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Starting your own business or freelance career free from doubts? Partena Professional is always by your side. Our business is supporting your business.
Whether you want to register online straight away or prefer to make an appointment to ask your final questions, we support you to get going at your own pace.
Partena guides you through the first steps of your project. Backed by our expertise, you make the right decisions and increase your chances of success.
We help you find your feet as a self-employed person and help you manage your business with ease. With the right practical tools and the right advice, every step gets easier.
Through our Dreamslab, we help you to make your dream come true, from refining your business idea to launching your business.
In Belgium, not just anyone can start up a business. By law, you need to meet a couple of requirements:
When you set up a business, you can decide to launch a sole proprietorship as a natural person or a company as a legal entity.
If you’re setting up a sole proprietorship, there is no (legal) difference between you and your business (In other words: you are the business). There are fewer formalities to take care of and fewer start-up costs to pay, but you are solely liable for debt.
If you start a company with a legal entity, your business is seen as its own legal entity (a separate “legal person” with its own rights and duties). With a company, you’re better protected personally (when it comes to debt). When founding a company, there are however more procedures and costs you need to take into account.
The company number is the unique identification number you are assigned when you register your business with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE).
If your business is subject to VAT obligations, you need to activate your company number with the General Administration of Taxes, better known as the Tax Department. After you’ve done this, you will get your VAT number. This consists of the same 10 numbers as your company number but is preceded by the letters BE.
You can easily request your company and VAT number via the Partena Professional experts, or our digital one-stop shop for entrepreneurs.
The application procedure depends on the legal status of your company.
In case of a sole proprietorship, liberal profession or intellectual property, the procedure is fairly straightforward.
If you are setting up a company, the procedure takes a little longer. You must first set up your company before registering it with the ECB, and the company number must be issued by the Business Court.
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In exchange for paying your social security contributions, you and your family are entitled to basic social protection. As part of this protection, you’ll get family allowances, a statutory pension, bankruptcy insurance, health/disability insurance and birth allowance.
The amount you have to pay is calculated based on your business’ net income. Given that this income isn’t known when you start your business, you’ll pay a (provisional) flat-rate contribution for the first three years.
Partena Professional also offers you a Social Insurance Fund to make your life as a self-employed entrepreneur easier.
If you want to write a business plan, you can make it easier by using a business plan template.
That template includes the most important elements you need to take into account. Examples of these elements are:
When you get started as a self-employed entrepreneur, you need to take out certain insurance policies. Some of these are mandatory, others are strongly recommended to protect yourself and your business.
Examples of recommended insurance policies are:
The choice to become self-employed as a primary or secondary activity depends on your personal situation:
If you become self-employed, you need to protect yourself so you can benefit from your social rights. That means that you need to join a child benefit fund and a health insurance fund that covers a part of your medical expenses.
By combining your social security contributions with your health insurance, you can ensure that you get basic coverage. Additionally, you could take out an additional health insurance.
Start-up capital is only mandatory for some company formats. However, a start-up sum is always recommended, no matter the business you start.
There are different ways to finance your business:
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