Start-up costs of your own business
The costs of setting up your own business depend on your specific plans and the scope of your business plans. When starting your own business, you should consider the following three crucial pillars:
- Start-up costs
- Operating costs of your business
- Customer acquisition costs
What exactly do the different costs consist of? You will find out here.
Setting up your business
Registration with CBE and VAT number activation
Setting up your company formally? You do this by registering with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE). You can take care of this registration yourself, or you can simply ask at the Securex enterprise counter. Registration costs €101 and is VAT exempt.
Tip: immediately add all possible relevant NACEBEL codes to your CBE registration. These codes indicate the activities you will carry out. You can also have the NACEBEL codes changed later, but this will cost €101 per establishment unit or address.
Your VAT number activation then costs €60 (excluding VAT). For this, too, you can count on Securex. We will check straight away whether you need any additional legally required permits and, if you do, we will help you apply for them.
Are you setting up a company instead of a sole proprietorship? Then, for most company forms, you need to consult a notary to have a formal deed of incorporation drawn up. This is then published in the Official Gazette. All in all, the paperwork costs between €1,000 and €1,500 - in addition to the legally required start-up capital.
Tip: did you know that you can also easily set up your business online?
Choosing a social insurance fund
Every self-employed person must join a recognised social insurance fund. It handles the processing and settlement of your social security contributions and corresponding social protection, such as health insurance and disability benefits. The social insurance fund will assist you with tailored advice throughout your entire journey as an entrepreneur.
Accountant and bookkeeping
When you start your own business, you decide what kind of bookkeeping you will use, and what support you expect from your accountant.
It is, in any case, worthwhile to be assisted by an accountant who understands your business plans and with whom you can build a relationship of trust. A competent accountant thinks with you and saves you a lot of money in the long run. He or she will also be able to assist you with the further growth of your business.
Depending on the size of your business plans, you can choose an independent accounting firm or a larger accounting specialist. Feel free to compare different accountants and weigh their offers against each other.
Tip: When setting up your business, also draw up a financial plan together with your accountant.
Well-insured as a self-employed person starting out
Which insurances are mandatory depends on what you are going to do and what risks are involved:
- For example, do you start out as a freelance photographer or do you sell jewellery as a secondary activity via a web shop? In that case, there are no mandatory insurances, but there are many options that protect yourself against misfortune.
- If you start with staff, with a physical shop or if there are major risks associated with your profession, there are mandatory insurances.
Financial plan for smart budget management
Starting your business goes beyond mere set-up costs. Your initial budget should also allow you to cover operating costs and customer acquisition costs during your start-up phase. Just think of the expenses for staff, your insurances and business premises, or marketing expenditure.
As a self-employed person, these costs are rather low and you can easily start with a modest starting capital. If you are starting a larger business, it's most advisable to draw up a realistic financial plan that will guide you through the first few months.
Your place of work
Not every company needs to move into a huge office building right away. Yet, sooner or later, business premises appear on the radar of many companies - especially if you decide to hire employees.
Having your own shop or office space costs money, of course. Take into account all factors and additional cost items. After all, renting a building is only half the picture. Costs for energy, furniture and decoration, maintenance and additional municipal and provincial taxes should be included in your financial plan.
Are you going to work alone? Then you can work from home or use a co-working space. In the first case, the installation and decoration of your home office is the biggest expense. In a co-working space, you will have to pay a monthly rent.
Tip: Looking for a great co-working space in Brussels? Check out Securex's co-working space: Hive5.
Some start-up costs are not always strictly necessary, but they are useful. For example, a business bank account is indispensable in practice. Incidentally, this is obligatory for companies. However, even self-employed persons with a sole proprietorship benefit from having a separate professional account. It makes it easier to keep a financial overview. Virtually every major bank in our country offers business accounts.
These days, having your own website from day one is also essential. As a business card, for customer acquisition or with a fully-fledged webshop: how you go about it depends on your plans, but a digital presence is a must for almost every entrepreneur.