Step-by-Step Guide to Registering your Freelance Business in the Netherlands

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Ready to start your freelance career in the Netherlands and learn about what steps you need to set up your freelance business? We bet you are.

Freelancers in the Netherlands are also called ZZP’ers who are self- employed professionals or solo entrepreneurs who are not committed to any employer or a client.

To be able to freelance in the Netherlands, you will need to set up a freelance business for yourself. For that matter you will have to take an appointment at the Chamber of commerce in Amsterdam.





Checklist Before Registering your Freelance Business:

Before taking an appointment at the Chamber of Commerce, you will need to set up the following things for yourself:

  1. 1. You will need a fiscal number (BSN)
  3. 2. You will need to create a DIGID number.
  4.     Apply for a DIGID number on
  7. 3. You have to think of a name for your business. You can keep it simple and use your own name for your business or have a different name for your business. You can check here to see if a name is already taken by another business in the Netherlands. To get it into English right click your mouse and choose “vertalen in het Engels”.

Booking an Appointment at the Chamber of Commerce

To start a company (eenmanszaak- one-man(woman) business) you will have to make an appointment with the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce).


Chamber of Commerce,
De Ruijterkade 5, 1013 AA Amsterdam

Click here to take an appointment.This will show you the process of making an appointment. The website will ask you to fill a form.  The form will be available in Dutch and English. You can fill out the form and schedule the appointment.


Costs for Registration:


On the day of your appointment at the Chamber of Commerce, you will have to pay a one - off Registration fee of €50 and for an extra €15 you can take an extract with you which you can show as a proof of your registration. Some banks and wholesalers require an extract. Payment is only accepted by credit or debit card.


On the Day of Your Appointment at the Chamber of Commerce:


You will need to carry your Resident Permit with you and show up at the Chamber of Commerce for your appointment. 

The staff is extremely helpful and friendly and will process your business registration in 20-30 minutes.














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