BECOME ONE OF THE FIRST SELLERS
ON THE PATCHWORK MARKETPLACE WEBSITE
Curt “Moose” Jackson and Patti Samson are inviting you to be one of the first sellers on their new platform, PatchworkMarketplace.com.
WHAT IS THE PATCHWORK MARKETPLACE?
The Patchwork Marketplace is a website for camp and recreation professionals to come together and share their expertise, insights and original resources with one another through paid and free downloadable products useful for camps, recreation departments, youth groups, after school programs, and other family and youth facilities, companies and organizations.
We firmly believe that even though camp and community recreation professionals “aren’t in it for the money” they should still be compensated for their hard work and great ideas. We also believe that giving everyone a chance to share their knowledge and ideas by selling their materials at a reasonable price will help the sector continue to grow and improve.
We want the Patchwork community to be built upon trust. Sellers should only offer resources that they have produced or designed themselves. Resources should be free of technical issues, complete, and ready to be used upon download.
WHAT SORT OF THINGS CAN I SELL?
All items must be downloadable. No physical products. This can include things like:
- Activity Instructions
- Staff Evaluation Templates
- Lesson Plans
- Planning Calendars
- Products that aid in the creation of resources, including fonts, clipart, and other graphics
If you need some examples to get your brain juices flowing, scroll down to the end.
WHAT SORT OF THINGS CAN’T I SELL?
- Items that infringe on copyrights or trademarks – resources that aren’t the original authorship of the seller (your work must be your own, unless you’ve gotten permission).
- Items requiring additional steps for Buyers to access their purchase. All digital resources should be accessible and downloadable directly from the Patchwork website.
- Items that direct buyers to another online retailer.
- Items that aren’t resources for recreation professionals. (gifts, apparel, swag, etc).
- Physical Products. Everything must be downloadable.
HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?
There are many factors that play into this (how many products you offer, your price points, how much traffic the site gets, the quality of your products, what kind of products you’re offering, etc.). You could make enough for a nice dinner out or enough for a 7-day cruise. It’ll be fun to see what you can do.
It is free to become a seller. Sellers receive a 70% royalty less a 30¢ transaction fee.
HOW DO I PRICE MY RESOURCES?
This is another tough question to answer. A good rule of thumb for a Word doc or PDF is 10¢-25¢ per page. Think about the time it took you to create and how valuable the information will be for others. Of course, this doesn’t take into consideration things like templates, blueprints, PowerPoint presentations or other resources that are not strictly text-based.
Most resources will be priced at $2-$10, but some will be more than that. Once you’re on the site you can take a look at what others are offering and that may help.
HOW DO I GET PAID?
You must have a PayPal account to get paid. During the set-up of your store and profile you will be asked for the email address associated with your PayPal account. You can add this at any time. We will pay out on the 10th of each month for the previous month’s sales. Opening a PayPal account is free. Go to PayPal.com.
Before you can offer a product for sale, you must first offer a FREE product. Having all sellers offer a free product to start, benefits the whole community. It also serves as your introduction to visitors and buyers.
You can use your free item as a promotional tool to drive traffic to your store. Then buyers will see your other items for sale. Your free item also helps grow Patchwork’s library of free products. These bring buyers back to the site over and over—which is great for you and for all Patchwork sellers.
General freebie rules:
- Freebies should be ten usable pages or less.
- They should be representative of your best work.
- Freebies should not compete with paid products.
- You can have more than one freebie if you’d like. If you have multiple products, freebies should make up 10-20% of your catalog. No more than that.
- You should include your name and/or store URL on every page.
- You could offer freebies that are either a sample of one of your paid products or a complement to a paid product.
- Make sure the cover is eye-catching.
- Advertise your freebies in appropriate places: your Facebook page, Instagram account, Pinterest, etc.
WHAT ABOUT COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK ISSUES?
We are not lawyers, so will not give any legal advice. The easiest thing to do is to only sell products that you’ve created yourself.
Of course, this begs the questions, “What if I created something for the organization or company I am working for? Who owns it?” The answer is…it depends. We don’t have the answer in your specific situation. We suggest you check with your local rules, organization’s intellectual property or copyright policy, and your employment agreement for what rights you may have to the resources you’ve created.
