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It’s commonplace for small businesses to try their hand at various different roles within a business rather than outsource to costly suppliers. However, there are some areas that remain outsourced because the subject matter makes them nervous; accountancy, IT and maybe even online marketing. Now, there may be areas SMEs will never be able to get stuck in to such as website programming and coding. But a large proportion could - in fact - be done in house. Here are just a few lists of tasks you can carry out in various different departments when marketing your business online...

There is a lot of data floating around the internet that tells us quality content is what drives search results. However, not all businesses are taking full advantage of this opportunity. Some businesses will be paying for ‘search only’ content, which is not fit for human consumption (so to speak!). These are ‘technical’ posts designed with one goal: getting ranked higher in searches.

This article is a guest post by Jezz Gobran of specialist online security company i-Secured. Would you give your personal details to a complete stranger? Probably not. But when you have a website that operates with cookies or captures personal data (such as through a contact form), that's exactly what happens. A privacy policy is the one thing that gives visitors assurance that their personal data will be collected and managed in line with legal obligations. That assurance helps build trust.

When you run a small business, you and a select number of your colleagues will wear more than one hat. This means you will be trying your hand at accountants, HR, sales... and maybe even tea making!

As the business grows you will be aware of the need to obtain specialist skills in certain areas such as online marketing. This will mean learning certain skills yourself, outsourcing or even employing someone in-house. The problem is knowing what skills are needed and how best to obtain them...