Enhance your business skills

Running a business requires broad skills. Just as your business needs to grow, it’s important to expand your business skills too.

Running a business isn’t easy. From understanding your product and knowing your audience, to business governance and legal compliance, you need a broad range of skills. We’ve put together a guide to help you find relevant advice and training programs for you and your staff.

Mentors

A great way to develop your skills and get advice is through a mentor.

Young and innovative entrepreneurs (aged 18 to 35) with a business idea can improve their skills and confidence through the Business SA, South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES).

A new approach to the way government provides services to business is through the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. Subject to eligibility criteria, you can book a Business Evaluation, where an assessment is conducted at your business’ premises, resulting in a report and recommendations for the business to make improvements. Your business assessor will coach and mentor you to implement the recommendations for up to 12 months.

Educate yourself

We’re not talking about asking Siri here, sometimes it pays to do a course to educate yourself or update your skills.

Here in the city, we’re spoilt for choice in education providers.

WEA and TAFE SA are a great place to start for introductory courses. UniSAAdelaide University and neighbouring Flinders University  offer courses in everything from starting a business, to specific skill sets such as Finance, Marketing and Computer Skills. Check with your accountant as costs may be tax-deductible.

If you can’t get to an external course, you can also study online at your own pace. Lynda.com offers a great range of useful courses and many universities now allow you to study online.

Brush up on your business rights and obligations

Many trade and business associations offer training and support for members. Check with your local representative.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC ) offers a free online education program designed to help small businesses learn more about their rights and obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Safework SA is the state government agency responsible for administering South Australia Work, Health & Safety Act and industrial relations laws. They offer free educational and advisory services.

Remember, as an employer, you are legally obliged to protect the health, safety and welfare of your workers and other people who could be adversely affected by work carried out by your business under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (the OHSW Act).

Need more information?

Contact one of the City of Adelaide’s business advisors to help you get started.