Self-employed workers without employees in the Netherlands
A self-employed worker without employees (known in Dutch as a 'zzp'er') is an entrepreneur who does not employ any staff and who works for a number of different customers. The term 'freelancer' is often used to describe such a person. As a self-employed worker without employees (zzp'er) or freelancer you belong to a growing and diverse group of independent entrepreneurs. From painters to accountants, from web designers to interim managers.
Self-employed workers without employees have in common that they work at their own expense and risk. During a period of illness or when you have few commissions you cannot fall back on a benefit. However, you can make use of various schemes that are intended to stimulate entrepreneurship.
If you are not a self-employed employee without employees (zzp’er) or an employee, but nevertheless carry out work that results in an income, you are a recipient of income from other activities for the Tax and Customs Administration. This means that you have an income from other work.
Answers for Business offers you a summary of a number of important rules and schemes of the Dutch government. Below you will also find the web addresses of organisations that can provide you with information and advice.
You will find information for self-employed entrepreneurs who want to start up a business in the Netherlands on the website of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK). Alternatively, you can make an appointment for an advisory meeting.
Information on tax matters can be obtained from the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst).
If you want to know more about the business climate in the Netherlands, sectors that offer good opportunities and the practical aspects of doing business, visit Hollandtrade.com, which is run by NL EVD International.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment provides information about working as a self-employed worker without employees and about the health and safety regulations at locations such as building sites.