20th Dec 2018
Home is where your cash can flow
Author: Olga Galacho
How to make easy money from home

From next month, the Federal Government is going to extend services to older Australians who have an entrepreneurial bent.

These people may have become unemployed before reaching retirement age, or perhaps they are already retired. Either way, they now have more down time on their hands, are possibly spending much of it at home … and perhaps becoming bored.

On 2 January, an additional 20 entrepreneurship facilitators will encourage business acumen and self-employment among older Australians, including those at risk of unemployment due to structural changes in the economy, a spokesperson for the Department of Jobs and Small Business told YourLifeChoices.

To find out more about the program, visit the government site.

If you are not in one of the service’s catchment areas but you could do with some extra cash, still have enthusiasm to burn and skills to share, you could still consider launching your own business from home.

It can be as small and simple as pet-sitting or walking fur babies in your neighbourhood, teaching piano or other instruments in your living room or even growing herbs for your local green grocer. The options are limitless. If you are still struggling to come up with an idea for your micro-business, check out the list on Retired Brains.

Before launching your entrepreneurial self, there are a few things that you need to check off. For instance:

  • is your home the best location for your business?
  • can you conduct the type of business you want under local council regulations?
  • what are your legal obligations?
  • will your home-based business allow you to balance your work and family life?
  • what are the town planning requirements of your local government authority?

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science offers more tips to take into account if you are interested in starting a home business.

“If you're thinking of starting a home-based business or are currently running one, you can maximise your chance of success by ensuring that you understand the risks and government requirements that apply to you,” according to the department. 

“These include taxationemploymentbusiness financesinsurance for home-based businesses, council approval and licensing requirements.”

If you are starting to feel daunted … don’t be. There are many free government services designed to help self-employed Australians access good advice so that your business endeavours get off to a smooth start. You can access them by searching advisory services in your area.

Any income you earn from your business needs to be considered by Centrelink. To understand how much you can earn before any of your payments are affected, visit the Government’s MoneySmart site.

Have you ever wanted to be your own boss? Do you work for yourself? What challenges are there to starting your own home-based business?



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    20th Dec 2018
    My hobby / work is to watch the sharemarket
    Waiting on bargains on blu chips
    20th Dec 2018
    "walking fur babies"

    They are NOT fur babies they are dogs, cats, rabbit or some other animal and deserve to be respected as they are not anthropomorphised into something they are not.

    If people don't have time to walk their own pets they should not have one.
    20th Dec 2018
    Did the author really research this properly? I think not! I found the following sentence part way into reading the government site!!
    "Applications closed on Friday 24 August 2018 at 12 noon (Canberra time)."
    This article is of no use to anyone except to inform them of what they missed out on 4 months ago
    Cowboy Jim
    20th Dec 2018
    Gnashing of teeth comes to mind!! Oh wey I missed out. hahaha
    20th Dec 2018
    Important to note the article says "Any income you earn from your business needs to be considered by Centrelink." The article should have also said "The Asset Test changes from Jan 2017 will now reduce your pensions if you dare to exceed the new tests".
    In other words, this nonsensical new scheme is at odds with the Govt's attitude to pensions as it tries to discourage savers and earners as much as possible.
    21st Dec 2018
    This is just another way to try to get out of paying retirees what is morally due to them. Those who worked hard and saved well or continue to work or had good super schemes, provided they didn't suffer crisis or trauma or other serious misfortune, are already cast aside. Now the government is trying to find a way to push those who have very little or nothing into self-sufficiency as well. Good luck with that!

    Don't work and save and we'll give you around $1 million to retire on. Work and save and you can get stuffed, and probably have less income than if you didn't. Now tell me again why working and saving is becoming so unfashionable?

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