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Heather is Out on Maternity Leave

Just a quick note to let everyone know that
Heather is currently out on maternity leave.

Current clients, Heather has let you know the plan while she's out.
(If she didn't, feel free to send an e-mail to TheAcademicVA at Gmail dot com)

Potential clients, feel free to e-mail Heather using the e-mail above. Heather and her team still have openings for new clients! But work is extremely limited while Heather is out on leave. 

Please be aware e-mail response times could be up to a week.

Heather plans to return to work by May 1, 2017. She may work more before that time, but it just depends on the baby's temperament and how her toddler son reacts to the baby. =)

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time!!

Seven Reasons You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant for Your TpT Store

Are you looking for ways to grow your Teachers Pay Teachers store, but you're not sure how? Here are the seven reasons we believe you should hire a virtual assistant for your TpT store

This blog post will explain seven reasons you should hire a virtual assistant for your TpT store. Whether it's increased productivity, more profits, expertise in various areas,  saving you time, letting you be more creative, or one of the other reasons - you should REALLY read this post! You'll learn how to grow your Teachers Pay Teachers store and how to be successful, find more profits, & help more teachers worldwide. If you've been considering hiring a VA, what are you waiting for?

If you're like most other TpT sellers, you're constantly bombarded by offers for the newest, latest, and best ideas to grow your blog, social media, and store. It seems like there is always a new webinar, class, or handbook on marketing, branding, or selling. And you MUST HAVE these to grow your store and increase your profits, right?

While I'm sure the majority of these resources are valid and will help you grow your store, let me tell you about another option you may not have considered - hiring a virtual assistant (or VA). 

Here's how a VA can help make all the difference in your TpT store's growth and help boost your profits this year. 

Before we get into how a VA can help you, let's focus on exactly what a VA can do for you. Honestly - there is no right answer! Any of number of services may be completed by your VA. 

For example:
  • product proofreading and editing
  • researching & implementing SEO for your TpT resource pins
  • using SEO to help your blog posts gain traction on Pinterest and with search engines
  • scheduling your pins on Tailwind
  • adding your evergreen pins to BoardBooster so they loop indefinitely
  • live pinning your TpT resource pins to ensure you meet the needs of each collaborative board you're on
  • scheduling social media
  • and much more! 
(You can see a more extensive list of VA duties on page 5 - marked p. 3 - in this FREE resource.)

Now that you know what a VA can do for you, let's take a look at why you should hire one and how a VA (or VA team) can help boost the growth of your TpT store. 

Seven Reasons You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant for Your TpT Store

1. Expertise

Even though we'd like to think we can be an expert at everything related to TpT and online marketing, we just can't. There are not enough hours in the day to keep up with all the info that's out there - especially when it's growing all the time! 

Your Virtual Assistant is a specialist who can focus on any or all of those areas for you! Contact the VA you're considering to see what area/s they specialize in. 

2. SEO 

Do you have the time to learn all the secrets of SEO? Probably not, but your VA does! (In case you're really confused, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization - that means the keywords and terms you need to rank higher in search engines like Google and on Pinterest, among other things.) Plus - Google and Pinterest (two of the biggest platforms where SEO matters) are constantly changing! Quit trying to keep up with all the changes! Let your VA do that!

Your VA can learn all about those all-important search engine keywords, phrases, and ranking. They can even take that knowledge and all of the SEO best practices to help you get more Google pageviews and referrals - as well as help your Pinterest traffic!

3. Time

Do you always feel as though your to-do list for both life and TpT is out of control? Hiring a VA to do many of the time-consuming (and often monotonous) tasks related to your business will free up your time for TpT product creation. Or use that new-found time to devote to your children, family, friends, exercise, pets, and life in general!

4. Creativity

As mentioned above, when you hire a VA to do the tasks you don't enjoy or are not an expert in - you can spend your time on the TpT related tasks that you do enjoy and find worthwhile! You'll no longer feel weighed down by other tasks, and - as a result - your creative energy will start to flow more readily! You'll find yourself inspired to create more useful and helpful resources for teachers across the world. 

5. Rules

Have you looked at all of the rules for your Tailwind tribes and collaborative Pinterest groups lately? WOW! There are soooo many! Your virtual assistant will take the time to get to know the rules, ensuring you don't get kicked out of anywhere. They can even analyze which boards are proving worthwhile for your business and help you decide which ones it may be time to leave. 

6. Cost

By now you may be thinking, "But I can't afford a VA!" However, have you taken into account all of the growth your store will experience as a result of your time being freed up to do more of what you love? The growth of your store will turn into profits for you!

7. Profits

After you've hired a virtual assistant for your TpT store, your store will prosper! Even if you choose a VA to do one small thing (and it's ok to start small!), your store will grow! Buyers will have an easier path to finding you and the wonderful resources you create.

