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87 Anonymous (not verified) 125.16.128.202 Not Easy to Do Business Sanitation Uttar Pradesh Varanasi 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Acquire land Can’t find information Under Swatchh Bharat mission, the municipal corporations are supposed to build and operate public toilets and community toilets. Even after identification of land, the allocation process is not very clear at district levels. The MC should identify land and make it readily available for interested parties to built and operate toilets by CSR funds. There is no clear mechanism/process/instruction how to apply for land for building toilets. hence it took us more than 6 months to get land.
Under SBM, there should be clear process prescribed to MC for allocation of land for faster implementation of projects Both Abhishek 7569505721 kpanwars@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. No
88 Anonymous (not verified) 106.207.81.214 Easy to Do Business samco Odisha KENDRAPADA 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 Register the business http://sam-co.in/gyanranjann http://sam-co.in/gyanranjann Senior Department Officials GYANRANJAN NATH SHARMA 6372422376 sharmag579@yahoo.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Keep me updated about responses to my report and experience. No
1 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Retail Uttar Pradesh Varanasi 2/5 1/5 4/5 2/5 Register the business Delay by the department even though I completed the procedure There is clear information. Yet, compliance to it becomes difficult. Also it is time consuming to visit the office and not finding people to address the issue quickly. One has to waste a lot of time... There should be provision for getting appointment to visit the office with assurance of designated officer to be there to address the issue. Something similar to what we have for passport now. Both Amit 9899775911 amitchandra2006@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
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
4 Anonymous (not verified) 106.219.54.16 Easy to Do Business Public Relations Haryana Faridabad 4/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 Other Work independently Self employed so did not need much documentation or Govt intervention None Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9899175275 reachgarima.sharma@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
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
Audit should be done in detail and with proper annexures
Proper approvals from Directors on major Capex & Opex expenses
Tax Audit should be properly documented
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6 Anonymous (not verified) 137.59.63.182 Easy to Do Business Construction Uttar Pradesh U.P. 3/5 5/5 4/5 4/5 Register the business My experience was pretty much a good and an easy experience since I took expert advice to register my business. Always take expert advice in the particular state you want to start and register your business because different states have different rules.
Local advocates know the best way out and they will be able to help you.
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7 Anonymous (not verified) 106.222.18.102 Not Easy to Do Business Manufacturing/ Packaging Uttar Pradesh Greater Noida 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Get electricity connection Confusing laws that say different things There was denial for commercial electric connection on freehold plots. They agreed later, after repeated requests and talking strictly in a stern tone. I needed to get commercial connection to another freehold plot and I am not sure whether I will be able to get that without paying bribe or not.
Auditors also tell you a lot of rules at the time of inspection, seek monetary benefits to turn a blind eye. There is no website or one place where we can get a list of all the rules to be followed.

The process of registering a firm is also ironical.
They ask three guarantors who have been doing business for last couple of years (I think 3 or more) and have been filing returns timely. In case you do not have three guarantors you can also get a fixed deposit opened of 25,000 in the name of the firm and use that as the guarantee. Now the irony here is that hardly any bank would accept to open a fixed deposit in the name of the firm which is not yet registered. Since we did not know enough businessmen in Greater
Noida, we visited a number of banks who refused to accept money and open a FD in the firm's name. Luckily I met a bank manager who understood and agreed to help. This is how we got a FD and hence were able to get the firm registered almost when we were about to lose hope.

