The 15 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Netherlands [2021]

The 15 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Netherlands [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Netherlands in 2021?

We put together 15 of the best businesses you can start in Netherlands today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of how you can start your profitable, home-based small business in Netherlands.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a private escort firm ($2.4M/year)

Marike van der Velden from Netherlands started Society Service over 15 years ago, a private escort firm.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $5,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Marike van der Velden and I am the founder and owner of the largest high-end escortservice in The Netherlands: Society Service. The service we offer is called the Girlfriend Experience, which means spending time with an escort will feel similar to spending time with a girlfriend. The experience is very intimate of nature and often includes eroticism, but this is not the main focus of the experience, merely the cherry on top. The social aspect of booking is just as important, if not more.

At any given time, there are around 55 male and female escorts working with Society Service. They cater to clients from all walks of life, from ambitious businessmen to nervous virgins and curious couples. The aim is to create a mutually enjoyable, memorable, and extraordinary experience. This experience does come with a price tag of at least $1,000 per booking, resulting in a multi-million dollar annual turnover.

Picture from the book I wrote: Escort Bible (in Dutch)

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Marike van der Velden, on starting Society Service ($200,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start an automated copywriter tool ($14.4K/year)

Danny Postma from Netherlands started ConvertWell 12 months ago, an automated copywriter tool.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $1,200/ month
  • Starting Costs: $15
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey there, I am Danny Postma. A Full Stack Maker from the Netherlands and founder of Landingfolio, Inspireframe and Headlime.

I've set a big goal for myself for the next year to fulfill the whole process of creating a landing page. I'm doing this by creating micro products, which focus on solving one specific problem. The plan is to eventually bundle all these products into one massive landing page creating a machine.

All products together currently earn $1K recurring revenue each month, but my last product launch, Headlime, pulled in $16.000 dollars in 48 hours. I will focus this interview on Headlime launch, as this has been the most successful one where I put all tricks to work.

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Danny Postma, on starting ConvertWell ($1,200/month) full story ➜

3. Start a card game ($4.8M/year)

Bart Kloosterhuis from Netherlands started Vertellis 11 months ago, a card game.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 10

My name is Bart and I’m a co-founder of Vertellis. Vertellis means “tell me more” in Dutch and our mission is to bring people closer together. Vertellis is where connections grow and conversations begin, and we're striving to make a worldwide impact on the way people connect in our digital society.

What started as a handwritten card game for our own families to play during Christmas, quickly grew thanks to a crowdfunding campaign to become a mindfulness brand active in 8 countries around the world.

At Vertellis, we firmly believe that quality time offline coupled with a better understanding of oneself is crucial to coping with change in a healthy manner. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to make a positive impact in the world by facilitating meaningful conversations and giving people an outlet for self-reflection and development.

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Bart Kloosterhuis, on starting Vertellis ($400,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an online courses business ($60K/year)

Lidiya Kesarovska from Netherlands started Let's Reach Success over 8 years ago, an online courses business.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Lidiya, a full-time blogger, course creator, and the founder of Let’s Reach Success. With the content I publish on the blog and the courses I create, I help people start a side hustle and earn passive income so they can pay off debt, quit their job and live their best life.

The blog started as a hobby but over the years, it turned into a 5-figure recession-proof online business, and I now help others achieve the same as I believe financial independence is possible, and earning income online is the quickest way to get there.

My signature program - Financial Freedom Through Blogging - is the formula for starting a blog, growing it to 100K page views and $5,000/month, and living life on your terms. Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides, and bonuses.

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Lidiya Kesarovska, on starting Let's Reach Success ($5,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a subscription box business ($420K/year)

Nelli Jeloudar from Netherlands started Bundleboon over 3 years ago, a subscription box business.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5

Hi, my name is Nelli Jeloudar and I am the founder of Bundleboon - a curated shopping service specialized in kidswear. We take away the hassle of shopping for your child and instead, we turn it into a fun and memorable shopping experience for the entire family.

Our concept is easy and convenient to use.