While it is expected that most of the products on Patchwork will be the works of the seller that was put together for the organization they were working for at the time, we ask that you take out any of the branding of that organization (unless it’s the organization or company who is selling it). In other words, if you are selling an instruction guide for a camp wide game you’ve created, and on the front page it says something like “Camp Lakota’s Guide to the Zombie Camp Wide Game”, it is suggested to take out anything that mentions Camp Lakota. However, it’s okay if it says your name – “Susie Diggle’s Guide to the Zombie Camp Wide Game” for instance.
But what if you want to sell a guide on running a Disney theme? There are fair use laws but they get a little tricky; the law can really only be interpreted by a judge. There are plenty of “unofficial” Disney books available on Amazon that were written for educational purposes and haven’t been endorsed by Disney. The bottom line is that Patchwork will only take products down if we receive a notification of copyright or trademark infringement from the owner of that copyrighted or trademarked work.
Clipart and images are also something to be careful of. This will affect more people than the actual text of a resource product. If you use an image, make sure you have the right to use it commercially. Saving and using an image from Google Images for something you are selling (or even freebies) is not allowed. Again, it is your responsibility to ensure all portions of your product are legally and ethically sourced. We will not be policing this. We just want to make sure you stay out of a sticky court situation.
I HAVE A FEW MORE QUESTIONS. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
Email any of your questions to [email protected] We will get back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, you can email Curt or Patti directly.
THIS ALL SOUNDS GREAT. I’M IN. WHAT’S NEXT?
This is going to be exciting and we are thrilled that you want to be a part of it. Email us at [email protected] and let us know you’re ready. We will give you access to the site. We have a few buyers testing out the site now, but our Grand Opening will be at the end of the month.
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS ON WHAT I CAN OFFER AS A RESOURCE?
This is just an example list of possible items. There are literally thousands of downloadable products that would be great to sell in the Patchwork Marketplace.
- Campfire Stories
- Craft Instructions
- Drama Games
- Instruction on Group Initiatives
- Blueprints on Building Something
- Nature Activities
- Science Projects
- 10 Ways to Improve Your Community Easter Event
- Staff Evaluation Templates
- Camper Behavior Program
- Anti-Bullying Program
- Cabin Discussion Cards Template
- After School Program Guide
- Family Camp Activity Set
- How to Build a Santa Chair
- Camp Wide Game Instructions
- Carnival Game Building Instructions
- Guide to Running a Day Camp at a Dance | Martial Arts | Gymnastics Studio
- Guide to Running a Day Camp at a Museum
- Pine Tree Lesson Plan
- Chaparral Lesson Plan
- Ocean Animals Lesson Plan
- Family Fun Ideas for an RV Resort
- Guide to Building a Rock Throwing Range
- Theme Guide
- Tips and Tricks on Getting Accredited
- Yoga Class Lesson Plan
- Evening Activity Instruction
- 10 Games for Pre-School Age
- CIT/ LIT Curriculum
- Button/Pin Templates
- Tips and Tricks on Staff Supervision
- How to Run an Effective Group Interview Day
- Budgeting 101 with Templates
- How to Run a Home Party (marketing)
- Faith Based Camp Lesson Plans
- An Intro to Working with Special Needs Campers
- Tips and Tricks for First Time Counselors
- How to do a Color Run
- Kangaroo Court Instructions
- 10 Pool Games
- Marketing Ideas
- Outdoor Cooking Recipes
- An Awesome Rainy (or blistering hot) Day Activities
- Staff Training Lesson Plan
- Time Management Techniques
- A Guide to Leading Conference Workshops
- Quick Guide to Starting a Gardening Program at Camp
Again, this is just an example of what you can offer. Please steer away from anything you’d find online for free. Group games and camp song lyrics are two things that come to mind. There are already sites online that offer standard songs and games free of charge. Our goal is to offer new and unique products in both our free and for sale categories. That being said, if you have a collection of unique games that you know aren’t available on another site for free, then that would be fine.
If you have an idea or two that you aren’t quite sure about, feel free to email us (Curt and Patti) for our thoughts at [email protected].