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5 Powerful Ways to Build Your Credibility as an Entrepreneur


As an entrepreneur, one of the most important things you should focus on is building your credibility. Be it online or offline, having credibility is very important for new business opportunities, contacts, and your overall business experience.

There are several many ways to build your credibility as an entrepreneur. Here are 5 great ways to start:

Give Value Only

When trying to build your credibility, giving value is a must. You can easily get caught up in coming up with just about anything because many people do it and it works for them.

If you work on providing value only, people will be able to cite your work and recommend you, the more you’re recommended, the more your credibility will increase.

One great way to improve the value you give is by taking a close look at your work and by asking yourself questions like the ones below.

  • Is this my best?
  • How can this be improved?
  • If I were a consumer will I be satisfied with this?

In order not to be biased you can ask a friend for his or her genuine opinion on your product or services. If  they believe that your product is not up to standard and are not satisfied with the present quality, you should work on improving it.

Outstanding Customer Support

Another great way to build credibility for your business is by making sure you have an excellent customer support system in place.

Many people will or will not be your customer based on the quality of your customer support. Even if your product is the best, bad customer support will eventually lead to customers spreading negative views about your business – and this destroys your credibility rather than builds it. It especially helps to have 0800 phone numbers to prove you want to support your customers.

Here are some companies that have excellent models for customer support:

  • WooThemes
  • BuySellAds
  • GoDaddy

Power in a Great Brand

Have you ever seen people promoting things that they’ve never used? Well, I have! Why? The power of the brand. People love to talk, and they love to be respected which is why they enjoy talking about the latest things in town.

Try as much as you can to build a great brand for your business. From your business budget, dedicate a percentage purely towards branding your business.

There are several ways to build a brand for your business and it all depends on which types of services you offer. If you offer services online you might want to buy a banner on a popular blog in your niche, but if you operate offline you might want to focus more on getting covered by the media.

It is also very important to choose a theme for your business and not just change every time, choose what you want and be consistent with it.

Be Where Other People Are

One great way to easily spread the word about your business is by being a people person. People spread the word, and you can leverage their power to promote your business.

A very effective way to make people spread the word about your business is by being where they are. Try to have your presence on all major social networking sites and always interact with everyone.

Another great way to utilize the power of people is by being everywhere. If you are an online entrepreneur, try to guest post or comment in as many places as you can. If people see you everywhere they will want to know more about you, and before you know it they are already fans of your business.

Focus on Authority

If you think about any major business there is one major name that will come to your mind. If you think about business blogging, that major name is Darren Rowse, search, Google, social media, Facebook, etc.

It is very important to build your authority as an entrepreneur because this is a key element to building your credibility, if people begin to respect and see you as someone with authority, you will become powerful.

It is also easier for someone seen as an authority to grow faster. For example, anytime something is being cited about blogging in the media, they are most likely going to link to Darren Rowse because he has built his authority over time and they have seen him as a go-to source for any information related to blogging.

The most important thing is to make yourself the ultimate source when it comes to your field and building your authority is one of the best ways to achieve this.

The power of a great reputation should never be underestimated. The above are 5 great ways to build your credibility as an entrepreneur.

How do you build your credibility?

  • http://www.Entreprenant.us Jake Adams

    Excellent insight here. If there was one thing I would add it would be to inject the human element into your business or brand. Let people (clients, suppliers, employees) know that you are a person just like them. You are more than just your company or brand.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Jake,

      Having a great personality is really very important to building a great brand for your business because it makes your readers trust you the more.

  • http://thestartupstudent.com Zack Shapiro

    I build my credibility by giving back to the community. As an entrepreneur, I go to a lot of events, a lot of meetups. Those meetups have taught me a lot and provided some great networking opportunities. I think giving back to the community is incredibly important and leads to trust and credibility.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Zack,

      Giving back to your commuity is important as it makes you worthy of trust!

  • http://www.lavenderuses.com Patricia@lavenderuses

    Hi
    I am aiming to be the authority in my small niche by researching well and writing content-rich articles. Also, by being an active part of the blogging community I will not only learn heaps but others will get to know of my blog as I comment on other people’s sites. I am finding the blogging community very generous with their help and encouragement.
    Also, when I monetize my blog I will only recommend products that I have reviewed to keep my integrity.
    Patricia Perth Australia

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      That is really great Patricia,

      And a really way to build more credibilty as a blogger is by recommending only what you trust and you think will be good for your readers

  • http://www.moneybloggingtips.com Madav

    Article sounds good.

    I am agree with your first point.Clients should be satisfied with our product or services.respect your client and take respect back ! For this you need a house with dozens of powerful tool.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Madav,

      Respecting your client is a wise action, and it will eventually pay off.

