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What do small business graduates do?
Small business course graduates are the heart and soul of the business they operate or work in, which means you may take on a wide variety of responsibilities after completing a small business course.
If you work in a business administration or operations role, you may perform tasks such as:
- Identifying and organising key organisational goals and strategic priorities;
- Developing plans, policies and procedures relating to the operation of the business;
- Monitoring and managing projects;
- Authorising the allocation and movement of resources, including financial and human resources;
- Managing and training staff;
- Conducting meetings;
- Preparing reports, submissions and notes;
- Conducting monitoring and evaluation activities of business projects and activities;
- Managing conflict;
- Representing the business or organisation in public;
- Ensuring the business’s ongoing compliance with relevant regulations; and
- Performing other general administrative tasks.
In a startup, not-for-profit or newer business, you may find yourself taking on more varied tasks, including responsibilities relating to human resources management, financial management and statutory reporting, marketing, sales and communications, or outreach and media engagement.
After completing a small business course, you’ll likely start your own business or not-for-profit organisation, but may also choose to seek employment in another firm. A small business course will equip you with the skills necessary to seek employment as a:
You’ll find working in small business thrilling and rewarding if you:
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are a natural leader
- Are resilient
- Have big ideas
- Are highly motivated
- Are disciplined and can work independently
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Are highly organised and efficient
- Are proactive
- Can think strategically and exercise sound judgment
- Can remain calm under pressure
- Can speak confidently in public
- Enjoy fast-paced work
- Enjoy challenging yourself
- Want to make a difference
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts strong growth in job opportunities for business managers over the next decade, predicting the profession will grow to employ an additional 7,900 people by 2020. Currently employing approximately 51,000 people, the profession is considered large, and roles are available in most areas of Australia.
According to PayScale, a small business owner can expect to earn a salary between $46,000 and $150,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $73,000. PayScale notes that approximately two thirds of all small business operators have more than 10 years of experience in the field, indicating that people tend to build careers out of small businesses, and that entry-level small business operators may need to work for several years before being able to command a competitive salary.
You may also choose to seek employment in a management role in another firm or organisation. As an operations manager, you can expect to earn between $35,000 and $90,000 per year. Entry-level managers may enjoy earning a competitive average salary of approximately $50,000 per year.
At the highest levels of business, chief executive officers can take home base salaries in excess of $300,000 according to Job Outlook, and may also hold stock in a company or share profits with shareholders in addition to receiving a wage.