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Many people looking for a change in their career follow the Career Academy Success Programs to renew and invigorate their work lives as an employee.

The Career Academy Success Program can help you choose the right career for your experience, work that you enjoy and where the prospects of earning a good and ongoing income are positive.

Government Funding for Training

The Career Academy Industry Connection Government Funding & Scholarships for MYOB & Xero Training Course Students

If your circumstances have changed recently and you have lost your job make sure you submit your details because some Government Funding is available.

These funding programs are designed to help workers or newly unemployed upskill to be more productive in their current job or be able to get jobs that are more relevant.

There are limited places for selected training course funding so make sure you act quickly.

Read more and Register today

$500 Retraining Scholarships

We are currently offering retraining scholarships for older workers who need to upskill to either find work from home or be more productive and valuable to their current employer.

Learn more and apply

Remote Working Employees

If your employment situation is uncertain or has recently changed you may find it valuable to build your own brand for the skills you have and the services you can offer with your own micro business. Here are some of the jobs which are still important but are moving online and via websites.

  1. Virtual Assistant
  2. Data Entry Jobs
  3. Freelance Content Writer (Internships Available)
  4. Social Media Manager
  5. Trainer & Online Tutor (Internships Available)
  6. Graphic Designer
  7. Software Designer
  8. Bookkeeping & Office Administration (Internships Available)
  9. Customer Service Assistant (Internships Available)
  10. Online Sales Representative
  11. Real Estate Agent
  12. Market Researcher
  13. Business & Website Analyst

The work you do as a remote working employee is often the same as you can do as an independent contractor, working close to home or working from home, but the difference is that as an independent contractor you’re running your own business.

If you are interesting in applying for these roles click here to learn more

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Covid-19 and the “Gig” Economy

In 2020, the risk of getting Covid-19 did more for those who want to work from home than high speed broadband did in 2013. We were available back then and we are available now to help you make the transition.

Although many employees lost their jobs and some were put on hold one thing has become more evident – we can all now perform our work from home and most jobs are performed using online, cloud based software.

The other continuing trend is for more people to find work as a contractor – sometimes performing lots of little one-off tasks, other times performing ongoing work as a contractor (operating your own online business)

Remote Working Contractor (Virtual Assistant)

Start a micro business working remotely from home in accounting, freelance writing, social media marketing, virtual assistant - Career Academy Training Short Courses $25 per week

When you run your own business there is an expectation that you’re good at managing your time, keep track of the time you work and what you do and invoicing your employer rather than just wait to be paid.

As an independent contractor you’re defined as a micro business and it’s a smart thing to do if you want to have better control over your earning potential and financial situation. 

You can just jump into your own micro business and make some mistakes as you go along or you can follow some structure and nail the basics so you can confidently go out and present yourself to several different employers (clients) and start getting a name for yourself and what you do. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Set your business up
  2. Get some basic marketing organised
  3. Get clients
  4. Do your work
  5. Invoice, and
  6. Get paid

Earning an Income Online


Buying an online business gets you earning an income online faster than starting from scratch. Plus you get training and support from our team to help you learn faster.

Buy an online business with established income and you:

  • Can reduce your taxable income by claiming your phone and Internet costs as a business expense
  • Claim for electricity and other expenses
  • Can earn an income without applying for jobs

Upskilling Needs Survey

Take our simple Upskilling Needs Survey and get access to free resources to help you work remotely online.

Online Business Courses – become a Virtual Assistant

The StartUp Academy Online Business Training course will get you started as an independent contractor will give you the knowledge, insights and tools you need to:

  • package and price your services,
  • learn to promote yourself and stand out from competitors,
  • keep track of the work you do, and finally
  • keep track of their financials.

This Online Business Startup Training Course Package includes templates and exercises to define your new online business as you progress through the course.

Best of all it is available on a $25 per week payment plan.

Online Business, Marketing, Admin & Accounting

Enrol into all training course packages and we’ll provide you with a tutor coach to help you setup your own website and marketing to attract employers looking for remote workers!

Find Remote Work


Want to work from home — or close to home? We work with businesses who are looking for remote workers and independent contractors to find the best people for the work rather than just people who live close to their office.

We provide induction and on-boarding training for those looking to work remotely from home and who want to connect with experienced industry professionals.

If you want to join our talent pool, please fill in your details in the Remote Workers Talent Pool form.

Digital Marketing and Promoting Your Online Business


Once you’ve set your business up and have even a basic business plan you can go out and promote your business and the services you offer. This stage of building a business is the sales and marketing stage and if you’re promoting work you do from your own home you’ll need to do some digital marketing to get discovered. 

They use to say that “when you build it they will come” but building a digital presence is just the starting point – you need to define your ideal client, show them your solution and then get them to know, like and trust you.

You need to get exposure and get discovered and that costs money, usually in the form of advertising. There are many ways to get discovered and once someone finds you, your task is to get people to take action and contact you – this is called a CALL-TO-ACTION!

Once they make contact with you they need to understand what you offer and your terms and conditions and then order your services.

Don’t go it alone!

Use our collaborative marketing solution to compliment your digital marketing to get discovered without spending TOO much money. Combine the Online Business Course, digital marketing and our mentoring to get online with a digital presence and promoting your services using your personal marketing message.

If you’ve been an employee for most of your life and this is the first time you’re putting yourself out there as an online business owner / contractor you may find some tasks challenging. That’s why you have a mentor and course tutors.

The hardest part of a transition to becoming a Virtual Assistant is how you

  • “present” yourself to potential employers (or clients as you’ll come to call them), and
  • how you negotiate the scope of work you do, your rate and how you invoice and get paid.

Once you go through the transition to becoming an online business owner and working online, remotely from home it will become second nature to you.

The Ultimate Online Business Package is now available on a payment plan!

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