  • Charlie

    This is very true. It is better for you to come out on the short end of the stick than the customer. I like to go the extra mile because it always comes back in the future for the better.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Yeah Charlie,

      Going the extra mile is really very important to building a successful business.

  • http://www.htmlcrazy.com Mandeep

    I think providing customer support is probably a really big one. If you think of why some people choose to host their blog with a certain company, I’m sure customer support is going to be a big factor.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Mandeep,

      Customer support is a very important aspect of your business and it can determine between the success and ruin of your business.

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Oni,

    Powerful tips here.

    I follow your advice by seeking to provide usable content in an entertaining manner. In addition I network like crazy. Put yourself in front as many eyeballs as possible and you eventually meet people who view you as an expert.

    This is why commenting on blogs and guest posting is so important.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Ryan

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Ryan,

      Networking is really a great thing and the more you are known the easier it is for you to build your credibility.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  • Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing

    Outstanding Customer Support is absolutely one of the most important aspects.

    As you say, “Even if your product is the best, bad customer support will eventually lead to customers spreading negative views about your business – and this destroys your credibility rather than builds it.”

    This is something people need to get straight in their heads BEFORE they even open the doors for business, so to speak.

    It can happen very quickly, and by then it could be too late.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Dennis,

      Having an outstanding customer support is a very important aspect of your business, and even if you build a solid business neglecting your customers can bring about its demise.

  • http://profitsrgood.com Roland

    Good advice!
    Credibility can only be earned. You have to do things right as you say in this article. There are no short cuts to genuine credibility.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Roland,

      Credibility can only be earned, what now matters is what you are doing to earn it

  • Michael

    Hi Oni

    Great advice and a very engaging post. You have listed many ways one can build their credibility and authority. One thing I would add is always try to be someone who is known as noteworthy or memorable and if you say you’re going to do something then do it. This builds trust and credibility.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Michael

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Michael,

      Try to be noteworthy.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  • http://www.foundora.com Naimath

    Hey Oni,

    I have been recently checking out some informative posts on building brand & credibility for my site. Presently, working on giving value, becoming an authority, and having greater presence around the web. But, I will add the other points as well to my list.

    And, yes building credibility is one of the most important things an entrepreneur or a company must look for. However it takes some time to do that effectively, so one has to be really patient & consistent for that.

    All in all, excellent post. Thanks!

    Cheers!
    Naimath

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Great Naimath,

      Then you’re doing the right thing.

      I’m glad this post could be of help :)

  • http://thestartupstudent.com Zack Shapiro

    One more thing. Follow through. If you give someone your word, make sure you follow through with that promise. The more you cut corners and avoid making 100% good on your word, the more your credibility declines.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Zack,

      Be a man of your word ~ It is easier to lose your credibility than build it!

  • http://armandomontelongolive.tv/ Morgan

    While being informative, engaging and all of the above, I also try to make it fun through audio, video and pictures. I try to have a good balance of serious and fun, while showing I’m the authority in what I do. I also ask people for their opinions, since I know that I’m certainly not the only one who makes up my business.

    Great post!

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      You make a good point Morgan,

      Thanks so much for commenting.

  • http://www.megabizflakes.com Samuel

    Great post bro! Outstanding customer support matters a lot!! thanks for sharing and keep the good work up!

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/feed Onibalusi Bamidele

      Having a great customer support is really very important and can also impact the success of your blog.

      Glad you loved the post :)

  • http://www.technoskillonline.com Sudharsan

    Excellent customer support is really helpfull to build a good relationship and trust amoung readers and customers..

    My choice is – HOSTGATOR…for besct customer care support

    — Sudharsan @ Technoskillonline

  • http://www.danlew.com/ Dan Lew

    Hi Oni,

    Nicely written article. Being where other people are and contributing constructively is very important particularly with blogs, that way others can see you really reading and understanding not just commenting for the sake of followers.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Wally

    I agree with all of this. I did not know that there was so much that you had to do. It is sometimes harder to work for yourself than to work for the other guy because you can punch a clock and go home, where you are always at work when you work for yourself.

  • fayaz

    Great post, thank you for sharing how to build your credibility, I find that to be very important.

  • vicky

    you ain’t an entrepreneur until you start to enterprise.

  • http://shferguson.com/ SHFerg

    Great article. I feel like I’ve posted a dozen times just in the past week on how much I agree with the necessity of building credibility–something that takes time. There is no quick way to build credibility, it is trust and it will grow and flourish over time. That doesn’t mean you can’t have immediate wins. An immediate win is when you do offer something of value to your customer and they choose to buy. That is to be celebrated! But it is never to be forgotten that you must continue down the path of service and value….all which build credibility.

    Thank you, for your post.