Can Foreigners Start a Business in the Netherlands?


Yes, foreigners can start a business in the Netherlands! Establishing a Dutch company is not limited to Dutch residents. If you are an EU citizen, then you can automatically start a business in Netherlands. If not, you can apply for a temporary residence permit or a startup visa, if you have an innovative startup idea. 

But, regardless of whether you have an existing business idea or an innovative startup, you can start a business in the Netherlands. Even students or minors can establish a Dutch company. 

Here are the steps to establishing a Dutch company:

  1. First, you should conduct research to make sure there is demand for your product or service on the Dutch market. 
  2. Next, to establish a Dutch company, you will need to apply for a business bank account (IBAN) and determine your financing. 
  3. Now you will need to select a company name,AKA a trade name. you will need to register that with the Dutch Commercial Register at KVK.
  4. Register with the KVK, which will pass on your business information to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You will need to pay taxes if you register a Dutch company.  Although there may be some exceptions on registering if your business is not permanently in the Netherlands
  5. If you will hire anyone other than yourself, register as an employer with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. 
  6. Check if you need any insurance, permits, professional qualifications, or to follow any Dutch environmental regulations. 
  7. Develop a terms and conditions statement for your customers, including information on GDPR, or data processing requirements. 
  8. Set up your business bank account and start using it. 
  9. Start selling! 

That’s all you need to do to establish a Dutch company, but it may feel overwhelming. To get help starting your company in the Netherlands, reach out to Intercompany Solutions for an all-in service.