While Heather and her team here at The Academic VA, LLC provide virtual assistant services for others, Heather also often hires out help. Ghost writing, Wordpress blog design, some product photography, and even editing are all services Heather has hired out in the past. She started small by hiring out just one little thing - but each month she finds herself getting more and more help with her blogs and store. 

And guess what? It continues to pay off each month! Heather is able to spend more time with her family, create more resources to help students across the globe, and continue to grow her VA team and business to be able to help more educators reach teachers worldwide. 
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It only makes good sense to hire a virtual assistant for your TpT store. Let your VA take over an aspect of the business that you're not strong in or a part that you don't enjoy. This way you can focus on the parts that bring you joy!

Whether you're convinced you should hire a virtual assistant for your TpT store or not, it's certainly worth your time to give it some serious consideration. 

If you still have virtual assistant related questions, feel free to contact Heather right here at The Academic VA, LLC. Or check out the Virtual Assistant ebook she wrote specifically for teacherpreneurs and aspiring virtual assistants.  

This blog post will explain seven reasons you should hire a virtual assistant for your TpT store. Whether it's increased productivity, more profits, expertise in various areas,  saving you time, letting you be more creative, or one of the other reasons - you should REALLY read this post! You'll learn how to grow your Teachers Pay Teachers store and how to be successful, find more profits, & help more teachers worldwide. If you've been considering hiring a VA, what are you waiting for?

Teacher Blogger Problem 101: I Don't Know What to Write About

As a teacher blogger, do you ever struggle coming up with blog topic ideas? You know - you sit down to write and nothing comes to you.

Sigh. The struggle is real!

Not anymore! Here are some tried and true tips to help you fill up your draft folder so you always have something to blog about.

Many teacher bloggers (or teacherpreneurs) struggle to come up with new blog post ideas. This post will change that! Use the 13 different ideas here to curate a large list of new blog posts. You'll have a list of blog post ideas that you can use to write a year's worth of content on your blog! Click through now to see all the ideas.

Now there are a few ways you can do this. 
  1. Open your blog, create one new post, and start a massive list. (The downside to this is that you have to open that one post and scan through it each time you go into your blog.)
  2. Go old school and write everything down in a notebook. (This method definitely works, but I highly recommend transferring it into your blog shortly after getting it all written down. This way you don't lose that piece of paper!)
  3. Turn each idea into it's own blog post. (Yes, that means you need to save each post individually - but it's much easier to scan these posts and pick one to write about in the future. Than again, I may be biased since this is the format I use... ;)
Now that you know how to write your blog posts, it's time to come up with the ideas! Here are some tips:
  1. Create a list of classroom procedures. It may seem simple to you, but new teachers (and even some experienced ones) often struggle with classroom procedures. Write about how you teach each one!
  2. Create a list of holidays. I don't care what grade level you teach, you probably cover the holidays in your classroom in some way. Blog about each one! This way you can share your expertise, drive blog traffic for each of the seasonal holidays, and mix in any seasonal resources you may have as well. 
  3. Create a blog post for each product line. Chances are if you're a teacher-blogger you probably sell resources as well. Make sure you brag up your products!
  4. Write how to posts. Think about things you do in your classroom that others may not understand. Write up a simple "how to" post explaining how it works.
  5. Solve a problem. Teachers have all sorts of problems. Sometimes it's classroom management, other times it's finding ways to make extra money. Regardless, write a blog post about how you've solved these problems. 
  6. Share your strong areas. We all have strengths as teachers. Think about the types of questions your colleagues ask of you. Write about them!
  7. Share your story. Many blog readers like to know more about the person behind the blog. Tell them about you!
  8. Share an "aha" moment you've had. Maybe you learned a valuable lesson or you watched your students have a light bulb moment. Share about it!
  9. Tell about your favorite classroom items. If you are an Amazon affiliate, this is a great way to potentially earn some commissions.
  10. Go into details about your schedule. Many teachers like to hear how others work their schedules to get ideas for themselves. Write about what works in your classroom and why you do things this way.
  11. Answer questions. The longer you run a blog and/or sell teaching resources, the more questions you're going to be asked. If you notice a pattern of the same question being asked repeatedly - answer it via a blog post!
  12. Write an "I wish I had known..." post. As teachers we are constantly growing and learning. Many times our views or teaching practices change over the years. Write a post reflecting on this.
  13. Create a FREE resource. This is an especially great way to grow your e-mail list by asking people to sign up in return for the free download. 
After you've brainstormed using these 13 tips for blog idea topics, you're sure to have some great blog post topics to choose from! Want even more details about the tips above? You can sign up for my FREE Blogging Tips and Ideas ebook.

What other ideas would you add to this list? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

Many teacher bloggers (or teacherpreneurs) struggle to come up with new blog post ideas. This post will change that! Use the 13 different ideas here to curate a large list of new blog posts. You'll have a list of blog post ideas that you can use to write a year's worth of content on your blog! Click through now to see all the ideas.
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