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Guide to Starting a Business in Netherlands

Staff Reporter | 2:30 AM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.


Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Netherlands. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Deposit the minimum capital required in the bank1 dayno charge
2Check the company name for appropriateness and validity1 dayno charge
3Draft and sign the company’s deed of incorporation, executed by a civil law notary1 dayEUR 1,750
4Enter the company in the commercial register at the local chamber of commerce and obtain a registration number.1 dayEUR 120.29
5Register with the local tax authorities (at the same office register for social security authorities)1 dayno charge