46 episodes

Hey there! Welcome to The Teacher Biz Podcast with Heather O’Donnell. 

Each week, Heather shares strategies she’s used in her own online business to replace her teacher income (several times over) while working just 25 hours a week. Learn how a profitable teacher biz actually works (psst… we’re not throwing up resources on TPT) and how to get started without falling into the most common pitfalls and time wasters in the online business world. 

Through a mix of interviews and solo episodes, you’ll learn about building an email list, creating and selling digital products, time management, a must-have mindset for success, how to run a profitable business on your own schedule, and much more.

Hit subscribe and get ready to learn how to build a profitable home business with a lot less effort than it takes to run a classroom!


Connect With Heather:
https://teacherbiz.com/about/
https://instagram.com/teacherbiz

The Teacher Biz Podcast Heather O’Donnell

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    • 5.0 • 58 Ratings

Hey there! Welcome to The Teacher Biz Podcast with Heather O’Donnell. 

Each week, Heather shares strategies she’s used in her own online business to replace her teacher income (several times over) while working just 25 hours a week. Learn how a profitable teacher biz actually works (psst… we’re not throwing up resources on TPT) and how to get started without falling into the most common pitfalls and time wasters in the online business world. 

Through a mix of interviews and solo episodes, you’ll learn about building an email list, creating and selling digital products, time management, a must-have mindset for success, how to run a profitable business on your own schedule, and much more.

Hit subscribe and get ready to learn how to build a profitable home business with a lot less effort than it takes to run a classroom!


Connect With Heather:
https://teacherbiz.com/about/
https://instagram.com/teacherbiz

    45: What if Your Product (or Business) Has Already Been Done Before?

    45: What if Your Product (or Business) Has Already Been Done Before?

    Are you feeling like your idea isn’t worthwhile because someone else has already created a similar product or business? Don't let comparison steal your confidence! Your product is still valuable. In this episode, Heather addresses the common fear of creating a product that already exists in the market. She explains that even though your product may cover a topic that has been done before, your unique perspective and personal stories make it worthwhile. She also shares how you can infuse personality and stories into products to make them stand apart from the crowd. Don’t let imposter syndrome hold you back, friend! Hit play and learn why YOUR product or business is still very much needed!




    Key Takeaways:
    (02:45) Feeling insecure when seeing similar products(05:50) Why it’s a good thing that a similar product already exists(06:40) The importance of personalizing your product and using your unique experiences(08:30) Using stories to make your product stand out(10:40) The online market isn’t oversaturated



    Listen to Episode 04: 3 Reasons to Sell Your Products on Your Own Website (not on TPT!)


    Connect With Heather:
    teacherbiz.com/about
    instagram.com/teacherbiz

    • 12 min
    44: Creating an Evergreen Online Course with Lisa Marker Robbins

    44: Creating an Evergreen Online Course with Lisa Marker Robbins

    Since 1999 Lisa Marker Robbins has supported thousands of students as an independent college counselor. In 2010, she doubled down specifically on college major and career coaching for students because she realized those two things were the cornerstone of post-high school planning. 4,000 students have benefited from her proven three pillar framework, moving them from overwhelmed and confused to clear, confident, and motivated about their future.


    In this episode, Lisa shares her journey of leaving the classroom and building an online business focused on college and career coaching for students. She discusses her transition from one-on-one coaching to creating an evergreen course, which allows her to reach more students and provide support on a larger scale. Learn strategies for growing your email list, finding a supportive community, and the secret to a successful online course launch. If you’re on the fence about starting your own teacher biz, hit play to hear Lisa’s thoughts on “being brave and taking the plunge!”


