Should you build a personal brand or a business brand?

Should You Build a Personal Brand or a Business Brand?

Should I build a personal brand for my business? Or should I build a business brand? These questions might have you tossing and turning at night.

In this article, we’re going to step back, take a deep breath, and look objectively at both options so you can chose the best brand type for the business you’re building.

Let’s start with basic definitions …

A personal brand is built around you — your personality, your lifestyle, and your interests.

It usually means you brand your business with your name. There are positives and negatives to this, and we’ll review them in this post.

A business brand is built around an identity you create for your business.

It usually means you need to craft a name for your business that’s independent of your personal name. Again, there are pros and cons, and we’ll cover each below.

When creating a personal brand works well

It’s easier than ever to build a personal brand, especially with the tools we have available to us online. Between personal websites and social media accounts, it may be easier to create a personal brand than a business brand.

But there are a few reasons you might want to avoid this, so read on.

Here’s how to make your brand shine online

Discover how to use the power of visual marketing to draw attention to your personal brand or your business brand — for free.

Register for my free on-demand images workshop and see how you can create stunning visuals even if you’re not a designer.

This visual marketing is perfect for promoting your brand on your website, in ads, on social media, and in your email marketing. Register here and watch now!
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Choose the best brand color palette for your business with the five free tools in this post.

5 Free Tools for Getting Your Brand Color Palette Right

Ready to create your brand color palette … but not sure where to start?

This article shares five tools you can explore right now. Find the one you enjoy the most and use it to put together a winning color palette for your business.

The best way to harness the power of color in your marketing is to use colors that support and reinforce your brand.

And don’t go color crazy: pick two main colors, and use them consistently in everything you do.

You may not feel “artistic” enough to do this.

You haven’t studied color theory and you don’t need to know all of that anyway. You just want a nice set of colors that will work for your business.

I don’t blame you — color is an essential part of your visual brand.

In this post, I’m going to share my favorite tools for choosing your brand color palette. The right colors for your brand may be just a click away …

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How to Fit a Powerful Brand Style Guide on a 3-Inch Sticky Note

The most powerful brand style guide template isn’t a multi-page document that you glance at a single time.

It’s not an overwhelming brand blueprint that you save deep in the recesses of your hard drive and never review again.

After you read and do the steps in this article, you’ll have a brand style guide that’s simple enough that you can capture it in a single glance.

And it’s small enough to stick somewhere you can see it every day.

My goal is to make it easy to apply your branding elements consistently every time. Consistent application is the #1 secret to a memorable brand!

Let’s dive in so you can put this simple brand style guide template to use today.

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Branded Images are a Fun, Creative Way to Get Eyes on Your Website [Examples]


“I’ve got no business creating branded images — I’m not a designer.”

That’s what people think when I talk to them about creating branded images like these:

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Branded images are super versatile. They can be used on:

  • Your website, to illustrate written content, podcasts, or vlogs
  • Your social media platforms, to drive attention to your messages (like the Pinterest pin to the right)
  • Your ads, to encourage swipers to stop scrolling and read your post
  • Your email marketing, so your message “pops” in the inbox

You can even use branded images in ebooks, content upgrades, and opt-in incentives!

See? Versatile as all get out. If you want tangible proof, here are some stats that prove the power of visual content marketing.

But here’s the thing …

There may be a little voice in your head telling you that even though the internet has become a visual platform, you simply don’t have the necessary training to use this  powerful communication vehicle.

That’s what I thought for the longest time — that you had to be a trained designer to use design.

Today, I know this is patently false — non-designers can use design, create images, and brand their businesses all by themselves.

My 30+ year career is proof.

From design impostor to confident creator

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Man about to start a race (or start an online business!)

How to Write a Winning Online Business Startup Plan in Under 20 Minutes


“There’s so much to do. Where do I start?”

Whether you’re running a race or starting an online business, the first step is always daunting.

You look ahead and see nothing but the work that needs to be done, and the progress you’ll have to make.

You can’t see the finish line at all. You might not even see the starting block.

This post is about the starting block exclusively.

If you get your online business off to the right start, the whole race will be easier, and you’ll increase your chances of winning it.Click To Tweet

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Branding 101: 7 Business Name Traps to Avoid

Today’s post is about seven pitfalls to avoid when you create a brand and business name.

Your business name is an important element that’s directly linked to your ability to grow.

Your business name can make your brand or it can break it.

Don’t hinder your progress by painting yourself into a corner with a name that will hold you back.

Learn what to avoid and what to do when you create a brand and business name by avoiding the seven traps here.

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