In recent years, the Netherlands has grown into a typical self-employed country. Never before has such a large part of the population worked (partly) as a self-employed person in our country. In part, that is the choice of many of those self-employed people. After all, as a self-employed person you can benefit from a number of attractive tax benefits, you often experience more freedom than when you are employed and you experience a stronger sense of responsibility. In short, you are doing business. That appeals to people.
Here you can read about SMEs, Dutch small and medium-sized enterprises, called SMEs in Belgium, small and medium-sized enterprises. A practical difference is that SMEs indicate the sector, not for a company. You do not speak of an SME, but you do speak of an SME company. SMEs are the sector of companies with up to 250 employees. Only 3% of the companies in the Netherlands are not SMEs.