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12 Days To Launch: What It's Like To Launch A Digital Design Shop In Just 12 Days

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to launch a digital product in just 12 days? 

And if you've already created your own digital product, have you ever wondered what it's like for others? 

Because I have.

And that's exactly what I'm writing this post: to share my own experiences with you and the lessons I learned along the way. 

Fair warning: This is a really long post. Over 2,000 words. Apparently, I had a lot to say.

 

When the idea turned into a commitment 

Trying to launch a digital product in 12 days... is no easy feat. And I knew that going into it. 

So why did I choose to give myself such a short timeline if I already knew that? 

Honestly - because I was slacking ...and scared. Slacking because I was scared. 

  • Scared no one would care or even notice. 
  • Scared my designs weren't going to be good. 
  • Scared people were going to say it's a dumb idea. 
  • Scared it would turn out to be an absolute failure. 

Y'know, the voices of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. 

So while sitting on my bed one morning (about two weeks ago), I decided to give myself a challenge: launch a digital product shop in 12 days. 

I actually decided on 12 days, because 15 days would mean launching on near the end of the week and 20 days felt long enough for me to talk myself out of it. 

The thing is... when you tell yourself you’re going to do something, you already know in that moment whether or not you’re going to follow through with it. 

Because you already know what your commitment level is. 

And if you don't follow through on the things you say you're going to do enough times... you stop believing in yourself.

So a while back, I decided to stop saying I'll do things if I already know I"m not going to do them. All that to say don't make your self-doubt worse than it already is. 

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Show yourself that you're the kind of person who follows through on things, because you are. And if you're not, you can be. 

Change your history by writing a new one.  

 

the first few days (days 1-4)

The first few days mostly consisted of me "getting my feet wet". 

Mostly working on new design templates for the shop (media kits for bloggers, pricing guides for photographers, business cards for creative entrepreneurs and personal brands), etc. Wrote a few things here and there. Uploaded a few things onto Instagram. 

And by day 3 or 4, I started feeling the imposter syndrome. 

... let's just say it was not a very fun feeling to experience. 

When you're creating completely new, your self-doubt and fear has a way of creeping up on you. But just because it shows up knocking doesn't mean you have to go answer the door. 

Instead of running away from the self-doubt and imposter syndrome feeling, I faced my fears.

At the end of the day, we get to choose what we believe and allow into our minds. 

So if you want to change your present and your future, then you have to change what you believe and say to yourself. 

Because saying things like "It's never going to work" or "No one is going to care" isn't going to help you want to start (let alone continue) or help you believe in yourself.

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Believing is yourself is a huge part of the process and journey.

If you don't believe in  yourself, you're going to have a really hard time creating things and stayed inspired and true to yourself. Trust me on this. You don't want to feel like you're fighting yourself every step along the way, especially when the journey is so long. 

 

the next few days (days 5-8)

As the days went on, the imposter syndrome feeling and self-doubt noise started to wind down. Go figure, right? 

Also, I think the fact that I only had 12 days (or in this case, about 8 days left) to make this work didn't leave very much room for them (self-doubt and feeling like an imposter). 

A lot of people think working for yourself is a glamorous lifestyle, but honestly? It's a lot of hard work and can be a very isolating and lonely feeling sometimes, which is why I'm so glad I was co-working with my friend on most days if not going to the coffee shop to be around people. 

If you're feeling isolated and lonely in your work, create time in your schedule to spend time with others. Even going to a coffee shop with a friend to work can be extremely helpful. 

Also, Rising Tide Society's Tuesdays Together's May event happened during my "12 days to launch", which was super helpful because I had pricing feedback from creative entrepreneurs (which was who I was making the design template shop for!). Click here to read the post I wrote how I decided to price my digital products. 

 

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So during this time, I was working through my to do list. 

Activities included:

  • file organization (and then re-organizing, naming the files, etc.)
  • uploading the files into the shop (which... I ended up redoing later on in the week)
  • designing the shop catalog (and then majorly redesigning it)
  • writing content (email newsletters and blog posts)
  • creating the blog and social kits
  • ... and more

As you can see (and as I've realized), creating a shop involves a lot of tasks, time, and energy.  Way, way more than I originally expected and planned for. 