Another experience is that when two different states get involved, different taxes also get involved. This is applicable for goods being brought into Delhi from another state on C.S.T. We need to share a copy of bill with the Delhi client who then sends a D-form and only then can the goods be brought into Delhi with the bill and the D-form from the client. This form contains same information present on the bill i.e. - date, goods, quantity, vehicle registration number and the billed amount. This process can be managed if you bill electronically and share the documents via email. Doing the same manually will involve additional delays. I think GST might be a big step in resolving this issue.
You need to know influential people to get your work done or be prepared to argue trying to make the officials understand your rational. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9868639096 naveen.ydv125@yahoo.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
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
9 Anonymous (not verified) 116.202.34.98 Easy to Do Business ENTERTAIN&ENT Uttarakhand DEHRADUN 4/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business Ten years of script writing and struggling got me nowhere yet Keep writing and reading. Work and earn to achieve your dreams. Media PRATEEQUE OJHA 9760320068 prateequeo@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
10 Anonymous (not verified) 117.197.237.27 Not Easy to Do Business Consutling, Project Mgmt Odisha Bhubaneswar 1/5 2/5 2/5 2/5 Other Register to practice Delay by the department even though I completed the procedure I have applied to register as an approved Engineering Consultant to Bhubaneswar Development Authority almost 2 years ago and I am yet to hear from them. There has been no progress on my application as of yet. I am clueless to give any advice to other entrepreneurs. Senior Department Officials Dr Krishan Kumar 916742396124 dhanadam@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
16 Anonymous (not verified) 42.111.3.176 Easy to Do Business Education Maharashtra Mumbai 5/5 3/5 5/5 4/5 Register the business My experience has been a learning one.The whole process is decent and well managed. Be very confident and patient, things will fall in place Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9873056915 pnkm18@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
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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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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21 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Travel & Tourism Maharashtra Mumbai 2/5 2/5 2/5 2/5 Register the business Delay by the department even though I completed the procedure I started my Travel and Tourism business in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It wasn’t easy for me start the business. I made an attempt to register my business and my experience of registering it was not at all a good experience. The information regarding the processes involved in registering the business is not at all lucid and clear. I had to wait in the queue for more than two hours until my number was called. And there was a coupon system in place and the coupons were available only until 11.00 am. To sum it up, getting my business registered wasn’t an easy task at all. My advice to other entrepreneurs would be that please make sure you carry all the possible documents so that the process becomes simpler for you and you don’t have to go again and again or run from pillar to post to get your business registered or for any other procedures. Both Akshata Jathar 9920331347 akshatajathar57@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
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
24 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Medical Shop Maharashtra Nanded 2/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 Register the business
Acquire land
Register property
Get registration and licenses under labour laws
Get building plan approved
Get electricity connection
Pay taxes
File returns under labour laws, environmental laws, tax laws, etc.
It was easy for my family to set up our medicines wholesale business. We tried to register our business, acquire land, register property, get permissions and licenses under labour laws, get building plan approved, get electricity connection, pay taxes, file returns under labour laws and tax laws. I would say it was easy for us to set up and register our business because we were ready to bribe the officials. In my opinion that is a given and probably is mandatory to get your work done. My advice to other businessmen would be either be ready to bribe or have patience for the lengthy procedures and formalities in order to start and register your business or start up. Both
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25 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Social Sector,Non-profit Karnataka Bengaluru 2/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business
Trade outside state/ country
They keep asking me to submit some new document every time I helped to register a non-governmental organisation in the social sector in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The number of documents required to do the work was boggling, and very troublesome. It was quite a task to get a VAT certificate for our social enterprise. It took close to a year, as the process was lengthy and the officials kept asking for newer documents at every visit.

An advice to younger entrepreneurs would be that if you are not ready to bribe the officials, you should be ready to go through a lengthy process to get necessary certificates and documents. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9916967853 nitin.anjaneya@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
26 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business E-Commerce Maharashtra Mumbai 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Confusing laws that say different things I tried to set up an e-commerce firm myself in Mumbai. The whole process was just a big headache. You don't understand who is going to look after your concern as people are mostly busy with their own personal schedule and they don't even listen to you or have the time for your concerns or doubts. If you have to get your work done, you have to wait for them to get free and eventually bend a little and be extra buttery to ask them to do your job. When they start doing your work, they would ask you questions in Marathi and that's the most irritating part if you have to register your start up in Maharashtra. Come on, you have to be kidding me, asking me to do something in Marathi! I got the form in English, and Marathi is never simple to comprehend. They use terms in the form and expect us to know the terms. Had we known those terms, we would have not asked for their help.
Get someone to get your work done. Take a Charted Accountant’s or a lawyer’s help. You would forget about who you are when you step into the mess they are into. The lawyer or the Charted Accountant would handle everything for you.

