Starting your business
The first step in starting your business should be a plan. Think about how you want to achieve your objectives, the time this will take and how you will fund any period in which your expenses are larger than your revenue. It might be sound business to take initial losses as long you meet your growth objectives. You would then be able to offset your losses against future profits.
Registering your business
Once you have decided on a name and business activity, you should decide upon the right type of entity (see also business entities). Before you start trading, it is wise you check with a tax adviser if you need to register your company with the Dutch chamber of commerce (Kamer van Koophandel or KvK).
Most starters operate as a sole proprietorship (sole trader or eenmanszaak) or a partnership (VOF), and these are both straightforward to register. All you need is a name and an address. If you decide to start a corporate entity (B.V.), you must create a separate legal identity with the help of a notary.