Setting up as Self-employed

Find out about the essential procedures involved in the setting up as a self-employed worker in Belgium...

Public business coordination centres (ondernemingsloketen/guichets d'enterprise) deal with most of the formalities for setting up a business – either as a company or as self-employed. They are one-stop shops between businesses and the public services.

  • For a full list of public business coordination centres: Click here (in Dutch and French)

Through them, companies and starter self-employed persons register with the electronic Register of Companies (Kruispuntbank voor Ondernemingen/Banque-Carrefour des Entreprise, KBO/BCE). This is set up within the Federal Public Department for the Economy, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Self-employed and Energy (Economie, KMO, Middenstand en Energie/Economie, PME, Classes Moyennes et Energie)

Once registered the business is given a unique identification number – the company number. This number will in due course replace the VAT and social security numbers. The electronic Register of Companies collects full details on the name of the business, its structure, founders, legal documents and licences, and the type of activity.

Prepared using information supplied by ING Bank SA/NV