The little things here and there definitely do add up over time. 

But as tedious as some of the tasks may have been, I've got to say it felt so good to put everything together and rewarding to actually see everything come together. 

 

Fun fact: I stayed up 40+ HOURS during this time. 

Yep, you read that right. FOURTY HOURS. 

So I didn't intend on this happening. It wasn't on purpose, but I got a ton of stuff done during this 40 hour chunk. Honestly not even sure how I was still so functional and came up with exciting ideas, but sometimes you just go with the flow and don't question things (this was one of those times). 

Disclaimer: I don't advocate or recommend doing this. Please take care of yourself. Mental health and self-care is extremely important, not to mention essential, in life, business, and staying sane. 

 

the days leading up to the launch (days 9-11)

If I had to be completely honest, I was a bit scared, anxious, and overwhelmed that I wouldn't have everything done in time. 

And if I'm being really honest, I was "burning the candle" a little bit. 

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During the days leading up to the launch, I just wanted to sleep. I spent most of the weekend working. And when I wasn't working, I was taking naps or eating food. 

Sure, I could've pushed the deadline off a bit more. But I made a commitment to myself to make this thing happen - and that's what I did. 

 

By the way, I always recommended listening to your body and tuning into your intuition.

Ever since reading Intuitive Eating a few years ago, I am really big on listening to yourself and doing what's best for YOU.

Not what you think others think is best for you or what other people tell you, but what your own body and mind is telling  you. And that's exactly what I did. 

I knew I still had a bit of fire left in me and the capability to push through.

Plus, I was so close to finishing everything and launching! 

The truth is a lot of us underestimate ourselves and what we’re capable of. 

The next time self-doubt and imposter syndrome come knocking on your door, ask yourself why and what you can take away from the experience. 

Where did you learn to doubt yourself so much? Because this is a learned behavior.  

And what would happen if you just went for it? Because you can gain so much from the experience, especially if you try and give yourself a real shot. 

None of that one foot in and another out mumbo jumbo. 

If I had listened to those voices of fear and self-doubt in the beginning, I would have never made it to the days leading up to the launch. Or the launch day itself. 

 

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And another thing...

Don't chase perfection, because you will end up really, really exhausted. 

Remember earlier when I mentioned the activities I did? When I reorganized files, redesigned the PDF, and re-uploaded the files? 

That was me chasing perfection. 

It's common for creatives to want their work to be perfect - just the way they imagined, but as every creative knows, it rarely turns out that way. 

But here's the amazing thing: It doesn't make our work or the journey any less beautiful. 

 

What happens when you let go of being perfect? 

You give yourself the chance for things to happen. 

Because when you're busy chasing perfection, you spend most (if not all) of your time, energy, and resources doing the same thing over and over again until it's "perfect". 

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And I don't know if you've ever had this experience, but I've had moments where I basically did just that (did things over and over again) until a. I lost the original concept, b. I ended up really frustrated and annoyed at myself, and c. gave up altogether ending up with ...nothing.

 

Building and growing Wholehearted Woman has truly taught me to be more patient and kind with myself. And that things don't have to be perfect in order for them to be good. 

That I don't have to be perfect, which means you don't have to perfect either. No one does. 

It's just this belief that we've bought into somewhere along the way. 

The good news is that we can stop believing in it at any time. 

It's all about putting yourself out there, again and again.

Challenging yourself. Breaking the cycle. Doing things differently. Making the commitment. 

 

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Because we can spend our whole lives telling ourselves that we're going to do something and then never do it. 

The difference between those who get things done and those who don't is a choice. 

A choice to show up, do the work, and keep going even when things get hard. So choose to do something about it and choose yourself. 

Well, this section ended up being wayyyy longer than I planned, but I hope you got a few nuggets out of this. 

If this blog helped you in any way, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below! 

