Starting a Business

Home Business

Clearly there’s ‘no business like home business’, with close to one million small businesses operating out of Australian homes and high numbers of people working from home  in Pittwater, compared with other parts of Metropolitain Sydney. Working from home can make great sense from both a cost and lifestyle perspective. However it also calls for understanding what the laws are that may apply to operating a home businesses for your house in Pittwater (

If you're thinking about starting your own home-based business, what type of business is the best fit for your background, skills, and interests? If you have little initial capital to invest, which businesses can be started at a low cost?. Most importantly get advice, attend free seminars and network to get information on which home business has the best chance of succeeding locally and on the northern beaches.

A successful home business requires an owner who is able to handle a wide variety of issues. Often, identical home-based businesses can have different levels of success due to different approaches to planning. Thinking through the establishment of your business carefully and taking the time to seek advice and research and plan your operations, you can create a competitive advantage while also helping secure the future of your business.

A home-based business is one where you operate the business either:

  • at home – you carry out most of the work at your home (for example, a hairdresser who does all the work at home and has clients coming to their home for this service)
  • from home – the business does not own or rent any premises other than your home (for example, a plumber who does most of their work on clients' premises, but does not have any other business premises)

If you are starting a home business, developing a business plan is the best place to begin. To develop your business plan, you can get good advice from SmallBizConnect  and Council on the following:

  • Is your home the best location for your business?
  • Can you conduct the type of business you want under Pittwater Council’s town planning and other regulations?
  • What are your legal obligations?
  • Will your home-based business allow you to balance your work, family and lifestyle?