Sole proprietorships are registered under the Registration of Business Names Act. A sole proprietorship is formed by only one person. It is easy to set up and links the owner of a business to their company.

Companies structured as sole proprietorships can include individual freelancers, creatives, growing startups, and established businesses with physical storefronts or workspaces.

The ability to operate as a sole proprietor, without formal registration or high costs, is especially beneficial if you’re building your startup as a side gig, outside your regular day job.

The ease of establishment means you don’t have to be 100 percent committed or invested financially to begin operations.

Requirements for registration of a sole proprietorship/ partnership:

  1. Proposed business names for search and approval;
  2. Nature of business; for professional services, a practicing certificate by the relevant body for the current year will be attached;
  3. Proposed Physical address of the business. The address includes road, plot number, town, and county;
  4. Full names of the sole proprietor;
  5. Nationality of the sole proprietor;
  6. Age of sole proprietor based on national ID;
  7. Gender of the sole proprietor;
  8. Usual place of residence of the sole proprietor
  9. Copy of ID / Passport for the Sole proprietor;
  10. 2 passport photos of the Sole proprietor.

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