Doing business in Tamilnadu, India

Recently I received a report on the vision of Tamilnadu Government for how the business climate should be in year 2025 in the state. The report was a joint work by CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) and Tamilnadu Government (TN Gov). 

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I saw one interesting statistics that stood out among the report’s many pages. It was the number of days it takes to start a business in Tamilnadu (to a large extend it is same across India) – it is currently a whooping "41" days. I was not surprised, since I run my own business for last 10 years and have been through these hurdles of bureaucracy many times.

Most recently I had to do this (starting a business) once more, this time for my family business and it took me nearly 5 to 6 weeks. At this time we still we have VAT registration pending. To be fair, few days out of this was due to my end delays as well.

  1. We started with registering the new "Private Limited" (Limited Liability Company)  with Registrar of Companies (RoC). For this the first step is to get name clearance (name of the company shouldn’t be conflicting with the said/unsaid guidelines or with other existing businesses). This took some time.
  2. Then comes the actual registration which involved multiple iterations of submission of our MoA and AoA (Memorandum of Articles and Article of Association). Each time we had to take a print, sign the paper, scan it, then digitally sign it and then upload it as a PDF file to the site. Once approved, you need to follow this by a hard-copy submission(sometimes they may ask for the hard-copy for each iteration as well) of the documents.  Once this is done.
  3. First board meeting and resolutions to be passed
  4. Followed by getting an Income Tax PAN Number
  5. Then comes opening of a Bank Account
  6. Then comes applying for Service Tax Number or TIN (Tamilnadu VAT Number) and CST (Central Sales Tax). The choice between Service Tax and Sales Tax registration is depending on the nature of your business.

After all this only you can start your functioning. There will be more steps if you are involved in manufacturing, which depending on the industry has various other registration formalities. Compare all this is the time it took to open a business in USA – we opened our 100% subsidiary sitting from India in less than few days through the help of a CPA locally in India – everything happened through online. I remember reading that New Zealand, Canada and Australia with USA tops for the shortest days required to open a business. For information on doing businesses around the world, see this world bank funded site.

With the above experience I should say it is definitely commendable of Tamilnadu Government to even dream a "2" day timescale for this by 2025.

70 Comments

  1. Sir,
    Iam a home maker i did BBA .sir i want an to start a business ,will u pls give me an idea what to do.
    your’s truly
    N.Ushan

    Reply

    1. Hai sir , I am a b.com graduate and I am more than happy to help you sir please do as the following and mail me back ill provide the most suitable idea possible
      *The most interested area that you are willing to do such business
      * which kind of people are you targeting the most ?
      *what is your investment and that of your options?
      *what kind of monthly turn over do you expect?
      —–That’s all sir please rply if u wish——–

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  2. Sir,

    I am a engineer.i did complete BE with MBA.
    Now i start a business in salem or coimbatore area
    will you please give me an idea for which business suitable for the above mentioned areas and also my carrier.

    Regards,
    A.Natarajan,
    +91-9787834878.

    Reply

    1. Dear sir,

      What’s ur major in BE
      If u r a mech, then u can star a Manufacturing unit in cbe.

      Reply

  3. sir,
    i have finished MBA. now i planning to start a new business. please give some ideas to start a business in tamil nadu.

    Reply

  4. Dear Philomi & Natarajan,
    Happy to note you are reading my blog. Thanks.

    The idea for a new business basically has to come from you. Think of areas where you have interest or expertise. In my experience I have seen that some areas you won’t be knowing much, may be scared but once you start working or exposed you will start liking it. Keep an open mind. There are tons of materials on the Internet now for new budding entrepreneurs, check them out.

    I will suggest some reading materials, Cybermedia’s DARE Magazine (www.dare.co.in) and a book by Mr.Subroto Bagchi (Co-Founder of MindTree) "The high performance entrepreneur". Mr.Bagchi goes into detail on every stage of a business from Idea, Founding and the book is very much written with an Indian context – this is not the typical American style management book you will find in all book store shelves (though I love some of the American Management books written by excellent authors).

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    1. Sir,

      Just visited your site….nice details u’ve given…..the dare.co.in is not working is there any web id change or is there any website of similar type…

      thanks for the details….

      regards
      siva

      Reply

      1. Sivakumaran,
        Yes, you are correct. Dare magazine doesn’t be present online. A Google search showed me http://entrepreneurindia.in/ you might want to check it out. All the best on your endeavors.

