Archive for April, 2011

As a teacher or school board member, you likely find that you upgrade, replace, or sell your old classroom equipment and unwanted items somewhat frequently.  What happens to your old classroom items when you no longer need them?  Are you getting the price that you deserve?  Are they going to other schools and educators so that they can be of use in helping to teach other students?  If you choose to make use of the educational exchange here at Excel Assist, you can rest assured that this is exactly what will happen.

When you are looking to get rid of unwanted classroom equipment and supplies, you want to generate money that you can put back into your schools for new items.  You also want to ensure that the items don’t simply go to waste and that they can bring benefit to other teachers and students.  When you click the Sell Products or Services button here at Excel Assist, you can list your unneeded items in our educational exchange, where other teachers can bid on or purchase them.  You will find that our fees are very low, while our focus on educational items and products makes it easy to find the right buyer for your classroom equipment.

Buying and selling used classroom equipment can be especially beneficial for private schools, childcare facilities, and home schooling parents.  The budgets for these sorts of educational facilities are often lower than publicly subsidized school systems, and the need for more affordable options is often far greater.  When you choose to work through the Excel Assist educational exchange, you can rest assured that you will be working only with others in the education field and that you will be dealing with a company you can trust.  Take the time to see all that we have to offer, and you will certainly see why we are the right destination for your needs.

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It’s easy to feel isolated, as if you exist in a vacuum, when you spend hours and hours in the same classroom every day. If your school is small, you may feel like you’re living on an island. What if you want or need to connect with other teachers – teachers outside your school?

With the advent of an online educational exchange, educators and other school professionals can collaborate on ideas and projects. You don’t have to live in your own little bubble anymore.

While other teachers in your building may be supportive and helpful, they may not have the specific expertise that you need. Whether public or private, perhaps your school needs to hire a freelancer for some specific project. Or perhaps you have skills that you can offer to other educators and schools in distant parts of the country. No matter what you need, you can connect with other educators through an educational exchange website.

An educational exchange is a portal that allows schools to sell their unwanted goods, and it’s free to post items. The portal allows teachers to offer their services and talents on a freelance basis, and almost anything goes. Whether you specialize in consulting or writing grants, there is a client waiting to pay you for your time and talent. All you have to do is link up with them.

The Internet is truly a superhighway, so you no longer have to feel cut off from schools on the other side of the country. You can sell them your services, or they can sell you theirs. It’s a win-win situation. There is a much wider audience online than there is in your little vicinity. If you don’t think that anyone local wants to buy your used equipment, there may be someone five states away that is just waiting to snap up your unwanted materials.

The sky’s the limit. Whether you need help, or you want to sell your services, all you have to do is reach out. You’re not restricted to your building or your community any longer. Unlike ordinary auction websites, an educational exchange allows you to deal strictly with other professionals in the education industry. Whether you want to post a project for help, or get rid of supplies and equipment that you can no longer use, there is a huge audience just waiting to connect with you.

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If you have taken the time to look at all that we have to offer here at Excel Assist, we are confident that you will see that we have worked hard to provide education professionals with a one stop shop for finding, buying, and selling educational items and tools, technology, and services.  We want to make things easier for educators and to offer a great resource where you can connect with other professionals to help better meet the needs of your classroom.  One question that many have upon first visiting is how fees or charges work.  While most services are free, let’s explain this a bit further.

If you are visiting Excel Assist to post items for sale, advertise your freelance skills, or post a project that you need assistance on, you will find that you can do this without incurring any charges.  Buying items through our website is also free of fees, and you will only need to pay for the product you purchase as well as any associated shipping, handling, or taxes.  If you are purchasing services, you will also find that there are no fees other than the established price that the service provider has charged for the project.

