Set up as a sole trader
To start up a one-person business in Belgium, you have to:
- register with the Banque Carrefour des Entreprises (BCE – central business database)
- settle your social security as a self-employed worker
- possibly apply for a VAT number
- possibly apply for permits.
Before you startTo start up a one-person business, you must:
- have your identity card to hand
- know how you are going to demonstrate a basic knowledge of business management and possibly professional knowledge
- know what activities you are planning to exercise
- have a professional bank account number
- possibly have chosen a trade name.
CostsStarting up a one-person business costs:
- EUR 83.50 (legal rate) per establishment for registration as a trading company in the BCE (central business database)
- EUR 55 (+ VAT at 21%) to activate your business number as a VAT number (if applicable).