USAID LENS concluded a month-long Home-Based Business Regulations Awareness campaign which was a nationwide campaign to raise public awareness on what constitutes a home-based business, and what types of businesses people can operate from their home in Jordan. One of the aims of the campaign is to encourage people operating their business informally from home to register legally as a formal home-based enterprise.
As part of this awareness campaign, a guide on how to register and license a business from home was developed by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Greater Amman Municipality, with support from the USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support Project (LENS) and distributed in all governorates and directorates in Jordan. This manual explains the benefits of formalizing your home-based business, the types of professions allowed to be licensed from home, registration and licensing procedures, contributing to their growth alongside to technical and regulatory conditions for a formalized home-based business. For more info and to download the guide please visit the website: www.hbbjordan.com
Media round table event occurred on the 31st of July at MOITS to inform journalists and media representatives about the new regulations, and the campaign results. According to data released by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, the new instructions for licensing home businesses have had a direct effect on the number of registered businesses from home since the issuance of the new instructions in August 2017. More than 300 home-based business have been registered in all governorates of the Kingdom with Amman, Irbid and Mafraq have the highest registration rates compared to other governorates. Since the regulations aim to increase the economic participation of women (the rate of economic participation of women in Jordan is one of the lowest in the region), it is worth noting that more than 80% of the home businesses recorded last year were owned by women.