Guardian Small Business Network

‘Social enterprises go bust all the time’ – how the sector is tackling its image problem

The appetite for companies with a social purpose has never been greater. But they still face wariness from the wider business community

Work the room: a psychologist’s tips for the reluctant networker

Many people hate the idea of networking, despite appreciating its potential value to their careers. Here’s an expert’s guide

Stuck in meetings all day? Salvation is at hand

We spend 10 hours a week preparing for or in meetings, half of which are a waste of time. How can we make them work for us?

Make it personal, don’t bombard them: How to approach brand buyers

While startups use many strategies to get in front of the buyers of major retailers, knowing the market inside out is essential

How small business owners fell out of love with deal websites

The sector was worth £6bn in 2011 but has taken a downturn in recent years. Entrepreneurs are now looking elsewhere to find loyal customers

Eight dos and don’ts for launching a successful business

Many small businesses struggle to find their feet in their first year. Nick Leech looks back at his past failures and describes what he’d do differently

If you’re a creative, don’t let fear of figures fail you

Freelance work can be sporadic and unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean your creative venture’s cashflow has to be

Breakfast brainstorms and dirty dishes: inside an entrepreneurs’ houseshare

Whether it’s 12 strangers in a two-bed flat or friends sharing ideas over a cup of tea, living with other business owners can be a route to success

Reviews, tweets, Instagram posts: why customers are the new marketers

With 70% of consumers trusting reviews over sales spiel, user-generated content is a powerful tool. Sophie Turton explains how it can build your brand

Forget about ‘mumpreneurs’, here are the dads who mix work and family

Research suggests half of fathers question if their career is worth their family life. Enter the new breed of dadpreneurs in search of a better work-life balance

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