Where you will find small fees with excel assist is in selling goods and services.  If you sell an item through the Excel Assist educational exchange, you will find that you are charged a very small percentage of the total sale price of the item or items.  When you sell your services to other educators, such as grant writing or curriculum design, you will also be charged a small fee based on the final value of the project.  These fees are minimal and help pay for our operating costs.  Excel Assist works hard to bring educators closer together, and our low fees help ensure that it is both easy and affordable to do so.

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When it comes to custom documents, schools and educators constantly need special forms to keep track of everything from scores to student behavior. The kinds of forms that are required to record student progress are endless and infinite.

What if teachers don’t have time to customize forms and documents? What if they get frustrated trying to craft an Excel spreadsheet for every last program? One suggestion is to turn to other professionals for help at an online educational exchange, which is simply a website that allows educators to network and connect with each other. School professionals can buy and sell goods and services at the site without having to spend a fortune.

The beauty of an educational exchange website is that you can connect specifically with other individuals in the education industry. It’s free to post projects for help, and it’s free to post items for sale.

For example, suppose that you would like someone to make you specialized forms for tracking scores. You can post your project and find freelance professionals who can whip up the proper documents for you. Because freelance workers often work from home, their hourly rates are often less than you’d pay to hire someone from a brick and mortar retail store.

By the same token, perhaps you already have created some special forms that other schools and educators would just love to get their hands on. If creating custom documents is your specialty, you can market and sell your goods at the educational exchange. Not everyone is tech savvy. Not everyone is capable of making documents at warp speed. If you’ve got special expertise, you should promote your talents and skills. You could be saving others a lot of time, not to mention frustration, by providing them with materials for a reasonable fee.

Maybe your school bought a new literacy program recently; perhaps the program didn’t come with a lot of helpful forms. If you take the time to create new forms to go along with the program, it would behoove you to sell your forms to other schools. That way, they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. If you had to make a document to accompany a new program, chances are, another school needs that document too. Since you’ve already done the work, you may as well save others some time, and make a small profit to boot.

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As an educator in the private sector, finding the finances you need to secure all of the equipment and services that you need for your classroom can be difficult.  For many, buying used equipment can be the best way to save money, but when dealing with traditional auction sites, you don’t always know if you are really getting what you are paying for.  Sellers who aren’t educators don’t always know how to answer questions properly, there is more risk than reward for many who choose to buy in this manner.

The same is true when it comes to soliciting the services of freelancers.  Whether for grant writing, curriculum design, or project creation, most freelance sites offer professionals with great writing talent but little experience writing for educators.  With Excel Assist, however, you are dealing with an educational exchange.  Every product and service on our site is designed for educators and offered specifically for educators.  This means that you are dealing with individuals who know the answers to your questions and who know how to provide the specific services that you are looking for.  When you are buying for a classroom, this matters greatly.

Taking the time to look through our products and services can give you a much greater idea of what we are about.  The notion of an educational exchange is one that teachers have been needing for some time now, especially those in the private sector and who lack the funding needed to buy all of the goods and services that they require.  When you want to connect with other educators to share ideas, services, products, and expertise, you deserve a resource created specifically for you.  When you come to Excel Assist, you can rest assured that this is exactly what you will receive.

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You’ve heard the expression, “It takes a village.” The phrase is especially apt when it comes to the education industry. It’s hard enough to work with one child, but when you throw thirty students into the mix, it’s more work than any one person can handle.

Teachers don’t have their own personal secretaries to take care of pressing matters and paperwork, so they’re left to their own devices to make use of their time. Time is a resource that cannot be increased, and there are never enough hours in a day, week, or year.

Every educator wants to have exciting lessons that enrapture and enthrall every student in the room. No teacher wants to do the bare minimum. But with insane time commitments – meetings, compulsory professional education, committee work, and more meetings – curriculum planning sometimes takes a backseat.

In order to make life a little easier, you have to share ideas and curriculum plans with other teachers. It’s impossible to design hundreds of lessons that appeal to multiple intelligences on your own; you need help.

