Support for self-employed professionals

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
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There are several Dutch government and sector organisations that offer support and advice to self-employed professionals without staff (zzp'ers).

Government information for self-employed professionals

Several governmental or semi-government organisations in the Netherlands provide information for freelancers and self-employed professionals.

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK

You will find information for freelancers/self-employed entrepreneurs who want to start up a business in the Netherlands on the website of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK. This is also the place to register your business, file financial statements, and so on.

Qredits Business school for statushouders

Are you a statushouder who wants to start a business but does not know how? Qredits has an in-class training for you at different locations. Free of charge. In 3 months you know everything about starting a business in the Netherlands. Writing a business plan and Dutch rules and regulations are part of the training. A personal coach will help you along. Find out more and register (in Dutch). offers innovative startups the information they need to establish and grow their business in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Tax Administration

Information on tax matters can be obtained from the Tax 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 NLPlatform. This website is managed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).


Higherlevel is a platform managed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), but moderated by fellow entrepreneurs, where you can post and comment on business issues. The website also has an English-language version.

National government offers information for freelancers/self-employed professionals without staff who come to the Netherlands for a temporary assignment.

The Dutch central government website offers a Dutch-language portal with information for zzp'ers.

Arboportaal (Working Conditions Portal)

Arboportaal (in Dutch) is your gateway to information on working conditions topics, as well as on relevant rules and regulations. It is commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW).

Money Wise Platform

In this platform, more than 40 partners from the financial sector, government, public information and consumer organisations, and the field of science have joined forces to strengthen the consumer's position in the financial domain. They offer specific (Dutch-language) information on freelance/self-employed professionals' financial issues.

Advice for freelancers/self-employed professionals

The following non-governmental Dutch organisations promote the interests of freelancers/self-employed professionals. They can offer you legal advice, information about further education and much more.

CNV Vakmensen (trade union for self-employed professionals)

CNV Vakmensen (in Dutch) supports freelancers/self-employed professionals.

FNV Zelfstandigen (trade union for self-employed workers)

FNV Zelfstandigen (in Dutch) represents the interests of self-employed professionals and freelancers.

Kunstenbond (creative sector)

Kunstenbond (in Dutch) represents the interest of self-employed professionals and freelancers in the creative sectors.

WA platform

To find out which insurances you can take out as a zzp'er / self-employed professional, you can contact the WA platform.

FNV Zbo (construction sector)

FNV Zbo (in Dutch) members are invited to submit any questions regarding their entrepreneurship. When needed, legal advice is available.

Freelancers Association (journalists)

Freelancers Association (in Dutch) represents the interest of journalists.

PZO (Platform for Independent Entrepreneurs)

PZO (in Dutch) is an umbrella organisation for sector, professional and network organisations within the freelance/self-employed professionals' community.

ZZP Netherlands

ZZP Netherlands (in Dutch) is an umbrella organisation, offering among other matters information, model contracts and examples of general conditions of sale.

ZZP Servicedesk

ZZP Servicedesk (in Dutch) is a platform covering all areas of entrepreneurship and offering support for further development. enables you to calculate your net income (in Dutch).

Questions relating to this article?

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