The great lakes adjacent state of Wisconsin has long been both an agrarian and industrial powerhouse. Major cities like Milwaukee and Madison stand in stark contrast to the rural agrarian plains. Wisconsin places strong emphasis on protecting its residents and its natural beauty using a fairly complex set of regulations. Thus, businesses often need a fair number of licenses and permits to operate.
In Wisconsin, 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.