the best resources for small businesses

 

When you have a small business even the little things can go such a long way and knowing the best tools and resources can make a real difference. That’s why we have created this handy blog post full of the best resources recommended for small businesses.

 

 

General

 

Here we have a selection of general businesses resources which many small enterprises have made use of and recommend:

 

  • Gov.uk – here you can find all sorts of business advice such as business plans, financial advice, and government schemes and funds which you can make use of.

 

  • Startup Britain – here you can find a range of advice, blogs, and support for your business. Plus you can find local business events by viewing their interactive map.

 

  • Human Resource Solutions – most small businesses do not have an HR department and so getting free and useful advice is very important early on. This site has all of that plus free templates for things like Furlough agreements.

 

 

 

Website

 

Website builders – these are perfect for businesses which cannot afford a professional web developer to design their website. Here are our top 5 website builders we recommend:

 

  • https://wordpress.com/  – the industry standard – plenty of paid and free template themes to choose from

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounting

 

Sorting your accounts and taxes can be quite a difficult and certainly a time-consuming task if you were to do to it with no help. That’s why there are tonnes of tools and resources out there which can help you with your business books. Here are our favourites:

 

  • HMRC – this is the go-to tax and financial resource for businesses in the UK – here you can find all the information you need on corporation tax, PAYE, export fees etc.

 

  • Xero – this tool is like your personal online accountant – the software tracks your expenses and files reports ready for you to use to claim back tax and accurately report your finances to the government. When your business grows you can then move to the slightly more powerful, albeit less user-friendly, Quickbooks.

 

 

Marketing

 

There are so many marketing tools and blogs out there with fantastic information on how to market your business. We have shortlisted our favourites here:

 

  • Ubersuggests + Neil Patel – this tool is fantastic for scouting out your online competition and working on your website SEO – plus Neil has plenty of advice and guidance on a bunch of marketing topics.

 

  • Google Academy for Ads – here you can learn all about Google’s ad platforms such as YouTube, Search, and Display – you’ll learn how to advertise and how best to use these platforms all whilst actually getting a qualification if you choose to take the free exam.

 

  • Facebook Blueprint – similar to Google’s academy for ads, this is Facebook’s resource for learning how best to advertise on their social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram.

 

  • Canva – this is a fantastic free tool which can make the average person into a great graphic designer. It’s really easy to create amazing designs with no graphic design experience and there are a load of templates for things like social media posts, ads, and poster etc.

 

  • Hubspot blogs – this website has a load of blogs on marketing and provide really valuable advice for small businesses looking to get more customers, keep them, and utilise them as referrers. They likely have a blog post on every marketing topic going.