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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
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
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.

Both Krishna Gopal Singh 9538540985 socialworksocietyindia@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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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
55 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Agriculture Maharashtra Sangli 1/5 3/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business
Acquire land
Transfer property
Get building plan approved
Get electricity connection
Other Middleman, Corrupt Officials, Lack of information Without a middle man no one can purchase land. From agents suggesting you to buy land to getting loans approved - everything requires a middle man. To collect each document on time you have to bribe the officials. It is their duty to issue the documents but you have to be flexible and bribe or else the procedure gets stuck. There is no one in these government offices to give you any sort of guidance. Even the information on court fee, stamps required etc. is not available. Information about all the procedures should be available online and should also be displayed on boards in the government offices. The government officials are rude, sometimes confused themselves and not very approachable. You have to bear the brunt. Government officials should be polite, have the required knowledge about the processes and should be helpful. Carry all the possible documents and hire someone who is well aware of the government procedures. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9222292281 arvind.vetam@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
59 Anonymous (not verified) 49.34.203.243 Not Easy to Do Business Service Industry Gujarat Vadodra 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Corrupt officials who asked for bribes Obtaining an authorized licence from government department means you have to compromise on your values of honesty and seek support of/ obtain help from corrupt government officials who have every rule in their book to extract bribe from you and they will see to it that the strings are in their own hands. You are mere puppets in their hands. The problem is actually the lower level government officials who give reports and file notings to top officials who act on those reports depending on their staff which makes it a must for the businessmen to have a good rapport with these junior staff members. It would be a welcome step if officials find out the reality instead on depending on notes of his dealing clerks. Avoid doing business which involves taking permissions and licenses from government authorities. Senior Department Officials SUNIL JATHAR 8488934129 sdjathar@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
74 Prashant 49.204.110.82 Not Easy to Do Business IT Maharashtra Mumbai 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Corrupt officials who asked for bribes 1) Bribe to complete registration of proprietorship. Didn't have to give bribe for registration of private limited company thankfully.

2) No clarity on taxes. For example, when you pay someone for a service, you have to cut 10% TDS. Now, if that person is Amazon and they are a MNC with offices in India and you pay them for their servers - do you deduct TDS? Amazon wants full payment. I talked to a dozen CAs and even a friend of mine in Indian Revenue Service, all of them had no clue. But they suggested me to pay the TDS just to be safe. So I had to pay Amazon the full amount and then 10% on top of that to Dear Govt of India. 100s of scenarios like this with no clarity.

3) Investment laws are a mess. Angel investments go straight into books of account as income and are taxed. God help you if you ever receive a FDI, I finally returned the money to the investor (it was 5 lakhs), as the amount of running around I had to do was not worth it for that small amount.

4) Terrible legal system- it's effectively a joke. An acquisition for one of my products fell through because the acquirer didn't want to make disputes subject to Indian jurisdiction in the contract because, in his own words, "the Indian legal system isn't held in very high regard here (Australia)"

