Episode 57: Is the TPT Premium Account Worth It?

I just had my one-year anniversary on TpT as a seller.  I first started my TpT journey in August of 2020.  My family needed more money and my son needed me.  I thought this was a great opportunity to engage my brain, be involved in teaching, and possibly make some money.   I started off with Youtube research because that’s what my students do when they need to learn something.  I came across one seller from Becca’s Music Room who did a great job explaining how to start a TpT store.  She really helped me get started. 

I had used my TpT account as a teacher for years.  I switched to the free Basic Sellers account in August 2020.  Then while I researched, I started to create resources.  Once I had about 10 resources ready to go, I talked with my husband about maybe switching my account to the Premium Account. This was my first investment in my business.  Here are some of the differences between the two.

Payout (What You Keep)55%80%
Transaction Fees30 cents per resource15 cents on orders less than $3.00
File Size200MB1G
Video UploadsNoYes! You can upload video previews and video products
Access to Premium Features and Marketing ToolsNoYes
Able to Participate in School Access CatalogYesYes
Maximum Number of UploadsNoNo

Some sellers wait until they make $60 on the free account before they upgrade, but I didn’t.  It was the first investment I made in my business.  I decided that it would be worth it to keep more of my money from the start.  I was confident that I was going to make my TpT store successful.

There is no right or wrong answer.  It’s really just a matter of what you can afford, or what you want to do.

Here’s a little math.  A quick google search will give you dozens of examples like this.

As a basic seller, a product listed at $2.50 will give you a payout of$1.07

As a premium seller, a product listed at 2.50 will give you a payout of 1.85

70 cents isn’t much, but when you multiply that by 100 it’s $107 compared to $185.  I’ve been on TpT a little over a year and I’ve sold 177 products.

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