The organisational structure of businesses in the Netherlands is often very flat compared to businesses in your home country.
Dutch companies revolve around meetings. You will find that there is always at least one meeting in your office every day, even if it only involves a few people.
In the Netherlands, time is money. You are expected to be punctual as being late my 'damage' your image.
When conducting business in the Netherlands, respectful but relaxed behaviour is the norm.
The stereotypes of Dutch business communication are often those of straight-talking directness, with to-the-point discussions.
In mid-2013 the unemployment rate in the Netherlands rose to 8.7%. Although this is much higher than the normal rate in the Netherlands, it is still one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU and set to drop before the end of the year.
The greatest increase in jobs has been in business and financial services sector, with a great demand for consultants and lawyers from recruitment agencies.
The table below shows approximate annual salary ranges in the Netherlands for a number of degree types. Starting salaries will be towards the lower end of the scale.
Overall, working conditions in the Netherlands are considered to be positive and people are generally satisfied with their working conditions.
Starting up a business in the Netherlands is certainly possible for internationals, although a great deal of organisation and pre-planning is recommended to ensure the best possible chance of success.
It sounds impressive to say that you have your own business, but remember, every coin has a flip side too!
Information on the various business structures available.
Isabel Castano's story of starting a business in the Netherlands.
What are the different types of residence permits and which is relevant for you?
Read more on requirements for work permits in the Netherlands.
Nuffic can provide a description of your Dutch diploma.
While working in Holland, you should be aware of the taxes you will have to pay.
Euraxess publishes a newsletter for international researchers in the Netherlands.