Types of Business Entities to Start in India

Types of Business Entities to Start in India

Types of Business Entities to Start in India

Presently, India is considered an emerging market with a lot of opportunities for investors. The diverse economy presents all sorts of business entities for doing business in the country. Here, there are five major business entities, which are trading in the entire country:

Sole proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is a business that is owned and managed by a single person; it is also known as a one-man army. The liability of the sole proprietor is limited to the extent of capital contributed by him. As it is run by a single owner so, all the profit and loss is shared by that single person only. It is quite famous among the unorganized sector, mainly small traders and merchants. There is no such thing as registration; proprietorships are recognized by other registrations, such as a service or sales tax registration.


  • Sole Proprietorship doesn't have any legal formalities
  • Its advantages include ease of formation and less legal formalities
  • The owner is the sole recipient of all profits and bearer of all loses
  • The owner is liable for all the business debts

Partnership Firm

Partnership firm is initiated with the relation between persons who have agreed to share the profits of the business carried on by all or any one of them acting for all. The minimum members to form a partnership are 2, and the maximum is 10. It is governed by the Indian Partnership Act 1932.


  • In a partnership firm, the regulatory and disclosure norms are relatively simple
  • Every partner gets unlimited liability
  • The profit shared among partners is on the basis of the agreed ratio

Limited Liability Companies

Limited Liability Companies provide limited liability to owners. It is a corporate body and has its own existence in the eyes of the law. The act of 2008 gives LLP the freedom to manage its own affairs. It is a cheaper approach to incorporate as compared to a Private Limited Company and requires less compliance.


  • To become a partner of LLP, there is no a huge lengthy complicated process
  • It is easy to form as well as easy to become a partner
  • It limits the liabilities of its partners to their contributions to the business and offers each partner protection from negligence, misdeeds or incompetence of the other partners

Private Limited Company

Private Limited Company is the most popular business structure. It is defined as a voluntary association of not less than two and not more than 50 members. Under this business type, the liability is limited; the transfer of whose shares is limited and not allowed to invite the general public to subscribe to its shares.


  • Private Limited is most suitable for modern times as it provides a path whereby ownership can be separated from management
  • It allows outside funding to be raised easily and enables shareholders to offer employee stock options to attract top talent
  • It limits the liabilities of its shareholders

Public Limited Company

A Public Limited Company is that company which is owned by the public or in which the public can subscribe. Here, there should be a minimum of 7 members, there is no upper limit.


  • This kind of company can raise capital from the public directly through issues of shares.
  • The shareholders have limited liability to the extent of the face value of its shares

One Person Company in India

One Person Company in India was started under the Companies Act, 2013. It supports entrepreneurs carrying on the business in the Sole-Proprietor form of business with a Corporate Framework.


  • One Person Company can be formed with only one member
  • The OPC has some industry-specific advantages

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