Starting your business
The first step in starting your business should be a plan. A business plan to prepare you for the steps your need to take to start your business and the objectives you want to meet. Give some thoughts about how you want to achieve your objectives. How much time do you realistically need to meet your objectives? Have you sufficient funding to run your activities over a timespan in which you are likely to accrue losses as expenses are initially larger than your revenue. Running losses to start you business can be completely sound as long as you meet your growth objectives. You can offset your losses against future profits.
Registering your business
Once you have decided on a name and the business activity, you should register you company with the Dutch chamber of commerce (Kamer van Koophandel or KvK). Before visiting the Chamber of Commerce for registering your business, you will have to decide on the appropriate business entity (see also under business entities).
Most starters choose for a sole proprietorship (sole trader or eenmanszaak) or a partnership (VOF), which is relatively straight forward to register. All you need is a name and an address. If you decide to start a corporate ownership (B.V.) it is more complex. This involves the creation of a legal identity separate from the owners. A corporate ownership needs to be passed by a notary.
Bookkeeping in The Netherlands
VAT, ICP and profit tax filing
Living and working in the Netherlands for a time? We can help you with your Dutch taxes, so you don't have to deal with the Belastingdienst yourself. Whether you're employed or have a small business, we'll make your life easier and save you money.