Becoming an Entrepreneur

According to the website,, the number of self-employed persons in the Netherlands is growing explosively; approximately 130,000 persons start up their own company every year. 95% of these are zzp-er, or zelfstandige zonder personeel; self-employed with no personnel – hence the use of this acronym in the site’s name. As a significant number also leave self-employment within the first five years, the actual growth is approximately 45,000 a year.

In the Netherlands, there is a reliable support system to help you orient yourself, make a plan and obtain financial aid. In this article, we go into a number of relevant issues for entrepreneurs, such as who can answer your many questions, what diplomas do you need, what tax measures there are, and what the various legal forms are for setting up a company.

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Stephanie Dijkstra
2014 Autumn

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