When you take advantage of an educational exchange website, you can truly connect and reach out to other teachers. You can share ideas and materials. If you like, you can even work on a freelance basis and consult with other schools. You can sell your talent. You can sell your teacher-made materials. There are buyers at other schools, whether public or private.

For example, you may discover curriculum materials and supplies for sale at this educational exchange site that you can use and buy for a reasonable bid. School professionals from both private and public schools network and connect on the site. No matter what materials you’ve made in the past, you can resell them to other educators. By the same token, if your school needs certain supplies but can’t afford to pay retail, an educational exchange website makes sense.

In the field of education, the key is to not go it alone, because you’re really setting yourself up for failure. You’ve got to find help in whatever form it comes in. Because you teach different classes and grades throughout the course of your career, you could work for 30 years and still not be finished crafting the perfect lesson plans. It’s expensive to buy new supplies for lessons, so buying used is more important than ever. Reach out, share, and connect with other educators.

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As a teacher, you will find that many new ideas are an exercise in trial and error in terms of how well they will translate into a positive classroom experience.  If you are looking to make extra money for your classroom or to help offer benefit to teachers around the world, utilizing the freelancer service here at Excel Assist can be an excellent idea.  Our website is designed as an educational exchange, providing educators with the opportunity to share and market ideas, classroom strategies, and more.  Whether you want to buy or sell classroom items or offer services to make teaching more effective, this is the right place for you.

The premise of an education exchange offered here at Excel Assist is designed to help make the experience of being a teacher easier and more fulfilling.  For many educators, the best classroom strategy can come from connecting with other educators and finding out what techniques and curriculums have proven most effective in a classroom similar to their own.  If you are an educator who has created a specific curriculum, a challenging project, or a better means of teaching certain students, our education exchange is the perfect place to share and market it.

Excel Assist differs from the other websites available because education is our entire focus.  While many sites offer auctions in thousands of categories or freelancers that can do anything from web design to transcription, everything we offer is created for educators and for the classroom.  That helps ensure that this is a great place to market your specific skills and ensure that they will be noticed by the people who need them most.  We know that we have created something different and unique, and when you take the time to look at what Excel Assist has to offer, we know that you will agree.

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As an educator, you’re probably sick of hearing that you’ll just have to make do. Doing more with less is the new catchphrase. You’re probably well acquainted with the notion of borrowing and begging. On top of buying your own classroom supplies, you also kindly help the student who can’t afford gloves in the winter. You give until it hurts.

A study released in 2010 by the American Federation of Teachers confirmed that the average teacher salary failed to keep up with inflation. Even if educators are enhancing their credentials by earning advanced degrees, they are still facing a decline in compensation. Ouch. The reward for being a high-quality teacher is a lower salary. When adjusted for inflation, teacher salaries only gained about $100 per year between 1994 and 2004. Conversely, the growth in salaries in private industry was five times as much.

When you see the statistics, you can understand why it’s hard for you to get ahead and live comfortably. When you factor in a slash of benefits, you’re making even less than you thought you were.

Through a new online educational exchange, you can increase your income by working on a freelance basis, or by selling your teacher-made materials. It’s one way to combat the stress of doing more with less. Other schools can benefit by purchasing your goods and services for less than they might otherwise pay.

What’s your specific talent? You can put your expertise to work whenever you’re able. Because most teachers work during holiday breaks, you probably don’t have a lot of spare time. But if you do find yourself with some downtime, you can freelance to earn extra cash.

Perhaps you’ve got items that you no longer need, but you know that other schools could put them to good use. By connecting directly with schools, your stuff can find a new home. If it’s free to post, why not give an educational exchange website a try? You can sell new or gently used items, or even an item that was your own invention.

As states continue to deal with financial woes, you can be sure that you won’t be getting a sizeable pay raise anytime in the near future. Your only option is to pursue additional income in some other way. Is it time for you to promote your services? There are buyers and clients just waiting for your educational expertise.

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