Being self-employed is one thing, but running your business from home can be an incredibly personal venture. A company that is operated from the very place you live can create a uniquely close relationship with your chosen industry. This dedication to your line of work should be reflected in your efforts to market your company. Ensuring your personal business is noticed will give it the custom and notoriety to thrive.
Kitsch custom gifts
Any promotional material that leaves your company should be uniquely branded. For a company that has been forged from personal devotion, you should want any marketing to reflect that one-of-a-kind mentality. Rewarding new and loyal customers alike with unique but inexpensive gifts that are branded with your logo or name will show that their custom is appreciated and that your business is as generous as it is hard-working. Finding something kitsch and has more than one use, such as a custom magic 8 ball, will be a fun reminder of your business’ personal brand.
Create a blog
What’s the story behind your business? How did you discover your passion? Writing a blog that reflects the personal touch to your business could be a brilliant promotional tool. Showing what makes your company so unique and offering a personal perspective on your chosen industry can help drop the façade of a faceless business. A blog is also a good opportunity to ask yourself what you can bring to your industry:
- Could you offer customers online help?
- Could you give industry-specific insights?
- Could your business experience help others in a similar boat to you?
Create a well-run website
In the absence of a physical shop or a separate business building, a website will have to function as the shop floor for your company. Your website should be visually appealing and easy to navigate, as, in the era of social media and smartphones, there’s no excuse for an online platform with sloppy page furniture. Don’t panic, though, as there are plenty of DIY website options and hosts that do the web design element for you for very little expense. From your perspective, it will be more like assembling a jigsaw and displaying it when it’s ready.
Find active communities
To get your business into its target audience and in front of potential customers, you may wish to ask yourself if there’s an active online community. For example, if you make soap for a living and find that there’s an active presence online for those who want homemade, artisan toiletries, you should make yourself known in these online forums and social media communities. Giving a friendly introduction to who you are and how you can help is just one way that you can endear people to your brand.
Running a business from home has plenty of benefits: being able to make your own coffee, go for walks when you want, and plan your schedule around you. However, reaching out can feel like a bit of a stretch sometimes. By thinking laterally and connecting with new communities, you can promote yourself with relatively little expense.
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