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How Do I Schedule Pins on BoardBooster?

A few months ago my mastermind group and I were discussing ways to make the most of our Pinterest efforts. That's when one of the gals said, "How do I schedule pins on BoardBooster?"

I promised her a how to video, and I am just now getting it done. EEK!

But since I finally got it taken care of, I thought I'd share it with all of you.

How do I schedule pins on BoardBooster? This is a question that has crossed the minds of many teacher bloggers and entrepreneurs. That's precisely why this blog post and video show you exactly how to do just that. It's a quick six minute video, so it won't take up too much of your precious time. (We know you're busy!) Click through, check it out, and make sure you give the FREE trial of BoardBooster a go!

I would greatly appreciate if you'd use my affiliate link to sign up for BoardBooster. You can read my entire disclosure statement here, but it basically says that I get a small commission to help me keep this site running if you purchase through my links. :)

Here's my affiliate link. 

Now for the video I promised!


Now please don't let that little API tidbit scare you! I went back and looked, and I've been using Tailwind since July 2016. I have not had a single issue and many other teacher-blogger friends of mine have said the same thing.

Does this mean you won't have a problem? Possibly. Could you account get frozen until you get it all squared away? Potentially. It's ultimately up to you to decide if it's worth the risk.

Personally - if right now your Pinterest account is sitting dormant, why not get something going? Getting shut down wouldn't be any worse than what you're currently doing - nothing. #amiright

Enough of that icky stuff.

Here's a few other things I love about BoardBooster.


  1. They send me a daily e-mail telling me that everything is going ok. If there is an "alert", I can quickly check it out and make sure it's nothing major. (Most of my alerts are to say that one board didn't have a pin go out. No biggie, as I know I schedule them to only go out once a month.)
  2. I get a weekly e-mail saying how many repins I get. WOO!
  3. Each week I receive notice of my overall rank on Pinterest. However, I've noticed that I only get this for my teaching blog, not my lifestyle blog. I have no idea why, but I do think it's cool that I'm in the top 20,000 pinners of all of Pinterest. ;)
Another feature I use through BoardBooster on my lifestyle blog is the "looping" tool. This lets me put a board in, and then BoardBooster goes in and repins one new pin to the top of that board every single day. I'm not nearly as active on that account, so I love knowing that my personal blog board is being shuffled through daily. Yea! No work for me!!

Finally, BoardBooster has the "Scheduler" tool. This is where I currently use Tailwind, so I can't speak to how well that feature works. 

BoardBooster plans start at just $5/month, but they also have a FREE trial to help you get started. You really have nothing to lose!

Here's my affiliate link again so you can get started.

With summer right around the corner, you could set BoardBooster and forget it! That way you'll have pins going out each and every day once school goes back in the fall! Wouldn't that just make your teacher-blogger self happy?!

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. Soon we'll all know how to schedule pins on BoardBooster!

How do I schedule pins on BoardBooster? This is a question that has crossed the minds of many teacher bloggers and entrepreneurs. That's precisely why this blog post and video show you exactly how to do just that. It's a quick six minute video, so it won't take up too much of your precious time. (We know you're busy!) Click through, check it out, and make sure you give the FREE trial of BoardBooster a go!

Should I Hire a VA or Train Family & Friends?

I've heard several different teacherpreneurs ask whether they should hire a virtual assistant or train a family member or friend to work as a VA for them. Today I want to focus on the pros and cons to each of these options.

If you're a teacher blogger (or teacherpreneur), you've probably heard about virtual assistants at one point or another. Now the question is - should you hire a VA or are you better off training a family member or friend? This post goes into the pros and cons of both options, but you'll see a resource that can help you navigate the virtual assistant world. (There's even a FREE preview.) Click through now to see if a VA would help take your Teachers Pay Teachers business to the next level.

Should I hire a VA or train family and friends?

Pros to Hiring Family or Friends

  • You can train the person to do exactly what you want. You can even train them in person!
  • You'll be able to meet up to chat with the person about how things are going. This allows you to do more training or simply check in.
  • Your friend or family member may cost less per hour than the virtual assistant you find. 