As a parent, you can complete our style quiz on our platform and we will use the data and the answers to hand-pick two personalized outfits and ship them straight to your doorstep. Use your living room as a runway for 5 days and only pay for the items that you love and want to keep.

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Nelli Jeloudar, on starting Bundleboon ($35,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a healthy snack food business ($240K/year)

Louisa Mesquita Bakker from Netherlands started Funky Fat Foods over 3 years ago, a healthy snack food business.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi there, I’m Louisa Mesquita Bakker from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I’m 26 years old, and last year I launched my food company Funky Fat Foods. Our first product is called KetoCacao, which is a line of low-carb/high-fat chocolate bars. We only use high-quality ingredients to help our customers feel and perform their best. There is no sugar, no soy, no fillers; no crap.

By keeping the ingredients to a minimum, we preserve the quality and nutritional benefits of cacao. Our chocolate bars don’t spike insulin levels and have extra healthy fats from MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) for more energy and satiation. We believe it’s all about getting long-lasting energy from fat instead of a quick fix from sugar.

We sell our products via our online store and (international) resellers. Our clients vary from active keto/low-carb followers, vegans, diabetics and sports enthusiasts. I’ve launched the MVP in February 2018, we’re now making $20.000 revenue per month, and we're still testing and adapting as we go.

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Louisa Mesquita Bakker, on starting Funky Fat Foods ($20,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a niche accessories brand ($6M/year)

Olivier Momma from Netherlands started Ekster about 6 years ago, a niche accessories brand.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 18

Hello! My name is Olivier Momma, and together with Rick Scharnigg and Richard Canneman, I founded Ekster. We make time-saving designs for smarter living; products that’ll make every day easier for you.

Our flagship products are the Parliament wallet, an upgrade on the traditional leather wallet, and the Tracker Card. The Parliament is still made of leather, but that’s about the only thing it has in common with your old George Constanza. It’s compact, sleek, and fits in your front pocket - like any other cardholder, except for the quick card access mechanism, which you can use to access all your cards with one click. You can also track your wallet with the Tracker Card, which runs on solar energy, and only needs two hours of sunlight charge every three months.

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Olivier Momma, on starting Ekster ($500,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a meal prep delivery business ($7.2M/year)

Joey van Koningsbruggen from Netherlands started Jimmy Joy about 7 years ago, a meal prep delivery business.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $600,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 30

Joey van Koningsbruggen, 29 years old and started Jimmy Joy in May 2014 at age 24 to make nutritionally complete meals.

We create different products to make eating as healthy as easy as possible. Our products are: Plenny Shake, Plenny Bar, Plenny Drink. The meals are ideal for anyone who wants to eat fast but avoid fast food because they value nutrition. It is popular amongst high earning, ambitious males in big cities. They use it to kick start their day and as fuel during demanding work hours; think coders, accountants, top-level gamers, etc. Another audience is sustainability-conscious and vegans. Our products are plant-based and have a long shelf life making it 3.5 times more sustainable than an average Western diet. We also compensate for our CO2 emissions through charities like TreesForAll.

We currently make around $440,000 per month. I started in my dorm room and expanded globally over the years.

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Joey van Koningsbruggen, on starting Jimmy Joy ($600,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start an online community ($18K/year)

Jochem Gerritsen from Netherlands started Enter Network over 2 years ago, an online community.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $4,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

Hey! My name is Jochem Gerritsen and I’m the founder of Enter Network — the online community for European Early-Stage Entrepreneurs.

The main thing I do is run a community of 50+ starting entrepreneurs from all over Europe. Our members work on SaaS companies, hardware products, software development agencies, and much more. The 2 things we have in common are: 1) We’re a supportive bunch and want others to succeed, and 2) we’re all here to learn and grow our businesses.

Our community consists of everything you need as a starting entrepreneur. Think for instance of:

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Jochem Gerritsen, on starting Enter Network ($1,500/month) full story ➜

10. Start an online form builder ($60K/year)

Joris de Ruiter from Netherlands started ConvertCalculator over 4 years ago, an online form builder.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi all! My name is Joris de Ruiter and I’m the founder of ConvertCalculator, a SaaS business that helps small businesses automate their sales processes and grow their business.

