Open a Dutch company the hard way

Open a Dutch company the hard way

There are an awful lot of very good reasons to open a Dutch company as a non-Dutch resident. People from the United States of America and particularly Great Britain often take advantage of the many benefits that can be enjoyed when you open a Dutch company. For example, a company based in the Netherlands enjoys:

  • Low corporate taxation rates;
  • Low regulation;
  • Access to a large, well-trained workforce;
  • Access to several large economies;
  • A strong, well organised financial sector and banking system.

When all of this is taken into account, it is little wonder that so many business choose to open a Dutch company. The government in the Netherlands tries to make this as easy to do as they can. There are relatively few steps involved and they make sure that anyone can open a Dutch company from anywhere in the world. There are, of course, forms to be filled in, and there are decisions to be made, such as which sort of company you wish to open and which bank you wish to use. This is not always as easy as it seems. It is hugely advantageous to speak the Dutch language if you plan to open a Dutch company. At some point you have to appear personally at the Dutch Kamer van Koophandel, or Chamber of Commerce, to start a company. Deciding between a Besloten Vennootschap or a Nameloze Vennootschap is a crucial decision, yet surprisingly difficult to find reliable information about. All Dutch banks are more than happy to have foreign company owner starting an account, a requirement if you want to open a Dutch company, but they all have slightly different requirements as well as their own advantages and disadvantages.

How to open a Dutch company the easy way

As I said, the government in the Netherlands make it as easy as possible to open a Dutch company as a foreigner. That means that when you have experience, the process is fast and straightforward. That is why there are businesses that specialise in the process. Businesses such as Intercompany Solutions are able to open a Dutch company for people based abroad in a matter of just a few days. One intake conversation with their agents and sending through the required documents is all that is needed to have your company up and running. You can find out about the services that they offer on, where they also provide a lot of useful information to help get you started, as well as what you can expect from them. Using a company like Intercompany Solutions to help you to open a Dutch business can save you a massive amount of time, and therefore also works out to be exceptionally good value for money, while you get on with other important tasks. They will ensure that you do not miss important deadlines or documents, and that your new business can start and continue with the minimum of stress and effort.

If you decide to go it alone, expect headaches

If, even after all this advice, you still want to try to do it all on your own, be prepared! The forms that must be filled in are not always as straightforward as they first appear, and if you do not have your company fully registered and all boxes ticked before you begin trading, you could be subject to significant fines. If you open a Dutch business without expert help, you can be sure that you will go through stress and frustration. Make the sensible decision and let an expert help.