        Reply

  5. r. soundra rajan December 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    sir,
    i have finished M.A., now i’m planning to start a new business through bank loan. pl. give me ideas manufacturing type business (not service type like school and others) in and around vellore, the city just 140 km away from chennai capital of tamil nadu

    Reply

  6. Dear Soundra Rajan, Good Luck with your efforts. Think of possibilities in Manufacturing for Automobile or Construction industries. Both seem to be doing well in recent years inspite of temporary setbacks due to recession. Being closer to Chennai Auto-Ancilliary is a time tested avenue. Do good home work on the demand and read to familiriaze yourself with the dynamics. Refer sites like http://www.cii.in for industry reports, etc.

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  7. CHANDRA MOHAN.V January 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

    sir,
    Im studing in MBA 1st year…my future plan to start a new business….give me some ideas to start new busines..

    Reply

  8. Dear Sir,
    This is Madhu, i am interested to do the business, my friends are also with me, we are interested to do some thing to create an new Opportunity.We are completed our BE, now we are in our native place(Madurai) & we would like to start our business in our native place, could you give some ideas to start business.

    With Regards
    Madhusuthanan.R
    9843649291

    Reply

  9. i am completed my MBA, 2009 pass out i want to start a business in my place my ideas are travels,hotel,minibus,petrol bunks,,,,,,, i know this business is very risk and high investment.. my mind is there…. wt can i do all persons disc rage me including my home also…. i will decide after your answer you got lot of experience in business field,so,,, i am waiting,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  10. k.n.suresh kumar June 14, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Dear sir,
    I am sureshkumar from erode i complete my MCA .i am very interesting to do business.in past year i am doing transport business but not satisfied in that so i need to start an new business but i wont get idea to make an new business .so please give some idea to start new bussiness
    With Regards
    K.N.SURESH KUMAR

    Reply

  11. k.n.suresh kumar June 14, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Dear sir,
    I am sureshkumar from erode i complete my MCA .i am very interesting to do business.in past year i am doing transport business but not satisfied in that so i need to start an new business but i wont get idea to make an new business .so please give some idea to start new bussiness
    With Regards
    K.N.SURESH KUMAR

    Reply

  12. Hi Venkat!

    Hope you are fine.

    I read this informatic page and it was nice information.
    Moreover i would like introduce me to you. I am Sampath, from Salem. I did BE (EEE).
    I am interested to start a bussiness. I dont have good ideas about what kind of bussiness
    can be started. The investment should be less. Can you suggest me some bussiness ideas?

    Thanks a lot.

    Hava a nice time

    Reply

  13. Dear Sir.
    Iam Balaji finished MCA. now i want to start business,now i plan to start Small type of Womens Saree and Fancy dresss Showroom. plz kindly help what i have to do.i want any type of business which make revenue.how to get the loan from banking sector. contact no:9789425738

    Reply

  14. Dear Mr Venkatarangan

    I am thinking to start a new venture and heard of some special benefits from TN govt for starting in TN.
    Whether Hosur also is a major station where all business related works like Registration, Applying for CST etc could be done.
    Are you a CA or a tax consultant?

    Regards
    Gaurav

    Reply

  15. Hi Venkat!

    I read this informatic page and it was nice information.
    Moreover i would like introduce me to you. I am Sampath, from Salem. I did Dip (EEE).
    I am interested to start a bussiness. I dont have good ideas about what kind of bussiness
    can be started. The investment should be less. Can you suggest me some bussiness ideas?

    Thanks a lot.

    Hava a nice time

    Reply

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  17. Dear Sir,

    Its glad to get Suggestions from you sir.Now i am doing HR Consultancy with my friends as Partnership.we are having 3 offices in covai,erode and karur.But my long term business aim is Real Estate and Finance.I want to do this little bit hitech.I am thinking to do the real Estate business as like consultancy (like Briks.com,99acres.com)in the local markets.I required your valuable suggestion.

    Regards
    Senthil.R

    Reply

  18. i want to do business where i can start with low investment
    can u help me
    Thanks
    Ravi

    Reply

  19. Sir am working in Abudhabi, i have interest in start a business in India, i will invest maximum 2 lacs, but i don’t know what kind of business, Please give me a idea sir, Thanking you

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  20. Hi this is ram. I looking for new business. I want to do new business. I am from Nagai dt. I have no ideas. Kindly give me suggestions to start business in and around Nagai district.

