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The expat guide to starting a food business in the Netherlands

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Want to start your own food business?


Get it done the lazy way, simply follow the steps in this guide.

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Get your business up & running



and make your DREAM a REALITY

with the 7 step guide.

If you're an expat living in the Netherlands, you know how challenging it can be to navigate life here. Even simple things like dentists and hair dressers present their challenges.

Trying to start a business can feel overwhelming!

I know how it feels. I've been there, trawling through websites searching for the right information and trying to not feel overwhelmed by the volume of material that doesn't apply to my situation.


It took me a LONG time to get KMcakes up and running, but I got there eventually.


When other expats started asking me for help getting their businesses started, it was clear that everyone has the same questions:


• 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 my kitchen be inspected?

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

So I wrote a guide to help expats like you.

It'll help you get your business set up the lazy way. 

Just follow this a step-by-step guide

and get your small food business

up-and-running in no time!

In the guide, you will discover the exact steps you need to take

to start your business 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.


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


Who is the guide for? 

This guide is for you if:

  • You want to start a small food business from your home kitchen.

  • You want to open a 'dark kitchen / ghost kitchen' making food for delivery (rather than direct consumption on the premises.)

  • You want a guide in English.

  • You want 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.

Who is it NOT for? 

This guide is not for you if:

  • You plan to open a restaurant, hotel or cafe where customers will consume your food directly on your premises. Find out more about HORECA here.

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 (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)

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)

What does the guide offer that I can't get on the KVK website?

  • In this guide you will find all the information gathered into one place and put into a logical order. No more hunting for the answer to your questions.

  • I have sifted through the huge amount of information available and brought you only the information you need. This will save you hours and hours of time. I’m sure you are not interested in the rules for importing dog food from abroad so you won't find it here.

  • I share information that I know real people struggle with, like how to calculate BTW.

  • I share costs so if you are considering starting up, you can make an informed decision if this is right for you.

  • I give all the important terms in Dutch (as well as English) to help you when these words come up again in the future.

  • I share my own experience and mistakes so you can avoid making them.

This is all designed to help you get your business up and running as quickly and easily as possible.

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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, cakes, meals and treats to your happy customers!

Get the guide today for just €85

Get a full year* access to the guide starting today!

*It only takes a few weeks to do the work, so this gives you way longer than you need!

How to get the guide today

1. Click this button to get the guide.

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

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

4. Complete payment details.

5. 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

6. 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.


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. 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

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