The Ottawa Home-based Business Guide [ PDF - 91 KB ] is organized into three sections: Thinking, Starting and Growing. The Thinking section will help you to assess whether a home-based business is a good fit for you. The Starting section provides information about developing a business plan, registration and permits, and getting organized. Finally, in the Growing section, you will read about things to consider as your business increases in size or complexity.
There are City of Ottawa by-laws applicable specifically to home-based businesses, and these are provided at the end of this booklet. There are also certain federal and provincial requirements that apply to all businesses, such as registration and taxation. Although these requirements are noted in this guide, it is strongly advised that you consult the references provided for more detailed and up-to-date information.
This resource is not intended to be a comprehensive business planning tool, but serves to highlight some of the considerations and opportunities unique to HBBs. Throughout the guide, you will also find comments from Ottawa HBB owners who have shared some of their experiences.