• 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