You’ve Got TPRM!

TPRM? Sounds like a skin condition. It’s “Teacher-preneur Raw Material.” It’s what we as educators bring to the table when considering the possibility of entering the world of online business. Teachers have a skill set that can transfer well to just about any enterprise in which we wish to engage. Take a look at some of the education blogs in the “blogs I follow” section in this site. These educators have created exceptional educational resources, reflections, shared experience and knowledge and have done so with a diverse array of personalities, style and expertise. But let’s step outside the bounds of education for a moment. Think about the same passion, skill and creativity being applied to some other area of your life that can be turned into a business venture. Are you an artist? Sportsman? Techy? Craftsman? Writer? ( Hoarder? Hopefully technology has ended the days of classroom closets ready to explode with 20 years of worksheets, construction paper, styrofoam balls, old candy, defunct textbooks and the bones of teachers past ). So many teachers enter education from some other field and bring a wealth of life experience from previous careers. So many have a passion outside of the classroom as well as inside. That passion is the place to begin a new venture.

So what attributes are teachers endowed with?

  • Creativity
  • Learning ability
  • Adaptability
  • Communication skills
  • Service orientation
  • Leadership

These attributes are the raw material for success in just about any endeavor. With regard to business they are essential attributes of any successful entrepreneur. So what’s missing. Well, how much do you know about online marketing? What makes for a successful blog or website? What do you know about affiliate programs? These are the tools necessary to monetize your passions and there is a bit of a learning curve. But we’re professional learners. I’ve invested time learning what I need to know to launch a blog site, how to market using Facebook and Twitter, and joined an affiliate marketing program. The time invested has been well worth it because I’m learning to use the tools that will make me less and less dependent upon any one stream of income while fulfilling the vision I have for funding exciting new instructional programs if no other source of funding presents itself. Have I made any mistakes as I learn? Of course! I launched this blog on WordPress without realizing that WordPress doesn’t accept third party affiliate links. Oops. Fortunately, my main affiliate program is not dependent upon links to a blog site or website. But it would have been nice to throw a Go Daddy affiliate link on my web page since that’s where I bought my domain name. So here’s some free advice. Make sure you know the advertising policies of your blog hosting site.

A screenshot of The Million Dollar Homepage's ...

A screenshot of The Million Dollar Homepage’s front page on 8 February 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Internet success story of the day – The million dollar homepage

You’ve got to hand it to the entrepreneur who puts his goal right out there up front. In 2005, 21-year-old English college student Alex Tew concocted a strategy to pay for his school expenses: he’d create a Web page with 1 million pixels, each of which he’d sell to advertisers for a dollar (small catch: there was a minimum buy of 100 pixels, so that an ad was actually legible). The site sold out, and although Tew said he would only guarantee it through August 2010, it’s still viewable, except for a few dead links. Sure, it’s silly, but with almost no overhead and a million dollars in revenue, it’s hard to argue with this success (

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2 Comments on “You’ve Got TPRM!”

  1. Robertpreneur October 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM #

    Thank you visiting the blog Christian!

  2. Roberpreneur October 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM #

    Thanks Ms. Z!

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