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Are you a freelancer or self-employed professional in the Netherlands and in need of financial support? For instance because you want to start a business while you are on benefits? Your municipality can offer you various forms of social benefit options under the Decree on Social Assistance to the Self-Employed (Besluit bijstandverlening zelfstandigen, Bbz). The Bbz offers loans, credits or low income supplements. Also, your municipality can offer you coaching free of charge.
Corona crisis: extra support for self-employed professionals
There is an extra, temporary Bbz benefit to support self-employed professionals who have gotten into financial difficulties due to the corona crisis. This measure is called the Temporary bridging measure for self-employed professionals (Tozo) Read more about the terms and application process for the Tozo.
When are you eligible for Bbz?
Different groups of freelancers/self-employed persons are eligible:
- those starting a company, who receive:
- established entrepreneurs who are experiencing temporary financial problems;
- entrepreneurs born before 1960 with a non-viable company (in Dutch);
- entrepreneurs who wish to end their company.
When do you qualify?
Whether you are eligible for financial support as a freelancer/self-employed professional depends on your situation. As does the type of support you require. There are different requirements for each situation. For instance your personal capital determines whether your company capital is a grant or a loan (which you have to pay interest on). It is important to check which requirements apply to your situation. Your local municipality can help you with this.
How to apply?
You submit your application to your municipality's social services.