The best UK small business forums in 2020

Find advice and inspiration for running a successful company by being part of some of the UK’s best business forums.

7 January 2020

Shopify Community

Shopify is one of the world’s most popular tools for ecommerce businesses. Its community of users are experienced in selling a wide range of products and services online, which makes its forum a useful network for anyone looking to set up a digital shopfront. Looking for feedback on the design of your online store, or need advice on turning a traditional brick and mortar business into a thriving online marketplace? If so, this could be the perfect small business forum for you.

Startup Nation

While the startup community can be a competitive place, this small business forum proves that successful business owners are often willing to share their knowledge. Whether you’re working out what kind of business to start or need tips on how to make an established startup more profitable, Startup Nation is a popular place for entrepreneurs to ask questions on all aspects of startup life. It’s also good for feedback, functioning as a handy online focus group where you can bounce ideas off of seasoned startup owners before launching new products.

Talk Freelance

Freelance businesses often have to deal with issues that are different to those faced by larger companies, and that’s where Talk Freelance’s forum can help. This welcoming hub is frequented by freelancers of all types: designers, photographers, programmers, writers and marketers all check in with questions and answers, helping one another with topics such as how to write a freelance contract or techniques for engaging new clients on social media.

The Wholesale Forums

Wholesaling remains a cornerstone of product-based businesses, and The Wholesale Forums is a go-to advice portal for any entrepreneurs who belong to this lucrative sector. Whether you need tips on finding the right supplier, want to keep up with the latest products or fancy capitalising on the growing trend of dropshipping, this is the place to be.

UK Business Forums

Whatever industry your business belongs to, the UK Business Forums will have something for you. With dedicated areas for a variety of sectors (retailers, tradespeople, social enterprises and green businesses all have their own dedicated forums) and advice hubs covering every aspect of business you can think of, this is a great starting point for entrepreneurs who are new to using online forums. If you’ve just taken the leap into entrepreneurship, check out the threads under ‘first steps to starting a business’, which is filled with useful insights.

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Matt Ayres is a freelance copywriter based in Cardiff who specialises in creating content for small businesses. He believes that words are essential to connect with your customers and has provided his expertise to companies such as ASOS, Virgin Media and Oxford Mail.

Article updated on: 15 September 2021

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