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91 Anonymous (not verified) 45.72.55.106 Easy to Do Business Af ja Andaman and Nicobar Islands Lugaggia 5/5 1/5 3/5 5/5 Get permits and licenses under environmental laws Hello

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49 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Fishing Andhra Pradesh Vishakhapatnam 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Confusing laws that say different things There is a lot of competition in Vizag in the Fishing sector, since the coast is quite favourable for catching fish.

Most of the locals just catch the fish for their own subsistence, while a share of them sell it. I decided to register my own company and sell the fish to Tyson, who would package it responsibly, and sell it across the country.

I actually started my business before registering the company, and by the time I had enough of a hold in the local market, I applied to Tyson to be a supplier. However, they required me to be registered as an established supplier from Vizag, and to facilitate the same, I had to register my business.

When I reached the office, I did not realise I lacked the necessary documents required for registration, so I had to come back two days later. At the office, they thankfully had a token system, and my number was called after three hours.

At the counter, the person seemed quite surprised to see that I had applied for a fishing licence. To my surprise, he suggested me to skip this process and continue with my business! I had to tell him that I needed the licence to supply to an MNC, to which he understood. He aided me in the whole process, but it did take a lot of time - various departments required their own set of documents and clearances.

In about two weeks, my business was registered, and Tyson bought my product a month later.
There will be a lot of running around - even if the process is less rocky. I know of people who had to spend weeks running around the offices. Carry extra copies, the department office doesn't have a copier. And lastly, treat the officials well - they are more likely to get your work done if you treat them like humans! Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
80 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Marketing Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad 3/5 3/5 1/5 3/5 Register the business I own a digital marketing agency and run a small cafe in Hyderabad. We offer premium web services, branding, content creation (including promo videos, blogs, etc) and PPC management for e-commerce clients and product companies who want a premium look and feel. This is my primary business.

Starting the business wasn't an issue at all. Andhra Pradesh is very conducive when it comes to start-ups, so I didn't have too much of an issue, though I did hire a CA to look after the process. Overall, didn't really have any problems.
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20 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Development Sector Bihar Muzaffarpur 1/5 2/5 1/5 1/5 Other NGO Registration (Social Enterprise) Confusing laws that say different things I am from Muzzafarpur, Bihar. I recently started a new enterprise in the Development Sector. I tried to register a NGO (Social Enterprise). I would say that the services provided in terms of registering the NGO are not at all time bound. It could take any amount of time to get your NGO registered. More over, my experience was that there is no sense of accountability when it comes to the government procedures related to starting up a business or an enterprise.

My advice to other people who want to have their own start ups would be that, since it is very difficult to start a venture in Bihar or even invest in Bihar, you should get your organization registered in any other state but not Bihar.

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94 Anonymous (not verified) 193.8.94.230 Not Easy to Do Business J Yo Weqkibf Bihar Lyon 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Get permits and licenses under environmental laws They keep asking me to submit some new document every time Hello

