Brand Building Review in the Spirit of End of Year Celebrations:

There is always joy in seeing the year coming to an end. And this coincides with Christmas celebrations. Though it is time to rest and focus on the festive holiday, entrepreneurship remains like a bug that can be difficult to shake off and make you relax and be yourself for a moment. As a solopreneur and freelancer, I sometimes fidget in fear of the future and doubt my ideas as a copywriter and marketer. Most of the time, as an entrepreneur, solopreneur, or freelancer, you might wonder what you should celebrate when you are not yet where you have envisioned to be with your brand.

 However, the end of the year coincides with Christmas. So, it is a precious time to relax, reflect and celebrate all the milestones you completed in your marathon journey as an entrepreneur, solopreneur, and freelancer. There is no better way to do that than reviewing your performance through a checklist of these fundamental features for brand building. That will make you realize there is a lot to celebrate.

Why Brand Building Review?

Remember, as an entrepreneur, solopreneur, freelancer, and business owner, when it comes to the end of the day, term, or year you don’t just shut down your tools at work and rush for the break or holiday. A neat positive round-off is what entrepreneurs should believe in and practice. Remember, you are not an employee, the brand is yours, and you need to leave it up to date with a clear path to take it off when you come back next year. Though it does not come easily with entrepreneurs and freelancers, this is the time to review and celebrate milestones. 

The best way to go about it is to give yourself some moment to look back and search deeper for anything tangible that reflects your brand on both the local and global market. And with the new emphasis on the consumer-centric approach to content marketing, reviewing is necessary. I feel there is a lot to review in brand-building strategies in a celebratory mood for future better brand-building that is more human-centered than quick high profit-centered.

Review Checklist

So, to avoid that demotivating feeling that you are not yet there and have nothing to celebrate, I have compiled and prepared a checklist for you. That will help you celebrate in jubilation the fundamentals I believe every entrepreneur, solopreneur, freelancer, and business owner managed to do in their epic journey of brand building up to 2022. If you did not manage to do most of the things explored below or did them haphazardly without focusing on solid brand building, you should not feel discouraged. The best is still yet to come in 2023. And that is why we need to review and celebrate the following milestones that are the cornerstones for solid brand building.

So, where should we start with the checklist? Before we dive deeper into the checklist details, remember, as a brand, you are a work in progress, for brand building is a continuous and consistent work in progress. It is not a sprint. It is a marathon that calls for consistency and constancy in your brand-building journey. Here are the five elements in the checklist that are worth reviewing and you can easily celebrate. 

Your Business Name

Your business name does not come easily for endorsement or recognition for what you do in business. It needs creative and innovative thinking to come out with something that is you and reflects what you want to do in your business venture. That is why most people do not use their names. Your business name should be descriptive of what you are up to in business. It is a reflection of your vision and an embodiment of your purpose and value in the market. The closer it is to your business products and services, the easier it is to be relatable in the market. You chose it and liked it because it inspires and empowers you to explore your passion and purpose in entrepreneurship. So, it deserves celebration.

Passion, purpose, and value are what make entrepreneurship exciting. And with that name embodying these aspects, you can never go wrong in getting motivated to build a brandable business around a well-chosen and liked the business name. You will always feel waking up to it and striving to make it a reality and success. So, that deserves celebrating. And should give you momentum to take it further next year.

The Domain Name

That is sometimes the same as your business name, but at times different from your business name. The decision to make it that way does not always come easy. It needs research aligned with vision, mission, purpose, and value. It is not always easy to come out with something short, powerful, and memorable. The .com extension can sometimes be not available for the name you want. So, if you managed to register one last year, you need to celebrate that your digital presence starts with your domain name and its .com extension.

It marks the presence of your business venture on the web, your global mindset and appreciation of the internet, and how it enables you to explore digital opportunities around the globe. It limits mediocracy in brand-building efforts. So, thumbs up and celebration for that is a strong foundation for pushing yourself harder in your pursuit of making a mark in the present-day digital economy. It spells out your presence and the role you will continue playing in your digital space as an entrepreneur, solopreneur, freelancer, and business owner on the global market.

Your Website

Whether personal or business, your website is the beginning of wisdom in managing today’s business digital presence, its processes, and operations. You must celebrate having a website in the name of your business in line with your business venture. That is a milestone worth celebrating, for it does not just show your global mindset but also understanding digital marketing and all its facets that do not happen on a paper spreadsheet but in the cloud through the internet and your web pages.

Having a website and appreciating its value is the beginning of wisdom in making and leaving a mark in the creative digital economy. Where your digital presence and everything you do in business can easily be accessed and help add value to people’s lives. So, that achievement and mindset deserve a celebration as you breast your business venture to find its rightful place on the global market through brand building.

The Blog

Incorporating a blog on your business or personal website is the beginning of wisdom in appreciating brand presence, positioning, awareness, and promotion for solid brand building for yourself and your business venture. If you have managed to bring in a blog on your business website, you deserve a big hug from Santa Claus. A blog is the comprehensive part of all your brand marketing efforts that spells out everything you are and what you want to become in the industry and niche you have chosen to establish a business. 

Through a blog, you make your audience understand in detail your purpose, value, expertise, authority, and care in the market. It boasts solid brand building for the sustainability and longevity of your brand in the market. So, congratulations. However, if you didn’t and don’t have as yet, it is never too late to start one. You can reconsider it by exploring these blog posts on our site. 

    1. Five Benefits of a Website for Brand Building as a Solopreneur
    2. How Blogging Boosts Your Brand Value in the Market 
    3. Blogging as a Brand Building Tool

That will give you a better perspective of how a blog helps you add value to your brand in your audience’s life and business in the market.  

Revenue Streams

 Having a mindset and idea of setting up reliable revenue streams to realize a profit in your business venture is a big step that calls for celebration. As an entrepreneur, solopreneur, freelancer, and business owner, there is a time when you are starting and not even clear about how you are going to create  revenue streams for sustaining your venture. It is always trial and error with different strategies. And most of the time, failing in most of them. 

So, if you have realized some substantial sources of revenue in your venture this year, you need to celebrate. That will help you gather momentum for diversifying yourself for better yields next year. However, remember, entrepreneurship does not start with a six-figure return on investments. It begins with creating and building income streams, resources, and sources of value that bring in income. No matter how little. It deserves celebrating. Money does not grow on trees, but in the digital age, it sprouts from value creation through information, knowledge, and skills. 

And brand building for boosting revenue is a slow journey that has seen many giving up their pursuit for success and impact in the world. It has made some now successful ones sleep in garages and pounding alleys. But they never ceased building brands that ended up realizing billions in currency. So, your two or three-figure revenue deserves celebrating as it builds momentum to stay focused on your brand-building journey with the hope of making it big in the market next year.

Conclusion:

Whether it is in the celebratory mood of Christmas or not, the end of the year is the time to review what worked and did not work for you in your venture. Entrepreneurship is business and needs reviewing as preparation for the coming year 2023. So, I hope you find the outlined checklist items inspiring and empowering as they are worth acknowledgment in solid brand building for forging ahead in building sustainable and long-standing brands on the global market. See you on the 4th of January, 2023.

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