Starting a business as a student

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Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

Are you a student? And do you want to start a business in the Netherlands? Find out what you need to know and what you have to arrange in order to start your business.

Business or hobby

You are an entrepreneur if you work independently and outside of the family atmosphere for several clients. Do you sell goods or provide services in exchange for money? And do you expect to make a profit? Then the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration considers you an entrepreneur for income tax.

Checklist for starting a business

If you want to know how to become an entrepreneur you can read our checklist Starting a business in the Netherlands. You have to register your company with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel, KVK). You pay a one-time fee for this. The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce will then forward your details to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst), and they will provide you with a VAT number and a VAT-ID.

Consequences for student finance

Did you enroll in higher education (HBO) or in university after 1 September 2015? Then you can earn an unlimited amount of additional income.

Did you start studying before 1 September 2015 or are you currently enrolled in secondary vocational education (MBO)? Then you can earn a maximum of € 14,682.96 in additional income. If you earn more than the maximum additional income (in Dutch), you must stop your student finance.

When are study costs deductible?

Study-related costs for which you receive student finance are not deductible as operating costs. Study costs for expanding your knowledge are deductible. See All tax schemes for new companies for an overview of deductions and schemes.

Internship at your own company

It is possible to do an internship or graduate at your own company. There are educational institutions that encourage student entrepreneurs with a Top Entrepreneurs scheme. Ask your (future) educational institution about the options.

Starting as a minor

Limited legal capacity

In the Netherlands, minors (younger than 18 years of age) who own a business need permission from their parents for legal actions. For example, if you take out a telephone subscription, or if you want to borrow money from a bank. Do you want to perform legal acts without your parents' permission? Then you can apply to the subdistrict court for limited legal capacity. You have to be at least 16 or 17 years old to do so. Please note that you will be personally liable.

Consequences for child benefit

If you are a minor, your parents or guardians may receive child benefit (kinderbijslag) for you. The additional income you make with you business does not have any consequences on the child benefit, regardless of the minor's age (but younger than 18 years of age) or the profit that is made.

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

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