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What is Sole Proprietorship?

A Sole proprietorship is a type of business or organization that is owned, controlled, and operated by a single individual who is the sole beneficiary of all profits or losses, and responsible for all risks. It is a popular kind of business, as it is very easy to form and they offer complete control to the owner. Since there is no legal separation between the owner and the business it has potentially unlimited liability.

Benefits of Sole Proprietorship Registration

Easy to set up: A sole proprietorship is relatively easy to set up in India. There are few legal requirements, and you can start your business with minimal paperwork.

Low costs: Setting up and running a sole proprietorship is generally less expensive than setting up and running a different business structure, such as a partnership or a private limited company.

Full control: As the sole owner of the business, you have complete control over the operations and decision-making processes.

Flexibility: A sole proprietorship allows you to be flexible and make decisions quickly. You can change your business model, products, or services as needed without having to consult with partners or shareholders.

Eligibility Criteria to form a Sole Proprietorship

To be registered as a Sole Proprietorship, one should meet one of the following criteria:

  • A Trade License (Shop & Establishment License) issued to the business by the Municipal Authorities as per the Shop & Establishment Act.
  • A MSME Certificate or Udyam Registration Certificate issued to the business by The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.
  • A GST Certificate issued to the business by the CBIC, Government of India.
  • A Professional Practice license issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
  • Or any license from the Central or State Government that indicates the Legal Name of Business and the name of the Proprietor
LLP-Incorporation Certificate

Documents required for Sole Proprietorship Registration

  • PAN card of Proprietor
  • Address Proof of Proprietor
  • Address Proof of Business e.g Rental Agreement or NOC

Sole Proprietorship Registration Process

Step 1: GST Registration

TRN Generation and filing of GST REG-01 form to GSTN

Step 2: GST Certificate

Issuance of GST Certificate. And download of GST Certificate from GST Portal

Step 3: MSME Registration

After GST Registration, MSME or Udyog Aadhaar Registartion is done.

Sole Proprietorship Vs Ope Person Company (OPC)

Sole Proprietorship One Person Company
Law N/A Companies Act, 2013
Registration body Municipal Authority Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
Registration period 5-7 days 10-15 days
Members 1 1 Director and 1 Nominee
Liability Unlimited liability Limited liability
Legal status N/A Independent legal entity
Charter Document N/A Memorandum of Association (MoA) and Article of Association (AoA)
Taxation Required to pay only income tax Required to pay income tax and dividend distribution tax
Audit requirement N/A Mandatory
LLP-Incorporation Certificate

Sole Proprietorship Registration Fees

The incorporation cost of registering a Sole Proprietorship in India, including government and professional fees, is Rs. ₹999. A total breakdown is provided below.

# Service Charges
1 Govt. Fees ₹0
2 Professional Fees ₹999
Total ₹999

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The Govt. fees for GST Registration is Zero. Though there are multiple steps and stages required to get a Sole Proprietorship Registration. For that we charge a nominal fee of Rs. 999/- for Sole Proprietorship registration online.

Documents required for Sole Proprietorship Registration are: 1. Pan Card of the Proprietor. 2. Address Proof of the Proprietor.

Yes you can. Shops and establishment license is not necessary for Sole Proprietorship. But it is recommended if you are a Proprietorship concern.

The Govt. fees for Sole Proprietorship Registration is Zero. Though there are multiple steps and stages required to get a Sole Proprietorship License. For that we charge a nominal fee of Rs. 999/- for Sole Proprietorship registration online

To apply Sole Proprietorship online following steps have to be done:

  • Step 1: GST Registration
  • Step 2: MSME Registration.
  • Step 3: Shops and Establishment License (Trade License)

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