How to become a Business Adviser
- Price: £5.99
- Published: June 2015
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- What are the key market issues and trends?
- What are the main trading issues?
- Further information
Business advisers provide one-to-one coaching and advice, usually to pre-start ups or early-stage micro business owners that have aspirations to grow. They provide coaching and advice on topics including start-up preparation, market research, business planning, raising finance, marketing, confidence building and goal setting. Other services often provided by business advisers include the delivery of training courses and mentoring.
Business advisers are typically contracted by local enterprise agencies, voluntary organisations and local authorities that provide business support services to their local clients free of charge or at subsidised cost. Publicly funded programmes of support have strict eligibility criteria and operational requirements as well as targets and outcomes that the adviser will have to meet. Occasionally business advisers are contracted directly by small business owners to provide consultancy and coaching services.
This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a freelance business adviser. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.