If I Had To Do It All Over Again What Would I Change?
I've been in business at this point for over three years and of course there have been things along the way that I would take back or change if I had to do it all over again. I would not be so hard on myself for not getting the sales that I thought I needed or letting some negative feedback stop me from pursing the dreams I had for my shop. Although, I love the journey I took to get to this point, there are a few things I would change if I had to do it all over gain.
1.) If I had to do it all over again I would "cut" people out of my business life who didn't support my shop.
I can tell you right now you're thinking of someone that has been in your life that didn't support what you did or what you're doing in your business (or even life in general). Whether it be a close friend or family member or just some stranger on social media. I think nowadays we are giving too many second chances or "benefit of the doubt's" to People who honestly, don't deserve them. There has been a person who I met via social media who I could tell was "toxic" (for lack of a better word). The conversations turned "cold" and there was something that was "off". I could feel it, but I pushed those feelings down because "I was just jumping to conclusions" about them.
Looking back, I can tell that I should've just trusted my gut and "cut" them out of my life a lot sooner. They were the opposite of supportive. In fact, they said I would "Destroy my business on my own". Well, I'm still here. I don't know how I ever made it without their support (insert sarcasm).
2.) If I had to do it all over again I would have stuck to one theme for my items.
If you have been following my shop for any length of time then you may know that we used to make a lot more than just shirts. Including but not limited to; headbands, felt bows, ribbon bows, fabric bows, boutique bows, teething toys, pacifier clips and bow ties. Saying I stretched myself a little too thin here would be an understatement. I couldn't commit to one thing because if I just did one thing then I had this fear that I would be missing another opportunity. Trust me, don't take on more than you can handle. You will burn yourself out so quick and won't be providing the best "you" to your customers.
If you can handle 600 different variations and 1,700 items in your shop then go for it Wonder woman! Just don't forget your limits :)
3.) If I had to do it all over again I would have engaged with my followers earlier.
When I first started my business I read a blog that probably gave me the worst business advice I've ever gotten which was, "Your business social media is for your business, not you. So your face shouldn't appear on it". SCREW THAT. Your customer, your followers want to see YOU. They want to support YOU. Tell them about yourself and your "why" behind your brand. Think about it this way, if Target's CEO got on their Instagram live tomorrow to answer some questions that their customers had, do you think their sales would boost that day?! 100% Yes.
Think about it!
I hope this helps give you a little more insight into our small shop and things I would do differently if I had to do it all over again.