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Do More Online - Business Is Great

Business is Great
Total website sales in the UK are worth £164 billion.

Close to half of all the small businesses in the UK don’t yet use the internet for their business. That’s about two million businesses – sole traders, or firms with just a few employees – that could be benefitting from having their business online and grab a slice of that £164 billion.

The Do More Online campaign aims to help small business get some digital skills to find more customers, be more efficient, and save money.



Building Your Website

Your website can be your shop-window on the Internet and your business card. Your customers and clients will want to find you and learn more about you, and your website is the best way of giving them the information they need quickly and efficiently.

Like any other aspect of your business, your website requires careful planning. As it represents you, you’ll want it to be as good as it can be.



Engaging Through Social Media

Social media is a valuable means of finding your customers online. The largest social media networks, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, are all free and public, and represent a huge opportunity when it comes to having conversations with your customers and promoting your small business.

Whenever you’re talking to your customers, you want to be at your best. Here you’ll find some practical support when it comes to presenting your business and starting conversations through the most popular forms of social media.


Online Finance

It is now easier than ever to make and receive payments, to look after your finances, and to get your small business connected using the Internet. Not only does this help you provide great service to your customers, but it can clear away some of your paperwork, and give you more time.

You may be able to work more efficiently by using online tools and other software to manage your business’ finances. You’ll find some advice below on a few of the most popular ways of getting started, including how to make sure your business is online safely and securely.


Marketing Online

There are now more options than ever before when it comes to promoting your business and services on the web. Whether it is through Facebook, Google or banner ads, or even through an online newsletter, there are many quick and cost-effective ways of getting your message out to the people that matter most: your customers.


Staying Safe Online

Using the internet to do business brings huge opportunities and benefits, however just like a shop on the street, you need to take a few security measures to protect your business. It’s just as important as locking your doors or putting your cash in a safe, and most security issues can be addressed with simple security practices.