Step 1 Register your company

Step 1 Register your company

Registering a company in the Netherlands is really easy. Simply go to the Business Register [Dutch: Handelsregister] held at the Chamber of Commerce [Dutch: Kamer van Koophandel (KvK)] and select the relevant registration form. This will depend on the type of legal form you've chosen for your business. Once you've registered, the Chamber of Commerce will forward your details to the Tax and Customs Administration [Dutch: Belastingdienst] so that they can issue you with a VAT number

Step 2 Open a business account

Step 2 Open a business account

You'll need a business account in the Netherlands to handle your business's financial transactions. Download this information brochure that lists the documents you'll need for opening a business account. There are many banks to choose from. Three of the leading banks in the Netherlands are ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank.

Step 3 Apply for a residence permit

Step 3 Apply for a residence permit

The Netherlands is one of the most flexible and liberal countries in Europe for innovative entrepreneurs in terms of its immigration policies and procedures. Its residence permit scheme for start-ups grants ambitious non-EU entrepreneurs one year in which to launch an innovative business in the Netherlands. At the end of this year, you can then continue running your business under the self-employment scheme. Later-stage start-ups may also be able to take advantage of the self-employment scheme.

Did you know that the Netherlands also offers many other types of visa, not only start-up visas? For example, you may be eligible to apply for a job search visa or to take advantage of our highly skilled migrant scheme. If you want to recruit personnel you can enjoy the benefits by becoming a recognized sponsor. Are you an investor? We have a special investors scheme too.

Step 4 Register with your local council

Step 4 Register with your local council

In the Netherlands, you'll have to record your details in your local council's Municipal Personal Records Database [Dutch: Basisregistratie personen (BRP)]. Registering with your local council is free of charge, but you'll need to make an appointment in advance.

You'll receive a citizen service number [Dutch: Burgerservicenummer (BSN)] once you've registered with your local council, or if you're a non-resident once you've recorded your details in the Non Residents Records Database [Dutch: Registratie niet ingezetenen (RNIBSN)]. You'll be able to use your BSN to identify yourself to government agencies, healthcare providers, educational institutes, etc.

Enquire at one of the Netherlands' expat centers* if you need help with your residence permit application or local council registration.

*Please be aware that some expat centers charge a fee for their services.

Step 5 Choose a business location

Step 5 Choose a business location

Choosing a business location is perhaps the most important decision a start-up has to make. It requires precise planning and thorough research, and involves examining demographics, analysing supply chains, scoping out the competition and staying on budget. In the Netherlands, we have workspaces, incubators, accelerators and other facilities available for start-ups.

Zoning regulations stipulate which types of business may be conducted in certain premises or locations. Contact local councils to find out how areas have been zoned or premises have been designated for business usage.

Step 6 Open a personal bank account

Step 6 Open a personal bank account

Besides a business account, you'll also need a personal account. For non-EU residents, you'll need your citizen service number (BSN) and a copy of your business registration and your residence permit.

Step 7 Arrange your personal and family matters

Step 7 Arrange your personal and family matters

Where will you live? Will your partner be able to get a residence permit? Will your partner also be allowed to work in the Netherlands? What about day care and/or an international school for your children? And what type of healthcare insurance will you need?

The answers to these and many others questions will depend on your personal situation. It's also possible to bring family members with you to the Netherlands. We recommend that you consult with one of the Netherlands' expat centers* where they'll gladly help you with any personal and/or family-related matters.

*Please be aware that some expat centers charge a fee for their services.

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