Before we end this, I have a few final thoughts (because no, those last few paragraphs weren't my final thoughts...).

 

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launch day + final thoughts

So I actually finished up the shop and everything the evening before the launch date (or so I thought - keep reading to find out what happens next...) and was super excited about sharing it with everyone (and did not want to wait until the next day - serious case of instant gratification here) soooo I sent out an early access email plus special gift to my email subscribers! 

After writing and sending out that email, I decided to take a break for a few hours. 

Well, after my break and eating dinner, I realized that now I had to work on my marketing plan. 12 days only gives you so much time, space, and energy for priorities. 

 

So I spent the next few hours creating marketing material, including Instagram content. 

Let's just say I stayed up until 3:30 am that morning to finish and upload everything. 

But given the circumstances (that I gave to myself... yes, yes, I know), I'm super proud of how everything came out! 

In all honesty though, launch day wasn't as exciting as one would think. Maybe I should've bought myself a little cake or something and shared a video on Instagram. Actually, I think I'll do that on the next release. 

I'm thinking a mango mousse dessert? How does that sound? Delicious, right?! 

 

oh and if you haven't checked out the new design template shop yet, click here to do so! 

I'd really love to hear what you think. 

And if you buy a template and implement it, I'd love to see and share it with others on social media! Feel free to send me an email at molly@wholeheartedwoman.org. 

Well, that's all for now.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Please let me know if you found it helpful and would like to see more posts like this in the future. 

 

Rooting for you and your success! 

Molly



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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman.

I help bloggers establish and grow their brand identity and online presence through intentional strategy, visual design, vulnerability, and personal growth.

Be the person you needed when you were younger and share your story, because you're the one who someone else needs today. 

Check out my design template shop!

 

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How I Decided To Price My Digital Products

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Have you ever stumbled over how to price your digital products and online services (whether they may be courses, ebooks, templates, monthly memberships, etc.)? 

Because I have. 

In fact, when I started brainstorming on what my prices would be, I jumped from one number to the next number …and then switched it back to the original number only to change it about 3 more times. 

If you’ve ever tried to put a price tag on a product, course, service, etc. before, I’m sure this is not news to you. 

 

Before we dive deep into this topic of pricing your products, I wanted to briefly go over why I’m even writing this blog post in the first place. 

The main reason is because this is something all entrepreneurs and small business owners go through. Or even hobbyists who have ever sold anything online. 

There are so many factors to take into consideration, including but not limited to:

  • supply and demand,
  • competitor’s pricing,
  • customer expectations,
  • positioning, profit,
  • etc.

Not to mention... your mental health, level of self-care, emotional sanity, and money mindset. 

I mean… when you think about it, pricing your online products should be easy. Or at least, not this challenging and daunting. 

Also, I thought it would be cool and insightful to see how I ended up with the pricing that I did. And of course, I wanted to be transparent and share the process with you. 

So let’s go back to the beginning. 

 

How did I decide to price my digital products?

1. The pricing world of 4, 7, and 9’s. 

If you’ve ever found yourself in someone’s sales funnel for this course, membership program, mastermind, etc., you’ve most likely seen whatever they were selling ending with a 4, 7, or 9. 

There’s something called “psychological pricing”, which is basically a pricing and marketing strategy many use to get you to buy. Here’s an article by Entrepreneur that talks about this if you’re curious. 

Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of this. I always thought it was so annoying when someone priced something at $999 or $1,999, because they’re not tricking anyone, right? 

At the same time, when you see everyone else doing something and they seem to be successful, you can’t help but want to do what they’re doing. Because… they must be doing something right, right? 

So when I first started pricing my products, I came up with numbers like: $12, $15, $17, $19, $27, etc. 

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(Which, now thinking about it, is so weird because I don’t even like odd numbers. They make me feel… odd.) 

Luckily, around that time, I stumbled upon this lovely article by Jason Zook over at Wandering Aimfully. 

I’ve always been a fan of Caroline from Made Vibrant (who also happens to be Jason’s wife) and her work. 

