What are the general policies or rules, if I decide to not get a shop certificate or license? Running a business without a license is always risky. If the authorities are notified about the illegal running of the business without a license, your business could be sealed or closed. Even a lawsuit could be filed against you by a dissatisfied customer if he gains knowledge that you are running a business without a license. All this could lead to loss of reputation and unwanted stress. So, it always wise to follow the compliance procedure for your business license. Why should I apply for an Establishment Registration and get a business license? Once you decide to run a business, it's always wise to apply for establishment registration and order for a license to get it running. The same could be done online, initiating an online registration or filing. The income earned from the business can't be shown as personal earnings. The earnings have to be taxable, for the same. And also, it's not legal to run a business without a business license. Is an online shop registration for a shop license required, no matter where my shop is in India? Yes, if you are a business owner or have a shop set up in India, it's mandatory to follow the norms under the Shop & Establishment Act and apply for a license, be it in any part of the country. The registration can be done online and the certification can be procured online itself. The license should be applied within the first 30 days of the opening of your firm.