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How to Start a Business in the Philippines: A Step-by-Step Guide

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1. Choose Your Business Type

The first step in starting a business in the Philippines is to choose what type of business you want to open. There are several types of businesses, each with its own set of legal obligations and tax implications. Do some research online or consult with an accountant or lawyer to help you choose the right one for you.

2. Register Your Company & Obtain Permits & Licenses

Once you've chosen a business structure, you need to register it with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Philippines and obtain permits and licenses from local government offices such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Philippines Social Security System (SSS). Depending on your business type and location, you may need to apply for additional permits.

3. Open a Bank Account & Apply for Credit

You'll need to open a bank account in the Philippines so that you can accept payments from customers (and pay debts and taxes). Additionally, if you are looking to finance your business with a loan or credit line, make sure to apply for one early on.

4. Advertise Your Business & Secure Funding

Now that you have all the formalities taken care of, it's time to start promoting your business. You can do this by creating a website and promotional materials. You can also network with potential customers. If you need more money to get your business started, you may want to apply for government grants or small business loans.


Setting up a business in the Philippines is an exciting opportunity, but it can also be a bit daunting. With these tips, however, you should feel confident about taking the plunge and realizing your entrepreneurial dreams! Good luck! 

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