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Working as a self-employed person

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Working as a self-employed person

Self-employed means for instance you are in control over certain aspects of the services you provide.
Starting your own business begins with an idea. In order to get a better understanding of what it actually entails in concrete terms, you can try discussing it with members of your family or your friends, for example, and collecting information, so that you know what is involved.
Self-employed professionals work at their own expense and risk. During illness or when business is slow, they cannot fall back on a benefit. However, they can make use of various schemes intended to stimulate entrepreneurship.
Most self-employed professionals have a one-man business or a private limited company (Besloten Vennootschap, BV)
As a self-employed professional, you can start a business in the Netherlands or carry out a temporary assignment in the Netherlands while being based in another country. In both cases, you will have to deal with Dutch government rules and regulations. Many of them are the same as for other entrepreneurs; some apply only to self-employed professionals.
If you want to move to the Netherlands from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, and work here as an entrepreneur or self-employed professional, you will need to prove that you serve an essential interest to the Dutch economy. You need a provisional residence permit as well as a residence permit, and you will need to score enough points in the scoring system.
What does scoring system do?
The scoring system scores you on several categories, such as personal (entrepreneurial) experience, business plan, knowledge of the Dutch culture and language, and added value for the Dutch economy
Every non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen who wants to come and live and work in the Netherlands has to meet a number of conditions.
The general conditions that apply to everyone are:
• You need to have a valid passport or other travel document
• You need to sign an antecedents statement
• You need to take a TB test (Some countries are exempted )

The specific conditions for obtaining a residence permit to work in the Netherlands as a self-employed person are:
1. You have to score enough (90 or more) points in the scoring system.
To live and work in the Netherlands as a self-employed professional or entrepreneur, you need to be able to prove that your product or service is innovative and that your activities will serve an essential interest for the Dutch economy.
To do this, you must score enough points in a points-based scoring system that is executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

2. You are registered in the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce (KVK).
3. You meet the requirements for practicing your business or profession. This means that you have all the necessary licenses.
4. You are going to earn sufficient income from your activities as an independent entrepreneur. This should be evident from the business plan.

What is a business plan?
In making your preparations, you are advised to draw up a business plan, in which you describe what you are seeking to do and how you propose to achieve it. A business plan usually consists of the following elements:
• the entrepreneur (including your motivation, objectives, your stronger and weaker points);
• market (including market research, customers and competitors);
• marketing plan (including product or service, price, place, distribution);
• organization (including staff, premises, permits);
• financial plan.

If you score 90 points or over, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency will give a favorable assessment of your application.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) receives this assessment and uses it to decide if they will approve your entry and residence application as a self-employed professional or entrepreneur.
If you are a Turkish citizen, or have a long-term resident EC-status in another EU-country, you do not have to fulfill the scoring system condition.

You will find more information on Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service | Netherlands Enterprise Agency at: ind.nl


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