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2 Shashi 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Banking Delhi N Delhi 3/5 1/5 2/5 2/5 Other Open Bank account Can’t find information I wanted to open a bank account for my proprietorship firm. Banks kept me asking for the PAN card for the firm and Service tax / sales tax registration certificate. However, for a proprietorship firm, PAN card of proprietor works for firm as well. Also, being a new firm, and not foreseeing the turnover crossing 2 lakh for the first year, it wasn't necessary to go for service / sales tax registration. Don't start a proprietorship firm if you are looking at a very small turnover. Both Vikram Saluja 9999999999 vikram.saluja@vsaluja.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
3 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Education Delhi Delhi 2/5 2/5 3/5 2/5 Register the business Delay by the department even though I completed the procedure Sample feedback for testing interface Be ready to spend a year chasing permits. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 7042823213 sajad@ccs.in I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
5 Anonymous (not verified) 60.254.110.86 Not Easy to Do Business Health Tech Company Delhi New Delhi 2/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Get credit Corrupt officials who asked for bribes Tax Scrutiny notice came over with standard 30 pointer across the industry irrespective of whether things were applicable to us or not. After submitting a big bunch of documents, another requirement came over with 20 additional points which was not relevant to us. We appeared 5-6 times in order to settle the case and finally we had to carry 20 files and folders with us to show them few invoices of their consent. Then we needed something else to close the case as he was not able to find any fault in records. Keep your accounts updated with all documents supporting for all major expenses
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8 Anonymous (not verified) 106.222.56.83 Not Easy to Do Business Trading Delhi Delhi 3/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register property Can’t find information I wanted to know if my property comes under commercial area or not? There was no website or any designated place where I could go and find this out. This was a problematic thing I faced while registering my property. NA Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 8130959618 tusharsingal1510@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
11 Anonymous (not verified) 103.61.255.50 Not Easy to Do Business Travel Delhi New Delhi 3/5 3/5 2/5 3/5 Other Procuring Insurance Policy Licensing Can’t find information I am in the bike renting business and I am not able to get information related to insurance policy licensing. Google will come handy Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9811845246 devanshu.khandelwal@apar.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
12 Anonymous (not verified) 103.61.255.50 Not Easy to Do Business Direct Selling Delhi New Delhi 2/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business Confusing laws that say different things India doesn't have any specific law which governs Direct Selling Industry due to which people call Direct Sellers as Spammers or Fake Do your research before starting a direct selling business Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9711099116 dtickoo@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
13 Anonymous (not verified) 122.162.93.116 Not Easy to Do Business Education Delhi Delhi 2/5 2/5 2/5 2/5 Get building plan approved They keep asking me to submit some new document every time Its a visious circle Find out a mediator who knows everything and can get things done at one go - a lawyer or a charted accountant. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 01122222222 abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
14 Anonymous (not verified) 110.225.55.126 Not Easy to Do Business Hospitality Delhi Delhi 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Get credit Corrupt officials who asked for bribes A bank manager asked for bribe for approval of loan. Don't take loan from government banks. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9818248285 sonusth2005@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
15 Anonymous (not verified) 42.111.76.181 Not Easy to Do Business Fireworks Delhi Rohini 3/5 1/5 2/5 2/5 Other get license to sell fireworks. They keep asking me to submit some new document every time Every time, I need to approach the explosives office in Faridabad, it gives me chills in my bones as it takes a lot of time to get even a small permit. I remember that for days, I had to run around in the office to get the license. Every time I met them, they asked for some other documents. Coming from Rohini to Faridabad is in itself a great challenge especially when Diwali is already nearby. Take as many documents as you can to the government office. You never know what the offiicials ask for or else you have to waste your one or more days. And never try to prove them wrong or give a rational reason as the officials will never listen to you. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9873437299 shubham.stats@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
17 Anonymous (not verified) 47.30.32.154 Not Easy to Do Business Private/Construction Delhi Sadar Bazar 3/5 2/5 2/5 2/5 Get construction permit Corrupt officials who asked for bribes It was quite tough to complete the construction on time due to the continuous and unnecessary interference of the officials on the construction site. Always keep a copy of complete paper work with you Both
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18 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Printing/Designing Delhi Delhi 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Other - As I attempted to register my business, I faced a lot of problems. To start with, the laws are confusing pertaining to my industry. The designing and printing industry has made their own rules for invoicing. Even though I should have the right to decide the amount that I am charging for my services but the government insists on keeping their authority and decides it for me. The government officials are not supportive and there is no consensus on the documents requested by different departments. They made me run from pillar to post without giving any clarity. I also did not receive any support from the financial institutions to start my own company. - Senior Department Officials Vishal Arora 9212513666 plazagraphicz@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
32 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Software Delhi Delhi 3/5 2/5 2/5 3/5 Register the business
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File returns under labour laws, environmental laws, tax laws, etc.
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Acquiring another business Submitting the same document to different departments I had a difficult time starting my software business in Delhi. I didn’t have to pay a bribe to register a Pvt. Ltd Company but had to pay a bribe to complete the registration of a proprietorship.
There is no clarity on taxation. For example, when you pay someone for their services you have to deduct 10% TDS. I had no idea of any sorts if that person is Amazon or a MNC who have their offices in India and if I had availed their services did I need to deduct 10% TDS. Amazon demanded a full payment. I contacted a dozen charted accountants and even a friend of mine who is in the Indian Revenue Service. None of them had a clue. But all of them suggested paying TDS to be on a safer side. So I had to pay the full amount to Amazon and on the top of that 10% to the dear Government of India. There are so many scenarios where there is no clarity at all.
Investment laws are a total mess. God help you if you ever receive a FDI. I received it once only to the return the amount of Rs. 5 lakhs. This is because the amount of running about I would have to do was not worth the amount.
The legal system is terrible. If I may say, it is effectively a joke. An acquisition of one my products fell through because the acquirer did not want to make disputes subject to the Indian jurisdiction in the contract. In the acquirer’s own words – “the Indian legal system isn’t held in very high regard here” (in Australia).
There are high costs involved in doing business especially in India. My gateway charges a 5% premium (so a 3% + a 5%) for the Indian Businesses because of the increased cost of operations. So an American Company charges only 3% whereas I have no option but to settle at 8%. There are innumerable other hassles as well. It is like a death by giving thousand cuts.

