96 Business Ideas You Could Start Today

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96 Business Ideas You Could Start Today

In the modern world, entrepreneurs are more common than ever, and there are so many opportunities to start your own business.

So if you’re sick of looking for a job, or you want a change, why not start one today?

We’ve compiled a list of 96 ideas for little home businesses that you could start right now. All you need is a willingness to work, a bit of business acumen, and an ability to look for new opportunities at every turn!

96 Business Ideas You Can Start Today | Stay at Home Mum

Swimming Instructor

Becoming a swim teacher in Australia is easier than it sounds, and if offers a flexible way to work, and stay fit, at the same time.  To become a swimming instructor you need to complete a course.  There are two nationally recognised organisations you can study through to become a fully qualified swimming teacher:

  • Swim Australia
  • AustSwim

Both also offer extension classes if you wish to further your education in this area.

Mystery Shopper

Got a passion for shopping? Sign up to be a mystery shopper and do it every day! The money isn’t fantastic – but if you have a bit of spare time and don’t mind going shopping and filling out reports, it is a great way to get good discounts on goods and services!

Car Detailer

If you love cars and you’re detail oriented, this is the perfect business for you!

Dog Walker

Passionate about animals and exercise, a dog walking business could take off in your town! Approach your local veterinary clinic to see if you can advertise your services there!

Lawn Mower or Gardener

Not just a business for kids anymore, this is one task that people love to outsource! Of course you will need a lawn mower and whipper snipper and perhaps a trailer – but you can borrow or hire items to begin with when starting out.

House Cleaner

Become someone’s go-to clean guru and start a house cleaning business today!  You can expect to receive up to $30 per hour.

Window Cleaner

If houses aren’t your thing, specialise in cleaning windows in offices and businesses!

Oven Cleaner

For expert oven cleaners, you’d be surprised just how much work is around for a pro!

Ironing or Washing Service

Who wants to do their own washing and ironing? Maybe you, if you were getting paid!


Love to cook and feed people? A catering business with the right mind behind is guaranteed to succeed!

Pet Groomer

Animals are adorable, and with just a little bit of training, you could be flexibly making money in your own home, or on the road, grooming people’s pets.

Mailing Services, e.g Junkmail

Advertising certainly isn’t getting less popular, which means there are always opportunities for delivering catalogues and ‘junk mail’ straight to the people. Approach your local newspaper for contacts.

Massage Therapist

You’ll need some training before you get started, but it’s a relaxing and fitness-enhancing business with lots of opportunities to make some money.  To become a licensed massage therapist you will need to complete a massage therapy program, then complete a number of hours in a hands-on capacity, then passing the licensing exam.

Potential massage therapists need loads of physical stamina, the ability to stand for long periods of time and provide advice on the correct way of stretching and giving relaxation tips.

Where to study in Australia:

Pool Cleaner

Not everyone is an expert on pool cleaning, which is where you come in to save the day!

Fitness Group Leader

For those with a passion for fitness, being a personal trainer means you can help people be their best self, while keeping yourself fit as well!

Tourist Guide

If you live in a tourist-friendly area, offering your local expertise as a tour guide can net both enjoyment and money!

Night Fill Packer at a Supermarket

An ideal position for making money outside normal hours, this is one business that starts itself! To find out where night fill jobs are advertised, check out our article here.

How To Find A Night Fill Job | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

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