The importance of branding in business is something every one of us is aware of, it is the reason our company is recognized by our consumers and branding is the thing that gives identity to our business.
Most companies big or small have a full dedicated team that shares the responsibility of branding, but the same can’t be said for a Solo Entrepreneurs. Some examples of solo entrepreneurs or Solopreneur as they are called these days are dentists, accountants, and real-estate agents.
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When you are in business for yourself, it is totally up to you that you make sure that it has brand identity which resonates with the target consumers and that marketing for the same is done properly. All the decision regarding that and about promoting your business on social media falls upon you and as you are single; it can become a tad bit difficult.
But, there is an advantage of being in this situation. Maintaining the brand and advertising it becomes a bit easy when you are a solo entrepreneur. If you are still not sure, here are some tips that will guide you about
How to build a brand for your solopreneur.
1. Get inspired from other business / solopreneurs
When you are trying to work out strategies for building your brand identity you need to research the market well. Not only to understand your target customers but also to understand the things your competitors are doing and what is working for them and what is not. Monitor their strategies and take inspiration from the things that worked well for them in the past. For this purpose, check out other industries too.
2. Join and be active in groups
The best way to get visibility amongst your consumers is by joining groups of their specific industry or making one on social media platforms like Facebook or so. This way they can be near like-minded people, consumers and other influencers from the industries. This gives them a way to reach out to a mass audience and let them know the benefits they can incur from your service. Also, the discussions and chats make it easy to understand whether some strategies you implied for branding are working or not.
USP stands for unique selling proposition, which is the most unique feature of your product/service that makes it different from all the competition. The USP is usually defined through the tagline of the product/service, and it should be used in the bio of all your social media accounts. Having your USP in these accounts makes sure that the consumers know that you are selling something that is unique or different and they must have that. Remember these points while making your bio:
- USP should be uniform throughout all social media accounts.
- As a solopreneur, the company is you so the USP would describe you too which makes it necessary to pick words carefully.
- Personal details are also required.
- Use high quality attractive images as it your personal brand.
4. Have a personal Instagram account
Use your personal Instagram account for sharing photos or videos from both your personal and professional life. This way the followers know how you work and also who you are in real life. You can share some of the snaps from your special occasion or give them a behind the tours on how you work etc. which will help people know the real you.
Moreover, never indulge in some political or religious rants on which you have no clear stance as this will only bring a negative spotlight on you which is not great for the business.
5. Have a visual identity
Visual identity is the most crucial technique for enhancing your brand and uses elements like logo and color scheme and so on. The logo is probably the most important part of brand identity, which needs to be simple yet incorporate the feel of the business and deliver the core message of the brand. You can hire a designer or if you want, use the Canva tool for designing the logo yourself.
These are some of the tricks and tips that can help you establish a brand for your solo entrepreneurship. Using these will help you establish a valuable relationship with the consumer, the only thing you need to remember is that being honest and yourself are the keys to having a successful brand that will last for long.