Step by step: registering as self-employed in Belgium

You have finally made the decision to become self-employed, well done!

As a first step, you need to register with an enterprise counter and apply for an enterprise number. In this article, we explain step by step how and when you can register as an entrepreneur. 

What do you need to register as self-employed?

It is best to first gather all the documents and information you need to register. This is what you’ll need:

Choose your enterprise counter

What is an Enterprise Counter?

Now that you have gathered all the data and documents, you need to choose an enterprise counter. An enterprise counter is the first point of contact for any self-employed professional. They will take care of the necessary administrative obligations for you to start your business:

What do you need to fill out on the application?

What does the application form for a business window look like? Here’s what you’ll complete:

What’s the cost?

You will have to pay the enterprise counter for processing your documents. The price for a CBE registration is fixed by law (92.50 euros in 2022). The price for the rest of the administration, such as the activation of your VAT number and advice, varies between the different authorized business counters, but usually is around 60 euros.

Which enterprise counter should you choose?

You are free to choose your enterprise counter. Most enterprise counter allow you to register as a self-employed professional online or by visiting one of their offices.

Some offices offer additional services and insurances, such as a PLCI (Supplementary Free Pension for the Self-employed) or a guaranteed income insurance.

On the government’s website, you will find a list of approved business counters. 

Join a health insurance

Don’t forget to join health insurance. Your social insurance fund collects your social security contributions, but this does not replace your health insurance. If you were already affiliated with one, mention your change of status from employee to self-employed to them.

Are there any differences between registering as a company or as a self-employed person?

Are you starting up as a company and not as a self-employed person? You will follow the same steps, but the creation of a company still imposes some additional legal obligations.

Isabel Senden, Customer Success & Growth Strategist
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With a background in linguistics, literature and communication, it's needless to say that Isabel has a passion for language. While working at Accountable she is able to use her love for language while at the same time creating a new passion for marketing and customer care.

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