    Reply

  21. Dear Sir,

    I am working software engineer..But I always interst do business . Now my friends and myself we are plaining to do plastic materials prduction like covers and plastic items product manufacturing company..

    Can you please suggest me is’t ok? and give me some tips for business..

    Thanks & Regards,
    Prakash
    Contact:9768344562
    Mumbai

    Reply

  22. Hello sir my name is kishore,i completed my electronics&Communication engineering i am into my family business in coimbatore i am planing to start a new type of business in new trend can you please give me some new suggestion
    Reg
    kishore

    Reply

  23. Dear Sir,

    This is sathish from tirupur…now am working in garment field….i want start new business in this area…but i don’t know which business suite for this area…i want start different type of business..please give us yr suggestion..

    Reply

  24. dear sir
    My name is Arul.j,iam working in private mnc company i am planing to start a new type of business in new trend can you please give me some new suggestion & my native place thiruvarur (i want start in my own city )

    thanks & regards
    arul.j

    Reply

  25. i’m Mahesh from Tamilnadu .i have interest in start a business in Tamilnadu, i will invest 50,000 to 1,50,000lacs, but i don’t know what kind of business to start, So Please give me a idea sir, Thanking you

    Reply

  26. Hi,

    I found a facebook page to be useful for many of your questions.

    http://www.facebook.com/businessideas404

    Reply

  27. Anand Sundaram July 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I’m Anand from Tamilnadu, Coimbatore. I have 30cent land in Main road base at near SULUR, COIMBATORE with water facility. Pls. advise which business suitable for this area…i want start different type of business..please give us yr suggestion.. Thanks, AnandSundaram.

    Reply

  28. Sir,
    I’ve completed electronics & communication engg. But i want to do construction business. it means i want to take government contracts. is it good? please give me some idea!!

    Reply

  29. dear sir
    . I am ravindran from neyeli ,i completed BE computer science , I am interested to start a bussiness. I dont have good ideas about what kind of bussiness
    can be started. The investment should be less. Can you suggest me some bussiness ideas?

    Thanks a lot.

    Reply

  30. Hi Venkat,
    i need to start my textile trading business in salem.
    Please give me idea to get dealership for polyester yarn.

    Reply

  31. DEAR SIR,
    I am selvamurugan from tirunelveli,i completed D.T.ED, I want to start new business in this area but i don’t now what kind of business
    so please give me some idea sir

    Reply

  32. Dear Sir,

    I am Pradeep, done my MSc Biotechnology with Bio Business from UK. I am planning to set up my own food processing unit. I am planning to start my business in Juice bottling. can you please suggest me the right place in Tamilnadu to start the business. I am thinking of starting it in chennai but a bit concerned regarding the rents and the power issues. Also with the effect of FSSAI Act initial would be a high if I am right.

    Your advice is appreciated.

    Regards
    Pradeep

    Reply

  33. Hello sir,
    I’m Gopi, I’m a computer science Engineer, i planned to start a new business, but i dint have any idea to start over. so can u help me to start a business.

    Reply

  34. hi sir, i am very much interested to do business,as i have finished BBA & MBA for my future plans and i am presently working in pvt company in accounts payable and planning to start business .so i request you to give good business plans in nearby
    (thiruttani,my place is in nagari and nearby market segments).i has my father support(in financial and with his guidance)i want to succeed in good business.so please suggest me a good business ideas

    regards,
    kathirvel

    Reply

  35. sir,
    i am doing my final year MBA after finishing this i would like to start a business in Madurai can u give some idea

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  36. I am planning to start hardware store selling construction materials in villupuram,tamilnadu. What about the prospects and capital required to start this business

    Reply

  37. sir,
    i am madhu,i will start a new business in nagercoil, tamilnadu.please give the any business ideas in low investment(30,000 or 50,000)

    Reply

  38. dear sir,
    i am return from gulf country after 16 years of experience.my job as building planing and designing.
    i would like to start a business in tirunelveli .i feel to start a business out of my feild. please give me some idea.

    regards.
    abubacker.
    tirunelveli

    Reply

  39. Dear sir,
    I am Engineering graduate and i plan to start own business..
    which business suitable for CUDDALORE district??
    Pls give me your idea…

    RD,
    Ganesan,
    South Africa

    Reply

  40. I am ramesh,i want to start a new business in tiruvannamalai, tamilnadu . please give me some business ideas in 2 lakh to 3 lakh invesment. I am already running a computer centre

    Reply

  41. Hi sir
    I am karthik, from kallakurichi ,villupuram dist. I did BE (CSE).
    I am interested to start a bussiness. I dont have good ideas about what kind of bussiness
    can be started. The investment should be less. Can you suggest me some bussiness ideas?
    sir pls provide me an idea of business which is suitable for me in my area pls pls pls sir…..

