What is a home-based business?

A home-based business is one where you operate the business under either of the following circumstances:

  • at home – that is, you carry out most of the business' work at your home, for example, a dressmaker who does all their work at home, with clients coming to their home for fittings
  • from home – that is, the business does not own or rent any premises other than your home, for example, a tiler who does most of their work on clients' premises but does not have any other business premises.

Home-based businesses cover a range of activities, such as the following.

Business activity


Accommodation, cafes and restaurants

Bed and breakfast operator, caterer, campground owner

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

Shearer, market gardener

Communication services

Mail service provider, web designer, desktop publisher, graphic designer


Bricklayer, plumber, carpenter, tiler, fencer, electrician, builder, engineer, draftsperson, cabinetmaker, woodworker

Cultural and recreational services

Motion picture editor, sound recordist, artist, musician, piano tuner


Tutor, lecturer, music teacher

Finance and insurance

Financial adviser, consultant, accountant, bookkeeper, insurance broker

Health and community services

Dietician, chiropractor, counsellor, physiotherapist, psychologist, massage therapist

Personal and other services

Personal trainer, photographer, hairdresser, beautician, child-minder, dressmaker, event manager, cake decorator, jeweller, pet groomer

Property and business services

Plant hire or leasing operator, architect, surveyor, interior decorator, house painter, cleaner, gardener, service and repair operator, signwriter, tree lopper

Transport and storage

Courier, freight carrier, removalist

Wholesale and retail trade

Fresh fruit wholesaler, confectionery supplier, florist, watchmaker, party-plan operator, telemarketer

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    Last modified: 14 Sep 2016QC 17502