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    Certificate III in Retail (QLD Only)

    Capitalise on an industry with more career opportunities by enrolling at Sarina Russo Institute for the Certificate III in Retail (SIR30216) course. Our interactive course gives job seekers a qualification and entry into an industry rich with career opportunities and pathways.  

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    Certificate II In Retail

    This Certificate II In Retail (SIR20216) provides a pathway to work in a diverse range of retail settings including specialty retailers, supermarkets, department stores and quick service restaurants.

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    Certificate III In Retail

    This Certificate III In Retail (SIR30216) course allows individuals to have sound knowledge of product and service offerings. These individuals possess a range of well-developed skills where discretion and judgement are required. They work with some independence under limited supervision. Some individuals working at this level are responsible for supervising other team members and monitoring day-to-day workplace operations.

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    Statement of Attainment: Small Business Management Essentials

    Gain everything you need to know to manage your own small business in this online statement of attainment course. You’ll cover finance, marketing, operations and business planning – all within a small business context.   Combining four units of competency, this short course will teach you the importance of sound management and planning for successful small business ventures.

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    Certificate IV In Business

    If you like problem-solving, analysis and working with people, a role in business may be for you – and this flexible, Certificate IV in Business (BSB40215) course could be your first step. 

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    Certificate IV In Small Business Management

    If you’ve got a burning ambition or want to use your experience to solve problems and help people, this Certificate IV in Small Business Management (BSB42515) may be your first step. 

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    Certificate IV In Retail Management

    A nationally recognized qualification with flexible online delivery, this Certificate IV in Retail Management (SIR40316) course enables you to grow your skill set quickly and effectively to stand out in the competitive retail management industry.

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Is small business right for you?

For a lot of new entrepreneurs, their business is essentially a one-person show when they’re first getting it off the ground! So a successful small business owner needs to have a wide and varied set of skills and attributes.

Being highly organised with a sound understanding of core business practices, including a basic knowledge of accounting, finances and legal requirements, is a good start. You’ll also need to develop a strong business plan, including a marketing strategy.

If/when your small business takes on other employees, strong communication and leadership skills will serve you well in managing your team effectively to keep the business running profitably.

One of the most important qualities of successful entrepreneurs is that they are driven and self-motivated. When you own your own business, you set your goals and have the responsibility to make sure you achieve them.

And finally, don’t forget the money involved in setting up a small business. You’ll need to have or raise some capital, and/or seek out investors who are willing to be part of the business financially.

Job opportunities

The majority of Australian businesses are small businesses. With the economy thriving on small businesses, there’s never been a better time to follow your dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Here are a few quick facts about small business in Australia:

  • There are over two million small businesses throughout Australia, with over 40% of the workforce employed in small business.
  • More than 60% of Australian small businesses are sole traders.
  • In 2014-15, two thirds of Australian businesses had an annual income between $50,000 and $200,000. (Earning potential is virtually unlimited, but does tend to be smaller at the outset of a small business endeavour, increasing annually if the business is successful.)

Types of courses

There’s so much to learn when it comes to running a small business. Luckily, there’s a range of specific small business courses that will teach you everything you need to know to get your business up and running. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of courses available and what you’ll learn in each.

Short courses

There are a range of small business short courses available to introduce you to the basics of running your own business. These courses will help you understand what’s involved in entrepreneurship, covering fundamentals such as creating a business plan, mitigating risk, managing finances and marketing your business.

Certificate III

A Certificate III-level course will help you assess small business opportunities and teach you the basics of creating business proposals, arranging finances and more.

Certificate IV

There are a number of Certificate IV courses that will set budding entrepreneurs directly on their career path, with specialisations ranging from New Small Business to Small Business Management to Franchising. After completing a comprehensive Certificate IV course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to launch your new business.

Career Outcomes

When you pursue a career as a small business owner, the world is truly your oyster. You might want to open a café, sell goods you make yourself, provide services as a sole trader – the possibilities are endless! Potential job titles include:

  • Small Business Owner
  • Small Business Manager
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Officer
  • Sales Assistant
  • Customer Service Assistant
  • Point-of-Sales Operator
  • Retail Assistant
  • Checkout Tem Worker
  • Team Leader
  • Administration Assistant
  • Project Manager
  • Systems Administrator
  • Project Administrator
  • Project Support Officer
  • Business Coordinator
  • Project Assistant
  • Project Team Leader
  • Business Manager
  • General Manager
  • Franchise Owner
  • Small Business Operator
  • Retail Manager
  • Retail Sales Supervisor
  • Retail Salesperson
  • Retail Supervisor
  • Small Business Retail Owner
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