Idea Store Business
Looking for business information? Starting up a small business? Changing your career?
Find the answers with Idea Store Business online services, available free to Idea Store members.
Social Marketing for Small Business
Tuesday 27 February, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Speaker: Lorraine Tapper
The Internet is a powerful tool that can make your local business more productive and profitable. When the Internet, social media and email are used effectively, they help you streamline business activities, communicate more efficiently with customers and help you generate new customers. It can also help you reduce business expenses.
This session will provide you with the basic information you need to take advantage of the Internet to generate more customers exploring website, blogging, social media and email marketing.
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Turn your Idea into a Business
Tuesday 27 March, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Speaker: Nerea San Jose
Do you often think of ideas and wonder how to get your idea making money for you?
Whether you want to explore your ideas and turn them into a business or just to find a solution to a problem, this workshop will help you to be creative and turn your ideas into possible business opportunity. This event will also help you to have an open mind to resolve any difficult situations.
Idea Store Whitechapel
How get a website up and running with your own domain using WordPress
Tuesday 24 April, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Speaker: Ben Temple
Come along and learn the fundamentals of building a website using WordPress, the most popular content management system or CMS on the planet. You can then have at least some knowledge as to what goes on behind the scenes, which in turn provides you with the opportunity to make informed decisions as to how you would like your website to look and feel for user experience.
By the end of this talk, you will have a basic knowledge of how to set up your own website, with your own domain name and webhosting package using WordPress.
Idea Store Whitechapel
How COBRA can help you
COBRA offers easy to understand and comprehensive factsheets and guides for anyone thinking about starting a small business or working in one.
The 'Business Opportunity Profiles' are ideal for the job seeker and for interview preparation, with detailed information on qualifications and skills, market and trading issues and useful contacts. The 'Business Information Factsheets' and 'Business Legal Library' cover trading issues such as raising and managing finance, marketing and trading abroad and trading legally.
How to use COBRA
COBRA is easy to use with a simple search and a keyword search. Factsheets and guides can be viewed as a text file or downloaded as a PDF.
eBooks - free to download for Idea Store library members
Idea Store Learning Courses
Business Planning - Beginners
Run Your Own Small Business - Beginners
HM Revenue & Customs Guidance and Support
Take a look at HM Revenue and Customs guidance and support to help people in business get their tax affairs right. Unlike traditional classroom learning, you can access this modern, simplistic education at a time convenient to you, either from the comfort of your own home or on the move. You won’t have the stress of worrying about running late or finding a parking space - you can access all this information at your fingertips from the internet at home, at work or anywhere and you can revisit this learning as many times as you need. HMRC’s aim is to build your confidence on tax matters by providing easily accessible support in a variety of different formats. Look below now to find one that suits you.
HMRC have some fantastic e-learning products for people starting in business. 'Starting Your Own Business' covers everything you need to know about starting and running a business. You can work through this at your own pace and dip in and out to suit your own needs. Thousands of businesses have already used these and found they are a great way of learning.
HMRC run a wide variety of webinars (online presentations) which will help you get things right for your business from the start. Webinars last less than an hour and you can either choose between a prerecorded webinar available at any time or a live and interactive webinar where you also get the opportunity to ask questions. One of HMRC’s most popular webinars is ‘Record Keeping for the Self-Employed’.
Sign up for HMRC’s free email service. Receive a series of tax related emails at specific times to let you know what you need to do to keep your tax affairs in order. These emails remind you when you need to submit your tax returns, make payments to HMRC and what records you need to keep.
Sign up to the free email service
Record Keeping Mobile Apps
There are a range of Smart phone Record Keeping Apps supplied by third parties to help you run your business. Take a look at what’s available
Tax Help Fact Sheets
Have a look at HMRC’s Tax Help Fact Sheets. They cover a range of subjects such as Self-Assessment, Expenses and Allowances for the Self-Employed, Employing someone for the first time, VAT and Limited Companies to name a few. Take a look to see what’s available.
If you are looking for ‘bite-sized- chunks of information on a range of tax matters, why not access HMRC’s YouTube channel. There are numerous YouTube clips to help you, some lasting for less than one minute!