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Home-Based Business

Home-Based Businesses are important contributors to JBLM quality of life – new changes to procedures make it easier and quicker to gain approval to operate an on-base HBB.

HBBs allow families to work from their JBLM homes, developing rewarding careers that follow them through PCS moves. The wide span of HBBs operated by JBLM families includes:

  • Retail sales
  • Car detailing/service
  • Hairdressing and hairstyling
  • Home baking and meal preparation
  • Pet grooming and pet sitting
  • Massage therapy

HBB owners need to obtain approval from the garrison commander or senior commander. We’ve recently streamlined the process to make it quicker and easier.

Not everyone who works from home operates an HBB though. If you work remotely from your home, you probably don’t need approval. Other examples of businesses that don’t need approval are:

  • Bookkeeping and tax preparation
  • Personal training conducted outside the home
  • Photography, graphic design and advertising services
  • Tutoring and music instruction
  • Entertainment or travel planning
  • Housecleaning and lawn care
  • Selling items from multi-level marketing companies

 

Home-based business approval is quick and easy!

The new standardized application streamlines the approval process.  Of course, installations are still required to adhere to local and state laws and regulations regarding home business operations, so check into those, too. 

If you operate an HBB on base and aren’t yet approved, now’s the time to get official.

Here’s the process:   

Step 1: Download the HBB application

Step 2:  The application process includes visiting and obtaining approval from installation agencies like the housing office and community housing manager. The application should identify the agencies, but ask your MWR representative if you have questions. If you need any additional documentation (like licensing or certifications), get that, too.

Step 3: Once you’ve completed your paperwork, submit the application to your MWR representative. Keep a copy of the completed application for your own records.

Within 60 days, you should get a notification of approval. Simple!

  • Moving your HBB from another installation? If you were approved there, the process is even easier! Contact us for details.
  • New guidance directs installations to “find a way to say yes” to HBB owners – so we’re prepared to make this easy for you.
  • Official on-base offerings from AAFES, the Commissary and MWR no longer consider HBBs competition, and you don’t have to gain their approval.
  • Operating an HBB from your JBLM home without approval can violate HBB policy and get you in trouble.

Send questions and applications to usarmy.jblm.id-readiness.list.dfmwr-mwr-requests@army.mil.

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