Top 8 work from home ideas

Are you a pro in the kitchen?  Turn a passion for baking into a home catering business. Picture: Getty
Are you a pro in the kitchen? Turn a passion for baking into a home catering business. Picture: Getty

As technology gets better and jobs continue to diversify, working from home has become a viable option for many Australians. Here are eight of the best work from home jobs you can start right away.

1. Online Store

Turn your hobby into a business with an online store. Websites like Etsy, eBay and ASOS Marketplace make selling your wares easier than ever – where the work lies is in the construction, photography and listings. If you invest in good quality materials and taking the time to make your listings look great, you’re sure to start turning a profit.

2. Virtual Assistant

Are you ultra organised with exceptional travel and life-hack skills? You could become a virtual assistant. Filling the role of a PA or executive assistant, a virtual assistant helps busy individuals get their life in order, booking travel, organising meetings and ensuring everything is running smoothly. The main difference is they’re doing it from the comfort of their own couch.

3. Transcriptionist

If you have a fast typing speed and an exceptional attention to detail, consider becoming a transcriptionist. You’d be required to convert audio recordings into text, ensuring that every detail ends up on the page. You could end up transcribing anything from a meeting recording to an interview, but most importantly, you wouldn’t have to leave the house.

4. Website Tester

A website can make or break a brand’s image, so having one that’s user friendly is incredibly important to any business. How do they find that out? By testing it! If you know your way around the computer and are happy to voice your opinion on everything from colour schemes to menus and navigation, it could be the perfect work from home business.

Starting a home tutoring service is a lucrative business idea that requires minimal start-up costs. Picture: Getty

5. Childcare or dog sitting

Childcare, or caring for someone’s furry friends, is another work from home idea that could turn into a thriving business. Proving you have the relevant qualifications and your house is child and pet-proof, you could open your door to neighbouring families, offering to look after their children (human or otherwise) while at work. Considering how expensive childcare can be, you may find that soon others are knocking down your door!

6. Data entry

It’s not the most glamorous of professions, but if you’re capable of finding the devil in the detail, data entry could be for you. All you’d need is a computer, a fast Internet connection and some professional connections and you’d be ready to go. With plenty of work to go round, it’s a work from home business you could do around your own schedule.

7. Food business

Take your passion for food and cooking to a new level by opening up a culinary business. Start by catering parties or events before venturing into ready-made meals or delivery services. If it’s sweet treats that you love to make, consider a baking business! Your kitchen will become your canvas, forming the perfect backdrop to your culinary creations.

 8. Tutor

Tutoring is a great way for recent school leavers, university students and teachers to make some extra money without leaving the house. Whether you chat on Skype, on the phone or in person, you can help students with tricky sums, complicated language or just general comprehension. Language lovers could also help others understand a new language through private tuition.

Working from home in Australia doesn’t have to be hard. With a little organisation and initial investment in technology, you’ll have a work from home business in no time.

Once you have decided on an idea, the next step is to set up your home office space, and start getting into a productive routine.