Ondernemingsplan in het Engels

 

Road map for starting your own business 

1. Work out your idea
2. Create a business plan
3. Choose a business type 
4. Register at the Chamber of Commerce and Tax Office 
5. Administration setup
6. Arrange your bank and insurance matters
7. Decide on business premises
8. Arrange any permits and registrations
9. Hiring personnel

1. Work out your idea
Be clear about what your business does. What product or service do you offer? Perhaps the concept is entirely new, or you work with an existing concept (eg franchise) and expand it further.

2. Create a business plan
Think of it as a tool for business success. With a business plan you can check the chances of succeeding in your future endeavors. You will also get a better perspective of what is needed to succeed. A business plan is also important in securing financing. A bank requires insight into future turnover and earnings.

3. Choose a business type
The form that your business takes determines the legal liability of the company, the persons involved, and their position relative to taxes. It is therefore important that you make the right choice: Freelance worker, Sole proprietorship, partnership (VOF), Limited Liability Company (NV), self-employed without employees (ZZP), Public Company (OV), Limited Company (LTD).

4. Register at the Chamber of Commerce and Tax Office
Companies that establish themselves in the Netherlands must be registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel). Legal foundations and associations must also register, regardless of whether they are involved with business or not. Sole proprietors such as freelancers or self employed are not always required to register. 

5. Administration setup
Keeping accounts need not be expensive. If you invest some time, it is possible to do your own accounts. Besides the low cost, you have the advantage of a better view of the financial situation of your company.

6. Arrange your bank and insurance matters
Open a business bank account at the bank of your choice. Think about what insurance you need to take out. Get advice from an independent person (eg a colleague). You can consider Business liability Insurance, Professional indemnity, Disability insurance and Unemployment insurance.

7. Decide on business premises
Decide how much space you need for your business. For example a shop or an office. Control inventory such as furniture, computers and machinery. For beginners, there are business centers where used office furniture, in good condition, is available at attractive prices.

8. Arrange any permits and registrations
Some professions require licenses or registrations. For example occupations where excessive noise is produced. Please observe the local authority provisions and laws. For more information, please check with your local council or inquire at the Chamber of Commerce.

9. Hiring personnel
Consider what kind of staff you wish to take on. Permanent employees, freelance workers, or temporary workers ? Hiring permanent staff means you have obligations to fulfill. You will have tax obligations and must pay social security contributions.

 
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