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So your small business is in need of credibility. What’s the first thing you should do?

Some say it’s as simple as building your brand.

In the business world, your brand is only as strong as the reputation that precedes it. And when establishing credibility in your client market, one of the most beneficial moves you can make in order to understand your reputation is to become a part of your own core audience. Building your brand requires exploring your audience and gaining a better understanding of what they view. By learning what your audience values, you can associate your business with those ideals, linking emotional values to practical concepts.

So where do you start?

First and foremost, develop a clear, targeted mission statement. At Baker Creative, we align our business’ mission with what our audience values. This develops an immediate relationship before any business has even taken place. Next? We associate with companies and businesses who can lend us credibility. By working with well-respected companies, our profile and reputation immediately is linked. And finally? Employ credible people. Top credibility traits? Employees who maintain their individuality while also aligning closely with the company’s mission.

While establishing and building credibility is an ongoing process, it never hurts to start today. Establishing a foundation for your company’s reputation is as simple as dedicating a small part of your day to ensure your company and its associates are continuously working under your company’s stated mission and goals. Take small steps daily to further your credibility with your current and future client audiences. For more tips on developing small business credibility, check out http://www.allbusiness.com.