Cons to Hiring a Family or Friends

  • Sometimes friends and family don't work as hard as we had hoped. You may need to do more checking in or even fire the person. #awkwardfamilygettogethers
  • You will spend time training the person.
  • The person you choose to train isn't going to bring anything new to the table. They'll be able to do what you want after training, but that will most likely be it. (Unless you're fortunate enough to have a social media marketing person in your circle. Then that's an entirely different story!) 

Pros to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

  • A virtual assistant is typically an expert in some area or another. Your business can grow because of this expertise without you actually having to learn the platform yourself. 
  • Many times you can find a virtual assistant who is also experienced in the teacherpreneur world. This VA just "gets" what's going on, and you won't have to train her on various platforms to help your business grow. 
  • A great VA is also someone you can bounce ideas off of to help your business grow. 
  • While a VA may cost more per hour than your family member or friend, this is their business and they may very well be more efficient. Therefore you may spend the same amount (or potentially less) than you're paying your family member or friend due to inefficiency.
  • A virtual assistant is treating this as their business. Therefore you can expect business-like interactions. If this is not the case, you can look at your contract (even before you sign it!) to make sure you know your "esccape route" - should it be needed. 

Cons to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

  • You and the VA may not be a good fit. A good virtual assistant will give you a "trial period" to ensure that both parties are happy with the way things are going. (We do a month here at The Academic VA.) 
  • Communication may not be as easy. Unlike the person you know well, your virtual assistant could be on the other side of the country or world. Getting in touch via e-mail, phone, or online chat isn't as easy as sending a quick text message. (This being said, a good VA will have in their contract exactly how long you should expect - at a maximum - before hearing back from them. Always make sure to check references and do your homework before hiring someone!) 
Regardless of the option you choose, know that hiring a virtual assistant can be a GREAT thing. It frees you up to do more of what you love. There are many reasons to hire a virtual assistant, so I hope you can choose the option that is the best for you. 

If you're new to the world of virtual assistants, I highly recommend purchasing the TpT Virtual Assistant eBook I have written. This will help you get started - whether you want to train a VA yourself or hire a VA. While the book itself is helpful, you'll also be granted access to a Facebook group where you can talk to other virtual assistants and teacherpreneurs about your virtual assistant journey and what steps to take.

Here is some of the feedback received about this ebook:
Are you a teacherpreneur who is looking for a virtual assistant? This book will help you out! Are you a virtual assistant who wants to work with a TpT seller? Then this book is also for you! Click through to see how this amazing resource can help you find OR become a virtual assistant! Plus you'll gain access to a secret Facebook group for collaboration! {There's a FREE preview when you click through.}
  • This resource was very helpful! I have worked with virtual assistants before but I still found this book to be useful and helpful. Thanks for creating this, Heather!
  • So much helpful info! This is all a new world for me, and I appreciate you breaking it down specifically for teacherpreneurs! Thank you! 
  • I learned so much reading all of this great information! I haven't found a VA yet but I know exactly what to arrange and decide on together! Thanks for all your guidance and support! This is an amazing resource and a must buy for anyone who needs a VA!
Interested in seeing even more feedback and checking out more details about the TpT Virtual Assistant eBook? Click here to see it all! Or check out the FREE preview here.

If you're a teacher blogger (or teacherpreneur), you've probably heard about virtual assistants at one point or another. Now the question is - should you hire a VA or are you better off training a family member or friend? This post goes into the pros and cons of both options, but you'll see a resource that can help you navigate the virtual assistant world. (There's even a FREE preview.) Click through now to see if a VA would help take your Teachers Pay Teachers business to the next level.

How to Pay Through PayPal as a Teacher Blogger

Congratulations! You've hired a Virtual Assistant (or VA) to help you out with your blog and Teachers Pay Teachers store. When that first invoice comes around, it's easy to send them money. But there are several options. Do you know which one to choose? Today we're going to discuss how to pay through PayPal as a teacher blogger so you know exactly what you should be doing.

How to Pay Through PayPal as a Teacher Blogger --- Are you a teacher blogger or teacherpreneur? Then you HAVE to read this post! Make sure you are paying for items through PayPal in the correct manner. This could include paying for website design, sending money to another seller for a giveaway, paying your virtual assistant for work completed, and more. Click through for all the details and to ensure your PayPal account is NOT going to get shut down.

