There's an interesting thread on the Etsy forums tonight entitled "Etsy Regret". None of the admissions are earth-shattering news:
"I wish I'd learned about SEO sooner."
"I wish I'd understood the importance of product photography."
"I wish I'd given more thought to my shop name."
"I wish I'd joined sooner."
"I wish I'd opened up to selling internationally from the start."
But, it's got my head spinning. And I'm (of course) extrapolating it to my business as a whole.
What do I regret?
Well, of course there's the whole unfortunate years of trying to sell shabby chic. I'm going to be honest: I really struggled and incurred a lot more angst than I should've. It's hard to believe that I once bought hankies, gloves, linens, etc. Hell, I once drove 3 hours to Pennsylvania to buy a rose painting I bought on ebay. Yeah, I made $80 on it, but ... really?
And of course, all the wrong-for-me antique malls I stayed in too long (or went into at all) that weren't a good fit.
Finally, we can't ignore the really bad wannabe wholesale decisions I've made. Upon reflection, I don't regret those as much as I thought I would. I learned that I SUCK at wholesale, and have made my peace that I can write it off on my taxes as a loss. Thankfully, I've found some that now work (which is another post in itself).
On etsy, my main regret is not getting into the habit of listing frequently. I do well on etsy, but know I could sell more if I could make time for listing more items.
What regrets do you have?