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Business Consultant

Create strategies for business improvement.

What's it like to be a Business Consultant?

Business Consultants are responsible for identifying areas of a business model that could be improved, and strategising how that improvement could be executed. They often work for larger consulting companies, but can sometimes be found working internally in an organisation or on their own as freelancers.

Business Consultant

Tasks and duties

  • Meeting with new clients to understand their business objectives.
  • Examining and analysing their business model.
  • Working with broader team to design a new business model.
  • Successfully pitching solutions to the client.
  • Following up on questions, feedback and criticisms.
  • Supporting the implementation phase.
  • Remaining a key point of contact for clients.
  • Conducting ongoing business reviews periodically.
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How to become a Business Consultant


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While you don’t need formal qualifications to become a Business Consultant, they can be helpful to credentialise your expertise to new clients.

  1. A Bachelor of Business may be an advantage when looking to become a Business Consultant.
  2. Alternatively, you could also consider closely related degrees, such as a Bachelor of Business (Management) or a Bachelor of Information Technology, to gain knowledge of the industry in which you’d like to specialise as a Business Consultant.
  3. Consider completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Entry requirements vary from college to college, but generally you’ll need to have completed an undergraduate degree and have significant work experience.

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How do Business Consultants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 34 Business Consultants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
4.2
Variety of work
4.5

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Aug 2019
Senior Business Consultant (Project Management) is one of the most stimulating and rewarding roles I have ever done!
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher National Diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Information Technology
The good things
Those projects that are customer- or end-user facing are definitely the most rewarding. Taking people on a journey of change and seeing a good reaction at the end of the process - worth a lot more tha...
The challenges
The biggest challenge will come from your ability or otherwise to successfully manage your stakeholders. Stakeholders include those who are subordinate to you, those who are your peers, as well as tho...
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Aug 2019
Procurement and Supply Chain nowadays provide more challenges and opportunities.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Supply chain
The good things
“Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain consultant is a challenging and busy job unless you’re passionate in making outstanding achievements. The good things Provide chances to solve new problems an...
The challenges
Keep self study on different new Rules and Regulations, changing Business situation. Prepare the convincing evidences to support the Business proposal and decisions which are quite different from the ...
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Aug 2019
There can be a lot of pressure in this job but immense satisifaction when you see your product being used to make people's daily work better
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Computer Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Software
The good things
You get an inside look behind the scenes at other peoples jobs and discover new things about the way the world runs - great if you are a curious person
The challenges
Managing expectations of customers can be hard when they expect your software to have a magic button to solve every issue
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Aug 2019
Working for Youself is so rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Insurance Management
The good things
The Good Things: I get to prioritise my activities to achieve the results for my clients. I can work over the weekend, have time for client visits and business development. I charge appropriately for ...
The challenges
Challenge : Always finding quality clients to work with. Once you get a good one lots of work comes your way, then you may find it hard to service a variety of clients. It is a good problem to have.
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Aug 2019
Talking your way to success!
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The best aspect of this role is the constant change and learning. Every new job is different to the last, not just industry but also the human equation!
The challenges
Getting people to believe in their business. To commit to actions, to overcome fear and to progress!
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Aug 2019
Software Business Consulting not for the faint hearted
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Professional Service
The good things
Working directly with clients and having meaningful B2B discussions on improving their business.
The challenges
Getting a client to change their current process, aka Change Management
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Aug 2019
Business Consulting can be a stressful job at times but it is also very interesting and rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business (Management)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Small Business Operations
The good things
Flexible hours, meeting very interesting people, ability to actually help people and change their lives
The challenges
Finding the right customers, booking enough appointments per week to sustain the lifestyle, finding the right partners
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Aug 2019
For the challenge seekers!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Business improvement
The good things
the variety of work is immense - your job at a fundamental level is to ‘improve’ - this can mean finding cheaper ways to do things, generating more revenue, improving the customer experience, amongst ...
The challenges
The challenges are that this job requires you to be ‘switched on’ all the time. While the hours can be great, if you don’t manage your time well, or your stakeholders ask too much of you, you can end...
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Aug 2019
Business consulting is like like the Chinese proverb - May you live in interesting times. It’s always interesting - for better and worse.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Arts
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Communication
The good things
Excellent role for independent and driven people who enjoy self directed learning and don’t need much feedback. Praise and recognition is rare and every job has to be treated as the one that will be u...
The challenges
You will be expected to hit the ground running as the expert so this is a role that requires self confidence and real experience. The more you work, the easier things become but new challenges are a c...
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Aug 2019
Testing is a lovable job
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Information Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Business analysis
The good things
Business analysis or DWH makes us think about the relationship between each and every attributes of our project which does helps us to understand more of the value of the project and does makes us fee...
The challenges
The challenge in the role would be to understand the business, you really need to be thorough to deliver the best of it
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Working hours for Business Consultants

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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