Where to Find Business Advice You Can Trust Online

Sep 28, 2012 by

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So you’ve had a great idea for a business and perhaps you’ve spoken to friends and family and they’ve given you their opinion. What next? It’s likely that you’ll need information and advice on many aspects of your business idea, from the concept itself to the implementation and beyond. Setting up a business can be a complicated process, and forging a successful business will require every aspect to be running as smoothly as possible.

Where to Seek Business Advice From?

The good news is that there are several reliable places to find business advice – the internet really is your oyster. Spend some time browsing the following sources and you’ll find well-informed advice on everything from how to furnish an office to how to outsource non critical workflows.

Business Link

The Business Link website at www.businesslink.gov.uk is a treasure trove of reliable, well-informed business advice as well as easy to use tools to make setting up and running a business easier, and links to outside agencies of importance. Run in partnership with HM Government, you can be sure that the information that you find on the Business Link website will be up to date, relevant and reliable.

Whether you’re in the early stages of a business idea, or are already running a business, Business Link has information relevant to both starting up and growing a company, from finding finance to how to outsource non-critical workflows.

If you’re unable to find the information that you require, or would like to speak to someone in a bit more depth, Business Link also runs an excellent helpline, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Start Ups

The Start Ups website is tailored specifically to business conception and the early stages of running a business, although there’s plenty to be found that’s relevant to existing businesses. This makes it a great choice of ‘go to’ information website for those looking to turn their idea into a business reality.

With a simple layout, www.startups.co.uk is exceptionally easy to navigate and use. You’ll even find a handy tick list of ‘start up’ tools, making turning your dream into a reality as easy as one, two, three. The news section also makes interesting coffee break reading with plenty to take away and apply to your own concept.

New Business

Another business advice website tailored to new businesses is www.newbusiness.co.uk. With the magazine of the same name also providing good reading material for both information and motivation, this website pulls together quality advice features for you to pick over and glean any advice that’s relevant to your situation.


The Smarta website offers something slightly different in that, as well as boasting a good library of interesting and relevant business features and articles, Smarta also sells a ‘business builder’ service which pulls together many of the online tools that you need to build a successful business into one easy to use programme.

Those stuck for where to seek business advice from find that the internet is rich in information and advice for setting up a business. With the research on quality sites done for you, you’ll have an excellent starting point for finding out what you need to be successful in your field.

Today’s post is contributed by Sonia Bieber, an eCommerce strategist in the UK. She works with a number of clients to improve their online sales and ROI, including Office Allsorts, who provide a range of discounted office equipment, furniture and consumables to make setting up shop easier and more cost effective.


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