Registering your company is what will finally give your startup a legal existence. Before registering it can be a sole proprietorship or a partnership but once you take the decision to register, your company takes a life of its own and can be closed only by legal intervention. Registering a Company is a long and tedious procedure though, which will be quite heavy on both your pocket and on your time, if you want to do it all yourself. But none the less becoming an owner of a registered company brings its own advantages and very less disadvantages to you.
4 Reasons why you should register your company
You may be very excited about your business plan and invest all that you have and take some more from friend and family and try to crystallize your Idea. But imagine a case if some unusual stuff happens, any accident, anybody sued your company or a financial loss happens, not only you, but your family also will be in a very bad situation. There are many other reasons, but to protect yourself and your family this is the most important one.
Do you sell a Product/Service, imagine a case your Product /Service caused any harm to anybody, or your customer or you partner caused a harm which you are not responsible but will be held responsible for. Your company goes bankrupt in lawsuits and due payments. Its always better to safe gaurd your company by registering it.
3. Raising money?
If you grow above your friends and family support, you may need private equity or a venture capitalist, who will make sure that they give money only to the registered companies most of the times. All investors will look at protection of an incorporation and an exit strategy.
Existence of the company continues, no matter which director or member comes and goes. The company is closed only when by complying with the provisions of Law. Also when you want to transfer the entire shareholding to another person, it’s actually a very easy process and the easy change in management and ownership which will save the time and money (stamp duty) of promoters.
Rules of Private limited company
- Minimum two directors and two shareholders are required.
- Shareholders/directors cannot transfer their shares as per the articles of association.
- Maximum number of shareholders is limited to fifty.
- General public cannot buy shares or debentures of a private limited company
- Deposits is allowed only from the members and directors (or their relatives is allowed)
How to get your company Registered
If you can take out some time from building your business and want to save some money by getting the Company registration done yourself, then i will show you in very simple steps on how to go about it.
Now a days we like to get everything done on internet, good news is that you can do 70% of the registration work on internet itself and some offline work is also involved. There are two important government website which makes your life a bit easier in getting some things done from comfort of your home. So lets list the thing which can be done online first.
Online and offline Work to be done for Registration
Step 1 : Apply for DIN (Director Identification Number) and DSC (Digital Signature Certificate)
For More detailed explanation on how to apply for the same read this article - APPLY for DIN in 4 easy steps
- Website : http://www.mca.gov.in/MCA21/index.html
- Amount : For DIN - 100 and for DSC - 400- 2650 (more details -http://www.mca.gov.in/MCA21/certifying-new.html)
- Time : For DIN 1 Day and for DSC 4 Days
Step 2 : Get Company name approved and get certificate of Incorporation
- Website : http://www.mca.gov.in/MCA21/RegisterNewComp.html
- Amount : For name Approval 500, For Certificate 4000- 10000
- Time : For name Approval 2 days and for Certificate 7 days
Offline Step 3 to complete Step 2 :
- Copy of Form 32 along with consent letters of Directors of the Company
- Signed and stamped copies of the Memorandum of Association(MoA) ( 200)
- Signed and stamped copies of the Articles of Association(AoA) ( 1000- 4000)
- Power of Attorney from subscribers on judicial stamp paper of 100
- Identification of subscribers
- must be attached to Form 1 mentioned above.
Memorandum of Association(MoA) – This documents should contain how much capital you want to raise by issuing shares and what for that capital will be used for present and future purposes.Articles of Association(AoA) – This defines the internal clauses and functioning of the company.Once these to are prepared they are sent for verification to the registrar and then they are stamped(stamp duty varies) and signed and sent to the concerened registrar office.
Step 4 : Apply for PAN(Permanent Account Number) and TAN(Tax Account Number) for your registered company.
- Website : https://www.tin-nsdl.com/
- Amount : For PAN - 94 and for TAN - 62
- Time: 7 days