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Selling resources on TES

Discussion in 'Tes Authors' Group' started by decj, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. decj

    decj New commenter

    I am considering selling some of my vast collection of home-made resources through the TES, but I'm wondering if it's worth the time and trouble. In the FAQ I cannot find any reference to how much money is actually paid. Do any of you upload resources and would you mind giving me a ball-park idea of how much money can be made please?
    Thank you so much.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Most people who post here object to any of the resources being 'paid for' ones. Chance of you making a living from it or anything like enough to be considered an 'income supplement' is almost nil.
    DYNAMO67 likes this.
  3. decj

    decj New commenter

    Thank you caterpillartobutterfly. I suspected as much. I also agree with you but am down on my luck financially at the moment, so I'm just exploring where I might make a bit extra. Hey ho... I'll look elsewhere!
  4. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

    I made money from my resources between January & June to use it as holiday spends. It won't pay a mortgage, certainly not for me, but with good quality resources you'll begin to make regular sales. Check out the FAQs for authors for more information.

    Best wishes.
    CurriculumForAutism likes this.
  5. TheGingerTeacher

    TheGingerTeacher Established commenter Forum guide and community helper

    This attitude is such a shame. It is still early days here but on the 'other' site lots of people make resources full time or earn as much from selling online as they do from their teaching. It is possible it just takes time and hard work.
    CurriculumForAutism and mrajlong like this.
  6. mrajlong

    mrajlong Senior commenter

    Have to disagree with you caterpillar. I have definitely supplemented my income - certainly by more than a TLR would have done. Jeez, if the government weren't gonna give me a pay rise (for well over 5 years) and I'm struggling to pay the bills, moving up UPS is a minefield, moving schools for more pay is pretty much impossible and it's too late to change professions then I had to think of some way to make ends meet. Thank God for TES!
  7. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    I am with @caterpillartobutterfly Personally, I would not pay for resources on here. I don't think you can adequately see the quality of the resource, and to be fair, i don't know the person from Adam. At least with other sites ( i use activehistory) I know the author and I know their reputation within the education sphere.

    On top of this as a young teacher I always used TES and it was a godsend. I even added my own resources to repay the favour. It was much better this way. It is how I got involved in the forums. I resent the fact that the platform has changed and people are trying to make money on many of which seem bang average resources*. It is against the spirit of the site for me.

    * i am not directing this at anyone in particular and certainly anyone on this thread. Simply my view of most of the history resource people are asking for payment of a few quid for. Unsurprisingly many have no purchases...
    staw likes this.
  8. mrajlong

    mrajlong Senior commenter

    My resources take me hours, days, weeks to produce. Are far superior to anything I've seen on e.g. ******. And could potentially save schools hundreds of pounds. I work everyday of the holidays barring Sundays to try and make a better life for my family. I've never received a review below 4 stars either. What are people really upset about here? The fact there is a small payment for my hard graft or the fact they can't do it, or can't be bothered to do it, themselves. Do you have the same feelings towards jk rowling who was planning her books whilst teaching in Portugal? Maybe she should have shared her 7 year graft to write the first book for free. I really don't understand. There is plenty of mediocre to great free stuff out there and still on tes. If you want a bit more you may have to pay and sometimes you may be disappointed. Exercise your right to leave a review and ask for a refund. That is how a free market protects the consumer. Please stop moaning on these forums, just don't buy anything and leave us to it.
  9. tesAuthorTeam

    tesAuthorTeam Administrator Staff Member TES Authors' forum host

    @decj Drop us a line at authors@tes.com and we'll be happy to discuss with you and give you some guidance :)
  10. wilkieway

    wilkieway New commenter

    What we are in effect trying to do is to sell our intellectual property. As a book author for a major publishing company I receive royalties but as soon as the product is electronic, purchasers think it should be free or very cheap. The purchaser does not consider the time taken or the cost involved in having a E book made. The amount of free resources online make it virtually impossible to make a living out of digital resources unless you are a real whizz at marketing. Having just spent a whole day on marketing in my business the bucks per hour are minimal.
    krisgreg30 likes this.
  11. krisgreg30

    krisgreg30 Occasional commenter

    That's why I prefer *** already after less than a week on there as there is an acceptance that if teachers have worked hard on creating resources they deserve to be rewarded financially for it.
    CurriculumForAutism and Charleei like this.
  12. Actually - I'm just getting started on TES - but I figured I had to make the resources anyway to effectively teach my students. Once my students are taught - what do I do with the resources - discard of them. Heck if I can make anything from them within time I'll be a little happier
  13. MissEHoney

    MissEHoney New commenter

    Personally I Find it worth it. Just make sure that with any resources upload you have permission or a license for all of the images you use (e.g. you can't pull an image of google images and then expect to be able to use it in a commercial product).
  14. Lost_in_Learning

    Lost_in_Learning New commenter

    Hi all!
    I've been selling on here for four years but have only recently (lockdown boredom...) started to take it seriously.
    To over-share, my 2018 income was great from TES. I was 2 years into teaching and I made an extra £1200 through some resources sat on a website- not bad at all! I found that last year was really slow and I made just over half that amount.
    This year, I started selling somewhere else and I've been updating my resources. I have a bunch of home learning projects which have really picked up what with the current status of the planet- I've been lucky there!

    Danblais, I think that's an excellent attitude to have! Also, if you've needed the resources that you've made, odds are that others need them too!

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