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6 reasons to start a business after graduation in the Netherlands with the Startup Visa

I know a lot of non-EU students who want to gain experience in the Netherlands after their graduation and search year period (zoekjaar). The common knowledge among them is that the only way for them to gain experience in the Netherlands is by finding a job. It is not.


What if I tell you there is a different way? You can also set up your own business! Non-EU students and graduates can pave their own way by setting up their business in the Netherlands, one of the hottest and most connected Start-up ecosystem in the world.


Since 2015, the Dutch government passed a regulation to encourage non-EU nationals to launch their business in the Netherlands with the Startup visa. Read here to learn more about the requirements.


The time after your graduation may be the best time for you to start your own company. Here are four main reasons based on the Elite Daily to give it a shot:


1. You are fresh with ideas

You’re just more likely to act on crazy ideas now rather than later. I’m not saying the older you get, the fewer ideas you have. However, you may second guess your idea to start a business 20 years from now.


You’ve had years to generate tons of ideas, so give them a shot when time is on your side.


2. You only have so many years of energy

If you wait until later in life to start a business, it may be too late. If you plan on having kids, think twice. Having kids and launching a startup don’t mix well.


If you get started sooner, having a family or having an early retirement will be a lot easier down the road.


3. You'll gain better sales and networking skills

When starting a business, you cannot do everything alone.


You’ll have to find the right people to help you. You’ll have to learn how to talk to people and how to sell your business if you want to survive and move forward.


4. You'll learn to work smarter

At a regular job, you may learn how to work smarter rather than harder. But, since it isn’t your money you're playing around with, you probably won’t be trying too hard to get things done very quickly.


When you start your own business, you have to learn how to do a lot of jobs in a short amount of time. You’ll become more efficient, leaving you with more time to get other things done.


Apply your Startup Visa in the Netherlands with the best support

  • Do you already have a business idea?

  • Do you still need to build it from scratch?

  • Do you need help with the Startup Visa application process?

  • Do you need to get connected with a Facilitator (Startup Accelerator) to support your visa application?

  • Do you need help with the development of Step-by-Step Plan as one of the requirements for Startup Visa application?

  • Do you need end-to-end support for your Startup Visa application, from business development of your idea to application submission?


If you say YES to any of the questions above, you are in the right place.


Shape of Green Business is here to guide you with the Startup Visa application, from business development of your idea to application submission, step by step.


We are specialised in business coaching and application process for your Startup Visa. We can provide you with the strategic shortcut to help you reach your goals with your Startup Visa application in the Netherlands in a guided and orderly manner.


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