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27 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business IT Rajasthan Jaipur 3/5 3/5 3/5 4/5 Acquire land
Get registration and licenses under labour laws
Trade outside state/ country
I set up an IT firm in Jaipur, Rajasthan. According to me, the only issue I had with the registration process is the lack of information available for someone to start the business. Apart from registration, I also acquired land, and got permissions for labour and trading outside the state. There is a lot of work to be done when it comes to acquiring industrial lands, or getting approvals from different offices. My only advice to entrepreneurs would be - you need to have patience with the system if you want your work to be done. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9982011116 ajay.seth@syoninfomedia.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
28 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Media Maharashtra Mumbai 4/5 3/5 1/5 3/5 Register the business Other Requirement of a Broker I registered my business in the media sector. Though the response time was pretty decent, I was surprised at the lack of information available anywhere on the internet about the steps you need to take to register a company. One of my main issues with the system is that it is essential to have a broker to speed up the process. I could not have done it myself without going through party. My advice would be you will need a legal expert or some sort of broker who is well versed with the procedure of registering your company or business. Both Punit 8080222210 punit@mediasolutions.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below 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
30 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Restaurant Maharashtra Mumbai 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business
Get registration and licenses under labour laws
Can’t find information I had a lot of problems starting my restaurant in Mumbai. It was not easy for me to start my business. I tried to register the property, get permissions and licenses under the labour laws. My restaurant serves alcohol and even has hookah. So for me it was all the more difficult. I had to run from pillar to post to get my permits in place. I also had to pay bribe in order ‘to get things done’ at a faster pace. Apart from that once my restaurant started, I had to tip off the policemen in order to keep my business going. Or else for whatever stupid reason and probably an invalid one, my restaurant would have been shut down permanently. This is my experience in Mumbai and I am not aware of other cities in India. The customers, vendors and clients are also at times indifferent. They don’t feel any remorse in wasting someone’s time, energy and indulge in petty cheating at the cost of others. I am sure such instances take place abroad as well but the magnitude would definitely be significantly lesser.

Be ready to grease the officials’ palms if you do not want any hindrances in the procedure of getting your business set up, registered and inspected. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - rayleigh17@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
31 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Financial Advisory Maharashtra Pune 2/5 1/5 2/5 2/5 Other Filing tenders Can’t find information I was told it would take five years for me to get a permanent certificate for my financial services company and until then a temporary certificate would be issued. I bribed Rs. 6,000 and got the registration certificate in three days. My father already had one manufacturing business and intended to open a new business. Since he did not have the time to run around for completing the formalities, we had to hire an accountant and he charged us Rs. 40,000. Like most of the other entrepreneurs, even I had experienced what it really meant to go to bureaucrats and experienced red tape. I had to go various people for ‘n’ number of signatures and stamps. There were so many corrections I had to make in multiple documents to get my company registered. I don’t think there is anything called as – ‘single window clearance’.
My father had to set up a chemical plant and had to wait for a year to get environmental clearances. He also had to pay bribes along the way and despite wait for a year. How do we make in India if we are not allowed to make in India?
There is no clear knowledge about how to start a company. Most of the people are of the opinion that a lot of money is required to start a company. I started my company with Rs. 8,000 out of which Rs. 6,000 was a bribe. Even if people have some really fascinating ideas, they don’t start a company because they think that it will cost them a lot.
The tendering process of the government is flawed and corrupt. It is always given to people who are ‘known’ to the government officials. Once when we managed to get a contract on a fair basis because we really did quote low prices, we were called and blasted by an official. He asked us how we could take up the project when we had no clue about the place where the project was going to start. He finally introduced us to an agent who had taken care of all the previous people who had managed to get the contracts.
This is my experience of Pune, Maharashtra. I have no clue how does it work anywhere else in the country.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to start up a business. So don’t be hesitant if you are thinking about the money and finances are your only concern. Senior Department Officials Jason Richardson - slamdunk2003@yahoo.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below 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
Pay taxes
File returns under labour laws, environmental laws, tax laws, etc.
Other
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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34 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Marketing Maharashtra Pune 2/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 Register the business Can’t find information I tried to register a marketing firm in Pune, in order to kick-start my career. The process itself took hardly two weeks from when I applied, but it involved a lot of running around for my family.
Since I am a resident of Delhi, most of my documents were back at home. Thus, my family had to post them. Fortunately, they arrived on time. But I had to submit two identification proofs, so I had to get a driving licence made within a month solely for the purpose of identification, since I did not possess an Aadhar or a voting card – I just had a my passport.
One of the main issues I had was the lack of information that was available- which office do I go to. Can I register a name in Pune and use it later in Delhi? Which desk was I supposed to go to? What are the working hours? None of the information was available online, so my father suggested that I hire a CA to register it for me. After hiring the CA, the process was very smooth.
I don’t understand why I had to hire the CA, though. This is the problem with our country- the requirement of middlemen to conduct business. I think this is the worst problem that hampers the conduct of business in our country- it should definitely be made easier for citizens to start a business if we wished to!
Hire a CA or legal experts so that your processes of registering the business and other formalities are faster and smoother. Media Tushar 8860456044 tushar.madan@tmad.co.in I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
35 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business E-Commerce Maharashtra Mumbai 3/5 3/5 1/5 3/5 Register the business
Trade outside state/ country
Submitting the same document to different departments The biggest problem is the lack of clarity in the process. I went to the company registrar's office and took a form, filled it and submitted it to the officer. He gave me 'n' number of reasons explaining why they cannot accept the form, and I was given a long list of documents needed for my form to be accepted. Now to get each of these documents, I had run around to different departments of the government. No one offered help at the government office, because they expected a bribe to solve my queries.
I collected all my documents from all the offices to submit these documents to the same officer only to know another set of reasons why my form won’t be accepted and another set of documents to be submitted. At this point, I was so frustrated that I asked the officer why he didn’t tell me about these reasons and documents earlier. And he simply smiled and said, I forgot.
There will be lot more things you experience when you visit a government office. The officer was busy with some government work, which he was not supposed to be given in the first place. So this is used as an excuse to not meet you but the real reason is that he somehow wants to extract bribe from you. The more frustrated you are, the more he earns. Government employees could find a million reasons to not deal with you or your issue, and there is nothing you can do about it.
According to the standard government procedure one can complain to his higher officers but the higher officers are equal partners in taking bribe. All have defined what charges will be taken as a bribe when you want something from them.

