A home-based business is a business you primarily run from home. It can be an online company or a business that produces products in your property. You don’t have to own the property, but you need to be running a business from there for it to be considered a home business. All kinds of people operate home based businesses, from refund consultants to interior decorators. Here are some of the advantages to operating from home.

Eliminate the Commute

One of the biggest benefits of setting up a home business in Australia is eliminating the commute. If you ask most people what they hate most about work, having to commute for long periods in the morning and evening will be one of the most common. Having a home business means no commuting, which saves an incredible amount of time when you add up the hours over the course of a year.

Lower Overheads

When you work from home, especially if you operate a business online, you have much smaller overhead than a traditional organisation. Having lower overheads is a big plus when running any business. A home business eliminates the expense of buying or renting a property.

In addition, you don’t have to worry about:

  • Maintenance
  • Utilities
  • Taxes & business licences

You cut your expenses by a considerable amount which helps to boost profits.

Family/Work Balance

If you’ve a family and you work a 9 to 5 in the city, you probably have little time during the week to socialise and have fun with your kids. Having a home business changes all that. When you work from home, you are your own boss. If you want to take an hour off during the day to take your kids to the park or go fishing, there is nothing stopping you.

Once your kids reach a certain age, you can get them involved in the business if they show an interest.


Although there are many benefits to running a business from home, there are also other factors to consider. There are many distractions at home and some people find the environment counterproductive.

If you decide to pursue a career and start a business from home, there are many advantages. But when working from home, it is important to establish boundaries and find a quiet area where you can get work done. You should also create a schedule to ensure you are productive throughout the day.

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Miranda Paul