Financial consultants help firms and sometimes individuals make smarter fiscal decisions. Even a consulting firm of one is a business. Many consultants operate out of their homes and make the mistake of assuming they can run their businesses license-free. However, most cities and states require business tax registration and licensing for all businesses, of all sizes – and some require Home Occupation Permits for home-based businesses.
Home to five star resorts, beautiful beaches, lagoons and Lego Land, tiny Carlsbad, California in northern San Diego County has a visibility far out of proportion with its size. Carlsbad keeps licensing and business regulation to a minimum, often deferring to San Diego County and the state to monitor businesses. However, Carlsbad’s license pricing and taxation schedule is complex and based on business type. Carlsbad's face to the world involves its beautiful coastline, lagoon and high-end resorts. However, lying quietly within the town is a growing manufacturing sector that includes Life Technologies, Taylor Made-Adidas, Calloway, Asymtek, Zimmer Dental, Genoptix, Crestone Group Baking Co, Alphatec Spine, Titleist and Emerson Network Power.