I heard about Gumroad's Small Product Lab (SPL) from someone in a Facebook group back in June. It was too late for me to join that first round, but I signed up to get notified when the next round opened up.
And then I forgot about it.
On July 22 I got an email from Gumroad letting me know I was in the next SPL set to start July 27. I was feeling lukewarm about it, like maybe I'll do it, or maybe I won't, or maybe I just won't worry about launching August 6, or maybe... Whatever, I was wishy-washy about it. But then when things started to roll, I got excited about what this was and what I was learning, and I committed to launching on August 6. Today!
So in the span of 10 days I wrote up that little guide and launched it. And now I know I am invincible...well anyway, I know I can have an idea, make it a real thing and then sell it. That's the same thing, right?
Everyone should launch something small.
Ten days is not a lot of time to make a thing and launch it. But those constraints are a great thing because they force you to be super-focused on what you're making, to cut the fat, and ensure that you finish the work.
Also, at least if you're doing this as part of the Small Product Lab, you're going to learn all about how to structure and plan your launch. You'll get a better understanding of how to use social media, too (especially if you're like me and ignore social media).
And you'll make mistakes. The thing you make will probably not be up to your standards or exactly what you envisioned on day 1. That is life. Good you should learn this now (if you hadn't already).
All of these are good things to do, experience and learn if you want to be successful in your own business, even if you aren't running a product-based business.
If this is sounding interesting to you, you might want to think about signing up for the next SPL (it's free!). I might join you...
This is what I made: Get Hired! A guide to telling people exactly how to hire you.