The concept of branding is typically left last on the creation list of business. It becomes more imperative as demand in the field grows, and expertise makes a focal point. Is it better to have a bad client, or no client at all? How many networking events should you attend? In the forever climb of success, there are bits and pieces of information that allude the well intended thought of your business. One is branding.
In whatever path is chosen in business, from running a babysitting service, to opening a future Fortune 500 company, the aspect of branding is a necessary force. Branding should be a natural development in your business, it should be the essence of your expertise.
My name became a brand, and I'd love to say that was the plan from the start. But the only plan was to keep writing books. And I've stuck to that ever since.
Processing your business well is developmental, by doing your work well. If you are attending more than several networking events monthly, there is less concentration on streamlining your business, and more on reaching for as many customers as possible, which shows a lack of interest in developmental concept. Regardless, you have been in business one to twenty years, it is necessary for your expertise to speak for you.
Create an enigma personality around business peers, and a clear, open book with your customers. Focus on maybe one to two networking events monthly, and provide information on your business that might identify with the customer base of your business peers. Never extend a business card unless it is asked for. Brand your ability to make eye-to-eye contact, avoid name-dropping, and be confident.
In the search for your idea customer, you may run into clients who are less than savory. As long as their demands are reasonable, it is a natural part of business branding to smile heartily, and complete their request with zeal, respect, and results. If the client has a reputation of non-payment, hard to work by conditions, and lacks respect, it is better to avoid a business transactions. Your own brand and reputation depend on it.
Branding is doing what you do, expertly. It is building a reputation on good output, your results will be a testament for you, no event can ever achieve. Your few customers will spread the word about you across social media, and more intrigue and new business will arrive. It is all a numbers game you quietly place in the back of your mind. For now, you are working your business, becoming an expert. That is branding.