Even in the software industry, regulations are very high. Be patient and prepared to wait for a while to get through.

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33 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Financial Delhi Delhi 3/5 4/5 2/5 3/5 Register the business Other Registration of name I did not find it easy to set up my financial enterprise in Delhi. It took us a couple of months only to get the name of my company registered. Every time I submitted a name, it used to get rejected without any known reasons. It was very time-consuming, taxing and unnecessary. Only this step set me back by three months at least. Getting the trademark registered was a problem because I had to go through a lawyer. I fail to understand why couldn’t I find all the information myself and do it independently without involving extra costs. An entrepreneur abroad can do these things independently without taking anyone’s help. I could have saved a lot of money if I knew the procedures.

Consult some expert who will help you out legally and also in financial matters. I think that’s the only way out because I couldn’t do everything on my own.

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40 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Manufacturing Delhi Delhi 3/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business It was not a very complicated process to register the business. However the rules of Excise Duty and Sales Tax is one hassle I face. I have to redesign the process according to the various needs of our clients. At times this becomes a problem. Sanitation and cleanliness is to be maintained because inspection is something unexpected. One has to be very persistent if you want to start a business. Stick with your project and fight the system. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9310533008 saurabh@dynapen.in I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
41 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Textiles Delhi Hauz Khas 4/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business I registered Safomasi in 2012, when I set it up with my wife, and started it a year later. Signing the business up was the easy part. As a textile business, I also needed a big, clean space. That was really difficult. In fact, this current office is only the second location I took a look at – I did not want to look further and risk losing this one. It suits our needs. Overall, the process seemed complicated though. I wasn’t really involved in the set-up of the business myself. I handed down all the work to my accountant, who did it himself. In terms of the experience, it wasn’t a hassle to me personally, but I found the amount of paperwork required by the government to be too much, taxing and frankly, unnecessary. Moreover, there was no information available about the procedure online, so I didn’t know what the next step was and hence my accountant handled all of that. Hence like everyone even I had to go through a third party despite me having all the paperwork and documents in place. So there is registration fees involved and on the top of it there is this lawyers’ or accountants’ fees involved. If one has all their documents in place, he/ she should be able to independently register the start up and not required to go through a third party. I did not know any of the costs involved as well. They were nowhere to be found – not on the websites, nowhere. When I visited the government office, all kind of unnecessary questions were posed at me rather than asking relevant information pertaining to my business or documents.

One has to learn how to deal with people. I’ve had different experiences with different people. I’d also advise them to conduct their business, keeping their finances in mind, and only take decisions that are financially sound. At the start, there will be a lot of costs involved, and the profits will trickle in slowly – one has to be patient with it. Both Mahinder Singh 9650869053 hello@safomasi.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
42 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Management Consultancy Delhi Hauz Khas 4/5 3/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Can’t find information Coming from the UK, the whole procedure went a little quicker than I expected. We hired a lawyer who handled all of the legal work. As per the experience, the lack of information regarding how to set up a business here is terrible. In the UK, every piece of information is on the government’s website, which makes the whole procedure very simple, whereas in India, it is so difficult to understand on your own! I would count this alone as a barrier to entry. Every step had to be explained to me by the lawyer or the accountant. And I had no option but to trust my lawyer. There are many grey areas regarding taxes and you don’t know surely what you need to do. Some of our clients are international and we receive certain fees for our expertise in dollars. Hence my accountant advised me to pay certain taxes since but he said it wasn’t a rule and I wasn’t sure whether I needed to pay that tax or not. The procedure could be set up online and that way it could be much easier and less complicated for people like me to go through the procedure.

To newer entrepreneurs, I would advise you to pick out good lawyers and accountants, and trust them. They know this system best, and work very well with it. In India, such services are quite reasonable in terms of costs – back home; the legal fees alone are too high! Lastly, I’d advise them to get all their paperwork in order before they start, which would make the registration and paperwork a lot faster.

