Are you a starting entrepreneur and do you want to start a company in the Netherlands? Then it can be overwhelming when you see what you need to arrange and get done in order to actually start a company. In order to help you get a clear overview of what you need to arrange when starting a Dutch company, we list everything you need to do.

Step 1: Decide the legal form of your company

The first step when setting up a company in the Netherlands, is to decide what kind of company you want te start, since you can choose the legal form of your business yourself. You can choose to either establish a general partnership, private limited company or sole proprietorship. Every form is connected to different tax laws and liabilities, so it is important to look into all legal forms and choose the one that suits your situation and visions for your company best.

Step 2: Register your business with the Chamber of Commerce

After you have decided the legal form of your company, it is time to actually register your company at the Chamber of Commerce. In order to do so, you first – obviously – have to come up with the name of your company. It’s important to take some time to think about the name of your company before registering your business. Do you know what you want to name your company? Then you can register your business with the Chamber of Commerce, which will automatically also register your company with tax authorities.

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Step 3: Register yourself as an independent entrepreneur

If you’re setting up a company in the Netherlands in an industry with a company or product board, you not only have to register your company, but you also need to register yourself. You can become a member by registering yourself as an independent entrepreneur. Following this, you need to pay a contribution and follow the rules of the organization in order to sustain your membership.

Step 4: Decide on the location of your company

Lastly, an important thing to take into account is that you need to search for a location for your company. You can either choose to work from home, or look for a specific business location or office. This is dependent on what kind of company you’re establishing and what your visions for the business are. Dependent on the location of the company, you also need to check zoning plan and maybe apply for an environmental permit.