My city ordinances have the similar restrictions on home occupation businesses, and then some. If I want to avoid all these restrictions, I can either move to or have my name listed in an address within an unincorporated city, which there is little or no restrictions on home occupation businesses. My third option would be to rent a “private mailbox” for the shortest rental term being offered and go through the process of filing for a business permit to see if my city official would actually checking in on my “business address” before approving my application.
Before I found out about Startupnation.com, I used to, and still do, read articles from Entrepreneur.com on eBay businesses. There is one article that talks about how a lady from Long Beach, California, who wishes to sell psychic reading sessions from home over the Internet, gets turned down for a business permit due to the foreseeable customer traffic, and eventually gets her permit. Here’s the article: http://www.Entrepreneur.com/article/0,4621,285818,00.html
And the questions I posted at the very beginning of this topic came from this article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/0,4621,322983,00.html
Before I give the suggestions or options I gathered a try, I will seek the help of a business attorney from my city.<>Steve.>