Launch Your Box Podcast with Sarah Williams | Start, Launch, and Grow Your Subscription Box

Launch Your Box Podcast with Sarah Williams | Start, Launch, and Grow Your Subscription Box

5 years ago I had a dream to start a Subscription Box service full of goodies for women to treat themselves and nurture the importance of self care. It took me a full 18 months to make it happen! I was paralyzed by ‘all the things’ I had to figure out with no one to turn to for guidance. That is why I created Launch Your Box! Maybe you need some direction on how to begin, or you are ready to grow your subscriber base. Either way, it all starts with an idea that can turn into a constant reoccurring revenue, a raving fan base, and a business to love. I will help you... Take your first steps and know where to start. Figuring out the logistics: packing, shipping, boxes, oh my! Learn how to launch, from idea to sales. Scale that box to the next level, go big or go home!

Episodes

May 18, 2022 28 min

Welcome to episode five of my eight-part series on the podcast called, “Ask Sarah.” Each week, I answer a question from inside my Launch Your Box coaching membership. 

This week Maria Riebe of Sunflower & Scout is here to talk about how to handle variations and personalization for her subscription box. 

Like so many entrepreneurs, the pandemic forced Maria to pivot. A true antique-lover, she had been producing an outdoor vintag...

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Welcome to episode four of my eight-part series on the podcast called, “Ask Sarah.” Each week, I’ll be answering a question from inside my Launch Your Box coaching membership. 

This week Traci Gibson of Print Cut Craft and I tackled the question of how to grow a subscription past a plateau. 

Traci started her business ten years ago, selling printables and teaching classes at scrapbooking conferences. When she (and her family) got t...

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Welcome to the third installment of my eight-part series on the podcast called, “Ask Sarah.” Each week, I’ll be answering a question from inside my Launch Your Box coaching membership. 

This week Lexie Haubert of The Crafty Lady Boutique and I tackled the question of how to get people to engage with her content on social media. 

Lexie’s online business came about when she was unable to find bridal party gifts she liked while planni...

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“Messy Action is better than no action.” - Sarah Williams

Welcome to the second in my new eight-part series on the podcast called, “Ask Sarah.” Each week, I’ll be answering a question from inside my Launch Your Box coaching membership. 

This week’s question came from Gina Rich of Serendipity Lane. Gina’s question was simple. “Why am I stuck?” 

Gina had a brick-and-mortar scrapbooking and card-making business for 15 years. She still...

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“How do you balance everything?”  

I’m kicking off a new six-part series on the podcast called, “Ask Sarah.” Each week, I’ll be answering a question from inside my Launch Your Box coaching membership. 

This week’s question came from Mar. And when Mar told me all about her business and the many different roles she plays in her life, I understood exactly where the question came from. 

Mar and her family run Windborne Farms where they...

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5 years. 60 boxes. Countless lessons learned. 

Earlier this year, I celebrated the five-year anniversary of the subscription box side of my business. That’s 60 boxes! 60 boxes I poured my heart into to create amazing experiences for my subscribers. 

The journey my business and I have been on over these five years has come with lots of failures (I like to call them lessons learned), wins, and personal growth. My business grew from f...

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A subscription box is so much more than just “stuff in a box.” 

I teach this inside Launch Your Box every day. I’ve talked about it on this very podcast. And I LOVE watching subscription box owners take what they’ve learned and turn it into amazing experiences for their subscribers. 

I invited Katie onto the podcast to talk about her subscription box journey and what inspired her to curate a truly incredible experience for the book...

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right.” - Henry Ford.

 

You’ve dreamed about starting a subscription box and now you’re ready to take action and start making those dreams come true. So where should you start? 

 

It’s easy to get caught up in the fun parts - products and packaging. And you absolutely need those in place, but spending too much time designing custom boxes or sourcing products for fu...

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Your subscription box business isn’t growing like you want it to. You’re not gaining subscribers at the rate you’d planned for and hoped for and you’re not sure what to do. 

 

If you start looking around for advice, you’re likely to find people telling you the answer to your problem is Facebook Ads. I have a different opinion. 

