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 baking or cooking skills?


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

and looking for simple answers in English?.... that will save you a ton of time and loads of stress?!

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!

Who am I ?

Hi I'm Kate an English expat living in Eindhoven for 14 years.


When I decided to turn my cake baking hobby into a business there was nowhere to go for help in English. My set-up was a VERY SLOW process and I have to trawl through Dutch websites teadiously translating eveything into English.

I got there eventually and have been running KMcakes ever since.


Through Facebook expat social groups (yay!) I've since got to meet loads of 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 how you set up your 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've written a guide:

'The expat guide to setting up

a small food business

from home

in The Netherlands'

I've done the hard work figuring out all the rules so you don't have to.


With this guide,

Your small food business

will be up and running in no time!

In the guide, I will talk you through the steps you need to take to get your business up and running here in the Netherlands.


• You will be shown exactly what to do and in what order.

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

• You will get links directly to where you need to take action to help you complete each step of the guide 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

-registering with the NVWA
-getting an eHerkenning

Hygiene code
-the Hygiene Code and HACCP
-myth busting

-find out if your's will be suitable.

-what to expect

Set up costs
-the costs of getting set up

starting your business


Here's what my happy clients say:

I was unsure about buying your guide at first but now I know it is an investment and what is included (apart from being pure genius and wonderful) has saved me a lot of time and stress.

Thank you!

I will definitely recommend you to anyone I know setting up a food business!!

Helen (currently setting up her business)

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)

This guide helped me a lot and seriously when I was reading I thought you are sitting in front of me and explaining me each and every point, it was this clear to me. 😍

Manali (who now has her business up and running)

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)

Ready to turn your hobby or love of cooking into a business?

The guide will make the process really quick and simple saving you weeks (literally) of research, frustration, translating and stress.

In just a few weeks you could be registered and trading, bringing those freshly baked cookies or traditional evening meals to happy customers!

Ready to define your own destiny

& make your dream a reality?

Get the guide today for just €85

For €85, you will get life-time access to the guide.

You will also get a checklist to download,

so you can check off each of the steps

towards starting your own business!

How to get the guide today


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.


Is this guide right for me? 

This guide is written for English speaking expats (and Nederlanders looking for all the answers in one place)


You don't need any previous experience setting up or running a business in The Netherlands. The guide will talk you through the whole registration process in manageable steps.

It is specifically written for those who want to start a small food business from their home and sell directly to the end consumer. 

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


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. 

In the guide we assume that you are allowed to work in the Netherlands. The guide does not cover work permits or immigration. To find out if you are allowed to start your own business, you can contact the IND.


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 other guides.

Still got questions? Just send me an email at

Are you ready for freedom, to become your own boss and turn your passion into profit?