Business adviser

Business advisers give advice and support to new business start-ups and help established businesses to grow.

Potential salary
£20,000 to £35,000
Working hours
37 to 39 a week
  • 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.

You can find out more about working in business advice from Business is Great and your local Growth Hub.

Data from National Careers Service.
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