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  • 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.

    There are a range of activities that can be home-based businesses:

    • 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
    • Construction: Bricklayer, plumber, carpenter, tiler, fencer, electrician, builder, engineer, draftsperson, cabinetmaker, woodworker
    • Cultural and recreational services: Motion picture editor, sound recordist, artist, musician, piano tuner
    • Education: 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, sign-writer, tree lopper
    • Transport and storage: Courier, freight carrier, removalist
    • Wholesale and retail trade: Fresh fruit wholesaler, confectionery supplier, florist, watchmaker, party-plan operator, telemarketer
      Last modified: 03 Sep 2018QC 17502