Information on business structures
When starting a business in the Netherlands, there are several structures to choose from. The most important question to ask yourself is: do I want a large or small financial risk?
Structures that do not have a separate legal entity
With these business structures, you are personally responsible for the debts or losses of the business:
- Sole trader (eenmanszaak)
- General partnership (vennootschap onder firma, VOF)
- Ordinary partnership (maatschap)
Business forms that have a separate legal entity
With these business forms, you are responsible up to the amounts you have invested. Like an individual, a business structure with a separate legal entity has independent rights and obligations:
Private limited company (besloten vennootschap, BV)
It is important to note that freelancers (ZZP-ers) occupy a different position.
Source: Expertise in Labour Mobility