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43 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Entertainment Delhi Hauz Khas 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business It was quite easy for me to set up my business (LIMN Entertainment) which I would categorize under the entertainment sector. It was easy for me because I registered under my company as a sole proprietorship and also consulted my accountant who handled everything for me. I had to submit just three documents and the process went pretty quick. Infact the process to register my company took only a week or probably 10 days. The difficult part was finding a office space in South Delhi. I looked for 25 to 30 places and my current office where we are sitting was the last place I saw. Different people have different needs. I wanted a place with natural light and parking space and this was the only place I liked which had both of them. Registration of this office (property) was a bit difficult and was an elongated process. It needed a lot of unnecessary paper work. I had got the keys of this office before the paperwork and other formalities were completed. Also had it been a Pvt. Ltd or a Public Limited company, the process of registering the company would be very tedious and no procedure is very clear and straightforward. The process online is also not very easy to understand.
One other thing I would like to mention is that the procedure of registering any business or company and the documentation should be online and paperless. It would be much easier that way. But I have heard we are getting better with time unlike how it was in the past. Like taxation is steadily becoming online, I would like the procedure of registering the business or documentation process of registering your start up should be paperless and online.
It is not advice to others but rather it is a necessity to have all your paperwork in place. A lot of learning takes place only while you are ‘in the process’. I wasn’t aware of running a company or for that manner even manage a team before I started this company. But the journey has been very interesting and I have learnt a lot in the process. One advice would be – you need to be patient. Immense patience is needed if you want to be an entrepreneur. It takes time to set up your company and also for your company to grow unless your business is inherited. My mantara has been – “choose happiness over money!” I was in a very decent and good paying job. But my happiness lied in setting up LIMN and I am very happy about how it is steadily gaining momentum and growing.
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44 Anonymous (not verified) 112.110.25.51 Not Easy to Do Business Skill Development Delhi New Delhi 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Trade outside state/ country
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Getting due payments cleared from the Government Delay by the department even though I completed the procedure Central government does not pay to the states and the state government does not pay to the service provider. And eventually when this happens state government officials seek undue advantages. Let's gather and raise our voices. It may affect our businesses temporarily buy now that Modi government at the Centre is working selflessly, things can be expected to get better. Both Varun Gaba 8800394950 Profeasion.gaba@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
47 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Media Delhi New Delhi 3/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Submitting the same document to different departments I did not know where do we start.
The whole process took me about fifteen days, just to register a sole proprietorship. Now, I know it may not sound like a lot, but it is a lot when one circles a government office for two weeks, every single day.
Every other day, they would ask me for a different document. Then, they would direct me to another desk, where the same procedure was followed. I was never asked for a bribe, but in retrospect, I wouldn't have minded if I paid a few hundreds here and there, if that meant my work would get done faster.
There isn't even a proper parking space outside the offices. Thank god for Uber! One of the worst things about making rounds of these offices was that you had to wait there until your number or name is called for. I remember staying hungry for the first day. From the next day, my mother sent a tiffin with me! A lot of other people brought some food as well, so it was pretty apparent that they were accustomed to such a system.
Lastly, I wish the system required less paper - not only for convenience, but also as a concern for the environment. It creates unnecessary hassles and wastage. How about starting an app, on which you can scan and directly send your documents? I think it would make everyone's work a lot more easier.
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50 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Retail Delhi New Delhi 4/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business
Register property
Get permits and licenses under environmental laws
Get building plan approved
Get electricity connection
Get water connection
Confusing laws that say different things I have been running this shop in Jungpura for fifteen months now, after I moved to Delhi on the recommendation of my cousin. I had a big shop in Baroda, which I sold and came here, since the profit margins are better.

Buying the place itself was not much of an issue. My cousin had scouted the location beforehand, and found a nice accommodation for me. Back in Baroda, I had a bigger shop, but it was unregistered. So I wanted to get everything done properly this time.

I undertook various permissions, because I had a wide list of requirements for the store. The first day, I was made to run around a little, but found the people responsible for the various departments. The next day, I got my two sons to help me out- they had to miss a couple of days of work, but then, we were looking at the long-term profit here!

I am not aware of the rankings and numbers you mention [about Ease of Doing Business], but I can tell you the ground reality. Is it difficult to start a new store? Absolutely. There are a lot of documents that are required for the procedure, but thankfully Aadhar completes most requirements. The officials were really nice people, and understood my plight as a newcomer trying to establish business in this town. They always told me the precise number of documents to bring, and occasionally gave me a cup of tea.

