Graphic design and online sales, or e-commerce are common home-based businesses. People looking for flexible lifestyles or just to work from home can usually set up these businesses easily. While in many cities including Los Angeles and New York, only standard business licensing requirements apply, numerous cities and counties require Home Occupation Permits for home-based businesses.
Although Glendale, California does not require a general business licenses, it does require a special zoning permit and a number of industry and business-specific licenses. Glendale also has special regulations and permits for businesses in its renovated downtown. Home businesses in Glendale require special licensing as do a number of food and health-related businesses. Major companies in Glendale include Nestle, Public Storage, Walt Disney Imagineering, Acco Engineering Systems, Diagnostic Laboratories, DineEquity, DreamWorks Animation, and PS Business Parks. Glendale also boasts a renovated downtown with thriving retail and entertainment businesses - many local and independent.