    Reply

  42. .i did complete B.com with computer application and MBA.
    Now i start a business in Madurai area
    will you please give me an idea for which business suitable for the above mentioned areas and also my carrier.

    Regards,
    P Kannan

    Reply

  43. Satheesh Subramanian February 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Venkat sir,

    I am satheesh S from Tamilnadu, working in bangalore. currently i am working with Infosys but in future i want to do some business in my native. i checked the CII website and joined Youth india also today. Will it help me to start a business? or else kindly advise me what i can do better?

    Am waiting for your reply………

    Thanks in advance!
    Satheesh S

    Reply

  44. hi, I m Vijayraj from Cuddalore.and I returned from Dubai after company closed due to financial stress. I am 50 years old and like to start small investment business in Cuddalore area.I have more knoledge in company administration and I have been worked related to ship reparing and Steel Fabrication works. kindly advise me what type of work I can start and I dont have more local contact in my home town.

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  45. sir, this is rajeswari i need to do business, but now i am blind please sir help me to start a business.i am a diploma holder (diploma in handloom technology)living in a agricultural area i can grossp anything easily and quickly

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  46. I start own business please give me idea sir

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  47. sir, I wish to start a business. I heard about spirullina production and i wish to do it. Is there enough scope for spirullina plantation and marketing. please guide me with references.

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  48. Dear sir
    i did engineering i wish to start business in vellore or around vellore city so give some ideas to start a business

    Reply

  49. santhosh kumar June 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Dear sir,

    I want to start a new renewable power based company, investment around Rs 2lacs to 5 lacs please let me know if you have any ideas on the above.

    Reply

  50. Dear sir
    i’m completed M.A History and Tourism Management in a distance Education.now m working as a sales executive.my ambition is became a successful businessman.i request u sir pls suggest me some new business opportunities with low investments.

    Reply

  51. I’m a civil engineer and I’ve been working for various construction companies. I want to start a ready mix concrete business in , Tamilnadu,India.

    Kindly give your valuable suggestion,
    1.It will cover under small scale business?
    2.Can i get any subsidies?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Satheeshkumar

    Reply

  52. dear sir,,

    now i am working in kuwait.i wanted to start a small scale business or own sole business. can u please tell me ideas for start or own a business in tamilnadu. i am from kumbakonam in india.pls advice the rate of strat a business. awaiting for your reply.

    thanks ,

    yunus. kuwait

    Reply

  53. Sir, iam working as a teacher in a matriculation school having 18 yrs of experience. my qualification is M.A.,M.Ed.,M.Phil., .But now iam totally not interested in teaching areas, i got opportunity for the administration level in schools but then i was not satisfied with certain things. Now my very humble request is as iam not having any experience in business, what kind of business can i take up. iam very fluent in english tamil and hindi. pls suggest with low investment or as a working partner in madurai.

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  54. sir,
    i have finished MBA [Hr and Marketing] in 2013 batch now i’m planning to start a new business
    (small scale business) through bank loan. pl. give me ideas how to start? what all are the formalities and which business i can choose in coimbatore city, tamil nadu .

    Thanks & Regards,
    R.vivekanandan
    Contact:
    coimbatore.

