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Business adviser Business consultant, enterprise adviser, business coach

Business advisers give advice and support to help new businesses to start up and established businesses to grow.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need proven experience, like running your own company, and a good track record in business management.

It may help if you have a business-related degree or professional qualification, but this isn’t essential. Employers will usually be more interested in your skills and experience.

You’ll also need professional indemnity insurance.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • clear, objective and logical thinking
  • IT skills
  • good organisational skills and the ability to manage several projects at once

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000

Experienced: up to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £35,000 or more

If you’re freelance you’ll usually be paid an hourly or day rate. This will depend on your experience, qualifications and track record.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You might need to attend meetings or networking events in the evenings or at weekends.

You’ll see clients at your own office, or travel to see clients at their premises.

6. Career path and progression

You could join the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, 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.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016