Education & Careers

Starting your own company

When you plan to set up your own business in the Netherlands, there are several things that you have to keep in mind, including:

  • What requirements must I meet in order to start a business in the Netherlands?
  • What legal forms are there, what taxes do I have to pay, and do I require a license or a diploma?
  • How do I set up a branch office for my business?


The following matters are important for anyone starting up a business:

  • Business plan;
  • General requirements;

- Register with the Kamer van Koophandel, KVK (Chamber of Commerce).

- Choose a legal form of your business.

- Choose a business name.

  • The tax system;
  • Insurance;
  • Accommodation;
  • Finances;
  • Administration.


The Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is an independent source of information and advice for new businesses that offers help in four key areas: new businesses, international trade, transfer of ownership and takeovers, and government rules and legislation. Their widely trained staff is the first port of call for (starting) entrepreneurs looking for information. If they are unable to help, they refer to in-house specialists or third parties. An initial enquiry is free of charge. The Chamber of Commerce is represented in the region. 


Other useful advisory bodies and helpful agencies:








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