Looking to start a business – Now?

Is a pandemic the right time to start a business? It just might be! It may seem a little crazy to start a business now, but you wouldn’t be alone. New businesses are forming despite the pandemic, confirming the saying that crisis breeds innovation and opportunity. Challenging times are often seen as a good time to start a business and past downturns have produced companies like Airbnb, Uber and Venmo. There are plenty of reasons to start up — maybe you are looking for a better work/life balance, maybe you want to be your own boss, or you want more financial stability. In today’s connected world, where technology provides more flexibility in how and where we work, more people are discovering ways to pursue entrepreneurship.

Home-based businesses come in a variety of forms – think dog walking, house cleaning, and selling goods online. Castle Rock is a business-friendly community, but there are some business services that can change the character of a neighborhood and those businesses are not permitted to be headquartered at home. A few examples include beauty/barber services, auto repair, bed and breakfast establishments and pet grooming. Because Castle Rock is committed to maintaining its small town charm and the appearance of our residential neighborhoods, all business activities must be conducted inside the home, including the storage of materials and equipment. In addition, home-based businesses are not permitted to display advertising signs or generate more than occasional vehicle traffic.

Wondering if your start up idea can be run from home? We can help! Before you open your doors for business, the Town of Castle Rock requires you to apply for and obtain a Business and Tax License. Each application includes a zoning review to determine if Town Code allows the business to be run from home. And, don’t forget to check with your homeowners association to assure your home business complies with any established rules/covenants. Ready to get started? Apply for your Business & Tax License online. Questions about the Business & Tax License process? Contact the Finance Department at 303-660-1015 or by email.

Need help with your new business? Let Castle Rock’s Economic Partnership (Economic Development Council, Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority) lend you a hand in cutting through potential roadblocks; they can also help with expert planning and marketing. Free business counseling is also available from organizations like SCORE mentors, Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers; visit www.sba.gov to learn more.