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How to Start a Corporate Advisory Business

As an experienced corporate advisor you may find that the environment of your current firm is deterring you from reaching your potential. Therefore, starting your own corporate advisory business may be the solution. It will give you the opportunity to inspire new comers to your work dynamic, will allow you to work flexible hours and ultimately increase your salary. Here are six tips that will help you turn your entrepreneurial aspirations into a reality. For more business ideas, be sure to check out our comprehensive online list. 

Register Your Business

As a new business, you have the choice of either setting up your business as a sole trader or as a company. Each business structure has its perks so make sure you spend time researching their legal differences and how this will impact your business in the present and future. You will generally need to register for an Australian Business Number. This will allow you to trade in Australia.

Choose Your Niche

It could be tempting to dabble between the corporate and government field. However, it is strongly recommended that you start by focusing your efforts and resources towards one sector. This will save you time in training and will also make you more favourable in the eyes of clients due to your specialisation.


Ultimately, organisations will not trust you with the task of improving their business performance if you are unknown. It is therefore critical that you spend some of your time and resources towards marketing. Have a website available for your potential clients to browse. Use this as an avenue to showcase your experience, knowledge and services. This will make your business appear more established. You may also find social media as a great means of becoming more visible.

Client Retention

Corporate advisory work requires ongoing interaction with a client. It is therefore critical that you are constantly focusing on customer service within your business. Spend time and resources into training your staff. This will ensure that complaints are managed effectively.

Insure Yourself

Starting a corporate advisory business involves a certain degree of risk. Ultimately, you are identifying and recommending various business practices, such as arranging debt finance, equity and getting listed onto the stock exchange. As these practices have an element of risk, you need to sign up for indemnity insurance and errors and omissions insurance to protect you in unforeseen situations.

Update Yourself

Be prepared to consistently be undertaking in some form of research. The corporate advisory sector is currently leaning towards long-term care and alternative investment opportunities. Make sure that your business is equipped with the knowledge and necessary resources to give your clients the best possible solution. This will guarantee that your clients will return to you for further business.

In Summary…

Starting a corporate advisory business is an exciting venture with limitless possibilities. However, there are key steps that you need to take to ensure that you start on the right foot. If you are prepared to start this journey then we can help. Speak to one of our business lawyers for ongoing support.

Don’t know where to start? Contact us on 1800 529 728 to learn more about customising legal documents and obtaining a fixed-fee quote from Australia’s largest legal marketplace.

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