NOT Easy to Do Business
|62||14 Dec 2016 - 14:46||Prashant||184.108.40.206||Not Easy to Do Business||Media||Delhi||Gurgaon||3/5||1/5||1/5||2/5||
Register the business
Trade outside state/ country
|Delay by the department even though I completed the procedure||
I set up my media firm in Gurgaon earlier this year. In short, it wasn't easy to start a business.
I never intended to do everything myself- my dad had suggested that I hire a CA not only to handle my finances, but also finish up this procedure. But I wanted to see the situation for myself, so I decided to accompany him the first day.
To my surprise, even my CA had employed someone to do the work for him. I followed this one guy around, who seemed to have undergone this process a thousand times - he was so unfazed by the sea of people around him. I lost him on a couple of occasions, but in one line or the other, we would be reunited.
I asked him if he wanted me to stand in any line for him, but he refused, and told me he had a "setting" with the office people. After the first couple of lines, he used to just keep the documents on the clerk's desks, and way away, with no regard for the line of people behind him. Some shouted, some gave dirty looks. However, he was always unfazed.
I was surprised at his lack of care for others, and we got done by lunchtime. A week and a half later, I had my permits and registration licences, and my business was ready to go.
|65||14 Dec 2016 - 17:12||Prashant||220.127.116.11||Not Easy to Do Business||IT||Delhi||Gurgaon||4/5||3/5||1/5||3/5||Register the business||Can’t find information||
I set up an IT firm earlier this year. My company was a small one, and we worked out of our house in Gurgaon, so we just had to register the company.
The whole process for the category I was applying under was a digitised process, so I was pleasantly surprised. However, I did have to go to the office to submit my documents - I didn't understand why couldn't that procedure be digitised as well! One could easily scan and submit the required PDF files.
However, my main issue was the lack of availability of information. If someone has to start a business, a simple Google search should be helpful and enough. I couldn't find any information myself, so I had to call up another friend who had set up a similar business couple of years ago.
However, from what he told me, the process has become much simpler, so kudos to the government on cutting the red tape - I just wish they would have advertised it better!
|70||15 Dec 2016 - 16:11||Prashant||18.104.22.168||Not Easy to Do Business||Sports||Delhi||Gurgaon||3/5||2/5||1/5||2/5||
Get permits and licenses under environmental laws
|Other||Laziness on the part of officers||
I opened a sports shop in Gurgaon, which unfortunately did not work. However, my experience was mostly a pleasant one.
Unlike most people, I chose not to hire a CA, mostly because I couldn't afford to spend so much money on something that I thought could be done alone.
Unfortunately, I was made to run around a fair bit on my first day. It was quite taxing, and just when I thought there could be some progress, they broke for lunch.
Now, there is some sort of an unwritten rule at these government offices- lunch breaks shall last for about double the time they are supposed to last. The stipulated break was from 1 pm to 2 pm, but I couldn't spot anyone at the office till about 2:45 pm, and the counter only opened at 3 pm. So much for efficiency.
I ultimately got my work completed a week or so later, but not without lots of effort and running around from my side.
|72||16 Dec 2016 - 08:41||Prashant||22.214.171.124||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.
|78||16 Dec 2016 - 13:58||Anonymous (not verified)||126.96.36.199||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?
|84||16 Dec 2016 - 17:08||Anonymous (not verified)||188.8.131.52||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.
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