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Can you sell things from home?

If you're considering selling items from home, it's important to be aware of the rules and regulations that apply. Although selling items from home is allowed in many cases, there are certain guidelines you should keep in mind to avoid problems. ZSM House Clearance happy to help you.

What are the rules and regulations?

In most cases it is allowed to sell items from your own home. Selling used goods through channels such as Marktplaats or your own website is generally considered a legitimate activity. This means that you can sell items from your own home without a permit or special permission. Of course, you are not allowed to set up a stall in the garden or on the public road. 

Online store from your home

If you want to start an online store from home, you need to take a number of things into account. Although it is not always mandatory to have a separate business space, it can be useful to create a separate workspace for your business activities. This can help to keep work and private life separate and it gives a more professional appearance to your customers.

Home business

If you want to run a business from home and not only sell things, but also offer services, you may need to register your business with the Chamber of Commerce (KvK). Depending on the type of activity you want to perform, specific rules and regulations may apply.

What permits and notifications are required?

Most types of home-based sales do not require a special permit. Municipalities generally regard selling items from home as a normal activity. However, it is always wise to consult the specific rules of your own municipality to check that there are no local regulations that you must comply with.

Chamber of Commerce (Chamber of Commerce) registration

If you want to run a business from home, it is often mandatory to register your company with the Chamber of Commerce (KvK). This is especially true if you not only want to sell stuff, but also offer services. The Chamber of Commerce registration ensures that your company is officially recognized and that you can, for example, send invoices to your customers.

Notification to the tax authorities

If you sell items from home and make a profit, you are obliged to report this to the tax authorities. This also applies if you only sell items occasionally. Depending on your situation, you may have to pay income tax, sales tax (VAT) or other taxes. It is wise to contact the Tax Authorities to discuss what your obligations are.

What are the options for selling things from home?

There are different ways to sell things. Here are some useful tips! 

1. Garage sale – garage sale

A popular way to sell items from home is to organize a garage sale. This involves placing your belongings in the garage or driveway and selling them to interested buyers. Organizing a garage sale can be a fun and social way to get rid of your unwanted items and earn some extra money.

2. Online marketplaces

Another option is to sell things via online marketplaces such as Marktplaats, eBay or Etsy. These platforms offer a wide reach and make it easy to present your stuff to interested buyers. It is important to provide good photos and a detailed description of your items to attract potential buyers.

3. Own website

If you want to have more control over the sales process and build your own brand, you can choose to start your own website. This gives you the opportunity to present your items in a unique way and build a direct relationship with your customers. Having your own website does require some technical knowledge and effort, but can be worth it if you are serious about running a business from home.

What are the limitations and considerations?

When selling items from home, it is important to take into account possible inconvenience to your neighbors and the neighborhood. Make sure you do not cause parking problems, limit noise pollution and do not unnecessarily take up public space. It is always good to communicate with your neighbors and take any concerns or complaints seriously.

Storage space and logistics

Consider in advance where you want to store the items you sell. Make sure you have enough space and good organization so you can quickly find what you need. It is also important to think about the logistics of selling. How will you ship or deliver the products to the buyer? Make sure you have an efficient system for this to keep your customers satisfied.

Tax and legal aspects

Keep in mind that selling items from home can also have tax and legal consequences. Make sure you are aware of the tax rules that apply to your situation. In addition, it is important to comply with laws and regulations regarding the sale of certain products. If necessary, consult a tax advisor or legal expert to ensure you meet all requirements.


Selling things from home offers many opportunities to earn some extra money or even start your own business. It is important to be aware of the rules and regulations that apply, such as obtaining any permits and complying with tax obligations. By being well informed and taking limitations and considerations into account, you can successfully and legally sell items from home.

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Help Center

Can I sell things from my front garden?

In many cases, selling items from your front yard is allowed, but it may differ per municipality. Check your local council's rules and regulations to ensure you are not breaching any local restrictions.

Do I have to pay tax on my sales?

If you make a profit from selling items from home, you are required to report this to the tax authorities and possibly pay taxes. Contact the Tax Authorities to discuss the specific rules and obligations for your situation.

Can I also offer services from home?

Yes, it is possible to offer services from home in addition to selling items. In this case, it is often necessary to register your company with the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) and follow any specific rules and regulations that apply to the nature of the services you offer. This is especially useful if you have started an online store from home. 

Do I need to have a separate room in my house for selling?

In most cases, a separate room in your home is not required, but it can be useful to have a specific work area where you can store your belongings and receive customers. This can also help keep work and private life separate.

Are there specific rules for selling medicines?

Yes, selling medications may be subject to specific rules and regulations. It is important to be aware of the laws and regulations regarding the sale of medicines and to apply for the appropriate licenses if necessary.