By my experience, I know that the people themselves aren't bad, but the system itself is crippled. The officials are given a bad name for being very corrupt and inefficient, but I firmly believe that they are good people, who actually want to help you out set up your business. However, they face the same issues as you - they are bound by the same system as everyone else is.
The officials are your friends. I saw a lot of people shout at them, so I recommend you to treat them like humans. Do not go armed with hostility, and I am sure they will get work done faster. Both Jimit Shah 8460748664 abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
58 Anonymous (not verified) 42.109.43.75 Easy to Do Business Disaster Management Delhi New Delhi 5/5 3/5 3/5 4/5 Register the business
Register property
Get permits and licenses under environmental laws
Get registration and licenses under labour laws
File returns under labour laws, environmental laws, tax laws, etc.
Working with the government was not half as difficult as I expected, at least that was my experience. There is some kind of prejudice against the government system. The hype about inefficient government is a myth. If your documents are in place, getting the work done at any government department is very easy. Time might be an issue. The process would take some time and patience is required when you are starting your own business. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9999558121 saarang.agarwal26@nmims.edu.in I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
62 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Media Delhi Gurgaon 3/5 1/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business
Trade outside state/ country
Delay by the department even though I completed the procedure I set up my media firm in Gurgaon earlier this year. In short, it wasn't easy to start a business.

I never intended to do everything myself- my dad had suggested that I hire a CA not only to handle my finances, but also finish up this procedure. But I wanted to see the situation for myself, so I decided to accompany him the first day.

To my surprise, even my CA had employed someone to do the work for him. I followed this one guy around, who seemed to have undergone this process a thousand times - he was so unfazed by the sea of people around him. I lost him on a couple of occasions, but in one line or the other, we would be reunited.

I asked him if he wanted me to stand in any line for him, but he refused, and told me he had a "setting" with the office people. After the first couple of lines, he used to just keep the documents on the clerk's desks, and way away, with no regard for the line of people behind him. Some shouted, some gave dirty looks. However, he was always unfazed.

I was surprised at his lack of care for others, and we got done by lunchtime. A week and a half later, I had my permits and registration licences, and my business was ready to go.
Hire a CA! Makes the job, much, much easier. Senior Department Officials Prashant Rastogi 8821899840 prashantrastogi67@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
63 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Media Delhi Gurgaon 2/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business For me, the only real problem was to find the appropriate CA to do my work for me.

I never intended to do the running around, so finding a CA was the primary step for me. He tried to explain the procedure to me, but I told him not to bother - I just asked him which documents were required from my side, and how many copies of it would he require.

My whole procedure was finished within a week, and I had no issues because I hired a CA who could be trusted.
Get a good CA, and conducting business won't be a problem. Yes, the CA might be a little costly, but most comforts are. If you want to save on time and want a hassle-free start, that is the only way out. Keep it Anonymous - - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
65 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business IT Delhi Gurgaon 4/5 3/5 1/5 3/5 Register the business Can’t find information I set up an IT firm earlier this year. My company was a small one, and we worked out of our house in Gurgaon, so we just had to register the company.

The whole process for the category I was applying under was a digitised process, so I was pleasantly surprised. However, I did have to go to the office to submit my documents - I didn't understand why couldn't that procedure be digitised as well! One could easily scan and submit the required PDF files.

However, my main issue was the lack of availability of information. If someone has to start a business, a simple Google search should be helpful and enough. I couldn't find any information myself, so I had to call up another friend who had set up a similar business couple of years ago.

However, from what he told me, the process has become much simpler, so kudos to the government on cutting the red tape - I just wish they would have advertised it better!
Ask someone who has already registered business in the field, they should be able to help you out, or hire a lawyer who will make the process easier for you. Senior Department Officials Shyam Mohan - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
67 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Hospitality Delhi New Delhi 2/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Other Time taken to register and get licenses was longer We have a restaurant in Vijay Nagar. It was pretty much easy for us to set up this business since we had the capital. We have a shop on the ground floor and we have a house above the shop in the same building. Back then the process wasn't online. Now my son says that the process of getting a food license and registering process of Delhi has gone online. It took almost a month for us to register the business and getting license to serve food. But my guess is getting permissions would have been more difficult if we would serve alcohol. Start a business where you have no competition or likely to have less competition. If you are in the food business and you maintain hygiene then it is likely that customers will come irrespective of the price you charge. Have patience and faith if you want to start a business. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous NA abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
69 Prashant 49.204.110.82 Easy to Do Business Marketing Delhi Gurgaon 3/5 4/5 2/5 3/5 Register the business I decided to start my own marketing firm in Gurgaon, after I was quite dismayed with my previous job. However, I did not know anything about the procedure, so I consulted a CA about it.

