- business management skills
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- knowledge of English language
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- persistence and determination
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Your day-to day duties may include:
- looking at clients’ business ideas to see if they have potential
- helping clients to develop business plans
- advising on sources of finance and grants
- helping existing small businesses with problems, like finding ways to reduce costs or improve marketing
- referring clients to other specialists if necessary
- networking with the business community and enterprise organisations
- monitoring clients’ progress
- running advice workshops and seminars
You could work at a client's business or in an office.
You could be employed by a local business support organisation or by a national organisation like the Great Business support line.
You could also get involved with community or social enterprises and charities that support business start ups, or do freelance work.