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Job Seekers & CARERS – have you ever wanted to start an online business?

If you answered yes, then  you've come to the right place. Here at Online Business Lift-off, we're passionate about creating opportunities for people who can't work a traditional
“9 to 5” job.

To get started turning your DREAM into a REALITY with Online Business Liftoff, here's what to do next:

  1. Add yourself to the Online Business Lift-off WAITLIST (fill in the form just below)
  2. Keep an eye out for emails from us to keep you in the loop BEFORE we kick off in May.



ABOUT Our Course

The Online Business Lift-Off Program is a 12-week course that shows you how to come up with a good business idea, validate it, get your website and other online tech set up and get people coming to you for help with their problems. When it comes to starting your own business, we're here to guide you along the way.


Find An Idea

Business ideas are a dime a dozen, but not every idea is created equal. We show you how to find ideas that solve problems that people actually want solved – we'll also show you how to be paid for this too.

Get Yourself Set Up Online

Getting the technical components of your business setup, like your website, can be challenging. We make it quick and easy so you can get started helping customers fast.


Help People Find You

Content is the cornerstone of online business. We show you how to discover what people are looking for, as well as how to help people find you and your content.

Grow Your Business

Lots of things contribute to your business growth, but the secret is to continually improve the things that matter! We show you how to do this – and help decide what matters to you.


Study When It Suits You

Everyone’s timetables are different – You may only have evenings free, you might be working split shifts, or simply don’t have full days off. With the Online Business Lift-Off program, you can learn what you need as you need it, from wherever works for you.

Modern Tools & Courses

We teach you the tools that we think will help you the most, for people who are starting their online business for the first time. And we practice what we preach! We use these tools ourselves to create, build and grow our own portfolio of online businesses.

A Team Who Cares

We’re passionate about creating opportunities for a better life. Everyone is welcome – our speciality is working with people who struggle with traditional 9 to 5 jobs. And we’ve been blown away – there are some amazing success stories so far.


Marnie Bone

“Online Business Lift-Off is the most incredible opportunity to develop and grow my business. The sense of team and belonging is highly evident through the support, even though what we are doing is an online course. OBL has shone a light on a dream that seemed unattainable alone. Thank you Trudy for your vision and your awesome team for making the impossible, possible!”

Joe Pascoe

“Joe found a gap in the marketplace for online apps. You can learn how to find problems that need fixing, too.”

Joe Pascoe

Ellen Fletcher

“After completing the Online Business Ignition Course I found I had many business initiative ideas that I wanted to start to create and apply to my life. This course was very useful in getting me excited and thinking about new ideas and products that I would never have come up with on my own.”

Ellen F.

Ken Moulang

“Are you blind, like Ken? Then, just like Ken, you can do the Online Business Lift-Off program and start a new chapter in your life.”

Ken Moulang


The OBL story began in 2016, as a solution to help the vision-impaired find work. Now the OBL program is used to help serve anyone who cannot work the traditional “9 to 5” job.

Our founder, Trudy Rankin, explains how she got to her big ‘why‘ moment and the inspiration behind the Online Business Lift-off program.

We support you through the learning process

Setting up your own online business isn't easy – that's why we make sure you have plenty of support and mentoring when you need it.

Find & Validate An Online Business Idea

Learn how to reliably generate online business ideas that solve real problems – problems that you care about – and problems that others will pay you to fix.

Get Your Website & Other Tech Sorted

No need to be afraid! We help you get your website, email list and other online technology set up. We teach you how to look after them and get them working for you.

Learn Useful New Skills

Pick up the basic skills you need to start and grow your online business. You'll get personalised attention and coaching when you need it.

Get Community & Expert Support

We're here to help you, so ask lots of questions. Get answers from our experts, and be part of a supportive online community where you can help others too.

Help Others With Your New Skills

Highlight your new online business skills in your CV and other places. If an online business isn't for you, you can always use your new skills to help someone else!


If you're living in Australia and meet the following conditions, you may be able to get a scholarship to the Online Business Lift-Off Program.


Carers 26 and over


Between 50 and 64, and on the NewStart Program


Over the age of 50 and worried about long-term unemployment

Proudly supported by the Try, Test and Learn Fund — an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Social Services.


Joining the Online Business Lift-Off Program allows you to:

  • Come up with a great business idea
  • Build your very own website
  • Build your customer email list
  • Create things that will bring people to your website
  • Learn how to track your results and use them to grow your business
  • Create ways of staying up to date with your customers and what they want
  • Access to plenty of peer support and mentoring throughout the process
  • Work to a timetable that suits you
  • Grow your business … and start changing your life!