You’re a big thinker dissatisfied with the status quo and a dream to make things different. Your ideas will resonate with thousands of Australians, but in an increasingly competitive business environment, chasing dreams is risky business, and entrepreneurs fail every day.
Steer yourself to success and build the skills to thrive in business by studying a small business course.
Small business make up a staggering 96 per cent of all business in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and new businesses start out every day. Succeed where others fail by building a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical approaches, strategic skills and personal insights to run a small business that thrives.
A broad and exciting field, the small business sector includes businesses in every industry in Australia. In a small business course, you’ll build the critical strategic planning, resource management, people management and leadership skills required to establish, operate and manage a successful business in industries including hospitality and retail, information technology, media, construction, finance, or other services. You’ll also be able to transfer your skills into operating a successful not-for-profit organisation or social enterprise.
Small business is defined alternatively by the Australian Taxation Office as a business with an annual revenue turnover of less than $2 million, and by Fair Work Australia as a business with fewer than 15 employees. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that there are nearly two million small businesses currently operating in Australia.
You may study a small business course at a range of different levels, including as a certificate or diploma course, as a bachelor’s degree, or as a master’s degree or post-graduate certificate in management, leadership or business administration. Opportunities also exist for people seeking to challenge themselves and advance our understanding of best business principles by undertaking a PhD.
After completing a small business course, you’ll likely set out to establish your own enterprise but may also seek employment in a range of management and leadership roles in a wide variety of industries, where you’ll put your big ideas and leadership skills to good use.