    Connect with Lisa Marker Robbins:
    courses.flourishcoachingco.com/majors
    flourishcoachingco.com
    instagram.com/flourishcoachingco
    facebook.com/flourishcoachingco




    Key Takeaways:
    (02:50) Lisa's background as a teacher and transition to online business(07:00) Transitioning from one-on-one coaching to creating an online course(09:30) Explanation of an evergreen course and its benefits(13:30) Email list building and strategies for growing a list(15:15) The process of creating a lead magnet and its purpose(20:30) Advice for teachers considering starting their own online business(24:10) Using bonuses as incentives during a launch(26:00) Creating a life that fits with your priorities



    Don’t forget to grab the FREE Teacher Biz Starter Guide! 
    teacherbiz.com/Start


    Connect With Heather:
    https://teacherbiz.com/about/
    https://instagram.com/teacherbiz

    • 27 min
    43: Starting an Online Teacher Biz (Answering Listener Questions!)

    43: Starting an Online Teacher Biz (Answering Listener Questions!)

    Looking for answers to your burning questions about starting an online teacher business? Don’t miss this episode of The Teacher Biz Podcast where Heather answers questions from listeners just like you! She addresses concerns about standing out in a crowded market, the costs of starting a teacher biz, and the types of products that can be sold. She also explains the importance of being yourself, building relationships with customers, and leveraging your unique perspective and experiences. Hit play now to learn practical tips for differentiating yourself and succeeding in your teacher biz!


    Submit Your Own Questions Here: teacherbiz.com/listener-questions




    Key Takeaways:
    (02:55) How to stand out in a crowded market(06:20) Showing up and building relationships with your customers(09:10) The cost of starting a teacher biz(12:10) Types of products to sell; printable resources and digital courses(16:05) Benefits of having a membership



    Resources Mentioned:
    Cost of Starting Your Teacher Biz Guide: teacherbiz.com/cost
    Teacher Biz Blueprint: teacherbiz.com/waitlist
    Kindergarten Ready Shop: kindergartenreadyshop.com/


    Episodes Mentioned:
    12: Creating a Digital Course
    13: Why Digital Courses are Perfect for Teachers with Amy Porterfield
    14: Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your First Digital Course
    22: Building Relationships with your Online Community
    26: Teacher Biz Startup Costs: Breaking Down Initial Investments


    Connect With Heather:
    teacherbiz.com/about
    instagram.com/teacherbiz

    • 19 min
    42: Making a MUCH Greater Impact Beyond the Classroom (24,000+ Students) with Carlin Liborio

    42: Making a MUCH Greater Impact Beyond the Classroom (24,000+ Students) with Carlin Liborio

    As an experienced educator, Carlin Liborio has been teaching grades K-6, coaching teachers, and writing curriculum for 17 years in 3 different countries. She specializes in helping teachers improve their students' writing skills and has worked on numerous TEA & Pearson anchor committees, item development, and standards setting for the new RLA STAAR test. Carlin’s goal is to help teachers feel empowered and prepared during these challenging times and to grow ALL students to become avid readers and writers.


    In this episode, Carlin shares her journey from being a fourth-grade language arts teacher to creating a thriving online business focused on helping teachers improve their students' writing skills. She discusses how she identified a gap in the market and developed digital resources to support teachers in preparing their students for standardized tests. Carling also talks about the importance of being authentic and true to yourself when creating content and building an online presence. She shares her strategies for balancing in-person professional development (PD) workshops with digital products and offers so much advice for teachers looking to start their own online business. This is such an inspirational episode that you don’t want to miss!


