I have finally made $1000 in earnings for December and this is how I did it

First, if you're uncomfortable talking about income reports, please click out. Second, I'm not writing this to brag. I'm writing this to inspire and motivate other sellers (especially newer sellers like me) that hard work pays off. And last, you do you. 😉 

Let's continue.

Don't let the title of this blog post deceive you 😀 Yes, I did earn $1000 in earnings. But those are my earnings not only from Teachers Pay Teachers but also from my Boom Learning store for the month of December. (Hey, that's still a thousand dollars combined!) It's still my goal to hit $1000 from only one store, so let's see what 2022 says about that.

This is my earnings on Boom for the month of December. My highest earnings on Boom were in May ($742), but at the time, my TPT store only made $180 (I wrote a TPT income report from March to June here), so I'm glad I finally made my goal happen 7 months later.

This is my current earnings on TPT. This is also my first $600. I have nothing to say, but wow.

So, how did I do it?
Disclaimer: These are all based on my experience. I am not an expert and have only been selling for 9 months, so pls be nice 😊

1. I created high-quality products. My old products are not selling at all, so this only applies to resources I posted recently 😂 I'm sure you've heard from other experienced sellers that you should always update your old products. But if you asked me, I'd rather deactivate them 😁 I know it's not the best practice, but I *might* update some products in the future.

2. Bundles!!! That's where the money is.

3. Consistency is the key. I've been very consistent with product creation, so I can only speak for that. If I had been consistent with pinning, I would probably have earned more. But my pins are not getting traction, and I'm impatient, so I am not sure if I want to continue with that. I included Pinterest in my Q1 goals, but now that I think about it, I should just focus on building my email list.

4. Not comparing myself to others. Everybody has a different journey. 

5. Many sellers say you should have an Instagram or Facebook page. Or have this or that and all that stuff. But you know what? You do you. Do what you enjoy the most. And consider other things as extras. I enjoy product creation, so all my time and energy are focused on that. I made a Pinterest business account because it's free and helps you gain more traffic to your store. Did I fully enjoy it? No. You know what I did? I stopped pinning. I used to post a blog weekly. Did I enjoy it? No. So I stopped blogging weekly. Do I have an email list? Not yet. Do I know how to set up an email list? No. Do I want to focus on that? Yes, but not now. So I'm not focusing on that. If you decide on a whim to do things that you don't really feel like doing (but you feel like you should just because other people are doing it), it's going to mess up your head. If I scheduled to write that blog post and didn't do it, my mind would keep reminding me to DO IT. The problem is I don't want to do it. So don't do it???????? And this, my friend, is why we must plan and organize things. You won't feel too overwhelmed when you plan things the right way. Cus that's what I felt during my first few months on TPT.

One more thing.

In my opinion, it doesn't matter whether you have hundreds or thousands of products. What matters most is the quality. Imagine this: Let's say you have 200 products in your store. When people search for a topic, your resource comes up. But when they check your description and product previews, you have a bazillion spelling and grammar errors. Will they buy it? A big fat NO. I've seen stores with fewer than 100 products but more than 1000 reviews. Or stores with less than 200 products made it to the first or second TPT milestones. So even if your store is sitting at 500 products, ask yourself: Are they high-quality? If not, what should I do to improve them? If you earn less than $60 in a year and have to pay for the premium membership, which is $59, it's time to STOP and REFLECT. What am I doing wrong? What should I do to earn more? What products should I create that others have not made yet? How do I fill the gap? Ask yourself these questions and take action instead of snooping at other people's stores (I was guilty of this!!!).

Alright, people. I guess that's it. I hope you learned a thing or two on this post and if you have comments or anything to say, feel free to message me here or DM me on Instagram. My next blog post will be about my TPT income reports from July to December, so be on the lookout for that (if you're interested!).

Merry Christmas!

The Viral Teacher