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Do I need to register my business in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce

In the Netherlands registration in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce is compulsory for every company and almost every legal entity.
Since 2008 entrepreneurs (freelancers) are also obliged to register.
You are an entrepreneur when you :

  • regularly perform economic activities
  • get paid for services rendered
  • act independent, on your own account and risk (you are financially responsible)
  • act openly, in competition with other businesses
  • or participate in the economic traffic in an organized context, based on a cooperation of people, capital and / or goods .
  • aim to make a profit or cost .


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