Business Adviser

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Professional Services

What you will do:

In your day-to day duties you could:

  • assess clients’ business ideas to see if they have potential
  • help clients to develop business plans
  • advise on finance and grants
  • do research on behalf of a business
  • give business improvement advice, like how to reduce costs or increase sales
  • network with the business community and enterprise organisations
  • run advice workshops and seminars
  • offer personalised business coaching sessions


You’ll need:

  • business management skills
  • knowledge of training and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

To become a Business Adviser, there are no specific qualifications required. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in business advisory roles. Business Advisers typically require a combination of education, relevant work experience, and skills. Here are some subjects that can be helpful:

  1. Mathematics: Strong math skills are important for business analysis, financial planning, and data analysis.
  2. English Language: Effective written and verbal communication skills are essential for business advisers, as they need to convey complex information, write reports, and communicate with clients and colleagues.
  3. Business Studies (Optional): Courses in business studies can provide foundational knowledge of business principles, management concepts, and economic fundamentals.
  4. Economics (Optional): Courses in economics can provide insights into economic theories, market dynamics, and financial decision-making, which are relevant to business advisory roles.
  5. Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Proficiency in computer applications and data analysis tools can be valuable for conducting research and analysis.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • business management
  • business enterprise
  • marketing
  • project management


You can start by doing a junior management consultant higher apprenticeship.

This typically takes 24 months to complete.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers if you’ve got proven experience like running your own company, or working in management, finance or human resources.

You’ll need to show a wide range of skills, including:

  • marketing
  • finance
  • business planning
  • project management
  • professional networking

Other Routes

You could develop your knowledge and skills by doing business support and mentoring qualifications.

In the UK, for example, qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Coaching
  • Award in Enterprise Mentoring
  • Certificate in Professional Business and Enterprise Support Services

Career tips

You can use online social media sites, like LinkedIn, to promote yourself, build up your network and show recommendations from colleagues and clients.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends attending events or appointments.

You could work at a client’s business, in an office or remotely.

Career Path & Progression:

You could be employed by a local business support organisation.

You could also get involved with community or social enterprises and charities that support business start ups, or do freelance work.