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An Honest Review of Booked Out Designer by Elizabeth McCravy

Thinking of joining Booked Out Designer by Elizabeth McCravy or maybe you’re looking for a course to help you grow your business and not sure where to start. Today I’m sharing an honest behind-the-scenes look at Booked Out Designer and my experience as a student! 

Important Affiliate Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Elizabeth McCravy’s Booked Out Designer Course and if you join the course using my link, I receive a commission on the sale, at no extra cost to you. I’ve been a student of Booked Out Designer for over six months. All of the thoughts on the course are my honest opinion and experience as a member.

I don’t purchase a lot of online courses. In 2021 there were only three courses I enrolled in and the other two besides Booked Out Designer were each less than $100 and more of a mini-course. Investing in online courses and education is super important to growing your business, but it’s also really easy to overspend and overwhelm yourself with the amount of things you “should be learning.”

I’m super intentional about the courses I do join and make sure they align with where I’m at in my business and what I currently need support with which is what led me to Booked Out Designer.

My Business Before Booked Out Designer

I was super on the fence about joining Booked Out Designer during the last launch in July of 2021. I was technically already a fully booked out designer with a completely full roster of clients and a waiting list, but I was also working through a lot of burnout. I left full-time traditional employment in 2019 after replacing my salary, but as my business grew I had basically managed to create a new day job for myself. Taking any time off was really difficult, I worked long days way more often than I wanted to and due to my client load I found it really hard to find time to work on my own business.

So…when I saw Booked Out Designer was open for enrollment I honestly wasn’t sure this was the right fit for me and I almost didn’t join. ? 

My Objections to Joining: 

If you’re similar to me, your brain is probably buzzing with a million reasons why not to join a course when you’re trying to make a big decision like this. No one wants to make a large investment and regret it in a few months when you notice you never really used the course. Here are some of the specific things I worried about prior to joining:

  • Was I even going to have time to go through the course? I had a lot of client work but not a lot of free time in my schedule to be working through lessons
  • I wasn’t a Showit Designer. My services focus on instructional design, online course setup and sales page design so would this course even work for me?
  • Couldn’t I just figure this all out on my own and save myself the money?
  • There were parts of my business that honestly felt a little embarrassing and maybe I should fix those things before investing in another course. Despite having a thriving business (where I now make more money than my previous corporate jobs) I didn’t regularly post on social media, my website was super basic and I had a bunch of other super simple business things on my to-do list

Why I ended up joining Booked Out Designer: 

  1. I’ve followed Elizabeth for years and recommended her products so many times! I think I first discovered her when I was researching ways to help clients who were having a difficult time managing their own website and didn’t want to bring on a web designer every time they needed to change something on their website. I’ve been hooked ever since. She cares a ton about her clients and the quality of her work which are super important to me too.
  2. I knew Elizabeth had a lot of similar business values to my own and learning from someone who has similar goals is really valuable and inspiring.
  3. TIME – Time was the biggest issue I was facing in my business. Having a proven process I could use in my own business to streamline would save me so much time over researching everything on my own.
  4. Community – Online business can be sort of lonely sometimes. I really wanted a community of peers who were all working through similar issues in their business.

What’s the course actually like?

My expectations for any online course I join are insanely high. I’m a past middle school teacher and current instructional designer. At this point I’ve set up hundreds of online courses for large companies and entrepreneurs so my expectations tend to be a little higher than most people. Booked Out Designer completely exceeded my expectations in every way.

The actual lessons and modules are easy to watch and super detailed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone share their process as transparently as Elizabeth does. This is exactly the course I wish I had been able to find when I first started my business. The lessons not only include instructions and ideas on what to do for every part of your business (finances, networking, marketing, client experience and so much more) but Elizabeth also gives you a behind-the-scenes look at exactly how she implements these processes in her own business.

The Facebook group is pretty much my favorite place online these days. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming. It’s truly a space where you can go to ask questions and discuss unique challenges you may be facing at every stage of business. It’s seriously the best. Just the amount of things I have learned from peers in the Facebook group is worth the price of the entire course.

My Business After Booked Out Designer

Ok, so you get it – I loved the course, but what about actual results? Well here are just a few I’ve experienced in the last six months after joining in July of 2021:

1). On average I’m earning $2,000 to $3,000 more per month while working less – seriously I just reviewed my bookkeeping prior to writing this to see if there was a trend and the trend is I make more money!

2). Working less evenings and weekends – My business used to feel like a bit of a hamster wheel of constant work. There was always something I felt like I should be working on. In the last six months I’ve increased my prices, streamlined a lot of my workflow and set better boundaries that have allowed me to regain more freedom in my business.

3). I’ve been told multiple times that my discovery calls are the best call someone has ever had. Talk about a weird and random compliment, but I’ll take it! The discovery call module in Booked Out Designer is amazing and while I already felt like I had a good discovery call process this lesson allowed me to streamline my calls and provide a better experience for prospective clients.

A few other thoughts and questions about Booked Out Designer

Is this course good for people just starting their business?

Definitely – I wish this course had existed when I first started my business three years ago. I joined a bunch of online courses back then and they all had a few basic lessons on how to find your niche and get your first few clients. Booked Out Designer takes you way beyond just the first steps in your business and shows you all of the ins and outs of running a profitable online business.

What if I’m not a designer?

Booked Out Designer is still a great fit! While most of the students are designers, nearly every single lesson could be applied to any service based business. The discovery call, client experience and marketing modules especially all translate to any business

But seriously, will I even have time to do the course?

This was the big question I was wondering too! It can be really hard to find the time to implement an online course, especially one as detailed as Booked Out Designer. Due to the way Elizabeth has structured BOD it’s actually super easy to fit the lessons into your schedule. I didn’t do the lessons in order and I still haven’t completed every single one. Instead I popped into the course before I was tackling something specific in my business. For example before my next discovery call, I watched the discovery call lesson and implemented things right away. Each lesson is about 15-20 minutes so it’s super easy to do a couple each week or as things come up in your business.

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