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Sole Proprietorship

An entity that is owned and run by one person and in which there is no legal distinction between its owner and the business entity is called a sole proprietorship. It provides maximum privacy to its owners and has an easy establishment and operational process.

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How to register a Sole Proprietorship Company Online

With basic identity documents, you can register your sole-proprietorship firm. It is good to have a few registrations like GST for the smooth functioning of your business. We help you register a Sole Proprietorship Company in 3 simple steps.

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We address all your queries in regards to Sole Proprietorship registration.
We help you get the entire process done.
We help you with the post-registration formalities and compliances.

What is a Sole Proprietorship?

When a business is owned and governed by one person it is called a sole proprietorship company. This type of business can be started in 15 days and hence makes it one of the most popular kinds of business to begin in the unsystematic sector, specifically among merchants and small traders. For a sole proprietorship business, registrations are not required as they are identified by alternate registrations such as GST registrations. However, its liability is unlimited and it also doesn’t have a continuous presence.

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Benefits of a Partnership

Minimum Compliance

Sole Proprietorships have minimum compliance as this firm is identified by its government and tax registrations. Therefore, the degree of its agreement is confined to the yearly filing of the service, sales or professional taxes.

Simple to Begin

Any sole proprietorship is simple to begin. One needs to simply have a GST Registration in place. Hence, the procedure is not complicated. Therefore, the sole proprietorship business can be set up in 15 days with the help of a PAN card for identity and proof of address.


When compared to an OPC or One Person Company, a Sole Proprietorship is economical due to its minimum compliance requisites. Even in the long-term perspective, it is still inexpensive. It works out much cheaper because one would not need to hire an auditor. One of the main reasons why small merchants and traders choose it.

FAQs on Sole Proprietorship

Any Indian citizen with a current account in the name of their business can start a sole proprietorship. Registration may or may not be required, depending on what business you are planning to establish. However, to open a current account, banks typically require a Shops & Establishments Registration.
To open a current account, you need proof of the existence of your business. Most banks will ask for a Shops & Establishments Act Registration. In addition, you will need a PAN card and address and identity proofs.
A sole proprietorship business does not take more than 15 days to open-up and get running. This simplicity makes it popular among the small traders and merchants. It's also much cheaper, of course. This is the other reason why it's the most widely used business structure.
Most local businesses are run as sole proprietorships, from your grocery store to a fast food vendor, and even small traders and manufacturers. This is not to say that larger businesses do not operate as sole proprietors. Even some jewellery shops are sole proprietors, but this is not recommended.
To start a sole proprietorship, you would need address and identity proofs, PAN card, all KYC documents and rental agreement or sale deed (in case of Shops & Establishment Act Registration).
This depends on the business you're in. It is compulsory for any business whose turnover in a financial year exceeds Rs 20 lakhs (Rs 10 lakhs in the case of North Eastern states) to get a GST registration. For businesses that are involved in selling goods or services to customers out of a commercial establishment, it is mandatory to register under Shops and Establishments Act.
Yes, it is much cheaper to run an LLP than a private limited company, particularly in your early start-up days. This is because many compliances, such as an audit, apply to LLPs only after their turnover is sizeable. Most LLPs spend about half as much as a private limited company in their first year on registrations and compliance work.
You can always choose to do so. The procedure is a little tedious, but it is possible. It is very common for sole proprietors to convert into partnerships and private limited companies at a later stage.

Sole Proprietorship Registration Procedure

1 Business Day

Our experts give your professional guidance on the many processes involved in registering your business as a sole proprietorship, whether its service tax, sales tax, import/export code, professional tax or Shops and Establishments Act registration.

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Our team will put you in touch with an established vendor who will book your application and also keep you in the loop on its status and progress. The vendors we have onboard are well-accomplished and skilful in managing native registrations.

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Vakilsearch will offer full assistance until you get the registration you've have chosen. In some cases, this could take up to 15 days but 5 days in a few others, as this is completely dependent on the task at hand for the authorities involved.

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6 Registration Choices

Vakilsearch offers you six different choices or ways in which you can become a sole proprietor. They are as follows. professional tax registration, a Shops & Establishments Act Registration, an Import-Export Code or an MSME registration.

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We make your interaction with government as smooth as is possible by doing all the paperwork for you. We will also give you absolute clarity on the process to set realistic expectations.

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Our team of experienced business advisors are a phone call away, should you have any queries about the process. But we'll try to ensure that your doubts are cleared before they even arise.

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Types of Government Registrations

Recommended For

Ease of Accommodating Investment

Limited Liability Protection

Tax Advantages

Perpetual Existence

Statutory Compliances

Sole Proprietorship
Limited Liability Partnership
One Person Company
Private Limited Company
Partnership Firm

Small traders and manufacturers






Professional services firms

Possible, but unlikely


Most efficient



Sole promoters

Possible, but severely unlikely


Few benefits



Start-ups and growing companies

Very easy to accommodate


Few benefits



Home businesses

Almost impossible






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