Lawpath Blog
Do You Need an ABN for a Hobby?

Do You Need an ABN for a Hobby?

Here are some questions to help you determine if your activity is a business or hobby, and whether or not it requires an ABN.

23rd April 2015

In this series of posts we’re looking at common questions that arise regarding when it’s appropriate to register for an ABN. If you have an activity or hobby that you do in your spare time and make money from selling the resulting products or services, you are probably wondering if you need to register as a business.

Do You Need an ABN for a Hobby?

Simply put, no. An ABN is not needed for a hobby.  A hobby is a pastime or leisure activity conducted in your spare time for recreation or pleasure.  If you develop your hobby into a business however you will need to think about an ABN for tax purposes e.g. If you’re working from home or selling handmade goods online for example, you need to decide whether you are doing so as a business or a hobby.

Simple questions to determine if your activity is a business or hobby:

  • Is the activity being undertaken for commercial reasons?;
  • Is your main intention, purpose or prospect to make a profit?;
  • Do you regularly and repeatedly undertake your activity?; and
  • Is your activity planned, organised and carried out in a business-like manner?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you’re likely to be running a business and you will need an ABN.


Unsure where to start? Contact a LawPath consultant on 1800LAWPATH to learn more about customising legal documents, obtaining a fixed-fee quote from our network of 600+ expert lawyers or to get answers to your legal questions.

Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is the CEO of Lawpath, dedicating his days to making legal easier, faster and more accessible to businesses. Dominic is a recognised thought-leader in Australian legal disruption, and was recognised as a winner of the 2015 Australian Legal Innovation Index.