The statutory minimum wage will increase on 1 January and 1 July 2024. The Chamber of Commerce Bonaire has developed a calculation tool to give you insight into the possible consequences of these changes on the total salary costs within your organization.

This calculation tool is designed to support you in analyzing and understanding the impact of the legal changes on your organization. You can easily download the tool. The downloaded tool comes with a user-friendly interface, but for further support we have created an instructional video.

  1. Download the calculation tool (Excel file)
  2. Watch our instructional video, which explains step by step how to use the tool optimally.

We understand that these changes can be complex, but with the right tools and information you can proactively respond to the new legislation and how you can incorporate it into your business process.

We look forward to supporting you in successfully navigating these changes to the statutory minimum wage. The Chamber of Commerce is in close contact with the Ministry of BZK and SZW to evaluate the change in the law.

* You must enter the amount rounded in Excel

Frequently asked questions about setting up a business

  • What is the difference between having a hobby and running a business?

    Perhaps you do something now and then that brings in a little money: you might repair a neighbour’s car, fix a garden fence or help paint a house. In such cases, you are not running a business. The event is incidental and even though you are paid, it is still a hobby-like act. However, if you start to repair more cars, produce garden fences en masse or paint several houses a week, you are gradually becoming a business and you need to register your business in the Commercial Register. There is a large grey area between having a hobby and running a business. Please ask at the Chamber of Commerce to find out precisely whether you are running a business or not.

  • I am setting up a company; am I obliged to draw up a business plan?

    Firstly, please let us say that we think it’s fantastic that you are going into business! Opinions differ on the obligation to draw up a business plan. There are plenty of business that are successful in what they do without a business plan. But generally speaking, we strongly recommend putting a good business plan together. It means that you consider all the aspects of running a business, including thorough market research and the feasibility of the plan. There are plenty of businesses that started up too quickly and gradually discovered that they had missed certain matters. As 75% of all business world-wide are forced to close down within 5 years, it is advisable to increase your chances and consider these extremely important elements concerning your future company carefully. Not surprisingly, the Chamber of Commerce advises: yes, always draw up a business plan!

    If you want to take out a loan from a bank, etc. or borrow from an authority like Qredits (micro-financing), you are, in fact, obliged to put together a proper business plan. You won’t get a loan without that business plan.

  • Must I be registered in Bonaire’s population register if I want to set up a company?

    No, not necessarily. If you are a legal entity (e.g. a private limited company or a public limited company), you do not need to be resident of Bonaire. However, if you are opting to be a sole trader (EZ), you must be registered on the island. For more information about the different legal forms, click HERE (link to legal forms), about legal entities, click HERE (link to legal entities) or visit the Chamber of Commerce for more advice.

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