a successful blogger as I feel that I went through so many avenues to get started. I’ve had so many ideas in the past, it’s unbelievable what I’ve done. I will go ahead and tell you, if your goals are to make money online, then you will need to spend a little money to make it. I spent years avoiding paying for hosting, etc., and I regret that move since I realize now I could’ve been ahead of the game a long time ago.

This has honestly been my most successful attempt at starting a website. I have been able to get my site going by starting with Bluehost. I have always been with the Blogger platform from day one and I have came to the realization through my experience with Bluehost and WordPress has been so much smoother. Of course, it took me a few extra days to catch on to the different ways of the WordPress world, but it was all worth it. I have a stunning website that my readers can easily navigate with no blogger platform problems.

Click here to start a WordPress blog through Bluehost. Through this link you will be given several offers to join a plan that Bluehost has. It does offer you the option to pay monthly, but you will be paying a lot more if you don’t sign up for the 12 month plan. They offer more signup options. Don’t be shy, at first I was skeptical, but I finally took the plunge and it has been well worth it. Bluehost is one of the top companies for website hosting of 2016 and I’m excited to offer you this same opportunity.

I will go ahead and tell you that going through WordPress can cost you a fee for a theme that fits your specific needs. Most themes range from $25 to $49 each, but there are thousands of free themes that WordPress offers (my very theme is free since I have my own domain) and they are it’s very professional looking! You can customize most to fit your needs. A premium theme is going to give you what you want exactly, no customizing required.

I hope that I’ve made your life easier in the web hosting world. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. The Bluehost customer service is also great to work with and they will answer any questions that you may have.

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