Starting out as a self-employed person or starting your own company in Belgium begins with a visit to a one-stop shop business service also called enterprise counter.
One-stop shop business services are authorized by the Belgian Federal Public Service that deals with economic affairs (FPS Economy, S.M.E.s, Self-employed and Energy) to undertake all the administrative formalities for registration with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (in English: CBE, or in French: BCE, or in Dutch: KBO) for self-employed persons. This is not voluntary. As a self-employed worker you are legally required to go through a one-stop shop business service. The category ‘self-employed person’ includes entrepreneurs, tradespeople, self-employed professionals (such as lawyers or accountants), farmers and non-commercial self-employed persons.
In Belgium these formalities are, as follows:
- When you initiate a self-employed activity in Belgium the one-stop shop business service will check that you have satisfied the conditions for setting up a business in Belgium and will arrange your registration with the CBE.
- Amendments to information supplied to the CBE (commercial objective, address, proof of ability to run a business, …)
- Cessation of activity or business unit in Flanders, Brussels or Wallonia
- Application for an itinerant traders or street traders card
At enterprise counter Eunomia we offer the following additional services:
- Applying for all the various licences and permits you will need for Belgium
- Registering legal documents with the Commercial Court
- Advice on what you need to do to demonstrate that you have the required managerial and entrepreneurial skills to run a business in Belgium
- Arranging for you to join a social insurance fund (Multipen)
- Help and advice on applying for a professional card (in Dutch: beroepskaart). We can also make the application for you, in cases where Belgian law permits this.
- Registering and unregistering with the VAT authorities in Belgium
Enterprise counter Eunomia works in close collaboration with the social insurance fund Multipen. This means that the information submitted to the CBE for the purposes of compulsory registration and any subsequent amendments to that information can be passed on quickly and easily to your social insurance fund.
What makes enterprise counter Eunomia different from other Belgian one-stop shop business services is that we offer a rapid service and will handle your case in a way that is specifically tailored to your particular needs.
To contact an account manager or legal advisor at enterprise counter Eunomia, please send us an e-mail or phone us now.