10 best work-from-home careers in Australia

17th February 2020

Are you sick of the commute to and from work every day? In 2020 there is no longer a need for long meaningless commutes, expensive wear and tear on your car, missing your kid’s soccer games, and never having time for date night, because it’s so easy to work from home.

We’ll take a look at 10 awesome work-from-home careers available to all Australians right now — 5 careers for remote workers (where you can do 100% of the work outside of a traditional office environment) and 5 careers for direct contact workers (where you are still meeting with clients, but you could easily setup a studio at home or offer a mobile service).


Remote working roles

These careers can all be done 100% from home — managing all your client data online. Create a website to advertise your services and you’re in business.

1. Bookkeeper
Bookkeepers process financial transactions, payroll, debtors payments, and creditor invoices for business clients and self-employed professionals. Bookkeeping is a great career choice because it can be done 100% remotely.

Approximately 60K

Certificate IV Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217)
Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217)

Apply to the Tax Practitioner’s Board for Registration as a BAS Agent if you intend to lodge Business Activity Statements for your clients.

2. Digital Marketer
Digital Marketers help businesses and entrepreneurs find new customers and increase their sales online. You’ll be managing social media accounts, developing blogging strategies, setting up email autoresponders, or writing Google ads. It’s the perfect work-from-home career.

Approximately 70K

Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (BSB42415)
Diploma of Social Media Marketing (10118NAT)

Join a professional association like the Digital Marketing Association.

3. Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistants are like secretaries and Personal Assistants only they work 100% remotely. As a VA you could be booking travel, preparing personal correspondence, updating spreadsheets, writing blogs, or even paying bills. Best of all you can do it 100% from home.

VA’s are often paid as freelancers but you could negotiate similar rates to a PA or private secretary.

Certificate IV in Business Administration (BSB40515)
Diploma of Business Administration (BSB50415)

4. Call Centre Operator
If you love helping people why not consider working as a Call Centre Operator or Telemarketer from the comfort of your own home. You’ll need a reliable phone service, a decent headset and dedicated WIFI on your PC to be ready for your first call.

Approximately 50k

Certificate III in Customer Engagement (BSB30215)
Certificate IV in Business (BSB40215)

5. Web designer
Design beautiful websites for businesses and entrepreneurs. You could specialise in an area of interest such as eCommerce, multimedia, gaming, or App development.

Approximately 60k

Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies (ICT40315)
Diploma of Website Development (ICT50615)


Direct contact roles

These careers require actual contact with your clients, but you could set up a studio or clinic in your home — or provide some of your services in public spaces or even online via Skype or video call. If you do serve clients from home don’t forget to take out suitable public liability insurance.

6. Counsellor
Counsellors help their clients work through emotional, family, career and financial problems and often specialise in areas like trauma, grief, addiction, self-esteem and anxiety. Set up up a clinic at home, or offer a virtual service where clients consult with you over the phone or via video conference.

Approximately 70k

Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)

7. Beauty Therapist
Beauty therapists help everyone feel better about themselves, freshening up nails, body hair and makeup or just giving a relaxing massage. You could setup a lovely beauty studio at the back of your home, or even better — offer a mobile service in the homes of your clients.

Approximately 55k

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115)

8. Massage Therapist
Massage therapists help their clients rehabilitate from injuries, recover from playing sport, or destress after a long day of work and taking care of kids. You could specialise in reflexology, remedial, Swedish, Shiatsu, and Thai massage techniques (there are so many) — and deliver treatments in your own home or offer a mobile massage service.

Approximately 60K

Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52015)

9. Personal Trainer
If you love working out and find yourself motivating everyone in your life to go to the gym, a career as a personal trainer from your own home could be just the thing. Instruct clients at the local gym, run bootcamps in the park, or set up a gym in your home.

Approximately 50k

Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)

10. Tutor
This rewarding career involves assisting children and young adults with their academic studies or helping adults with literacy and numeracy problems become more confident at work and in the community. You could set up a learning centre at home, or offer a mobile tuition service.

Approximately 60k

Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care (CHC40113)
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

If you are working with kids under 18 years old it’s a good idea to get a Police Clearance and Working With Children check.


Other career ideas

There are hundreds of other careers you could adapt to a home-base — here’s a few more you could consider:

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