I started coding the project in September 2017 and launched the MVP in one week. One week later, I onboarded my first paying customer.

Since then 3500 businesses signed up which resulted in over 1 million calculator page views. Right now, the business makes $5000,- in monthly recurring revenue with 150 customers.

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Joris de Ruiter, on starting ConvertCalculator ($5,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a board game business ($19.2K/year)

Dennis Michels from Netherlands started Good Look Gamer over 3 years ago, a board game business.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $1,600/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hello, my name is Dennis Michels, I run Good Look Gamer, a webstore for modern board and card games. Our products vary greatly, as new games are released daily. We take a lot of pre-orders for upcoming games, sometimes months before they are released.

My customers mainly consist of adults who enjoy the challenge of a board game, competing with friends and family or cooperating in reaching a shared goal for fun or glory :)

Our turnaround currently is around $1600 per month, and we’re still growing.

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Dennis Michels, on starting Good Look Gamer ($1,600/month) full story ➜

12. Start a seo agency ($6K/year)

Rick van Haasteren from Netherlands started SiteGuru over 3 years ago, a SEO agency.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey! My name is Rick van Haasteren and I run SiteGuru, an SEO tool for online marketers and website owners.

SiteGuru crawls your website and finds SEO issues, and tells you how to fix them. Things like missing meta descriptions, wrong page titles, slow pages, but also broken links and pages without any links to them. If you’re running a website, you know how it grows over time and how hard it can be to keep track of all your pages. SiteGuru aims to give you the full picture.

Unlike many other SEO tools, SiteGuru doesn’t just give you a list of all your pages and their SEO data. Instead, we’re giving a list of actionable tasks so you can quickly start improving your website.

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Rick van Haasteren, on starting SiteGuru ($500/month) full story ➜

13. Start a tech support business ($120K/year)

Daniele Besana from Netherlands started WP OK about 6 years ago, a tech support business.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5

Hello, this is Daniele Besana and I'm the founder of WP-OK.

We provide unlimited WordPress support for serious folks, another way of saying that we help small business owners focusing on the important things while we take care of their websites.

We offer WordPress management subscription, our flagship product, that came in three different plans designed for different needs.

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Daniele Besana, on starting WP OK ($10,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a men's clothing line ($14.8K/year)

Julian Samarjiev from Netherlands started DULO over 3 years ago, a men's clothing line.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $1,233/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Oh, hey there! My name is Julian and I am one half of the team behind DULO, where we make dress shirts from performance fabrics. Both me and my co-founder - Marin, are originally from Bulgaria, but currently based in Amsterdam.

The company is a 50/50 partnership, completely bootstrapped and self-funded. Both of us still work full-time as programmers, while dedicating time to DULO in the mornings, evenings and weekends.

We believe advances in fabric manufacturing have given us opportunities to redefine the dress shirt category, making it a carefree item, while keeping its classical and stylish look.

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Julian Samarjiev, on starting DULO ($1,233/month) full story ➜

15. Start an user feedback app ($6K/year)

Mike Slaats from Netherlands started Upvoty over 2 years ago, an user feedback app.

  • Country: Netherlands
  • Revenue: $500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey there! 👋 My name is Mike and I’m the founder of home improvement platform Vindy and user feedback tool Upvoty.

I’m an entrepreneur for over more than 10 years now and just recently launched my second startup Upvoty. Upvoty came from my own needs within my main startup Vindy: I needed a way to collect and manage user feedback in a proper and easy way. Couldn’t find any good - and affordable - tools out there, so decided to build one my own.

I launched Upvoty in February 2019 and we are already over 100 customers and over $500 MRR. I think my biggest benefit in launching this new startup is my experience of my other one, so I can apply some of my great lessons learned. This already helped me in developing and launching my startup and getting results quickly.

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Mike Slaats, on starting Upvoty ($500/month) full story ➜

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