Business Guide Library

Browse our current range of guides for businesses, self-employed and property investors.  If there is a subject you would like to see covered here, please contact us.

  • Website marketing guide

    Patrick Martin

    Creating and marketing a website can seem daunting for the small business owner. That's why we've put together this guide which will help you to get started with building a website and then to get it seen on the internet.

  • Starting a Business

    Rosie Beasley

    Starting a business or setting yourself up as self-employed is a big step. To succeed, you'll need to have a strong plan, but putting one together can be daunting.

    This guide offers a collection of articles written specifically for people who are thinking about starting a business and those who are in the process of setting one up.

  • Business glossary

    Josh Hall

    With over 170, 000 business customers, we've used our experience to compile the definitive business glossary. From accounting period to working capital, we cover the definitions we think you will find most useful.


  • Landlord tech guide

    Josh Hall

    Technology can make landlords’ lives easier. With the effective use of digital tools you can work more efficiently, complete common tasks more quickly, and ultimately increase your profitability.

    It is likely that you already use technology in your day-to-day work. For example, many landlords use online banking to keep track of their income and outgoings. But recent research from Simply Business has found that a startling proportion of business owners are ignoring technology altogether. Many presume that they lack the skills needed to use it, while others think that it is too expensive.

    In reality, landlords can make use of a wide range of simple digital solutions to help them better manage their day-to-day tasks.

  • IT Contractor Guide

    Rosie Beasley

    More and more professionals are turning to contracting from fulltime employment. Higher pay and flexible working hours are tempting, even when the economy is in difficulty. This guide to IT contracting will help those who want to make the leap from 9-to-5 employment into self-employment; explaining key areas such as IR35, self-promotion and getting contracts.

  • Shoestring online marketing guide

    Schuyler Milender

    Online marketing is an invaluable tool for businesses looking to increase awareness of their product and engage with potential customers. With an understanding of the resources available and a little bit of creativity, an online marketing campaign can be one of the most cost-effective ways of maximizing your business’s potential.

    In this guide, we've compiled a list of tips discussed at London's Business Startup show, along with a few strategies garnered from our own experience, to help you get started.

  • Tech guide

    Josh Hall

    Technology can help your small business – and it can do it cheaply and quickly.

    Small businesses have benefited from a huge range of recent advances in the digital world. Some of these enable you to contact customers more easily, others provide new marketing channels, and others still provide opportunities to cut your overheads.

    And yet many small businesses are not utilising digital technologies nearly as exhaustively as they could. Research from Simply Business has found that almost half of the UK’s small firms do not have a website, while more than a third don’t use email. Some 47 per cent use no digital marketing.

    At Simply Business we believe that simple technology solutions can help small businesses fulfil their potential. We have compiled this quick-start guide to outline some of the major ways in which your business could benefit from some of the digital tools on offer.