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Business advisers give independent advice and support to help new
businesses start-up and established small and medium-sized businesses
grow. They offer advice on a range of issues including finance,
marketing, exporting and staff training.
Daily tasks include:
- looking at clients’ business ideas and analysing their potential
- helping clients to develop business plans
- advising on sources of finance and grants
- helping businesses find ways to reduce costs or improve marketing
- referring clients to other sources of specialist advice if necessary
- monitoring clients’ progress
- running advice workshops and seminars.
How to become a business adviser
Employers will usually be more interested in your skills and
experience than your formal qualifications, although it may be helpful
to have a business-related degree or professional qualification.
Most business advisers have run their own or someone else's business,
while others have a good track record in finance, business management
or human resources.
Skills and Knowledge required
Business advisers need to possess the following:
- experience of managing small or medium-sized businesses
- excellent written and spoken communication skills
- awareness of current business issues and trends
- knowledge of local and national business support and funding opportunities
- a non-judgemental and positive approach
- IT skills
Salaries are usually between £20,000 and £35,000 a year. Freelance
business advisers usually charge a daily rate of £140 to £500.
Business advisers typically work standard office hours, Monday to
Friday, with occasional meetings or networking events in the evenings
or at weekends.