There are countless sites claiming to be the font of all knowledge when it comes to small business.
Here’s our pick of the best, and a little about why you should follow them.
If official government advice is what you’re after, this is the place to go. With heaps of guides, and other resources such as business plan templates and examples, this makes as good a starting point as any.
Enterprise Nation is a small business network with a community of more than 75,000. Through events, campaigning, blogs, webinars and funding options, it’s an important champion of Britain’s growing army of small businesses and the self-employed.
“Our events like Go and Grow Online, Food Exchange and the Fashion Exchange offer unprecedented access to leading voices in the industry, insight as well as practical help and advice. Funding options via our website include Crowd funding and Fund 101. And our marketplace is the go-to destination for all things Growth.” Lorna Bladen, Enterprise Nation
“Smarta provide the best business advice for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs! Their network has been there and done it, so you’re hearing from those who have been where you are and can help you make shortcuts. Plus, they host loads of information packed webinars and live events.” Sarah Akwisombe, Editor
British Library Business and IP Centre
Probably best known for its wealth of databases, publications and free business resources, the centre also runs a wide range of events and courses, with a dedicated team on hand to help you find what you need. Particularly useful for access to full Mintel reports, if you don’t want to fork out the cash to buy them.
Jim’s Marketing Blog
Jim Connolly specialises in helping small businesses boost their profits and grow their businesses. Writing exclusively about using creative strategies (rather than money). He is a committed creative and writes a creative thinking site creativethinkinghub.com. He also works with artists, actors, painters, rock stars, rappers, designers, developers and dancers.
“Start. Run. Grow. Succeed.” @smallbusinessuk has a large network of knowledgeable entrepreneurs providing topical and informative content every day to a readership of small business owners and those with aspirations to start up. Ben Lobel, Editor
The Next Women
Next Women is a community of Investors, Entrepreneurs and Advisers, providing access to capital, resources and networks, offering their community a support infrastructure critical for success.
“Our goal is to advise, inspire and connect a global and local community of ambitious entrepreneurial women specifically on their business need – online and offline. We are all about inspiration, advice and contacts.” Lucy Catten, Editor
Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads)
“85 Broads is an inclusive network that embraces professional women from all backgrounds. The benefits of membership are many, including the opportunity to announce events, promote yourself and your school/business, host/ attend live Jam Sessions (webinars) and network in-person and online within a network of 34,000 professional women.” Tina Pettigrew, Community Manager
The Small Business Blog
On the front-line of technology for over 20 years, Stefan Topfer was a founder of one of the first internet service providers.
“I’ve seen first-hand the massive impact that the internet has had on small businesses. This is why I like to use The Small Business Blog to share some of my expertise and experiences in business as well as attempting to build a community of like-minded business owners and experts who can all help each other out.” Stefan Topfer, CEO, WinWeb
UK Business Forums
“With over 400,000 unique users a month, UK Business Forums is the UK’s most engaged online community of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Members use the free-to-access website to keep up-to-date with news, opinions and developments affecting UK companies, to network with like-minded business owners and to gain valuable insight, information and advice to help their company grow and succeed.” Dan Izzard, Community & Engagement CoordinatorSmall Business Trends and BizSugar
“With over 1 million registered members, there’s always something interesting at Bizsugar.com. You can get content ideas from looking at the site, find out who’s interested in the same topics you’re interested in and make networking connections, and, best of all, get your own B2B content seen and read more widely by sharing it at BizSugar.” Anita Campbell CEO BizSugar and Small Biz Trends
“Established in 2000, startups.co.uk is the longest serving, largest and most comprehensive advice platform available covering everything you need to know to start, buy, run or sell a business. Whether you’re looking for business inspiration to launch your own start-up, information on franchising and the options available, the latest insights into the tech start-up scene or tips on how to manage a fast-growth company – we’ve got it covered.” Lucy Smith, Digital Content Manager
Free to enrol, the Start-up Academy offers workshops, puts you in touch with a range of funding sources, and enables you to join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
500 Startups provides early-stage companies with up to $250K in funding, a startup accelerator programme, and unique events like SmashSummit, UnSexy, and GeeksOnaPlane. With hundreds of experienced startup mentors around the world, a creative work space in the heart of Silicon Valley, and a vibrant community of startup founders, they help companies succeed in ways other venture firms don’t.
By offering mentorship, networking, and support to other women as they advance, Project Eve effectively brings more women into the business world, correcting the gender imbalance, ensuring equality and increasing opportunity.
Project Eve challenges and inspires a new breed of innovative and creative women who are actively reinventing their careers and with it, the future of business. With engaging articles and interactive tools, they aim to motivate women to think beyond traditional boundaries, support one another, embrace change and view challenges as opportunities.
Women 2.0 creates content, community and events for aspiring and current innovators in technology. Founded in April 2006 with the vision to make a difference, they aim to help more women in succeed in technology as leaders, founders and investors.
SmallBusiness.com is a platform of online media, content, services and products that help small business owners and managers respond to the challenges and opportunities they encounter each day.
Small Biz Pod
SmallBizPod is a podcast, blog, news and community site for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. Their mission is to inspire, inform and entertain. They provide real insight, real inspiration and the secrets of success in interviews with real business owners.
Inspiring, informing and celebrating entrepreneurs since 1973, it’s a great site to follow for news and advice.
The Tyson Report
Robert Tyson text, video, and audio based blog discusses tried and tested methods, successfully utilised by the man himself during the 10 years he has worked in online marketing and publishing.
For nearly 20 years, Matthew and Adam Toren have provided instruction in management concepts, marketing, and finance to emerging and distressed small businesses. They currently own and operate a successful media company, which includes several online properties and print publications.
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