China Company Registration

Opening a company in China is simple. We take care of the incorporation and guide you through the process step by step.

Open a Company in China

HROne provides China company registration, HR outsourcing and compliance services that allow you to quickly and legally do business in China. We offer two solutions to setting up a business in China: through a legal entity (WFOE or Representative office) or through an employer of record. 

Previously, the common business expansion model was to set up a legal entity. However, as globalization increases, more Employer of Record / Professional Employment Organization expansion models are being utilized by various overseas companies. The use of these services enables companies to perform business in China without setting up a legal entity.

2 Options for doing business in China

Use an Employer of Record

A more modern approach to conducting business in China, is to use an employer or record (EOR) also known as a professional employment organization (PEO).

With EOR/PEO, HROne hires employees in China on your company's behalf. The HR and legal obligations and liabilities are handled and borne by us while you manage your team in China as normal. We offer the best EOR/PEO service in China, with coverage in all T1 & T2 cities. 

Open a legal entity

Registering a company in China. There are three types of entities: the wholly-foreign owned enterprise (WFOE),  the representative office (RO) and the joint venture (JV).

The WFOE (and JV) are ideal for companies who want to generate profits in China. The RO is restricted to businesses conducting non-profit operations. Setting up a company in China is more costly and takes a longer period of time than dispatching teams via PEO/EOR, but is ideal for an "all-in" expansion to China.

Types of entities in China

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)

The WFOE is a 100% foreign-owned company capable of hiring staff, issuing invoices and generating profits in China. There are 3 types of WFOEs: consulting, trading and manufacturing.

Time to set up: 1-2 months

Joint Venture (JV)

A joint venture is company where one or more of the shareholders is Chinese. The registration procedure is identical to that of a WFOE and the types of JVs also include consulting, trading and manufacturing. Joint ventures are allowed to participate in more tightly regulated industries such as education, telecom and construction in China.

  • Consulting JV is for companies offering services to or from China.
  • Trading JV is for companies importing in or exporting out of China.
  • Manufacturing JV is for companies who want to set up a factory in China.

Time to set up: 1-2 months

Representative Office (RO)

A representative office is a branch office set up under an existing overseas company. This type of foreign-owned entity is allowed to conduct marketing, research, customer support and other non-profit generating activities. A representative office cannot generate profits in China directly and cannot hire staff directly. Instead, the RO must hire staff through a 3rd party payroll provider. 

Time to set up: 1-2 months

Registration Procedure

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Our Business Solutions

China Market Test Package: PEO/EOR

This package is perfect for companies who want to test China’s market before setting up a local company. HROne acts as your employer of record and handles all legal, HR, and administrative requirements while your staff focuses on developing your business without having to register a company.

China Market Entry Solution

This solution is perfect for companies that want to start a business in China with long-term business plans and that wish to set-up a local company to be commercially active as soon as possible. If requested, HROne firstly hires your staff, enabling your employees to start developing your business in China. In the meanwhile, HROne manages your company registration procedure. Once the company is registered, HROne transfers all employment relationships to your new entity.

First stage

PEO/Employment outsourcing

Second stage

Company formation

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“HROne is exceptionally professional and supportive, they understand the needs and requirements of global companies. They have the experience to deal with different scenarios experienced by companies entering China.”
Linyuan Gan
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