How do I know about this? I am a son of a government officer (not company's registrar, but another government department) and despite that I tried to register my company honestly. I know both the sides of the coin. My dad tried to fight this as an honest officer when he was young. He has to visit courts till this date because some senior officers framed him in the wrong case. The last case has been running for last 2 years. My dad tried to contact everyone he can above his officers but all told him to shut up and be part of the system or else he will be in jail for sure.

If you ask me for a solution, then it's done already in passport offices. TCS is running that department amazingly. The process is exactly described on their website. No local laws affect that procedure. And your turn is decided once you register online. You will surely be able to finish with the procedure in 1 or 2 hours. You know exactly what is needed before going to that department.
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36 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Passport Maharashtra Palghar 3/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 Other Obtaining a passport They keep asking me to submit some new document every time Doing business in India is like travelling on a road with multiple roadblocks. Every hurdle has to be crossed in order to reach your destination. Unnecessary & excessive laws hamper business growth. Time consuming approvals required at every step.(1) As an example, Indian passport applicants in Palghar district of Western Maharashtra are asked to bring one witness(2) who is not a relative and should reside in the same building as the person who wants a passport.

Does such a rule even exist? No such law is clearly mentioned on Passport Seva website(3). So, an applicant has to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) with original documents, then again to Police Station with same original documents and also the witness from same building. Why can't both be integrated? Also, laws need to clear cut for valuable documents like a passport.
Any genuine entrepreneurs, small businesses or solo travellers in Palghar district may not be able to expand their journeys, if they can't bring witness from same building.

In my opinion, this is just ridiculous! One shouldn't have to go through such pains to obtain a passport. And even if the procedure is a little lengthy, they should at least mention it clearly on the website.

(1): http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/licence-raj-replaced-by-time-consuming-approval-raj-biocon-cmd-kiran-mazumdar-shaw/articleshow/53490079.cms?from=mdr

(2): https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpQ2_2dUMAE70RB.jpg

(3): http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/faqPoliceVerification
Patience is required. The Indian bureaucracy will frustrate you! Senior Department Officials Turbasu Chatterjee 9987654687 tarbasuchatter@hotmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
37 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business IT Karnataka Bengaluru 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Can’t find information Everything is difficult if you are starting from scratch to set up a business.

• Finding office space: Not everyone has big enough a house or circumstances to incubate the organisation at home.
• Something as simple as commuting: It is hazardous to drive, and arduous to take public transport.
• Government policies/banking system: Something as simple a company formation - if you got for private limited model, the Registration Of the Company expenses require a fair amount. Cheaper option is to register company under partnership act (only if you have a friend who is a CA/CS/Lawyer and will help you out). Again, if your company is under partnership firm, banks won't give out unsecured loans/ credit cards to you/ your employees. This is the reason many good and hard working employees can leave the job with your company and go anywhere else where they get better facilities.
• No regard for Intellectual Property Rights or its implementation: Almost illiterate cops or Economic Offences Wing Officials dare not bothered about whether stealing/copying code/project plans/content is a big deal!
• There are multiple overlapping compliance checklists that will take you ages to get a grip on.
• Rampant corruption: To set up a meeting, to get anything registered, to not stand in the line for hours- every little thing requires a bribe to get your work done.

