I am working for an MNC in India and do sparetime freelancing jobs. I had worked for some 4-5 clients and got the payment transferred to my personal account.

I recently did my biggest project till date and they are asking my business account to transfer the payment(I donot have Business account)

Opening a business bank account requires registration and registration needs a CEO and Director. Everything seems good but I am not sure whether I can register myself as CEO of my own company while I am a full time employee of another company.

Any Advises on this please :(

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    Seems to me this would be a legal question in your country which is not directly related to freelancing.
    – Scott
    Aug 29 '13 at 15:43
  • There is a meta discussion about this question; please read and post your opinion on this type of question for the future
    – Canadian Luke
    Aug 29 '13 at 16:37
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    Hey Lisbeth, are you a freelancer in the freelancing company? Could you add in why you can't just take a check or use something like Paypal? This will help folks better understand your problem. Hope this helps! :)
    – jmort253
    Aug 29 '13 at 16:45
  • possible duplicate of Freelance Consulting while Employed
    – Andrew
    Aug 30 '13 at 8:26
  • Isn't easier that you simply tell them that you do not have company registered in your own country and ask them to pay you to some e-wallet or to your own bank account?
    – Peter MV
    Aug 30 '13 at 18:12

The question "whether I can register myself as CEO of my own company while I am a full time employee of another company" boils down to what you have agreed in your contract of employment with the other company.

See also: Freelance Consulting while Employed

Fundamentally, there is not usually a legal obstacle to holding down two employments - as long as the tax authorities get their cut - whether the second job is a second employment, or as self-employed or freelancer.

If there was such an obstacle, then I suggest that a significant proportion of freelancers would have a problem.

However, your contract of employment may place restrictions on outside interests, especially if in a related field to your day-job - in such instances talk to your manager (or the HR department).


You should consult a legal advisor for this. This is a strictly a legal issue.

In my country [a small European country, Croatia] you cannot "sit on two chairs" e.g. cannot be full-time employed in one company and be CEO in another. But I think some other countries allow this. Maybe India allows as well.

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    Peter, after "in my country" could you add your country in brackets?
    – Andrew
    Aug 31 '13 at 5:43

I registered myself as a CEO of the company in the start of my freelance business. At that time I had an office address where I used to work. Currently all my payments are coming to that account. I think that this is better to register yourself as a CEO of the company. This will be better for bigger transactions.

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