How to Start a Small Business in India?

Start small to go big: this is the motto that has created almost all successful entrepreneurs in business history.

A small business is an excellent way to catapult yourself into the big world of entrepreneurship and business. To start a small business means to embark upon a challenging yet satisfying journey. Small businesses are independent businesses that require less capital, fewer employees and little or no machinery to run. In India, small businesses are often defined based on the foundation of a company’s ability to invest in infrastructure and machinery. 

Here we describe the path you can, as a young entrepreneur, follow to start a small business and make the idea a  reality.

Business Plan

A business plan determines the success of the company. The first step in a company is to start with a feasible study and plan for its work. You can do this depending on the type, modus operandi and financial viability of your business idea. 

The business plan should contain detailed information, including names, suggestions, ages and qualifications of the owners and associates, a revenue model with more details like cost and sale price, taxes, delivery charges, etc.


A big business starts small, and making something that people want is the biggest motivator to start a business.

Financial Resources

Most small businesses in India started with self-funded or community-based financing. New entrepreneurs can also seek funding from MSME commercial banks. You can also get funds through diversified fundraising or venture capitals.

Online Presence

Depending on your business type, small businesses are categorised into three broad terms: fully online, online + physical, and entirely physical (business/office) companies. The online presence of any business is necessary for today’s digital era. This presence depends on your budget and the type of product /service you offer. An online presence can be established by creating a website or a social media page on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.


To survive in intense competition, you need to promote your small business properly. You may have to spend a significant part of your budget on advertising, translating into a lot of revenue for the company overall. Largely beneficial and less costly marketing channels include Facebook marketing and promotion on websites like Twitter. You can also post your products and services on social media such as YouTube and Instagram.

Government Support for MSMEs 

The Indian Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs is responsible for developing small businesses. The ministry is responsible for supervising the licensing and regulation of small and medium-sized enterprises. It creates and regulates business development plans and projects like MUDRA loans for small entrepreneurs.

Start a Small Business like these

Content Writing and Blogging

If you are equipped with basic writing and reading skills, you can make a lot of money using your knowledge and skills. Content writing and blogging have become a profitable business not only in India but around the world today. 

Digital Marketing

There are many opportunities in digital marketing. Once you start your own business, you can work independently, promote a wide variety of products, and make huge profits. For a thorough understanding of digital marketing skills, you can easily learn about the field from various online courses.

Aakash Sharma
Aakash Sharma
Aakash writes on Startup Ecosystem, Policies, Legal and Regulatory aspects of business planning. An alumnus of Delhi University, he is assistant editor at Dutch Uncles.



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