Are you planning to register you business? below is the step by step guide on how to register a business in Kenya
As per the constitution, the government requires all businesses registered in order to fulfil their mandate that is filling of returns/taxes in addition to operating within the legal structures.
The advancement of technology has also made everything simple as eCitizen, an online portal can easily be accessed and one can register their businesses at the comfort of their homes.
In order to access eCitizen, one needs to to open an account and the process is open to both Kenyans and non-residents planning to run business in the country.
How to register a business in Kenya
The steps to register a business in Kenya are as indicated below
Step 1. Business name search reservation
The first process when registering a business in undertaking a name search inside eCitizen in order to confirm that no ones owns the same name before you can finally reserve it.
In order to conduct a business name search and reservation, follow the below steps
- Sign in to your eCitizen account and click Business Registration Services
- Click on Make Application and enter your preferred business names in order to initiate a name search.
- You will proceed to make the payment of Ksh 150 through your preferred mode of payment i.e Mpesa or a Credit/Debit card.
Step 2: Business Registration
Once the first step of name search and reservation is approved, proceed and complete the registration process using the steps indicated below
- Sign in to your eCitizen account and head to Business Registration
- Fill in the registration forms and upload the required documents that is an ID/Passport, KRA pin certificate and recent colored passport size photo in the case of sole proprietors and partnership.
- Make the payments are indicated in your account and wait for a week before you can get the certificate on the eCitizen platform ready for download.
Companies unlike sole proprietors will be required to submit additional documents including the details of the shareholders, A memorandum of association and share capital contribution by each partner.
They will then open a bank account and immediately resume their business after approval.