How to set up your own business in The Netherlands

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Nowadays, more and more people decide to follow their dreams and start working as an entrepreneur. Starting an own business usually isn’t that complicated, but there are some things to bear in mind. Are you thinking about setting up your own company in The Netherlands? In this article I will provide you with the information you need in order to do so and I will give you some useful tips.

Picking the right name for your business

The name of the business: some entrepreneurs take months before they eventually pick the name for their business, others take significantly less time. The process of picking the right name for your business can be hard and even frustrating, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. For instance, a lot of entrepreneurs and startups conduct brainstorming sessions. When you conduct a brainstorming session, it’s very important to think as free as you can. Write down whatever comes up.

Legal form of business

When starting a new business in The Netherlands, you need to choose a legal form. This also applies to self-employed professionals. You cannot operate without choosing a business structure and be an entrepreneur. In The Netherlands, there are basically two different types of business structures: business structures without and business structures with legal personality. You can find all different legal forms below.

Business structures with legal personality
– Sole proprietor
– Commercial partnership
– Public partnership
– Limited partnership

Business structures without legal personality
– Private limited company
– Public limited company
– Foundation
– Cooperative
– Association

Registration at the Chamber of Commerce

In the Netherlands, registration in the Commercial Register is compulsory for every company and (almost) every legal entity. There are several companies that can help you with this process, such as Intercompany Solutions. Have a look at the website of Intercompany Solutions to learn more about the different services they provide or to get in contact.