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Business adviser

The role

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.


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