First things first, what is personal branding?
In short, personal branding is the practice of marketing yourself, career, or brand. It means defining who you are by determining your mission and goals as well as what you hope to accomplish through your work. Ultimately, personal branding is the art of making you and your passion your business whether it be arts and crafts, photography, cooking, writing, or some unique niche you’ve created for yourself. Personal branding helps showcase your talents to the rest of the world (especially online) to gain supporters and potential clients. Personal branding helps you engage with your audience and introduce your craft.
Who is personal branding for?
When you want your side hustle to become your main hustle. Although your craft is your thing, when telling your story, you have to make it about your audience – how your skills can help others by bringing beauty or convenience to their lives. You convince them that they need your skills or services, and that you are the best one to provide it for them. Your brand should help your audience become their own hero.
Do you need a big audience?
Not necessarily. Most people don’t have a huge audience in the beginning – you have to start somewhere. Don’t worry about starting at zero, we all do. Just see it as miles of potential set before you – a challenge to climb higher. The important thing is to start and gain consistency.
And in truth, you don’t want a broad audience, you want a loyal audience. When creating your personal brand, identify your target audience. How old are they? Why would they appreciate your craft? Where do they live? What are their hobbies and interests. When you narrow down your audience, you can better cater to them and their needs. You can connect with them on a more personal level when you know who you are talking to.
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