Illinois is the center of America's center. Home state of Lincoln, home to vast agriculture, birthplace of the Blues Brothers and boasting Chicago, Illinois has long held its head up high. Businesses in Illinois will find only moderate state business license requirements. However, many cities and towns in Illinois have more depthful business licenses that can make setting up a business and maintaining compliance a substantial job.
In Illinois, 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.