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.
Businesses in Silicon Valley face a fair amount of regulation and licensing. San Jose’s police department licenses a fair number of businesses seen to have the potential to foster vice crimes. Additionally, in combination with Santa Clara County, San Jose keeps a firm hand on public health and businesses that can impact it. City and county websites make locating forms and fees somewhat difficult despite San Jose being known as the seat of the technology industry.