It consultants help their clients with informations systems, network architecture, hardware, software and a number of other technology-related issues. 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.
Once the steel capitol of America and the seat of the Carnegie and Mellon fortunes, Pittsburgh is tougher than steel. Since the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has diversified its economy with high tech, biotech, financial services and more. It also welcomes entrepreneurs. Although the city isn't shy on licenses and permits, it makes the application process fairly straightforward and understandable. Further, Pennsylvania also regulates a fair number of industries -- but with clear information and comprehensible forms.