Let me guess…you’ve probably Googled a time or two “How to work from home as a teacher“. Are you on the hunt for a flexible work-from-home opportunity that’s not a scam? Something that allows you to unleash your creativity and make a difference in the education community OUTSIDE of the classroom?
If you’ve been in education for any time at all I’m sure you’ve heard of a website called Teachers Pay Teachers. In this blog post, we will explore:
- Examples of work TpT sellers need help with
- What a TpT virtual assistant is
- How you can become one
Understanding Teachers Pay Teachers
Picture this: an online hub where teachers can buy, sell, and share their educational resources. That’s TPT! It’s a vibrant community that empowers educators to showcase their expertise and creativity while supporting their peers worldwide. Teachers Pay Teachers offers an extensive collection of resources that make teaching even more enjoyable and effective.
The best part?!
Each and every seller on Teachers Pay Teachers can benefit from having someone (or a team) help them run their store- ideally other educators! 👩🏫
When I share with people outside of education what Teachers Pay Teachers is I often refer to it as the Etsy for the classroom!
Individual people run their marketplace store. While some sellers are still in the classroom and run their store part-time, some have left the classroom altogether and solely work their TPT business full-time!
🎉 Here are just some of the many examples of what YOU can help TpT authors create:
- Lesson Plans: TPT stores are brimming with meticulously crafted lesson plans for various subjects and grade levels.
- Worksheets and Activities: TPT sellers offer a wide range of worksheets, activity packs, and interactive resources that cover topics across the curriculum.
- Classroom Decor and Displays: Teachers can find an abundance of visually appealing posters, bulletin board sets, banners, and other decorative items to create an inviting and inspiring classroom environment.
- Digital Resources: With the advancement of technology in education, TPT stores also offer a plethora of digital resources such as Google Slides, interactive notebooks, digital task cards, and online learning activities.
- Assessment Tools: TPT provides a wide range of assessment resources, including quizzes, tests, rubrics, and progress monitoring tools.
- Teacher Planning and Organization: TPT sellers offer planners, calendars, checklists, and other organizational tools to help teachers streamline their planning process.
The Role of a Virtual Assistant
Now, let’s dive into what it means to be a Virtual Assistant. A virtual assistant is a professional who provides remote administrative, technical, and creative support to individuals, entrepreneurs, or businesses. They offer a wide range of services, tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.
As a TPT VA, you get to be the right-hand person for TPT sellers, providing invaluable support remotely (did you read that correctly? Yes! It’s working from home from your computer!!). The tasks you can perform as a TPT VA are as diverse as the educational resources themselves.
👉 And you don’t just have to create resources for their store!
Many of them have a podcast or need help creating graphics! Here are just a few examples of services they will pay you for:
- Blog Writer: You can help TPT sellers create compelling blog posts that showcase their expertise and drive traffic to their stores. You’ll be their go-to wordsmith, crafting engaging content that educates and inspires.
- Podcast Manager: Assist TPT sellers in managing their educational podcasts. From scheduling guests and editing episodes to promoting the podcast. Your skills will help them reach a wider audience.
- Graphic Designer: As a graphic designer, you can help TPT sellers by designing eye-catching product covers, promotional graphics, and engaging visuals for their social media platforms.
- Social Media Manager: TPT sellers often need assistance with managing their social media accounts, creating engaging content, and growing their online presence. You’ll be their social media guru, spreading the word about their amazing resources.
- Online Business Manager: In the role of an online business manager, you’ll assist TPT sellers in streamlining their operations, and managing their teams. They implement effective business strategies to ensure smooth sailing.
- Customer Service Representative: As a customer service representative, you’ll provide support to TPT sellers by promptly responding to inquiries, and addressing concerns. This ensures that buyers have a positive experience.
Why Teachers Make Excellent Virtual Assistants
Teachers bring a diverse range of skills and experiences to the table. Making them well-equipped for the world of freelancing as virtual assistants. The beauty of this profession is that you don’t need to pursue additional education or undergo extensive training to get started.
With a background in education teachers already possess a wealth of valuable skills that can be seamlessly transferred to the virtual assistant role.
At the beginning of your journey, as a teacher, you will already have a solid foundation to launch our work-from-home journey.
Here are 4 essential skill sets you already possess to succeed on this new journey:
- Educational Expertise
- Organization and Time Management
- Creativity and Innovation
- Problem-Solving Skills
Want To Get Started as a TPT Virtual Assistant?
Teachers, the world of Teachers Pay Teachers Virtual Assistants offers an exciting opportunity to leverage your skills, passion for education, and flexible work arrangements.
Whether you’re writing captivating blog posts, managing podcasts, designing stunning graphics, or assisting with social media and business operations. Being a TPT VA allows you to make a meaningful impact on the education community while enjoying the freedom of working from home!
Embrace this chance to embark on a fulfilling side hustle or career path that aligns with your interests and expertise.
Need guidance? I have been that teacher supporting TPT stores as a Virtual Assistant. Let me guide you through this new adventure! Start here and learn about my journey and how I can help you along the way.
Grab the Educator to Entrepreneur course that teaches you all you need to know about getting started working for TpT sellers!