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.
Louisville is Kentucky's largest city and a player on the national business scene. The city has long been considered one of the nation's most liveable major cities and has made efforts to promote small business development to further its growth. However, the city has numerous business licenses and permits and a somewhat complicated process for getting them. Louisville's major industries include air freight, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and food service. The city is a home to several Fortune 500 companies and an ever growing assortment of local mid-size and small businesses.