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.
In the heart of America's early colonial settlement region lies Chesapeake. Although for most of its history the town was agricultural, today's Chesapeake has strong communications, retail and finance sectors. Chesapeake, like most Virginia cities, has significant local licensing. In many cases, applicants must apply in person. State licenses are also prevalent and an entrepreneur can expect several steps in the road to being properly licensed.