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Small Business Manager

Find out how to become a small business manager and work in the administration & business industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Small Business Manager is $33,200 - 74,700 annually


What does a Small Business Manager?

Small business managers are responsible for the supervision of employees, marketing, customer service and paperwork of smaller organisations across a variety of industries.

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What skills do you need to be a Small Business Manager?

Small business managers coordinate the daily processes and procedures of a range of smaller organisations.

  • Understand and take a role in developing company policies, strategies and procedures
  • Direct the production, administration, sales and distribution of a smaller organisation
  • Take responsibility for issues related to the hiring, performance management and training of company personnel
  • Supervise marketing and branding operations according to sales goals
  • Prepare reports including those related to budgets, profits and predictions
  • Act as company representative at a range of official and promotional events

How to become a Small Business Manager 

Small Business Managers generally require a bachelor's degree in business so they have the skills needed to manage the operational side of a small business.

If you're looking for a qualification to get started in this career pathway, consider doing a BSB40320 - Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business. This course can give you the basic skills of starting and managing a small business venture of your own. 

The rewarding part of study and learning was knowing that I absolutely put my whole effort, energy, experience and knowledge to this point in my life into it.
Student Q&A: Simon H.
, Business Faculty Student - Leadership and Management
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Small business manager quick facts

Working as a small business manager will give you scope to make important decisions whilst using your communication skills and understanding complicated information.

Employment for Small Business Managers is projected to fall in the next five years, however, with the growth of online business and e-commerce, starting a small business may have great potential.

  • Average Hours Worked
    49 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Administration & business
  • Job Growth
    Projected to fall in the next five years, however, there's growth in starting a small business within e-commerce. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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