I'm not entirely sure what you've heard, but I'll be the first to admit that I was misinformed. Also - I'm afraid I shared this misinformation with some others - so I'm trying to rectify that today!

Let's start with PayPal's Terms of Use, or the User Agreement you agreed to when you signed up to use their services. It clearly states:

"You may not use the "send money to a friend of family member" feature in your PayPal account when you are paying for goods and services."


Here's that chunk taken directly from their website:

How to Pay Through PayPal as a Teacher Blogger --- Are you a teacher blogger or teacherpreneur? Then you HAVE to read this post! Make sure you are paying for items through PayPal in the correct manner. This could include paying for website design, sending money to another seller for a giveaway, paying your virtual assistant for work completed, and more. Click through for all the details and to ensure your PayPal account is NOT going to get shut down.

Please do not pay in this manner! 

Your virtual assistant may ask you to pay them in this way, but do not! I know people who have pre-paid for website design work to be completed via the "Friends and Family" option, only to have the designer never do the work or only complete half of it. And you know what - PayPal would NOT refund their money. :( They said the money was sent to "friends and family", so there was no way to get it back.

PayPal actually protects the buyer! If you prepay for work, that's perfectly acceptable. BUT PayPal will refund your money (or at least part of it) in most instances if you can prove via some method (screenshots, email, etc) that the promised work was not completed. But you must be using the "Pay for Goods or Services" feature.

What does that option look like? Oh, I'm so glad you asked!


How to Pay Through PayPal as a Teacher Blogger --- Are you a teacher blogger or teacherpreneur? Then you HAVE to read this post! Make sure you are paying for items through PayPal in the correct manner. This could include paying for website design, sending money to another seller for a giveaway, paying your virtual assistant for work completed, and more. Click through for all the details and to ensure your PayPal account is NOT going to get shut down.

As of the date of this blog post, you hover over "Tools", then go down to "Send Money". These are the options presented to you. 

If you are paying for work that's already been completed, simply click on "Pay for goods or services", and you'll be on your way!

Does your VA have to pay a fee if you pay this way? Yes, they do. However, they should know this when they set up business. This is one of those (sometimes annoying) operating costs that they should take into consideration when they set their prices.

Now - one area where I'm extra cautious is when I'm sending money for a giveaway or for another blogger for a get-together or some other event or situation.

For example, I am part of a group of teacher blogger sellers who hosts a giveaway several times a year. Each time we need to send money to the gal organizing the event. No problem, right? But - how do I pay?

I still use the "Pay for goods and services" option because it's part of my business. But it can be a hassle to figure out exactly how much to pay the person when I don't know what fees PayPal is going to take out on their end.

That's where this handy little website calculator comes into play! Let's say I need to send $25.00 over to the person in charge of the giveaway. How much do I send them to ensure they get the correct amount?

First I head over to this website (which I have booked just for such occasions!). Then I simply type in my dollar amount and click "Calculate".

Look at what it shows me!

How to Pay Through PayPal as a Teacher Blogger --- Are you a teacher blogger or teacherpreneur? Then you HAVE to read this post! Make sure you are paying for items through PayPal in the correct manner. This could include paying for website design, sending money to another seller for a giveaway, paying your virtual assistant for work completed, and more. Click through for all the details and to ensure your PayPal account is NOT going to get shut down.

Now I know that I need to send the giveaway organizer $26.06 via the "goods and services" option in order for her to receive $25.

Is this annoying? Yes, a bit. BUT - I'd rather pay the extra $1.06 (which I can use as a tax write-off as part of the giveaway anyway) than have my PayPal account shut down due to using it incorrectly.

Please make sure you realize how to use PayPal correctly! I'm sure I still have plenty more to learn, but I wanted to share these tips so you also knew how to pay through PayPal as a teacher blogger. After all, no one wants to see their PayPal account shut down - especially if that's the way you've chosen to be paid each month by Teachers Pay Teachers!

Do you have another PayPal tip I need to know? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

How to Pay Through PayPal as a Teacher Blogger --- Are you a teacher blogger or teacherpreneur? Then you HAVE to read this post! Make sure you are paying for items through PayPal in the correct manner. This could include paying for website design, sending money to another seller for a giveaway, paying your virtual assistant for work completed, and more. Click through for all the details and to ensure your PayPal account is NOT going to get shut down.
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