This can go on forever. There is no way that we can ever reach the competence levels of foreign countries. I’ve lost hope in our system!
It's a difficult process. If you have the time, money, and energy, you might just be able to start your own business. Hence you need immense patience till things fall in place. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 88189456876 shrawanbanerjee@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
38 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Education Maharashtra Mumbai 4/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business
Get electricity connection
Other Lot of documents required to register Initial stage when one is trying out and testing out various other factors, the submission of documents for permission becomes a hindrance. Now with Adhar card, its better. Earlier, ration card, electricity bill, and so many other things were required. Also since none were photo-ids and processes were not computerized back then, it led to lot of corruption, too. Documents are most important and one must be very meticulous in maintaining them. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9833924637 ajita_avc@rediffmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
39 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Hotel Maharashtra Murud Janjira 2/5 1/5 2/5 2/5 Register the business
Get construction permit
Get registration and licenses under labour laws
Get electricity connection
Get water connection
Pay taxes
Resolve the court dispute
Get through bankruptcy
Other Getting a license to serve alcohol was a problem It was a tough time getting licquor licensed to put up a bar in the restaurant. It was a fight we fought for so many years Follow your instinct and do a strong market study. Don't do what everyone is doing. In our time we were the pioneers in the business in our vicinity. However today, we are facing a lot of competition Both Kumudini Tavsalkar 9769564269 tanvi.tavsalkar@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
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
45 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business IT Telangana Hyderabad 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Confusing laws that say different things Bureaucrats are more often insensitive than not, and do not have the mentality of helping citizens. Rather, they have the mentality of making things as difficult as possible - they think their job is to make things more difficult for citizens. A lot of markets are controlled by guilds and associations of existing businessmen. They place a high cost of entry for new entrants, especially someone without connections in the business community.
I experienced extortionate behavior by local working class people, goons, thugs and small time politicians/crooks. Bribes on the preface of "donations" for 100 different religious festivals a year are taken. There is a total lack of rule of the law and lawlessness. It is a utter failure on the part of the police and judiciary since they do not have the capacity to dispose cases in a timely manner. One needs to be careful and look out for extortionate,fraudulent and deceiving behavior by lawyers and some Charted Accountants.
Hire a good and trustworthy lawyer/CA who has experience in dealing with bureaucrats. They are also well-versed with the processes and procedures of the laws related to a start-up. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 77898764578 advaygoyal52@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
46 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Labour Karnataka Mysore 2/5 3/5 2/5 2/5 Get registration and licenses under labour laws Other Labour issues For me the problem was dealing with the labour. The problem is that they deserve better, but I cannot pay them more than the market for the fear of being noncompetitive and losing business. But then they don't care much for the money they are paid. Timelines, work ethics, etc. mean nothing to them. But I don't blame them.

Right now it's Modi ji's kripa. My business is dead for next few months. No new projects are going to come in, as people are going to hold onto their money now especially if their net worth is less now maybe due to black money, or maybe due to crashed property. The future is uncertain. This policy is really anti-small trade business. People like Ambani selling the daily essentials to common men will not be affected, since demand will never drop.

Then, there is also the fear of being prosecuted for something you haven't done wrong. For example, not deducting the right TDS, or putting the wrong tax. Kejriwal had come out with a system of code for each item. Nobody implemented it! We do our work, but need to keep up with stupid compliances, which are subject to whims and fancies of illiterate politicians- most of whom haven't seen a business meeting in their lives, I am sure! It just takes up so much of your time. Harassment by officials is a valid and certain threat.
Have contingency plans. Be prepared to run around offices, and be harassed by the ones who run them. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below 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.
Take loads of copies of all your documents when you go. Carry food. Try not to bribe them, in spite of how alluring it may seem! Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 7767021676 abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
48 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Restaurant Himachal Pradesh Dharamshala 3/5 3/5 1/5 3/5 Get construction permit
Get water connection
The process itself was pretty straightforward - I wasn't made to run around. Not much, anyway - except the odd extra copies of my electricity bill.

I did have a little issue with how the whole process is carried out. We could certainly do with a paperless process.

It's also quite amazing how incoherent the government functions. On one hand, our Prime Minister wants to take things online and go digital, and try to get everyone to use online transactions. On the other hand, these government offices have rather weak internet connections, and really outdated software- Windows 98! These offices also did not have an option to pay by card - how do we conduct business, then? Everyone seemed a little fed up with the whole ordeal, frankly.

Thankfully, the officials in McLeodganj were quite helpful, and didn't make me run around. They tried to get everything done by their own deadlines, and in two weeks, I had my own restaurant up and running. A big part went to the fact that these officials wanted to see business flourish in their small town. In fact, they had come for lunch just last week! It feels good to know that among all the experiences I've heard of (and read on the Ease of Doing Business website), there still are some wheels in the system who want the car to run.
One needs to have immense patience, really and has to be prepared to run around. Also, always carry extra copies of every document you are required to bring. Both Abhishek 9167219169 abhisheknaiir@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