The Best Business Advisors in Canberra

Associate Partner Nadia Pessarossi from Rubik3 and her team can advise you with all your business needs. Photo: Supplied.

Business owners can struggle with the many components of running a business. Keeping up with finances, developing and sticking to a budget, developing a growth strategy and building wealth are just a few of the elements successful business owners face at one point.

Whatever your business needs, a top-quality business advisor can be a cost-effective way to leverage specialised knowledge. Offering expert advice, a business advisor can guide you through the complex world of business, from valuations to strategy and finances. They can present great ideas and eliminate stress and worry.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a business advisor, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great business advisor?

Choosing the right business advisor can help on many fronts, including with growth and prosperity, but picking the right one can be a challenge.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a business advisor.

  • Qualified. The best business advisors are certified and/or have formal qualifications (such as a Bachelor degree in commerce, business, business administration or a related field). You’ll want a qualified advisor to give you confidence.
  • Expertise. Running a business is complex and multi-faceted. You’ll want a business advisor who is an expert in guiding you on areas like finances, strategy, growth and bookkeeping.
  • Experience. You’ll want to be assured that your business advisor has years of valuable experience and has helped businesses of all shapes and sizes.
  • Results-oriented. A great business advisor focuses on real results and gets you focused on results too.
  • Passion and commitment. When you work with a business advisor, you want to be 100 percent sure they’re on your side and have your best interests at heart. You’ll want a business advisor who is committed to the future of your business.

The best business advisors in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Synergy Group

Synergy Group

Challengers at heart, Synergy Group employees are pragmatic explorers seeking to uncover what could be, so it can be. With a strong resolve to deliver success, the team prides itself on collaborating with clients to understand their true potential.

Synergy Group provides real impact and is involved with businesses irrespective of size and scale. The highly experienced individuals that make up the Synergy Group excel in small and large-scale transformation. Synergy Group provides an end-to-end, whole-of-life service, from strategic planning to change management, creative, digital technologies, financial management and resourcing.

Synergy Group has a knack for attracting the best talent. Its playful expression of creativity, passion, energy and curiosity inspires the confidence to consistently deliver results.

The team at Synergy Group delivers professional services and solutions, but aims to develop lasting relationships with clients. They see themselves as partners in the never-ending journey of identifying and solving Australia’s most complex challenges.

Ground Floor, 15 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600
RSM Australia

RSM Australia

For more than three decades, the passionate team at RSM Australia have helped Canberra’s business owners with everything from accounting to auditing and consulting.

From learning how to reduce costs to creating a fool-proof growth plan, RSM Australia works closely with clients to get to know their business pain-points, goals, and ambitions. From there, the team at RMS Australia assists business owners to navigate legal accounting and compliance requirements and formulate strategies to achieve business dreams.

RSM has a proactive attitude and commitment to client success, so each business owner can rest easy knowing their business is in safe hands.

Equinox Building 4, Level 2, 70 Kent Street
Deakin ACT 2600
Rubik3

Rubik3

Rubik3 knows how central the finance function is to the successful operation of any business. A streamlined finance function is positioned to work with the wider business to ensure resources are efficiently and effectively acquired, maintained and deployed to produce the best outcomes.

Rubik3 assists businesses in implementing strategies to increase the maturity of the finance function. It does this by providing professional services ranging from technical accounting advice through to assisting develop strategic plans that support an organisation change program. Rubik3 specialises in tax services, business services, asset protection and tax planning, to name a few.

6 Lonsdale Street
Braddon ACT 2612
Aero Group

Aero Group

Aero Group is dedicated to developing a deep understanding of small businesses, just as they are to well-established firms. The team at Aero Group understands the importance of small businesses to the health of the Australian economy, and the specific needs of a small business owner at any point in their business cycle. Aero Group is on hand to offer the most up-to-date and effective business advice.

Along with their comprehensive tax advisory services, Aero Group helps businesses increase their profitability, ensure all personal and professional assets are properly protected, and advise on issues of succession and sale of a business for retirement planning. With an unbeatable fixed-fee quote service, Aero Group is committed to providing with the best possible level of service available.

Level 1, The Realm, 18 National Circuit
Canberra ACT 2600

Nexis

Nexis is the link to growth for many businesses. The firm specialises in business advice. Nexis can help with starting, buying or managing a business or help established businesses with growth and succession. Business advisors build trusted relationships with clients, providing advice all year round, not just at tax time.

On Google, Oliver Tester wrote, “A very professional and friendly service from the team at Nexis. Always willing to go above and beyond. Highly recommended.”

If you’re looking for more information on financial planning, you might like our article on the best financial planners Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with business advisors in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the business advisors listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all business advisors the same?
No they’re not. Some are formally educated and some are not. You want to consider selecting a business advisor who is certified and/or holds formal qualifications.
How do business advisors charge?
Not all business advisors charge the same. It’s important to know what you’ll pay, and how you’ll pay, so you can factor this into your budget. The best way to test the market is to ask a couple of business advisors to outline in detail their fees and fee structure.
Will my information be confidential?
You should sign a formal agreement with your business advisor that includes a confidentiality clause. This is important because your business advisor will need access to a lot of information about your business, including financials.
Do business advisors want to bother helping small businesses?
Some advisors may only work with larger businesses, but many offer services to all sizes of businesses. Be upfront about the size and nature of your business when you first make contact, to test the waters. After all, you want a business advisor who is 100 percent committed and who isn’t going to push you to the side if a bigger client comes through the door.
Is it worth it to fork out money for a business advisor?
Engaging a business advisor can be a cost-effective way to get quick and reliable access to specialised knowledge. You’ll want to discuss specific ways your business advisor will help and weigh up the benefits against the costs.

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