Curious About Starting a Home-Based Business? Do you know the basics of starting a home-based business? Are you currently operating a home-based business and worried that you’re operating illegally? If you’re thinking about starting a home-based business, online business, selling on E-Bay, having a small consumer business or becoming a consultant, this program is for you. You’ll be shown what the different entities of a business structure are: federal, state, local taxes; licensing requirements; bookkeeping and tax records; and different ideas for starting a business.