    Reply

  55. Sir
    Are there any consultancies that help in getting the necessary legal processes like registering, getting NOC’s from pollution control board etc in Tamilnadu. I have business idea in mind but the start procedure is mind boggling.

    thank you

    Reply

  56. sir
    I am senthilkumar from salem ( tamilnadu ) and i m planning to
    start corn /maize powder manufacturing new unit in my place.
    so I need some information regarding the plant and prospects in
    India. so i need some help from u for about the project.
    so if you r interested to help me
    pls give me your suggestion from u ,
    because i am 37 years old, post graduate and unemployed
    and in our surrounding area have lot of maize growth
    so i want start an agricultural oriented product business
    because i am having a small flour mill and rice mill and
    6500 sqr feet gudown and 75 HP power supply
    so pls give some guidance and idea for me .

    thank u
    Senthil

    [Blog Author: Contact details including mobile number removed]

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    1. G. Jambulingam June 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Dear Senthil

      As of my knowledge you can check with Agriculture university in Kovai about plant and prospects, even some team working kovai Agri university and they are making own food brands and its selling in local market. Please contact like that people

      Hope it will helpfull

      All the best

      Regards
      G. Jambulingam

      Reply

  57. Hi Sir,
    I’m a B.E Graduate in Computer Science and working as a Software Engineer for past two years in Coimbatore. Now I have an Idea a new business(Except software and Computer related business) in the anyone of the area like Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Erode. Please suggest me a some ideas to start it will really helpful for me.

    Reply

  58. Hi Sir,

    Greetings from Salem, Tamil Nadu.

    I’m a working women for an automobile dealer in customer care. Now, iam having some plans to do some business from home. So, please suggest me some ideas for the same.

    Regards,
    S.Kavitha

    Reply

  59. I am a assistant professor i did complete ME .
    Now i Want start a business in Erode or Coimbatore area
    will you please give me an idea for which business suitable for the above mentioned areas and minimum 2 laksh investment.

    Reply

  60. பாலச்சந்தர் June 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    நண்பர்களே ‘உண்மையாக’ (hard to say ….really) நீங்கள் தொழில். செய்ய. விரும்பினால் .என்ன தொழில் செய்வது என கேட்காதீர்கள்.அதை நீஙகள் தான் முடிவு செய்ய வேண்டும் .முடிவு எடுக்க குழப்பமா ..நான் ஒரு சிம்பிள். ஐடியா சொலலட்டுமா
    உங்களுக்கு பிடித்த,உங்கள் உள் மனம் எப்பொழுதும் சிந்திக்கும் விசயம் ,நீங்களே field la இறங்கி செய்யும் வேலை எதை சார்ந்தது அதனை தொழிலாக. முடிவு செய்க.அதில்தான். நீங்கள் வெற்றி பெற முடியும்
    வாழ்த்துக்கள்

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  61. sir,am a divorced woman,with no alimony and have started a home business of selling sarees and dress materials .We are from Hosur ,Tamilnadu. The income is below 2.50lac per annum. Kindly guide me how to register the business and what needs to be done if I can improve it online shop.How to get govt subsidy if any. how to and under what name should i open banck account etc,
    please guide me sir, it would be of great help for me.
    thank you
    Nithya
    Hosur
    Tamilnadu

    Reply

    1. Nithya,
      Glad to hear your are doing something on your own, all the best. even the biggest successful businesses started small. If you like reading books try these two books – one called “Made in America” by Sam Walton which is on the path of world’s largest supermarket Walmart. Second book “It happened in India” is closer home by Kishore Biyani on Big Bazaar.

      Till the business grows to size I don’t see a need for you to register the business. You can stay as a proprietorship firm itself. This will keep the government/tax paperwork to the minimum. Ask advice on these with a local chartered accountant or Commerce Student. For more help contact local Women Self Empowerment chapter or local Rotary/Lions club.

      For opening a bank account, which is a good idea, do it in your own name. Easiest option. I will suggest you open the account with the nearest branch of any public sector or cooperative bank. You will also want to file Income Tax returns every year, so that when you want to expand your business you have a financial history and credibility.

      Once again, all the best.

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  62. hi i am completed BE., i need some small business idea . it is relevant to my profession., or education oriented

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  63. RAJASEKARAN C June 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Dear sir,

    i am forty years old .my education is DME., BBA., i am working past 20 years. selling of tata buses , target vs achievement of automobile dealer job is very torture.

    i want to start business with 25000 to 30000 monthly income with peaceful life. my interest field is purchase agri products like vegetables from one place and selling large quantity i.e brokarage business. second one interest is export our agri products, mooligai,spices etc., to various countries.

    kindly advise me

    1.how to do brokarage business of vegetables
    2.how to export business can do, is there any governemnt training centre is there

    thanks and regards
    c.rajasekaran

    Reply

  64. sir iam venkatesan from Srirangam Trichy . I want to start to new manufacturer business , But i need small investment only. So please given in new ideas to expect thanking you

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