Setting up Business in India

Setting up a business in India | Steps to Register new Firms | Incorporations of a new firm | GST Registrations | Tax Deduction Number | Permanent Account Number

India climbed another 23 points in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, becoming the top ranked country in South Asia for the first time and third among the BRICS. Depending on the nature of business to be performed, there are various entry options for a foreign investor to enter India, such as a Private Limited Company, Limited Company, Limited Liability Company, Branch Office, liaison office, etc. Also, Indian law allows foreign citizens to become full-time directors or shareholders in the entity; however at least one of the Directors/Partners should be a resident of India. AKG has the expertise local knowledge who can help you find the best suitable options and to navigate these complexities.

1.1 Registration of Company/LLP Type of Companies


Private Limited Company is the most prevalent and popular type of corporate legal entity for business in India. A private limited company can be registered with, a minimum of two shareholders and two directors. An Individual can be both a director and shareholder, while a corporate legal entity can only be a shareholder. Further, foreign nationals, foreign corporate entities or NRIs are allowed to be Directors and/or Shareholders of a Company with Foreign Direct Investment, making it the preferred choice of entity for foreign promoters.

Private Limited Company Features

  • It is flexible and has limited liability of Shareholders
  • Separate Legal Entity
  • Perpetual Existence
  • Greater capital contribution and greater stability
  • Possibility to grow big and expand
  • Owning Property

Get in touch with us to know more about private limited company registration and business start-ups.

Limited Company is second most prevalent and popular type of corporate legal entity for business in India. A limited company can be registered with, a minimum of seven shareholders and three directors. An Individual can be both a director and shareholder, while a corporate legal entity can only be a shareholder. Further, foreign nationals, foreign corporate entities or NRIs are allowed to be Directors and/or Shareholders of a Company with Foreign Direct Investment.

Limited Company Features

  • Limited liability to Owners and Management
  • Easy Transfer of ownership
  • Separate Legal Entity
  • Perpetual Existence
  • Stringent Regulatory Requirements
  • Greater Borrowing Capacity
  • Greater capital contribution and greater stability

You can get consultation for private limited company registration and business start-ups by scheduling an appointment with an AKG Advisors.

The main advantage of a Limited Liability Partnership over a traditional partnership firm is that in a LLP, liability of partners is limited, similar to that of the shareholders of a private limited company. However, unlike private limited company shareholder, the partners of a LLP have the right to manage the business directly.

Limited Liability Partnership Features

  • Limited liability to Owners
  • Easy Transfer of ownership
  • Separate Legal Entity
  • Owning Property

Schedule an appointment to know more about Limited Liability Partnership registration and business start-ups

One Person Company is the concept introduced for entrepreneurs who are capable of starting a venture by allowing them to create a single person entity for business in India.

Limited Liability Partnership Features

  • One Person Company Features
  • Only One Member is required to create OPC
  • Separate Legal Entity
  • Limited Liability
  • Required to Nominate a nominee Director in MOA & AOA
  • Must be converted into Pvt Ltd Company if turnover exceeds Rs. 2 Crore

Schedule an appointment to know more about One Person Company (OPC) registration and business start-ups.

1.2 Other Registration


It is an identification number for individuals, families and corporates (Indian and Foreign as well), especially those who pay Income Tax.

It is a unique, 10-character alpha-numeric identifier, issued to all judicial entities identifiable under the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.

It is a 10 digit number issued to persons who are required to deduct or collect tax on payments made by them under the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961

GST is the biggest tax reform in India. It is an indirect tax levied in India on the supply of goods and services. Under the new GST regime, all entities involved in buying or selling goods or providing services or both are required to register for GST

It is required for persons importing or exporting goods and services from India.

It is another name for pension fund. Its purpose is to provide employees with lump sum payments at the time of exit from their place of employment.

Employee's State Insurance is a self-financing social security and health insurance scheme for Indian workers. 17 Digit Unique Identification code is issued in ESI Registration

It is required for the food business in whatsoever formats such as manufacturers, producer, importer, exporter, procurement, storage, distribution, and sale before starting Food business.

Government of India Support Enterprises coming under MSME Categories through various subsidies, schemes and incentives. To avail these benefits, Enterprises needs to take the registration of MSME under MSMED Act.

Trade Licence permits a company to carry on the business or trade activities in a particular municipal limits for which it is issued

Trademark refers to Brand or Symbol. Copyright is a legal right that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine whether, and under what conditions, the original work may be used by others . A patent is a license which establishes a right or title over an invention for a particular period. A Registered Trademark/Copyright/Patent is an intangible asset.

Setting up Business in India