Are You Ready To Be Your Own Boss?

If you're ready to make the move from employee to business owner, or if your current situation limits your ability to get the job you want (or any job), you're in the right place.

We will help you find an idea for an online business, show you how to build your website and simple sales funnel, as well as give you the support you need to successfully launch … and grow … your business.

About Us

Hi, I'm Trudy Rankin

When I first started my own business, I was more than ready to be my own boss.  I was tired of dealing with internal politics and bosses that cared more about “looking good” than the impact their decisions had on the organisation or their employees.  I've never, ever regretted leaving.  

Wheel of a wheelchair with an arm in a blue shirt sleeve resting on it.

Not long after, our little grandson was born with severe disabilities and life has never been the same since … especially not for our daughter and son-in-law.

My husband and I helped as much as we could.  But often, the only thing we could do was acknowledge the pain.

And wipe away tears as their daily routine turned into exhausted days filled with unending medical appointments and endless, endless nights of broken sleep.

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The more I learned about the world of carers and caregivers, the more I realised that there is a whole world of unmet need out there.  So many carers and caregivers need a break from the daily demands. 

They need something they can work on that lets them focus on something else for awhile.  That has the potential to earn a bit of money AND give them a reason to say, “I have a job”.  Or even, “I'm working now.  Please be patient.  I will help you later”.

And I knew that my training program, where you learn how to start an online business, could help.

It's not the whole answer, of course.

It can be lonely trying to start a business on your own.  And not everyone understands what you're trying to do.

And it can be tricky knowing exactly how to go about building something that will last longer than a couple of months.

Online Business Liftoff logo which is a white spaceship on a sun yellow background

Ast the time, when I was building my business, I didn't know a lot about the life of a carer/caregiver.  Or how being thrown into that particular role can turn your life upside down.

But then my father-in-law, who lived with us, began a slow decline, to the point where he could no longer function on his own.  And I had to start adjusting my home-based business work-day around his personal needs.

Baby with eye patch and oxygen tube lying in an enclosed crib in the neonatal intensive care unit

My business became my refuge.  And I knew that at some stage, my daughter would need a refuge for herself.  And she'd need something that would let her start paid work again that was flexible enough to fit around the demands on her as a caregiver.

Trudy Rankin is speaking at the Online Business Liftoff Awards Ceremony for Knox Council participants


So I started the Online Business Lift-Off Community. So you can be with people who get what it's like to be a carer/caregiver.  And who are further along the online business journey.  Which means you can learn from their wisdom, their mistakes and triumphs.  And as you learn, you can help the people coming along behind you.

My team members all have experience in setting up and running their own businesses.  So they been on the journey, too and know where the pitfalls are.  How to deal with the ups and downs.  And why it's important to celebrate the small wins.

Hans van Weerd Founder of Art On Your Wall

“I was worried about my absolute lack of knowledge around online business.

Online Business Lift-off not only provided the technical expertise and assistance that I needed to set up my online business, but more importantly, they made me realise that what I can offer to other people, really matters.”


Hans van Weerd

Founder, Art On Your Wall


Lisa Abbott Founder and CEO of Beyond Trauma

“When the Online Business Liftoff course was presented to me, I'm like, yes, work from home, run my own business … and the thought of that flourishing and it being mine was very alluring. 

I could continue to grow as an adult and an independent person separate from my caring role, separate from being a wife, separate from being a mother and a grandmother.”


Lisa Abbott

Founder and CEO, Beyond Trauma


The Online Business Lift-Off Community

is a private online community that is made up of carers, care givers and other people like you whose life situation has meant that a traditional “9-to-5” just isn't possible.

And you're keen to work on that's outside of the normal routine.  Something that focuses your mind and builds valuable skills.  Something to call your own.   Something just for you.  And if that something brings in a bit of extra money, so much the better.

If you're like most online business owners, most of the people in your life will only have a vague idea what you do every day. And when you do try to explain, they look at you like you're talking a foreign language. It can feel really lonely.

And you'd love to have a place where you can feel like you belong. A place where you can ask questions about all the tough stuff … like mindset and websites and sales funnels and getting leads and customers.

Because sometimes, it's the little things that make you lose momentum and you just need someone who has been there before to point you in the right direction.

Our Online Business LIft-Off (or OBL for short) Community is made up of people like you. People who want to hang out with other people who “get” what they do. Who support each other. Who share the wins and the fails and help each other get up again when it all feels too hard. People who come from all walks of life, with their own stories and unique abilities.

Marnie - Founder of Melt Me Chocolates

“Online Business Lift-off is the most incredible opportunity to develop and grow my business.

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!”


Marnie Bone

Founder, Melt Me Chocolates


Martina Kramer

I think this course really gives you direction – a vision – as most people who are carers or older job seekers don't think they can build up a business online.

Especially for me, coming into this program as someone older … gave me a new perspective that you can use your past experience to your own benefit.” 


Martina Kramer

Founder, Marketing Mix 4 You


Rod McNeill

“I wanted someone to take me through a step-by-step program on how to get setup. I didn’t want to overlook anything that could be vital in this digital age.

Being from a ‘more mature generation’ I didn’t feel I had a good grasp on social media or marketing measurements like Google Analytics. It was important to me that I had these things explained as I went through them.


Rod McNeill

Founder, Ontime Plan Services


12 Week Start Your Business Program – On-Demand PLUS Access To Our Online Business Liftoff Community

Join The “Start Your Business” Training Today

You'll get immediate access to:


  • Our 12 module training program that will show you how to start an online business from scratch, even if you don't have an idea yet
  • Weekly live “Get It Done” co-working sessions
  • Our supportive OBL community where you can ask questions and get answers
  • Ask for feedback on work you've done
  • Chat with fellow community members
  • Bonus training material

Yearly Access

$497 /yearly


√ Full IMMEDIATE access granted to the 12-Week “Start Your Business” Course and our supportive Online Business community.

Monthly Access

$47 /monthly


√ Full IMMEDIATE access granted to the 12-Week “Start Your Business” Course and our supportive Online Business community.


How Your OBL Community Can Help


Access to our online community forum where you can ask questions and get answers.



Opportunities to create connections with people in variety of industries … all in a way not possible over social media



  • Weekly co-working sessions led by fellow participants where you can check in, then focus on getting stuff done.


Learning Opportunities

  • Free access to extra “how-to” trainings and big discounts on monthly expert-led workshops, masterclasses and extra coaching sessions when you need them



Access to our private community forum.  Great for discussions and getting business insights.



Show us your “work-in-progress” and get useful tips on how to make it better.


If you join our OBL Community, you’ll be able to immediately access our trainings, as well as attend our weekly “Get It Done” co-working sessions. 

And if you have questions or feel like you're going in circles, we'll help you get unstuck and back on track.

Trudy Rankin, Founder Online Business Lift-Off

Grow your business with Trudy Rankin

Be Part Of The Community

We'd love to have you join our supportive OBL Community.  And help you take your business to the next level.  So you can start creating more opportunities for you and your family.  And start moving toward the life you want to live.


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