Wisconsin: A Broken Home for Home-based Businesses

The Quote: WILL Writer and Research Analyst, Cori Petersen, says: “69{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} of businesses began in someone’s home, including some of today’s largest, most profitable companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google. Cities love to say that they are open to business, but if they have overly restrictive regulations that prevent our smallest of businesses from growing, then it’s time for a change.”

backgrounds: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought lasting changes to the world’s economy; and from it, nearly 30{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} of the workforce voluntarily left their jobs in 2021. This “Great Resignation” led to a boom in entrepreneurship, with many workers taking control of their destinations and starting their own businesses, often times in their own homes. While some entrepreneurs treat these businesses as ways to supplement their income, many may grow into successful, full-time employers.

Yet, communities across the nation, and specifically in Wisconsin, have instituted lengthy lists of regulations that create barriers to people starting in-home businesses. Some regulations, specifically those that address major negative externalities such as excessive sound and pollution in residential areas, may make sense. However, many of the rules on the books are arbitrary and unnecessarily burdensome.