    Connect with Carlin Liborio:
    carlinliborio.com
    youtube.com/@teachingrlawithcarlinliborio
    instagram.com/carlinliborio
    facebook.com/CarlinLiborio




    Key Takeaways:
    (02:40) Carlin’s background as a teacher and her transition to online business(04:15) Identifying a gap in the market and creating digital resources(09:55) Utilizing virtual assistant work to gain experience(13:45) Establishing a work schedule and balancing home and work life(19:50) Creating a digital course to reach more teachers(25:40) Advice for teachers starting an online business(29:35) Diversifying your income and exploring different possibilities(34:35) Carlin’s future goals for her business



    Don’t forget to grab the FREE Teacher Biz Starter Guide! 
    teacherbiz.com/Start




    Connect With Heather:
    https://teacherbiz.com/about/
    https://instagram.com/teacherbiz

    • 39 min
    41: 3 Strategies for Adjusting When Things Don't Go as Planned

    41: 3 Strategies for Adjusting When Things Don't Go as Planned

    Life doesn't always go according to plan, especially when running an online business! In this episode, Heather shares the challenges she faced during a recent launch and how she adjusted to make things work. Despite sickness, technical difficulties, and other obstacles, she navigated these setbacks and pivoted to keep her business running smoothly. Heather also provides three strategies for when things don't go as planned: eliminate what you can, ask for help, and prioritize and focus on what matters. Hit play and learn how to endure the ups and downs of running an online teacher biz!




    Key Takeaways:
    (05:25) Things that went wrong during the recent launch(11:45) Lessons learned; Prioritizing, planning, and giving yourself grace(16:45) Eliminating unnecessary tasks(18:55) Asking for help from friends and team members(21:30) Prioritizing and focusing on what matters(22:45) Giving yourself space after a launch



    FREE RESOURCE ALERT → If you're ready to start your own Teacher Biz, check out the Teacher Biz Starter Guide! teacherbiz.com/Start




    Connect With Heather:
    teacherbiz.com/about
    instagram.com/teacherbiz

    • 24 min
    40: Taking Small Steps Towards Big Goals with Ruth Soukup

    40: Taking Small Steps Towards Big Goals with Ruth Soukup

    New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping women everywhere create a life they love. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of several successful brands, including Living Well Spending Less®, Elite Blog Academy®, and her newest endeavor, Thinlicious™, created to make getting healthy taste and feel good. Her practical advice has been featured all over, including Good Morning America, the Today Show, Family Circle, Entrepreneur, TIME and Fox News.


    In this episode, Ruth shares so much goodness about overcoming perfectionism and setting a strong foundation for your online business. Hear her insights on the power of taking small steps consistently over time, the importance of human connection in the age of AI, and her recent focus on showing up authentically on social media (primarily Instagram). Ruth also shares her predictions for the future of online business in 2024, including the effectiveness of blogging and other content formats. 


    “Big goals never happen all at once. They are the result of small steps taken consistently over time.”


    Connect with Ruth Soukup:
    ruthsoukup.com
    instagram.com/ruthsoukup




    Key Takeaways:
    (03:20) Ruth's journey in starting her first online business(05:50) Taking small steps and remaining consistent(11:15) The concept of time blocking and dedicating full days to big projects(13:10) How the book, Do It Scared, helped Heather overcome perfectionism(16:00) Fear archetypes; identifying and overcoming fear(18:50) Ruth’s predictions for the online business world for 2024(21:35) Showing up on social media and building genuine connections(26:05) Results of organic growth and increased sales(29:35) Blogging in 2024



    Don’t forget to grab the FREE Teacher Biz Starter Guide! 
    teacherbiz.com/Start




    Connect With Heather:
    https://teacherbiz.com/about/
    https://instagram.com/teacherbiz

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Rae Matney ,

She is realistic!

I love how she gets me! She is so real about the world of education and how as teachers, we can use our expertise in many different ways.

Julissa E. ,

Great Resource, Thank You!😊

So happy to meet you Heather! I am looking forward to learn a lot about teacher biz from your podcast. I just listened to your first episode and I am so excited for all the possibilities to grow my online preschool biz, thank you for what you do💚

LenigFam ,

A wealth of information!

I’m so excited to have found this podcast and Heather’s Teacher Biz program! My husband has been wanting to start his own online teaching business for years. We can’t wait to dive into the info Heather has to share to get us to the next step in starting a business that will give him the freedom to work from home!

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