The first colony and state in the Union remains a vital part of our nation's economy. Northern Virginia is not only an extension of the Washington DC Metro Area, but is home to numerous national and international companies. Additional metro centers including Virginia Beach and Raleigh lend steam to the state economy. Small business owners will find a state friendly to business where regulation is somewhat moderated.
In Virginia, 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.