Going Into I-Café Business Legally
To the uninitiated, an i-café is also called internet café, cybercafé, computer shop, lanshop, and kompyuteran in the Philippines. I-Café business seems to be the most preferred venture that Filipinos enter into nowadays. But, how does one goes into it legally after he decides to enter the business.
- Business Name Registration -Unless the owner is doing the business in partnership with other persons, the name of the i-café must be first registered with the Department of Trade and Industry as a single-owned business.
- Business Permit – The owner must then secure a business permit from the local government unit (LGU) where his i-café is located.
- BIR Registration – After securing the business permit, the owner must register the business with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for tax purposes.
- SSS Registration – Whether or not he is already a member of the Social Security System (SSS), the i-café owner must register with the agency as self-employed if he will be operating the business alone by himself or as an employer if he will have somebody helping in running it.
- Pag-Ibig Registration – While some LGUs do not require that business in the area be registered with Pag-Ibig, it is advisable that the i-café owner register with the agency.
It is only after going through the above procedures that an i-café owner can start legally operating his business. Of course, complying with the various rules and regulations of the agencies on which the business was registered will now be a mandated duty of the owner as a responsible member of the business community.