Checklist: starting a webshop

Web shops are extremely popular. From electronics to furniture and from holidays to regional products: almost everything is now available online. This offers opportunities for entrepreneurs. Are you going to start a webshop? Then follow this step-by-step plan.

1. Registration Chamber of Commerce

In the Netherlands, every starting entrepreneur must officially register his company in the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce (Chamber of Commerce). This also applies to web shop owners. Only then is the establishment of your webshop a fact.

You do not need to register with the Tax Authorities separately, because the Chamber of Commerce will automatically pass on this information for you.

2. Notify the municipality

When you start a webshop and want to run it from your  own home , in many cases you have to check whether this fits in with the zoning plan and also inform your municipality.

If it is not immediately possible to start a home business, you can choose to request an exemption or change of the zoning plan. If you live in a rented house, you must also request permission from the landlord of the property.

3. Register a domain name

To actually set up a webshop, you first need a good website. It is important to choose a domain name that you have officially registered with the Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (SIDN) .

Remember that your domain name has to meet several requirements. For example, there are requirements for the length, the name must not yet be in use at the time of registration and it must not be too similar to the domain name of other companies.

4. Registering copyrights

Once your  webshop is up and running and you want to change certain content, you can only do this yourself if you are in possession of the copyright. This concerns, for example, the texts, videos, software or photos that have been placed on your website.

It is wise to make clear agreements about this with the makers in advance, so that you are not faced with unpleasant surprises later on. You can do this, for example, have the designer declare that he or she will not make use of the personality rights. 

5. Draw up general terms and conditions

Although not mandatory, it is legally advisable to draw up good general terms and conditions . Here you can lay down rules in the field of payment, delivery time, warranty and any disputes that apply to your company and the customer.

Depending on your  sector, you may also have to deal with other sector-specific general terms and conditions.

You can choose to draw up the general terms and conditions yourself or have this done by a notary. In any case, it is advisable to have an expert look at your terms and conditions before you actually use them for your webshop.