He told me a fairly decent amount for the registration, and told me that I needn't worry about anything. It took me a week to get my registration done, and I did not have any issues with it, mainly because my CA completed all my formalities.

I had to only submit my Aadhar card and PAN card, nothing more. Since I didn't go to the office myself, I wouldn't know how many copies of each were required.
Hire a CA, you won't have to worry about anything. Both Sneha Bhattacharya 7042823213 b.snehaaa@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
70 Prashant 49.204.110.82 Not Easy to Do Business Sports Delhi Gurgaon 3/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register property
Get permits and licenses under environmental laws
Other Laziness on the part of officers I opened a sports shop in Gurgaon, which unfortunately did not work. However, my experience was mostly a pleasant one.

Unlike most people, I chose not to hire a CA, mostly because I couldn't afford to spend so much money on something that I thought could be done alone.

Unfortunately, I was made to run around a fair bit on my first day. It was quite taxing, and just when I thought there could be some progress, they broke for lunch.

Now, there is some sort of an unwritten rule at these government offices- lunch breaks shall last for about double the time they are supposed to last. The stipulated break was from 1 pm to 2 pm, but I couldn't spot anyone at the office till about 2:45 pm, and the counter only opened at 3 pm. So much for efficiency.

I ultimately got my work completed a week or so later, but not without lots of effort and running around from my side.
Patience is utmost needed, really. Carry copies. Don't bribe. Senior Department Officials Anurav - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
71 Prashant 49.204.110.82 Easy to Do Business Software/IT Delhi Gurgaon 3/5 3/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Registering an online company under sole proprietorship is the easiest way to run a business in this country. I did mine that way, and it took less than three days for it to come through. My business was up and running three days after that. I honestly think others make a big deal out of starting a business in India. All one has to do is talk to someone who has done this before- they'll guide you. Both Mayank Gupta 99876547864 mayankgupta52@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
72 Prashant 49.204.110.82 Easy to Do Business Food Delhi Gurgaon 2/5 3/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Getting the permits was not an issue, apart from finding information about it. I did everything myself, and got all the permits within a month, and my food supply company was up and running within six weeks. The real problem arises after you start the business.

The attitude of customers/vendors/clients. People feel no remorse about wasting someone's time, or indulging in petty cheating. Of course things like these are present in the west too, but the magnitude is different. Oh, and this is more present in North India than in South! This reflected even while I was getting my permits- people just wasted everyone else's time, if it meant getting their work done five or ten minutes earlier.
Be mindful of people. Don't give anyone any way in your lines. Senior Department Officials Sumit Pathak 9873056915 pathaksumit@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
75 Prashant 49.204.110.82 Not Easy to Do Business Steel Delhi Gurgaon 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Submitting the same document to different departments Government offices are a massive, massive pain to deal with. Even a bigger pain is dealing with the officials. Huge lines, obscure offices, forms that sometimes exist and sometimes don't, always angry and lethargic staff.

My co-founder and I spent an entire day collecting random forms, but in the end gave up and paid 5k to a clerk who got the job done within an hour.
Avoid spending your time and grey matter on running around, and hire somebody to do it for you. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
76 Prashant 49.204.110.82 Not Easy to Do Business Investment Delhi New Delhi 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Other Investment was troublesome Confusing laws that say different things As an NRI, I invested 5 lakhs in 2005 in an infrastructure fund in 2005. Due to US compliance, it was very cumbersome to keep it functional. I was in India for the last two months and was not able to liquidate it due to one excuse or the other- first it was getting documents from all corners, and then demonetisation.

Excuse 1. Signature does not match.
Excuse 2. Your application does not mention what type of bank account you have. (A cancelled copy of the cheque was attached, and it clearly stated it is a savings account)
Excuse 3. ID not attached. (Copy of PAN number was filed with the application)

So my money is stuck for another year at least.
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77 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Manufacturing SME Delhi Noida 2/5 1/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business
Pay taxes
Confusing laws that say different things There are various problems if one wants to start their own business in India.