 

Facebook Ads will NOT grow your subscription box for you. Yep, I said it. I know this might be an unpop...

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Imagine what you could do with the time you saved if someone else handled the fulfillment of your subscription box. 

As your subscription box business grows, you find yourself spending more and more time actually fulfilling those subscriptions. Packing and shipping the boxes takes time. Time you could be spending ON your business. Is there another option? 

Ryan Culver of Lessgistics joined me for today’s episode to answer that ques...

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It’s important to know yourself. To know what you love, what lights you up inside, what sets you apart. Ask Launch Your Box member Stephanie Russell of Bling Owl Creations what sets her apart and she’ll tell you… she’s extra! 

See, Stephanie was a pageant mom. She’s also a baseball mom. You may think those two roles don’t have much in common. You’d be wrong. Because Stephanie isn’t your average baseball mom. She’s extra. She brings...

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Imagine a box of incredibly delicious baked goods arriving on your doorstep every month. Baked goods that are the stuff of dreams…

That’s the experience Jonica Thompson provides to her subscribers. Carefully curated, impeccably packed and shipped, and OMG so, so good baked goods! Jonica sent me one of her boxes for a recent Box Opening inside Launch Your Box and let’s just say my Warehouse team and I were in heaven. 

I invited Joni...

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If you could create one piece of content that you could use at least six different ways, would you? 

 

This question came up inside my high-level membership, Scale Your Box. We had a mini-mastermind and dug into all the things subscription box owners face when scaling their subscription box businesses. Many members admitted to struggling with “what to say” when it came to creating content. 

 

My copywriter and I sat down with the g...

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“Don’t let the tech stop you like it stopped me for a long time.” - Sarah 

I knew I wanted to start a subscription box. I dreamed about it every night. I planned out all the boxes, knowing exactly what I’d give my subscribers. And exactly how much they’d love it. Yet, it took me 18 months before I launched my subscription box. What held me back? The tech. 

Tech holds SO MANY of us back. It’s the number one stumbling block for membe...

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Every month, I go LIVE inside my coaching membership, Launch Your Box, to open members’ subscription boxes and provide feedback. Last month, I opened some incredible boxes. I was so impressed with the creativity and care these members put into curating an experience for their subscribers, just like I taught them. What I wasn’t impressed with was how low their subscriber numbers were. With boxes that good, their numbers should have ...

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“Part-time work will get you part-time results.” 

There’s nothing quite like sitting and talking business with someone who just “gets it.” And just gets you. 

For this episode, I sat down with one of my biz besties, Susan Bradley. Susan is the founder of The Social Sales Girls as well as the past and current owner of successful online retail businesses. 

Susan and I are at different stages in our businesses right now and we talked ...

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“Stand tall and own your buying power.” 

Is this going to be the year you find new sources for products? Have you been curious about how to order products from overseas manufacturers? Are you wondering what Alibaba is and why so many subscription box owners use it to order products at great prices? 

If any of those sound like you, this episode is for you. Marissa Sayers joined me to take us through the process of ordering products ...

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“This subscription has turned into so much more than a subscription to me.” - Jenny Hines

Jenny Hines designs gorgeous floral arrangements. Seriously beautiful bouquets anyone would love to give or receive. 

It turns out Jenny’s talent for creating supportive communities just might be even greater than her talent for creating eye-popping bouquets. 

Jenny took over the family floral business from her parents in 2018 and from the sta...

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January 12, 2022 27 min

Let’s start this year with a better plan, a plan to help you move forward because… It’s Time to Start Your Subscription Box! 

 

Now is the time to get started the right way. 

 

See, it’s hard to take steps forward with starting your subscription box if you can’t visualize who that box is for - your ideal customer. And if you already have a subscription box and you’re struggling with marketing, gaining subscribers, or retaining the ...

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I heard a twist on the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” and thought it was perfect for subscription box business owners. It goes like this: 

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Then sell the lemonade. With the profits, buy more lemons and make more lemonade. Sell that, too. Then buy a bigger lemonade stand! 

 

Why am I talking about lemons and lemonade on today’s podcast episode? 

 

I’m not, actuall...

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