A few years ago, I bought Caroline’s course Better Lettering Course for $20. Last year, I bought Caroline’s course Create Your First Online E-Course for $30.

So evidently, seeing whole numbers did not stop me from buying something. In fact, sometimes it made me more excited, because it didn't feel like someone was trying to "market" me and that they were focused more on providing valuable education and resources. 

That was my first sign that maybe I should just round up to whole numbers. 

 

2. Rising Tide Society - Tuesdays Together event

Fortunately, by the time the Tuesdays Together monthly meeting came around, I was already a few days into 12 Days to Launch, so I wasn’t completely in concept and brainstorming stage anymore. 

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By this time, I had a few of my products built out, knew what each of them included, and how they would help someone’s business. 

And since my goal is to sell the design templates to creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, influencers, photographers, etc., I thought it’d be a good idea to ask the group I was in. 

Pro tip: Ask people who are your ideal clients and customers for feedback. Sometimes, we want to think we know everything ourselves - but we don’t. 

The result? They didn’t like the odd numbers, either. It can feel like someone is tricking you into thinking it’s a “better” deal because the price tag ended in a certain number. 

So after that conversation and reading Jason’s article at Wandering Aimfully, I decided to round up my pricing to whole numbers. 

The other thing I did? 

 

3. Increased my prices. 

Why? Because I realized I was providing a lot of value in time, energy, knowledge, and expertise in what I was offering. 

I'm not talking about like majorrrr price increases, but an additional $10-20 here and there. Which let's be honest, is about how much a lunch meal ends up costing anyway. 

Also, I know what works well with blog posts, Pinterest, and what’s going to help you make the most impact and get the best engagement. 

Plus, every platform serves a different purpose because each platform is used differently. 

Another major part of it is that I’m not designing things just to make them look pretty (although that’s a huge part of it because creating good experiences is essential), I’m also incorporating my knowledge of branding, marketing, and the Internet into my designs. 

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Increasing your prices to $20-30 when someone can find a $5-10 template can be scary, but what ultimately helped me get over this fear was realizing that my design templates are unique. 

Every digital product and online service out there is unique and different, whether it’s a copywriting service, a productivity membership site, an ebook on how to create your first course, etc. 

Just like how every brand has its own personality, every designer has their own personality too.

I’m not designing templates for everyone; I’m creating design templates for soulful bloggers, brands, and creative businesses who want to effectively reach their ideal customers, clients, and community. 

If you're trying to reach everyone, you end up reaching no one. 

 

4. Pricing that feels good to you. 

Sometimes, pricing can feel like you’re pulling numbers out of thin air. 

At the end of the day, I think it really comes down to what feels good to you. 

The truth is that everyone will have an opinion on how you “should” price your products, but the only person that knows what’s best for you is YOU.

So ask yourself if what you're pricing your digital products at feels good to you.

Does it make sense to you? Does it feel aligned? Are you confident in it? 

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$10/template didn’t feel good to me.

Especially when I'm providing more than one variation for each template.

It felt like it came from a place of scarcity, fear, and worry that no one would want to buy my products. Because there were so many other products out there, I “should” lower my pricing so other people would think it’s a better deal. 

But wouldn’t it be better to come from a place to confidence and clarity (in knowing that the value you’re providing is amazing)?  

From a place of abundance (in knowing that potential customers are everywhere and there’s enough to go around)? 

From a place of believing in yourself (because it’s really exhausting not to)? 

As Gary Vee always says, "What's the alternative?"

Believe in yourself and believe in what you’re making. 

Self-doubt will not only kill your productivity, but it can slowly chip away at your passion and soul as well.  
 

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conclusion

While I may not have the answer to how to actually price your own digital products and courses, I hope that by sharing my own experiences through this whole journey, you’re able to see that there is no right or wrong answer.

There is no magic formula that will solve everything, but instead there are a lot of factors to take in and that there is no right or wrong way to do anything. 

Do what feels good to you, because the most important thing is that you keep doing it.

Test and experiment. Be okay with making mistakes. We learn by doing, taking action, and putting ourselves. 



