Business consultants advise managers and business owners on a variety of issues including strategy, finance, efficiency, and policy. 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.
Boise is a major city for the Inland Northwest and a burgeoning center of commerce. Major players in the retail food, technology and paper industries are headquartered in Boise. Because of the city's growth over the past decade, Boise's retail and hospitality sectors have expanded dramatically. As a city welcoming of entrepreneurial activity and growth, Boise keeps its licensing requirements relatively simple. Business license and permit applications are clear and easy to complete. However, most businesses also need state licenses as well, meaning businesses typically need several licenses and permits to operate.