5) High cost of doing businesses. My gateway charges a 5% premium (so 3%+5%) for Indian businesses, because of the increased costs of operation. So, while an American company can charge only 3%, I have to settle for 8%.
So many other small little things - it's like death by a thousand cuts.
It's a tough road, starting and conducting business in India. Be prepared for a lot of hardships. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@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.
Don't invest in Indian companies. 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
86 Anonymous (not verified) 120.88.39.18 Not Easy to Do Business Construction Chemicals Maharashtra Mumbai 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Other Being a non-technical person. I I did not know abc of construction chemicals. But I was 100% confident that it was badly needed in India. I worked with the relevant manufacturer and gained experience in its application and technical aspects. I started trading of these items and developed intimacy with the users. I surveyed their problems and needs, participated in technical seminars, borrowed money and got factory premises on rent. Only then could I start manufacturing, hire technical consultants. I implemented emotional intelligent marketing rather than intelligent marketing and maintained public relations with family members of the buyers. I never compromised on quality and kept on upgrading to international standards. I adhered to uniform pricing all over India and delivery schedules. I treated workers of my factory on par with family members, always gave credit of my success to them and never depreciated their human values. Not knowing anything about construction chemicals made it more difficult for me to start but also made me learn a lot through the journey. It was a tough time starting a business from the scratch. Registering my business was not an easy task. It took longer than expected to get started. Patience is what you need. If you have the capital you could hire someone to get your registration or any other formalities to be completed before you start. Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof. Sky is not the limit, but it is just a beginning. Never think of short term gain. I studied lives of people who failed miserably but reached at the climax of their fame. Patience is what you need before and also after you start your business. Also maintain the integrity and do not forget your struggling period when you started your business. A degree, I term myself, " master of common sense " is constantly followed. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9702230404 servoshield@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
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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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
53 Anonymous (not verified) 115.97.225.19 Not Easy to Do Business Hotel Maharashtra Thane 2/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Corrupt officials who asked for bribes My experience was not good at all in terms of starting my business. There are officials who will not ask for bribes directly but by the way the whole system runs and procedures are delayed for some or the other reason, you are left with no other option.
The documents to be submitted were so many. It is high time that we go paperless and make it easier not only for the officials but also for us. It will reduce the time period as well.
Government should not cheat people. Go with all the documents and carry extra copies of all the documents you carry. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 8828172217 abhishek.kharpude@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
54 Anonymous (not verified) 115.96.27.41 Not Easy to Do Business Education Maharashtra Mumbai 2/5 3/5 2/5 2/5 Register the business Confusing laws that say different things There are no clear laws. There are so many laws that say different things. There are conflicting issues. A layman or common man cannot understand the procedure by himself/ herself and will need a lawyer or some expert to deal with the whole process. Planning in advance is a must. Carry all your documents with you. Carry extra copies with you to be on a safer side. And if possible hire a lawyer or a CA or some expert who can help you out and make the process simpler and easier for you. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9821225821 littleflowersbloom@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
64 Anonymous (not verified) 122.178.204.191 Not Easy to Do Business Non-Profit Organisation Karnataka Bangalore 2/5 2/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business Corrupt officials who asked for bribes When I went to register my organisation, I couldn't find any information like what are the documents required, whom to approach in the office, what are the fee details (if any), what are the services given in this office, etc. All I could see were "brokers/intermediaries" who approached the clients/people, whomsoever was coming to their office and advising, directing, and doing documentation work and getting money (including bribes to be paid to government officials starting from peon to registrar). He was having a rate card - who will take how much and for what work. The rate varies from service to service. The brokers are influential enough to speak directly to the so called top officer namely "Registrar" in that office. It is a common scene in all government offices such as Regional Transport Office, Tehsildar Office, Revenue Office, Collector Office and even in Court premises. It is very difficult for a common man to complete his/her work in government office without these intermediaries/ brokers or middleman. Brokers are acting as one window system to complete your work in government offices. a) Government should get rid of all brokers/intermediaries from government offices. They should not be allowed to run shops near these government offices.
b) Government should not allow intermediaries to roam freely in government offices. Why is the government allowing access to these middlemen/ brokers in government offices and access to government seal, computer, etc?
c) Government should display "citizen charter" with more details, which can be understood by a common man.
d) Like social audits, we should create "social anti-corruption squad'', where common people can enter into any office and search officials for any possession of money apart from his own. I understand it is not practically feasible, still, we need to create some kind of responsibility amongst government employees. Or any other way accountability can be assured.
e) Why doesn't the government not talk about performance of each and every employee of the office. Like in private sector, we should assess employees' performance with more transparent ways instead of present practice like 'performance report by higher official'. All the government officials are out to cheat the common people. So, the performance of the employees should be output based and outcome based. For, example, how many files are seen by a clerk on one day? or how many certificates are issued by VAO in a month?, etc.

