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Dutch legal business structures

What issues should I consider in order to set up and develop a business?

Once you fulfil the conditions for residence it is good to get  acquainted with the legal requirements for setting up a business in the Netherlands.

Informing yourself about the Dutch economy, business climate, regulations and practices  in which you want set up your business is  important. So is market research, for orientation about your future place in the complex business mosaic.

Then you need to develop a business plan and prepare for fulfilling the administrative prerequisites to make  your business idea a reality.

A business plan is a requirement for non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals. Even when legally not required, it helps you to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Banks require a business plan for granting loans.

You will need to consider issues such as checking if you require specific professional qualification, selecting a legal form for your business, choosing a trade name, taxation and insurance, employment laws and registering at the Chamber of Commerce.

There are  institutions and organisations that provide useful information for your market research:

Central Bureau of Statistics

The CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis regularly reports about the Dutch economy and provides forecasts. Only a limited number of publications is also available in English. Most publications are only in Dutch.

Half-yearly Economic Developments and Outlook is published by the Dutch central bank DNB:

If you prefer , there are also many business consultants and market research firms that can help you during this phase.

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