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Do I need a website for my small business?

By:  Jennifer Laird | 20th June 2021

A website for a small business can be anything from a single page to a whole e-commerce store. Do you actually need a website, though, or could you build your online presence another way? Let’s take a look. 

Should I have a website for my small business? 

Unfortunately, there’s no straightforward answer to this question. So, to help you decide whether it’s worth investing in a website, here are some pros and cons.

The pros

The cons

Essentially, it comes down to what works best for your particular business. Since you don’t need a website to start a small business, you could always just focus on getting the business off the ground and come back to the question of a website later. 

How do I start a website for my business? 

If you’re new to building websites, here are some steps to work through. 

Do you already use social media? Don’t forget to advertise your website so people know to check it out.

What if I don’t want a website for my small business?

If you don’t want a website for your small business, or you can’t afford one just yet, don’t worry. There are ways you can build your online presence without a website. Here are some tips. 

So, if you’re on a budget or a website doesn’t work for your business, you can still build your presence online. It just takes a little creativity and forward planning.  


Does every small business need a website? No. But even a simple website could help you promote your services to more people and build your brand.

If you decide to set up a website, though, don’t rush. Instead, spend time researching popular website builders and compare the packages on offer to find the best option for your needs.

And finally, if you do set up a website for your business, check with HMRC to see whether the costs involved are tax-deductible. 

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