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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman.

I help bloggers establish and grow their brand identity and online presence through intentional strategy, visual design, vulnerability, and personal growth.

Be the person you needed when you were younger and share your story, because you're the one who someone else needs today. 

Check out my design template shop!

Announcements & Updates: Design Template Shop Is Now Open! (Get 50% OFF This Week Only. *)

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Hello, friends! 

I'm excited to announce the opening of the Wholehearted Design Template Shop

As mentioned in the blog post title, you get 50% off the all-access pass during launch week!

During launch week (May 15th to May 20th), you get EVERYTHING that's currently in the design shop for only $75 (over $400 value!). 

Prices  will go up to $150 for the all-access pass on May 21st. 

What's included in the all-access pass? 

Media kits, pricing guides, business cards, blog and social media kits (including IG story templates, Pinterest graphics, newsletter headers, opt-in PDFs, etc.). 

Basically everything one would need to build and grow their personal brand online, with the right brand collateral. 

Who is it for? 

Bloggers, influencers, photographers, artists, creatives, small business owners, etc. 

It's perfect for anyone who:

  • is ready for a brand refresh.
  • would like more customization options. 
  • is just starting out, but doesn't want to look like a DIYer. 
  • wants to optimize and make the most out of their content and marketing strategy. 

keep an eye out for my "12 Days to Launch" blog post!

That's right. 12 days ago, I decided I would launch this puppy. 

Now you may think that's a lot of time (I thought so too...), but it really isn't. 

However, the main reason why I did it is because I knew I needed to just go for it instead of saying "Oh, I'm working on this idea...". 

Ideas will continue to be ideas until we act on them. 

So that's exactly what I did. I took action. A lot of action. Sometimes, even unnecessary action that could've been avoided if I thought things out a little more. But nonetheless, I'm proud of everything I've done and accomplished in the past 12 days - and I'm so excited to share this journey with you! 

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Hopefully, it will inspire you to start your own thing. 

And even more so, to show you that you don't have to have the perfect plan, the perfect timing, or the perfect anything, because: 

  • Perfection doesn't exist. 
  • We can and given enough time we will talk ourselves out of anything. 

I'm super excited to share all the behind-the-scenes action with you!! If there's anything in particular you're curious to hear or learn about, feel free to let me know in the comments below!


in other news...

Wholehearted Woman is transitioning into an online destination for both personal growth and personal branding. 

I'll definitely still be posting about personal growth and development topics like... 

And now I'll be talking about personal branding topics too! 

 

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So why add personal branding to the mix?

I've been doing a lot of self-reflection lately - and I realized that along with sharing my story, I always wanted to do creative and artistic things with my life. 

Since starting Wholehearted Woman, I've done and learned a lot of things along the way like ... building and growing your email list, content strategy and marketing, branding and brand identity, etc. 

The reality is that many people are starting to build and grow their own personal brands every day, so if this is something you actually want to do and be successful at (meaning you're still here 2, 5, 10 years later), then you have to work at: 

  • creating a brand identity that not only stands out but one people will resonate with
  • being vulnerable and sharing your stories, ideas, insights, perspective, etc. even if others might not agree with them
  • providing value consistently and showing up for others while also making self-care a priority 
  • growing a community through relationships, content, trust, and credibility 
  • not burning out and overwhelming yourself along the way 

There are so many things that go into building and growing a personal brand. 

And like personal growth, I see it as a life-long journey and commitment. 

I want to help you build a personal brand you're proud to call your own.

One that you're excited about waking up in the morning to work on.

One that you have ideas for at 2 am at night (if you're a night owl like me).

One that helps you meet and build meaningful relationships with others in your community. 

Because building a personal brand is truly as rewarding (and challenging) as personal growth. But you can do it. I know you can. 


author bio

Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman.

I help bloggers establish and grow their brand identity and online presence through intentional strategy, visual design, vulnerability, and personal growth.

Be the person you needed when you were younger and share your story, because you're the one who someone else needs today. 

Check out my design template shop!

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