Firstly, the confusion of requirements to start business. Unless you contact a broker or a CA, you cannot get required certificates done.

Secondly, taxation. There are whole lot of tax procedures which are too complicated. VAT, CST, Income tax, TDS- the list is endless. There are too many loopholes and too many things to take care of.

Every month, the tax clerk comes to our office and takes 300 rupees just to ensure we are compliant and in no trouble, and gives his signature on our monthly VAT returns. If we dont pay him, it would atleast take 2 days of our time to get things done properly.
Hire a good CA or a broker. Bribes are commonplace; don't be surprised if you're asked for one. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
78 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Online sales Delhi New Delhi 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Trade outside state/ country Confusing laws that say different things Amazon operates in 13 countries worldwide.

However, only amazon.in requires the seller to have a company registration certificate and a VAT certificate to even register as a seller.

Make In India, my foot! Decided to sell on amazon.com.

I'm very idealistic too. After reading all the replies on our website, I'm depressed and shattered. I don't think I can ever get myself to bribe someone. Don't have any connections too(even if I did, I don't think I would be very comfortable using them!). Feeling helpless at the moment- it shouldn't be this difficult to start a business, should it?
Don't pay bribes! Senior Department Officials Rashid Naushad - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
79 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Education Delhi Noida 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Other Customers People are unwilling to pay. Period. You can deal with all the bureaucracy, but what can you do if people just don't want to pay? Ad based model is not feasible for every product.

Till now, I have mostly focused on the Indian market. I still think there is a huge opportunity. For example, consider admission process in educational institutes, their examination processes etc. Most of them are still manual and quite cumbersome. But like I said, to convince them to pay is quite a challenge.
Costumers won't pay for your product, no matter how novel your idea. Even in a supposedly "free" market like ours, there is a lot of red tape. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
82 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business IT Delhi New Delhi 3/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business
Trade outside state/ country
Can’t find information I started an IT firm, but it fizzled out within two months. I shortly left the country, and am currently working in San Francisco. Here are the reasons why it didn't work out, and probably never will:

1) Over-demanding yet non-competent talent pool. Bad work ethics. So many graduates, but none employable. In contrast, in Phillipines, you have technically qualified people with no degrees who have tons of freelance work to show as their experience.

2) One employee stole our circuit designs and disappears. Another faked his qualifications. Another got run over while transporting one of our items, we gave compensation to his family but couldn't find the culprit. Installed cameras in trucks where between each state- the police ended up demanding something from truckers!

3) Accounting is really confusing and messy. Border between legal and illegal is very very thin. One of my over enthusiastic employee bribed the customs official and later asked for compensation from the company - imagine what kind of accounting magics you can employ to cover it up among extremely ambiguous and contradictory laws ? Most accountants are part time money launderers. If you are an honest soul, this country isn't for you- sorry, no other way to put it!

4) We imported materials. Customs took items worth double digit lakhs as hostage for stupid reasons. Not much problems in Phillipines or Indonesia. Don't even want to begin talking about the pain we had to go through to export stuff!

5) Clients (read: Scammers) who don't pay, drying up our cash flow. Our clients were renowned businesses in India.

6) Suppliers who take money upfront and don't deliver (read: scammers 2.0). Also renowned businesses in India.

7) Government tenders - bribes, very short notice, unrealistic conditions, money hold up. They expect us to maintain their servers when they don't even have electricity, and blame us for the results of this power outage despite giving recommendations to buy a backup generator. When will babus know the difference between IT and power companies ?

9) Insurance guys who had weird clauses only found in this country. Never trust them - this includes government insurance companies who expect something for validating claims

10) Regulations, Licenses, Permits, Certificates (read: babudom and bribery). Documentation and paperwork is cumbersome and demotivating.

