Proper preparation is essential. Work out your idea in a business plan. Numerous examples and templates can be found on the Internet to create this business plan. In addition, it is wise to discuss your financial plan with an accountant.
Now is the time to tie the knot! You will take the step to make your culinary entrepreneurial dream come true. Please note the following mandatory start-up formalities:
- If you are starting a sole proprietorship, you need to contact the Chamber of Commerce to register your business and obtain a Chamber of Commerce number.
- If you start a company, its incorporation must be published in the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce.
- Also sign up with the Internal Revenue Service for a VAT number, this can be done through the Chamber of Commerce or directly with the Internal Revenue Service.
You can also enlist the help of an accountant to perform the above administrative tasks for you. In addition, the accountant can support you with tax issues, VAT formalities and the questions related to the Registered Cash System.
If you hire staff or receive a salary as a business manager, it is also necessary to contact a payroll office to handle payroll.
What permits and certifications are required for your catering business?
- Registration with the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) for food safety (application through the NVWA or the Chamber of Commerce)
- Permit for sale on public roads (if applicable)
- Permission from the municipality for the use of a booth at a market
- Catering license for the sale of alcoholic beverages (through the municipality)
- License music in your business (through a collecting society such as Buma/Stemra)
- Proof of professional and entrepreneurial skills is not required if you start a business in the Netherlands.
Also, don’t forget to get the necessary insurance from a bank or insurance broker.
In a nutshell:
Before opening your catering business, you should visit the Chamber of Commerce, the accountant and the municipality in which your business is located. Also contact the NVWA to find out what hygiene regulations and measures you must comply with to ensure food safety.