f) What the employee unions are doing I don't understand. In the old days, the employee unions were formed to strengthen the unity of the employees against their bosses. But today, these employee unions (government) are threatening the bosses. It is a good thing that they are joining hands for their rights. At the same time, they should think about how they are giving service to its people (for which they are getting paid). Are the unions taking actions against its employees, who are corrupt, not working properly, torturing the people unnecessarily, etc? If they think in such a manner, only then they have right to ask for a pay hike, employees rights, etc.

g) I don't understand what the department vigilance commissions and anti-corruption bureau are doing. They only showcase the case when they catch the officers, after that, they are not showcasing the progress of the case to the public. How many people are really given punishments for their corrupt acts?
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66 Anonymous (not verified) 106.51.241.213 Not Easy to Do Business Media Karnataka Bangalore 2/5 4/5 2/5 3/5 Register the business Corrupt officials who asked for bribes Initially we tried to register our company ourselves. But the officials kept on delaying for reasons only known to them. Every time we went to the office to submit the documents asked to submit, we were asked for some different documents. Then we approached an agency and they were able to do the work easily. So we were not able to register by ourselves and had to approach a third party. For registering business, the process will be easier only when you approach some agencies or know some insider.

Many agencies have come up with packages as the process is cumbersome. For example: http://www.legalwiz.in/private-limited-company?gclid=CJ2w8fjS89ACFc4SaAodUy4PAg is a website which is quite helpful in this regard.
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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
68 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Farming Maharashtra Mumbai 2/5 1/5 2/5 2/5 Register the business Other Documentation was a headache My experience was not good. I have a farming related activity in Mumbai. Even in a city like Mumbai - city of dreams where people have so many aspirations, doing business is not that easy. Documentation was a big headache. Every time I had to submit some new documents. I had to bribe under the table to get my business registered. I don't know what advice to give to others. I am new to the business. The only advice is get all your documents in place. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous 9145510501 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
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
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
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
81 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business E-Commerce Haryana Panchkula 2/5 3/5 1/5 2/5 Register the business
Trade outside state/ country
Other Sustaining the business The one we're starting now is an e-commerce business for a niche consumer good. We want to share things about everything about the business; starting from how we decided on the product and the business model, about marketing and gaining initial traction. We're trying to figure out social media, even though we both are kind of shy on the social networks.

We might have a lot of resources on startups from the US and other countries. But a fact of the matter is that starting something in India (as we've learned) is a different beast. We need to start discussing things in the open so that we can learn from each other.
Plan well. Starting a business isn't the tough bit, sustaining it is. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
84 Anonymous (not verified) 203.122.16.122 Not Easy to Do Business Clothing Maharashtra Pune 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 Register the business Can’t find information In short, it was a nightmare.

I tried to start a clothing brand late last year, thinking that I would conduct a fair business in Pune. I wanted to register my company legally, and pay my taxes duly, irrespective of how my business went.

But after going through this procedure, I realised why people don't take the white route! It takes a ton of time to get everything sorted, and more so to roll out.

Getting clearances from these babus was one thing, and sustaining the business entirely another. It seems like they have all the time in the world to harass us, but not to help us. I am thoroughly disillusioned with the state of the business sector in this country.

Though my business is fairly successful now, I can never forget the hell I have been through to make it till here. I can only hope it is the not the same for others.
Make sure you're wearing running shoes to the government offices, and try and keep a CA handy. Senior Department Officials Kavya 9649860773 kavvya.t@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes
85 Prashant 203.122.16.122 Easy to Do Business Transport Himachal Pradesh Shimla 2/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 Register the business
Pay taxes
I have a transport company of my own, and has been successfully running for nearly two years now.

The setting-up took a bit of time, especially since the Himachal Pradesh police is a little prudent about your permits and such documents. But once I got it, it was a smooth sailing.

I would say having someone who has the knowledge of the field is necessary and important- it helps to have someone who has established their business in the field. In my case, I had an uncle in the same transport business, so that helped me out immensely.
Before starting a business, make sure to have a chat with someone who has already established themselves in the industry. They will tell you the potential dangers involved in setting up your business, and aid you if you need anything. Keep it Anonymous Anonymous - abcd@gmail.com I have read and I agree with the Privacy Policy mentioned below Yes