If there is one question I get asked every single day of the week it is how to change Facebook profiles in to business pages. I get phone calls, I have people email me and friends ask me if I can ask somebody in Facebook. People call us in the office on a daily basis and literally bed us for a contact in Facebook to help them out. It's a very common problem that many people have especially people who joined the site early and thought the right thing to do was promote their business via their own personal profiles. Many people have as many as 5000 friends (the maximum limit according to Facebook) that they can't move over to business pages. Complicating the matter further is the fact that Facebook strictly forbids anybody from doing any marketing from personal profiles and has even been known to shut down personal accounts acting as businesses in recent months. Well today it is as if Christmas has come early for all those people because Facebook have just launched a new tool which you can find here that allows you to convert your personal profile in to a business page.
There are some very serious downsides to doing this though namely that if you have set this up as your own personal profile and use Facebook on a daily basis you are going to lose all your information like likes and personal info. The friends that you have on the personal profile will however be converted in to likes and you'll have a brand new legal business Facebook page. If you have any other problems or are not sure about making this move the help page on Facebook should help you with this.
This really is the perfect solution because it means that people who have had no solution for the last couple of years can now finally migrate their friends over in to likes. The only solution up until now was posting a link or message to all friends and hoping they would head over an like a new Facebook page. For most this is not going to be a huge deal but for many this tool is a life saver!!