Home-based businesses are currently prohibited in Jordan except for a limited “housewife
exception”. Despite this prohibition, a number of micro businesses operate from homes on
an informal basis.
Comprehensive studies that were conducted by USAID Economic Development Program
(SABEQ) indicated that this prohibition constitutes a significant burden on micro businesses
and entrepreneurs. Moreover, it does not take into consideration the need of those with
special needs, thus encouraging informal activities. Studies also indicated that home based
businesses can be important incubators of new enterprises and can generate significant