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The expat guide

to setting up a small (food) business

from home in The Netherlands


Are you ready to take back control and become your own boss?


Would you love to earn money from your passion, skills or hobby?


Want to find out how to make your idea a reality?

and looking for simple answers in English?

Then you are definitely in the right place!

Transform your dream into reality

with the 7 step guide

that will help you get your business

up and running in no time!

Since setting up my small food business here in the Netherlands,

I often meet other expats who love baking or cooking traditional food from their home countries.


They ask me, 'Kate, can we grab a coffee together? Please can you tell me about setting up a food business in the Netherlands?'


After lots of coffees, I realised that everyone had the same questions including:

• Can I just start? or do I need permission?

• Is it true you only have to register if you make over €250 a month?

• How much does it cost to start up?

• Is it possible to deal with the taxes myself?

• Will they inspect my kitchen?

• What about HACCP, what do I need to do?

So, I wrote

'The expat guide to setting up

a small (food) business

from home

in The Netherlands'

With this guide,

Your small (food) business

could be up and running

in just a few weeks from now.

Starting a non-food business?

You will find loads of useful information, tips and links in the guide to help you get started with ease.


In the guide, I will talk you through the main steps I made to get my business up and running here in the Netherlands.

• You will be guided through each of the 7 steps you'll need to take to get started.

• You will learn about the choices (and mistakes) I made, so you can make your own choices with confidence.

• At each step, you will get links to the relevant websites and institutions to help you complete each step simply and quickly.

What we will cover

Business or Hobby?

- requirements

- busting the myths

Registering your business

- choosing a name

- registering a domain

- registering at the KVK

Paying your taxes

- when to submit


- how to calculate BTW percentage


- what's recommended


-running a business from home

Food business - NVWA

-registering with the NVWA

-getting an eHerkenning

Food business - Hygiene code

-the Hygiene Code and HACCP

-myth busting

Food business- Premises

-kitchen requirements

Food business - Inspections

-what to expect

Set up costs

-the costs of getting set up

starting your business


Pink = food specific.

Green = for everyone

Here's what my happy customers say:

I was ready to take my business to the next level. I spent days searching in google and felt frustrated since my Dutch is limited. Then I found Kate’s (KMcakes) expat guide to setting up a small business.  Her guide held my hand and walked me step by step on what I needed to do. If I had questions she answered them. Now I am ready to go! Thank you KMcakes!

Trish (who now has her business up and running)

Great guide how to start business in NL as an expat. Packed with all information and steps needed to register company in Netherlands. It's in English, with clear information, easy to read and understand + all the useful terms mentioned in Dutch too. It will make your registration process super easy :)

Agnieszka (who now has her business up and running)

Ready to define your own destiny

& make your dream a reality?

Get the guide today for just €65

For €65, you will get access to all the information

contained within the guide for a whole year.

You will also get a checklist to download,

so you can check off each of the steps

towards starting your own business!

How it works


1. Click this button to buy the guide.

2. You will be taken to another page of this website with various options.

3. Choose the 'Start your Business' option and click 'Buy.'

4. Create an account by entering your email address and a password.

5. Complete payment details.

6. Check you are logged in to your account. This should happen automatically.

If you are logged in you will see           Hello (Your name)

If you are not logged in you will see          Log In

You can find this at top right of the screen on a computer or ipad. It's at the top when you click the            symbol on a phone.

7. When you are logged in, access the guide by come back to this page and clicking this button.

Not sure if starting a business is right for you?


Perhaps you'd prefer to find out a bit more about what's involved before committing to any decisions just yet.

You are not alone!

That's exactly what a number of my customers have used this guide for; as a first step to find out what's involved and if starting a business is right for them.


Is this guide right for me? 

This guide is written for people with no previous experience setting up or running a business in The Netherlands.

If you are just beginning to consider starting for yourself or if you are ready to get going on your new journey, this guide will help you find out what you need to do. 


If you want to start a small business from home or earn some extra cash from your hobby this guide will help.  

I have given extra attention to the steps needed for food businesses, However, if you want to start a non-food business, there is still loads of helpful information, tips and links to help you get going. 

The guide is written in English and I have used simple every day language as I know for most of you, English is your 2nd or 3rd language. 


The guide focuses purely on getting your business registered and set up. It doesn't go into more depth on how to run your business, marketing or pricing.... If you need more help on these topics, check out my Pricing Guide.


Still got questions? Just send me an email at



I'm also considering offering a 'How to start your business in The Netherlands workshop' to support those of you who prefer a live experience. If this is something that would interest you, please do let me know. If there is enough interest, I will develop a workshop too.