How to Open a Business in Indonesia: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Opening a business in Indonesia can be a smart move for entrepreneurs and companies looking to tap into one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. However, the process can be complex and time-consuming, especially for foreign businesses. In this guide, we will provide a step-by-step approach to help you open a business in Indonesia successfully.

  1. Choose the Right Legal Entity
    The first step in opening a business in Indonesia is to choose the right legal entity. Some of the options include a Limited Liability Company (LLC), a Foreign-owned Company (PT PMA), and a Representative Office. Opting for PT PMA, which allows 100% foreign ownership, is the most popular choice for foreign businesses.

  2. Understand Licensing and Permit Process
    Indonesia’s licensing and permit process can be complicated and time-consuming, making it essential to work with a local consultant who can guide you through the process. Having all the necessary licenses and permits is essential to operate your business legally.

  3. Hire Local Talent
    Hiring local talent is a critical success factor in Indonesia. Local employees bring with them a deep understanding of the local culture and market, which is invaluable for foreign businesses. Hiring local talent can also help you navigate the complex regulatory environment and establish relationships with key stakeholders.

  4. Establish Strong Relationships
    Building strong relationships with local partners, suppliers, and customers is essential in Indonesia. Understanding the local culture and customs is key to building trust and rapport with your business partners.

  5. Leverage Technology
    Indonesia is a digital-savvy country, making it an ideal market for businesses that leverage technology. Investing in digital marketing, e-commerce, and other technologies can help you streamline your operations and reach more customers.

In conclusion, opening a business in Indonesia can be a smart move for entrepreneurs and companies if done correctly. By following these steps, you can navigate the complex regulatory environment, build strong relationships, and leverage technology to set your business up for success in one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia.

Finansist International has sources of information and access needed by domestic and foreign entrepreneurs, as well as foreign companies wishing to invest in Indonesia. We can provide information resources for legal purposes and provide accounting and tax services for companies starting their business in Indonesia. Immediately schedule a free consultation at to plan your business in Indonesia. Also check our social media in this link for updates and promos.


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  1. Calculation of monthly / annual income tax
  2. Filling in the SPT application
  3. Making Evidence of Withholding Taxes
  4. Monthly/annual Income Tax Reporting

Tax Planning

Make corporate tax planning so that the tax value paid by the company is precise and more efficient.

What you will get

Quarterly Investment Report

LKPM / PMA Report

Report the company’s investment transactions to the Indonesian Ministry of Investment every 3 (three) months.

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  1. Internal Auditor’s report regarding the current condition of the company, accompanied by an explanation of the potential risks that will be faced by the company
  2. Adjusting entries (for financial audit engagements)
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Carry out internal audit activities, both within the scope of financial audits, operational audits and compliance audits.

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Independent Auditor’s Report signed by a certified Public Accountant

External Audit

Carrying out General Audit/Financial Audit activities conducted by External Auditors from a Public Accounting Firm registered with the Indonesian Association of Public Accountants (IAPI).