Before deciding to work as a freelancer it is advisable to make inquiries regarding a number of issues. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience with you, both in terms of your company start-up as well as our market knowledge and experience with professionals on freelance projects.
Starting a company is a relatively easy process. Firstly you must register yourself as self-employed or register your company with the Chamber of Commerce. Currently the `eenmanszaak´ (self-employed person) is, in our opinion, the best option for a starting freelancer. The extra fiscal benefit of setting up a BV (Besloten Vennootschap - Dutch Limited Company) amounts to just 0.5%, but you also have to file annual accounts. We suggest you allow one of our advisors or an accounting firm to provide further information. We can personally recommend Van Herwijnen Accountants.
The next step is to request an Omzetbelastingnummer (Dutch VAT number) from the Belastingdienst (tax office). We would recommend you request an interview with the applicable tax inspector to obtain more information regarding the specific issues applicable to your business.
Furthermore, it is important to obtain extensive information regarding insurances. This applies to both freelancers working via temporary employment contracts and freelancers working via their own company. Insurances to be considered include health care, pension and cover for a possible pension gap. We, and many freelancers already working with Corso, can personally recommend the services of Durante Vita B.V., a specialised advice bureau.
Finally, there may be other issues such as lease cars, computer hardware, legal support and training with which you may require advice or assistance. Corso has a broad network and is in contact with many specialist companies. You are welcome to discuss services with our business partners either direct or via Corso.