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.
Indianapolis is one of the Midwest's most populous cities and a center of commerce for the entire region. Both the city and state encourage business development in part by centralizing licensing and making requirements clear. Although the state does most of the regulating, Indianapolis has a number of permits to protect consumers and ensure a harmonious, safe community. The city's primary industries are manufacturing, health care and social services, and retail trade. However, despite its manufacturing industries, Indianapolis does not have the same concentration of manufacturing as many other Indiana towns and cities. However, it is more diverse in the service sector and has positioned its airport to be a major transit and commercial shipping hub.