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Has the scope of your school changed, or is your daycare going out of business? What should you do with your unwanted or used equipment and supplies? Before you list your items at that big online auction site, think first about connecting directly with other school professionals. Because you may be able to post your items free at an educational exchange and network site, you may be able to save money and reach the correct audience.

Selling your unwanted materials on the Internet is smart, because you’ll reach a much, much broader audience. Even if the right buyers live a thousand miles away in Timbuktu, they probably have access to the Net. If you attempt to sell your items locally, you may be shortchanging yourself. You’ll be able to make more money online. There may not be many local buyers for curriculum supplies or cafeteria items, but you may be surprised by how many schools or daycares need your items in another part of the country.

If you can list your items for free at an educational exchange website, then you really have nothing to lose. If your item doesn’t sell the first go round, at least you didn’t have to pay an insertion fee like you would have if you tried to sell it some other way. You don’t want to lose money while trying to sell your stuff.

You’d be surprised by the kinds of things that you can sell. From teacher-made materials to library items, there are clients hunting high and low for certain supplies and equipment. You may think that no one wants your second-hand supplies, but you’d be amazed at the buyer pool that actually exists.
Whether they’re shopping for a new home or looking for a new car, the first place that most buyers go is online. It’s the way that people shop, simply because the Internet is so convenient. If you’re not selling online, you’re missing out on prospective profits. As of 2010, more than thirty percent of all retail sales were made online.

When deciding on a starting price for your items, remember that it’s better to err on the low side. A high price will just scare away buyers. If there truly is a market for your goods, you’ll receiving competing bids. And the more bids you acquire, the more attention your item will attract. The market ultimately decides what your items are worth.

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As an educator, you likely understand the importance of networking and communication.  While for many business owners, networking is about making potential sales and meeting potential clients, it is different for educators.  Instead, a strong network allows you to collaborate, share ideas, and come up with ways to make improvements to the overall classroom experience.  Excel Assist was created as a sort of one stop destination for educators.  We offer a place for you to connect and share information as well as to purchase and sell educational items and tools and even to sell or buy your services and expertise.
The notion of an educational exchange may be a new one, but it is one that is long overdue.  For far too long, educators have had to rely on traditional auction sites to try to find classroom supplies and equipment.  While this can be successful, it also means wading through a sea of inferior products and dealing with sellers who have no experience in education and no idea how to answer important questions about how the items will work in your classroom.  Put simply, it is an inefficient design.
The same is true for freelance work.  Most of the providers on the average freelance site have certain skills with writing or technology design, but little experience in classroom application.  Whether you seek a grant writer or someone to design a curriculum for your students, you need the experience that only a fellow educator can provide.
When you work with Excel Assist, this expertise and experience is exactly what you will receive.  Our company is created specifically for educators and education professionals.  We know that you need a single destination where you can confidently look for goods and services for your classroom, and we are here to make it simple.

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After teaching for a few years, you’ve probably noticed a few gaping holes in the marketplace. You couldn’t find the product that you needed for a lesson. In order to fill that void, perhaps you went ahead and created your own product to fulfill that need. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Have other teachers eyed your idea? Did they ask you to build, make, or create your product for their room? If so, you know you’ve got a hit on your hands. Have you ever considered selling your product online? It doesn’t matter if you only have time to make a few prototypes of your product – you can still sell just a few of them at a time at an educational exchange website.

An educational exchange website is a site that’s solely for the education industry. It’s a place where you can test the waters and put your teacher-made materials up for sale. If you’ve ever had someone tell you that you should sell your creation, now you can.
Who knows the educational industry better than teachers? You know exactly what other teachers need; you’ve been in their shoes. With that in mind, you can make some extra money by selling your useful item or service to schools that need them.

You don’t have to have access to a factory in China to produce your goods. Because you can sell your item one at a time, there’s no need to hurry. If your item takes off, then perhaps you’ll need to find an assembly line to manufacture large quantities.

Even if you don’t have a new idea, you can sell your gently used items online at an educational exchange, where you can post items for free. Instead of selling your stuff at a public auction site that charges an insertion fee, you’ll reach your intended audience better by strictly using an educational exchange site.

Whatever you’ve got to sell, there is a buyer out there, just waiting for it. You simply have to connect with your buyers. Don’t be shy – take the time to gather your products and start selling them today. After all, you’re a teacher – you can probably use the extra money. Recent studies prove that teacher salaries have grown at a significantly lower rate than private sector pay over the past ten years. For every new dollar earned by professionals in the private sector, teachers gained just 18 cents. Market your product today and start bringing in some cold hard cash.

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