The meeting was set up by Torridge Training Services in Bideford for newly self-employed people like myself who have benefited from advice and funding from the Bideford Bridge Trust.
It was really rewarding to meet local people who have taken the plunge to become self-employed. There was a wide variety of business around the breakfast table including a blacksmith, handy mum and a new start up business who will be supplying and delivering affordable flat pack furniture.
As a result of round the table and one to one chats it became apparent that many small business owners are nervous or confused about using social networking. This is one area where User Friendly Web Design can help.
As well as website design we offer training and advice in social networking and online marketing.
Locally in North Devon many businesses make effective use of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. From a website point of view a major benefit of using interactive social media is web presence; the more that internet search engines see reference to you, your business and your work online the better overall chance you have of your customers finding you. Combine this with a well written copy on your website and it can only be good for business.
User Friendly Web Design works to empower small businesses and organisations to take control of their online presence.
Social networking for business does demand a time commitment but it's free moneywise and definitely worth it in the long run!