How to start your own company

When you set up a new enterprise, there’s a lot to consider. How will you finance your business venture or company premises? As an entrepreneur, are you eligible to pay VAT? Will you operate as a sole trader, general partnership (VoF) or a private limited company (BV)? What deductions are you entitled to as an entrepreneur? In brief: questions that need a quick answer. We’re here to help!


To set up your own company you need to be well prepared. Here are some tips:

  • Write a business plan
  • Choose a legal form/structure (one-man business, general partnership, or private limited company and/or companies
  • Register with the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel)
  • Open a business bank account
  • Apply for a VAT number (btw-nummer) and/or a payrolling number (loonadministratie nummer)
  • Apply for permits and grants if required
  • Get the appropriate insurance
  • Set up your bookkeeping and accounts
  • Set aside money to pay taxes
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