There are probably hundreds if not thousands of useful small business-related sites out there.
We've found the following ones useful over the years for various reasons. What ones do you find helpful?
- TED - TED is a phenomenon as much as a real organisation! Founded in 1984, this non-profit entity's mission is to foster a global community of people who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Though just about all topics are covered these days, the business content is often insightful, occasionally downright inspirational.
- Insider.co.uk - the online sister website of Scottish Business Insider, this site publishes business news and insights specifically focused on Scotland and Scottish businesses.
- Forbes - international in outlook, however there is much content that will be of interest to small business owners, for example within the "Leadership" section of the site there are sections dedicated to entrepreneurs and to small businesses. Worth dipping into for inspiration and ideas.
- Quora - the ultimate question and answer website; pose a question to the masses and see what comes back.
- LinkedIn - probably the world's largest online professional network, claiming to have over 562 million users. If your business doesn't yet have a profile on the site, you may be missing a trick!
- HMRC's manuals - it would be remiss of me not to mention this one. HMRC's own technical manuals are available to view online. Although HMRC's interpretation of tax law often differs from that of tax advisers, and consequently the guidance in the manuals should not be relied upon without independent advice, this is nevertheless, a useful resource for those looking to understand how HMRC views and interprets UK tax law.
I'd love to hear your tips and suggestions too - what online business resources do you find helpful? Do get in touch.