Want to start a new business?? And clueless where to begin from??
Well, if this is the case, stop worrying and get ready for the detailed information about the certifications required to start a new venture in India. First of all, kudos to you that you chose to chase your dreams and decided to start a business. Have faith and work hard, the desired results are on the way!!
It is important to understand why these certifications are important for starting a business. The reason is simple, obtaining the required certificates ensures that you are fulfilling the compliances needed to run a business in India. Moreover, the certifications give the business entity benefits like credibility and goodwill. Getting investors is comparatively easy and you also get applicable tax concessions.
Before starting a business in India, the foremost thing you need to do is to register your company. There are different kinds of business entities that function in our country, depending upon the size of the business and some other factors. The most common and popular among them is Private Limited Company. It is suitable mostly for small and medium-sized business structures. So, let’s start with private Limited Company
Private Limited company registration
If you intend to register a new company in India, you have to visit the online portal of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) and submit the application form. The process of getting a company registered has been made quite easy and is a timely affair given you submit all the required documents and fill out the form correctly
As the name suggests, Private Limited Company(PLC) is privately held. It has directors and shareholders. The liability of the members of PLC depends upon the numbers of shares held by them respectively.
Steps to register the Private Limited Company
What do you need?
- Minimum of two shareholders or directors (can be the same person)
- One of the directors must be resident in India
- DSC (Digital Signature Certificate)
- DIN (Director Identification Number)
Name Approval- The process of registration begins with, getting the name of your organization, approved. It may take around 48 hours to get the approval.
Drafting MOA(Memorandum of Association) and AOA (Articles of Association)- For this, the help of an expert(CA or CS) is taken. It is important because it clarifies the objective of the organization.
Issuance of Certificate of Incorporation(COI)-If the concerned department is satisfied with the documents and information furnished by the company, it issues the certificate of incorporation, and the company is called a registered company.
ISO registration and ISO certification
ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization. The purpose served by ISO certification is to ensure that a management system, manufacturing process, service, or documentation procedure is standardized and there the quality is assured. ISO registration enhances the brand value of your business. The vigilant consumers always look for ISO-certified companies. So, when you are starting a new business, make sure you do the ISO registration and get the certificate.
There are some pre-requisites for the ISO certification process. First, of all, you need to identify the kind of ISO certification you need for your business. It is followed by choosing an ISO certification body. ISO registration process may take some time, it mainly depends on the size of the business. You initiate the process by creating an application or contract. Then the quality documents are reviewed. If there is some kind of shortcoming, you need to prepare an action plan. If this works, there is an initial certification audit and then the final certification is provided after all non-conformities are resolved.
GST Registration and GST Certificate
You must have heard the term GST. Well, it stands for Goods and Services Tax and it was introduced with the motive of removing or you can say combining all other indirect taxes. It aims at simplifying the tax system.
If you are planning to start a business, the GST registration of your company may help you in many ways. Your organization gets recognized by the law. There will be appropriate accounting and you will also get the benefits to which the GST registered company is entitled. Procuring the GST certificate for your company is a simple online process. The applicant needs to visit the official website, fill out the form and submit it along with the necessary documents. After this, ARN (Application Reference Number) is generated.
Startup India Registration and certification
‘Startup India’ this term has given wings to so many budding entrepreneurs in our country. It is an initiative by the government of India to promote youngsters who are willing to start a business. To get recognized as a startup organization, a company has to fulfill certain criteria. Like, the period of existence and operations should not exceed 10 years from the incorporation date. The company must be a private limited company, a registered partnership firm, or a Limited Liability Partnership firm. The annual turnover should not exceed Rs. 100 crore for any of the financial years since incorporation. The company should be an original entity. It should be an innovative and scalable business model.
Getting Startup certification gives accessibility to tax benefits, easier compliance, IPR fast-tracking, and more such advantages. The registration process for this starts with the incorporation of your business. In the second step, you are required to create your profile on the Startup India Website. After this, avail Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Recognition.
Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) are considered to be the backbone of any developing economy. If your business falls under this category, getting the MSME registration done can be very useful. It is also an online procedure and can be done in the government portal of udyamregistration.gov.in.
The purpose served by trademark registration is to provide legal safeguard to the company’s name or registered logo against misuse or imitation. This process gives ownership of the trademark to the businessman. When you start a new business make sure to get the trademark registration, to protect, the identity of your brand and your exclusive rights over it.