11) Venture Capitalists don't have much funds (compared to Singapore or Canada), inexperienced and hate anything about hardware or technology based businesses (probably they are aware of how risky it was to start in India) - will only prefer e-commerce intermediaries and IIT mafias. The amounts they are willing to invest was less than what I saved working for 3 months in the West.
Move elsewhere, India isn't the place to do business. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
83 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Property Delhi Noida 3/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register property They keep asking me to submit some new document every time Tranferring a property is perhaps the most painstaking procedure one can go through. I tried to transfer a property to my name, but it took me two months of waiting and running around to get it done. Unfortunately, that too they misspelled my name, but I'm not going through that hell ever again! It's very cumbersome and tiring. Make sure you spell your name right. Media Divyansh Pandey - dpandey26@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
89 Anonymous (not verified) 185.164.57.185 Not Easy to Do Business Bldrb Delhi Maasland 1/5 1/5 5/5 2/5 Resolve the court dispute Confusing laws that say different things YOU NEED QUALITY VISITORS for your: easeofdoingbusiness.org

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19 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Hospitality/ Tourism Goa Anjuna 3/5 4/5 2/5 3/5 Register the business
Register property
Get permits and licenses under environmental laws
Get building plan approved
Get electricity connection
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Tourism and F&B licenses Can’t find information I have recently started a new business in Goa in the hospitality and tourism sector. I tried to register a new business, register property, get permissions and licenses under environment laws, get my building’s plan approved, get electricity connection and tourism, food and beverages licenses. The paperwork that was required for getting licenses is efficient and streamlined but the procedures and processes involved in getting these licenses are very complicated. The procedures are not clearly defined and one can easily get confused since there is a lot of contradicting information. The government officials are themselves confused and do not have any sort of clarity since the procedures keep on changing frequently. All of this leads to delay at the cost of the citizen’s time, effort and money. My advice to other entrepreneurs is that - you should start all the procedures as soon as possible as the time taken to obtain licenses can vary from a few days to even a few months. I am of the opinion that if you have a certain kind of rapport with certain officials or “know” a few of them it tends be of great help in getting your licenses on time.

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22 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Automotive Aftermarket Gujarat Ahemdabad 3/5 3/5 4/5 3/5 Register the business
Get electricity connection
Get water connection
Trade outside state/ country
We have a family business of automotive aftermarket in Ahmadabad, Gujarat. We tried to register the business, get water and electricity connection and register for trade outside the state/ country. It was easy for us to start the business because we took help of our sales tax consultant to get the registration process initiated. His guidance and the ‘right’ contacts he had facilitated the registration process. My advice for others would be – go through an expert accountant or a lawyer who has an expertise in the domain of getting the business or a start up registered. Have all your documents in place for the process to be faster. And if you or your accountant or lawyer ‘know’ some government officials or have certain contacts who can help you out with these procedures, it is like icing on the cake. Senior Department Officials Aditi Upadhyay 9408644191 udapdhyay73@yahoomail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
23 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Media Gujarat Ahemdabad 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business It was pretty much easy for us to set up our media enterprise in Ahmadabad, Gujarat. We are a partnership firm called as – Videowala and mostly work for the Adani Group and make short films as a part for their Corporate Social Responsibility. We won the 62nd National Film Award for the year 2014 under Best Debut Film of a Director (Non-Feature) Category for our documentary – ‘Goonga Pehelwan’. We are a partnership firm and a partnership firm is one of the easiest to register. It took us just five days to register the business and did not drain out our energies. Hence we could better concentrate on our business.

My advice to other start ups would be if you have no idea about the procedures involved and the paperwork, go through an accountancy firm or some legal experts. It helps you focus on your business better rather than wasting your energy and time on the processes involved. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9376806111 mit@videowala.co.in I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. Yes
29 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Branding Gujarat Ahemdabad 2/5 1/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Other Didn't know anything about bureaucracy In my opinion, it is absolutely not easy to conduct business in India. I tried to establish a brand that produces sunglasses in Ahemdabad, Gujarat. Aside from the total lack of information, I had to submit completely unnecessary documents. I fail to understand as to why my phone bill was required, when I’m already submitting another documents for address proof? I still don't know why they need so many documents.
I did not have any foresight, and it was made worse by the bureaucracy at the government offices, where nobody really knew anything. I had to go to various offices and stand in the queue to figure out which document is required by which window.

I also did not have a team, and thought I could do everything by myself - one can't fight the bureaucracy alone!
I acted a bit prematurely in terms of starting a business, but I advise other budding entrepreneurs to establish a team from the start, and trust them. I thought I could run around and do the paperwork myself, but one requires legal help in establishing a business in this country for sure. You cannot do everything on your own even if you are of the idea that you know the procedures. If you want to excel in a certain sector, you need to know the sector in and out. Media Siddhant 9033227176 sjgupta010@yahoo.in I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes