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Registering A Sole Proprietor Company In Kenya

How To Register Sole Proprietor Company In Kenya

For most aspiring entrepreneurs, starting a sole proprietor company is more ideal. It is easy to setup and require less financial requirements.

In order to register a sole proprietorship company, you will need to the following requirements;

1. Name of Business – A name search needs to be performed first as part of the registration process. You will need to write a letter requesting for a name search to be performed. This can be done at either Huduma Center or Company Registry.

2. Nature of business – You will need to come up with one specific nature of business e.g. Tours & Travel, Computer Repairs, Mobile Phone & Accessories Shop etc. General words such as “shop” or “retail”, trade” are not sufficient for Company Registry to proceed to register your business. You will need to avoid things like “General Supplies” which is popularly used but it will not be approved)

3. Address of the principal place of business – (Plot No., Section and Name of Street or Road, Name of Building) – For the plot number, please find the electricity bill or water bill of your business premises. If you don’t have a business premises, you can use your home residential plot number/land reference number for registration that’s if you are starting your business from home, but you will need to update the records at Company Registry once you have a Business Premises.

4. Postal Address – If you don’t have one, you can register your very own postal office box for Ksh. 2,500 at the nearest Postal Office or ask a family or friend to allow you to use their P.O. Box temporary for the application then later on update your registration certificate.

5. Address of any other place of business (Branch Office under the above name) – Only applicable to businesses that are currently operating business in other counties or have other branches under the same business name.

6. Full Names of you and any other partners – Any person who has changed his/her name must give all former names, unless the change occurred before he/she attained the age of two years.

Avoid using abbreviation in your name as this is not legally recognized. For example names like Enock K. Kiprono instead it should be like Enock Kipkolele Kiprono. This will save you time and money.

For Sole Proprietor Business, it only requires 1 person.
For Partnership Business, it only require minimum of 2 people and maximum of 20 people).

7. Nationality – You will require to enter your nationality as indicated on your identification e.g. Kenyan, German, British, American, Chinese, South African etc.

8. Age – Make sure you give your correct age based on your ID/Passport

9. Gender – Male (M) or Female (F).

10. Usual place of residence -Where you currently reside e.g. Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, London, Paris, Hong Kong etc.

11. Other business occupation – You will need to enter your occupation e.g. engineer, farmer, hair stylist, web designer etc. If you don’t have one you can simply write either “Businessman” or “Businesswoman”.

12. Signature on the document (usually at the back page of the BN2 Form)

13. Copy of ID/Passport

14. Copy of KRA PIN Certificate

15. Passport Photo

Duration: 3-5 working days (Depending on Company Registry Workload)

That’s it, if you have the above information then you are now closer to meet the legal obligation to starting your business in Kenya.

We No Longer Offer Sole Proprietorship Registration Services! 

See Also: How To Register Limited Company in Kenya

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About Enock Kiprono

Enock Kiprono is the founder of Fenesi.com & Dealpoa.com. He loves to connect with entrepreneurs that are success driven, passionate, action-taking whose goal is to make a difference in the business world!

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  1. Very informative, please forward the limited company details to my email

  2. Thanks for the good work you are doing.Would you please help me on how to register a limited company.

  3. hi…thanks for the good job you are doing…now my question is in registering a partnership apo kwa nature of busines ndo stress ..considering i want to venture in tenders (goods supply)how do I avoid limiting myself with a certain line of product?

    • Stephen, the challenge now when it comes to registering sole proprietorship or partnership, you are limited to how many business activities you can list on the application form. However, if you register a limited company, you won’t be limited and you can put as many business activities as you want.

  4. James karanja gititi

    This is a good idea…helping fresh minds into business….thanks alot to all concerned

  5. please help me to understand the diffrence between asole propriater company and alimited company interms of cost

    • Businesses opt for Limited companies for a number of reasons – it may look more ‘professional’, it may help if you need to raise external finance, and it may be more tax efficient than other business structures such as sole proprietorship or partnership.

      Sole Proprietorship requires only 1 person to start while Limited Company requires at least 2 people. Limited Company is a legal entity whose liability is limited by shares while Sole proprietorship doesn’t have any share structure.

      Under the limited company structure, your company and personal finances are kept separate, unlike the sole trader structure. A limited company is owned by its shareholders.

  6. Can i open a sole proprietor company with my personal PIN number?

  7. Learnt a lot from you. Be blessed

  8. Hello,
    Is it possible for me to register sole proprietor business?

  9. hi,I am planning to start a cleaning co.what is the requirements Mr.Kiprono

  10. Hi Enock thank you for the information that u have provide us on your web site. i would like some advice on applying for opening a solo proprietor company. i would like to open a supply company and follow all the legal channels. kindly advice me more on the matter.

  11. Hi guys…

    Thank you for the good work. I realized that you no longer offer sole proprietorship advise and assistance anymore. I have registered my business as sole but wanted to know how i can get KRA PIN and certificate to start operating.. Do you know where I can get such vital information if you no longer provide it?


    • Hello Evans, Did you want to apply for KRA PIN for sole proprietor business? Please note that the sole proprietor business does not require to apply for separate KRA PIN because you can use your personal KRA PIN individual for your sole proprietor. Hope that helps!

  12. I would like to register a limited company. Your assistance required.


  13. Hi, I wish to register a sole proprietorship business,could you kindly advice me on the
    same regarding where to register,how long does it
    takes and the cost. kindly email more details.
    Thnks inadvance.

    • Hello Abraham, If you go to Huduma Center near your locality, you should be able to register your sole proprietorship business at around Ksh. 1,000 (Name Search – Ksh. 150 & Registration process – Ksh. 850).

      • Hi, i just want to register my business under sole proprietorship but i don’t know much can cost me and how long will it take. also which process can i follow to accomplish it. Looking forward for your response
        thank You.

  14. Hi sir,
    I wish to start a construction firm, what is the help your team can offer?

  15. kindly explain benefits of soul proprietor company

  16. Hi, I wish to register a business as a sole
    proprietorship,could u kindly advice me on the
    same regarding where to register,how long it
    takes and the cost. kindly email me details

  17. Hi,Your article is very informative..I would like to inquire about supplies..you mentioned in your article than can can’t register under general supplies.I would like to register a business for supplies mostly to the govt tenders…Under what should I register my business..i hope to supply anything I can reach easily. please reply on email Monah.shish@gmail.com Thanks

  18. lawrence mwangi

    plz send me sole proprietorship registering form and can i own a company if its a limited without partners

  19. lawrence mwangi

    hello,how much is paid to register an
    ”investiment company,and wat is compliance.
    my email, ankosmedia@gmail.com

  20. Kindly Mail me financial requirements as a sole proprietor

  21. send me how to form a business enterprise in Kenya and the total amount required. my subject is stationary distribution.

  22. Pls. kindly send me the details on the requirements of a sole proprietorship and partnership.

  23. Hi i need to register my sole proprietorship kindly forward to me registration forms and requirements to gerrykinuthia@gmail.com

  24. Hi im interested in forming a sole proprietor company doing web design and animation. Where do I get the forms? maryrobijoseph@gmail.com

  25. I’d like to start a webhosting business,kindly assist me with the details on legal requirements(as in documentation) to hkellah@gmail.com

  26. hi, i need to register my sole proprietorship kindly forward to me registration forms and requirements to chirchirbetty@gmail.com.

  27. kindly send me the details on the requirements of a sole proprietorship and partnership please ASAP.
    Also the process of getting the business PIN.
    at jbobware@gmail.com

  28. would appreciate details on the followings;
    sole proprietorship, partnership and limited company. Interested in partnership and or limited company and to compare cost kevirush@yahoo.com

  29. Victor Matakaya Shilisia

    Kindly can you use a sole proprietor to do different contracts.
    thanks matakayav@gmail.com More information about ltd and sole

  30. kindly send me the details onn the requirements of a sole proprietorship

  31. I am currently running a sole proprietor business and would like to sell the business complete with the name. How do I go about transferring the name to the new ownwr?

  32. Thank you for the insights,please advise on documents needed to register a sole proprietorship company and the cost.your quick response will be appreciated.send to stellahsaidi@yahoo.com

    • Hello Elizabeth, Thanks for your question. I would recommend you register with Huduma Center since we no longer offering sole proprietorship registration service. We only do limited company registration.

  33. How much do you charge to register a limited liability company business?

  34. Thanks guys for the good job. I wish to register a sole proprietorship company, kindly give me more details on registration, tax payment etc. write to me levyonsase@gmail.com

  35. Thank you for the great work u guys are doing. I am interested in starting a sole proprietorship company, What is the cost of starting one and how soon do you start paying taxes
    email: tubeikevin@gmail.com

  36. wycliffe luhatse

    i wish to start a construction company what do i need?

  37. hi,

    l want to register a business and would appreciate getting all the requirements for both sole proprietor and partneship to my mail omupango@gmail.com

  38. Please send me the requirements for registering a company, and also the difference between sole proprietorship & limited company, the cost of registration on both cases and why one would be more apt than the other. kentaniaconsult@gmail.com

  39. hi sir i wud like 2 seak your guidance in registering a sole proprietor company

  40. much appreciation on this information. kindly what are the requirements and documentations for search and registration of business (sole proprietor). Can one do this at the huduma centre? what are the current charges? email; denniz.mugambi@yahoo.com

  41. hello
    much appreciation for you your good effort at enlightening kenyans
    kindly share the information on what is required–my email: jamesmmutua2@gmail.com

  42. could you assist me with details on requirements for this process. thank you. My email is barbsmanywa@yahoo.com

  43. can i also get details of registering a partnership company and all the requirements,thanx

  44. Hi, i lreally like the information on the site, really helpful…i wanted to ask about compliance certificate, i’ve seen that in order to apply for tenders, you are required to provide a compliance certificate, could you please expound on twhat this is and how one can go about acquiring one, thanx in advance. and kindly share with me your email address, i have a myriad of business related questions i would like aired which i know would also be beneficial to your site and other readers like me.

    • Thanks for your compliments, please provide us with your email address so we can be able to assist you. You can send us the same request to info@fenesi.com and we will be able to assist.

  45. Felix mwendwa kithome

    write to me on,felixmwendwa22@gmail.com

    • Hello Felix,I have just sent you an email. Check both your inbox or spam folder. Subject of the email is “Sole
      Proprietorship – Getting Started (Requirements & Cost)”

  46. Felix mwendwa kithome

    i want to register a business name as a sole proprietor,could u kindly advice me on the same regarding where to register,ho long it takes and the cost

  47. Felix mwendwa kithome

    hello guys? this s a very transforming sharing site

  48. Write to me on leskumo@gmail.com.

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