Unlocking the future: how Kuwait's latest regulations boost home businesses

The new regulations enable businesses to be licensed without the need to rent a physical shop!

Jamila Aldakny
Jamila Aldakny

Country Marketing Lead- Kuwait

In accordance with the latest regulations from the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK), all home businesses in Kuwait are required to obtain a business license issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

This new rule aims to provide more structure and broaden market access for home-based entrepreneurs. It's a positive step towards nurturing a growing sector, ensuring smoother operations in the evolving landscape of home businesses.

Unpacking the Changes

Here’s the deal: this isn't just about making business from home easier. It’s about embracing a digitized approach to business activities, all from the snug corners of our personal spaces.

But remember, with power comes responsibility. If you're venturing into home-based businesses, acquiring a commercial license under these regulations is a must. And the best part is, you can do this without the need to rent a physical shop!

What’s in it for You?

1. Hassle-free licensing:

No more exhaustive paperwork! Now, entrepreneurs can get their commercial licenses from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's website in mere minutes.

2. Quick turnaround:

Keen on diving into your business head-first? The license processing time has been trimmed down, with approvals often coming in within a day.

3. Clear directions:

No more guesswork. The updated rules clearly list out the business activities you can delve into from home.

4. Power to the locals:

With an emphasis on Kuwaiti nationality for license holders, this move empowers local talent, seeding growth and innovation.

5. Flexibility galore:

Not on the designated list? No worries. Acquire a commercial license that includes a store lease and you're good to go.

Step-by-step guide on how to get your home business license in Kuwait

Considering running a home-based business or about to kick-start a new venture? Follow this guide to secure your license:

  1. Visit the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's website.
  2. Select 'Company with Special Nature' as your category (this designates your business as home-based).
  3. Ensure your business meets the eligibility criteria. A crucial requirement is that the individual applying for the license must actively manage the company.
  4. Verify that the license holder is a Kuwaiti national. As of now, this license is exclusive to Kuwaiti nationals.
  5. Once completed, your license will be on its way to you shortly!

With the Ministry of Commerce championing a path of ease and innovation, the horizon looks bright for home entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. After all, it’s a step forward in shaping the New Kuwait 2035 vision.

  • Eligibility Check: Ensure your business activity aligns with the approved list. If it's there, you’re golden.
  • License Lowdown: Get a deeper dive into commercial activity licenses on the KBC website.

If you are already running a home business and processing online payments through Tap, please provide us with a copy of your new license. This will guarantee continued service without disruptions. You can send it via WhatsApp at 97597777 or email it to onboarding.kw@tap.company.

Any new home businesses interested in accepting online payments with Tap can do so by creating an account with us on our website.


Jamila Aldakny

Country Marketing Lead- Kuwait