How to become a business manager

Written by shandell williams
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A business manager is responsible for various administrative and marketing tasks that are necessary to properly run a business. Many employers require credentials from an accredited college or equivalent experience in the field of management. There are a variety of skills needed to be an effective business manager, and many employers seek out candidates with expertise in finance, economics, statistical data, operations, administration, accounting and auditing. Most employers will verify that the candidate is qualified to meet their demands in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Experience
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Time management skills
  • Computer skills

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  1. 1

    Obtain an undergraduate degree in the area of accounting, administration, management or business. The majority of employers will scan your resume in search of a degree from an accredited university—getting a degree is most beneficial to helping you secure a position as a business manager.

  2. 2

    Seek entry-level jobs that use some skills that are similar to those needed to become a business manager. Employers take notice of experience—getting the experience necessary is good way to get your foot in the door to become a business manager.

  3. 3

    Practice your interpersonal skills if you are lacking in that area. This is a must to be an effective business manager—maintaining professional relationships is key to your success.

  4. 4

    Manage your time wisely. Business managers are great in the area of multitasking, meeting strict deadlines, working overtime and training. Managing your time effectively will be the most advantageous for you, and most importantly, it will benefit your employer.

  5. 5

    Familiarise yourself with the latest computer technology, and take courses if necessary to stay up to date on the latest information available to you. Being computer-savvy is a great way to set you apart from other business managers.

  6. 6

    Dedicate yourself to performing at the highest level of professionalism and customer satisfaction.

  7. 7

    Attend business seminars, and network with other business management professionals.

Tips and warnings

  • Seek a higher education if possible. Obtain an MBA in administration, management, business or accounting. Update yourself on the latest technology.
  • Never attend an unaccredited university.

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