Self-employed as main occupation
Are you mainly self-employed? If so, you will be granted the status of self-employed as a main occupation. You will then benefit from all the advantages associated with this.
When are you self-employed as your main occupation?
- You are not engaged in any other professional activity other than your self-employed occupation
- In addition to your self-employed activity, you work less than 50% as an employee or civil servant
- You work less than 60% as a permanent teacher
Have you reached retirement age or are you enjoying early retirement? Then you come under a separate regime.
Your benefits as self-employed as main occupation?
You acquire social rights. Thus, you have a safety net if you:
- Incur medical costs
- Are unable to work due to illness or accident
- Are compelled to stop working as a self-employed person or go bankrupt
- Provide informal care
- Have or adopt a child
Are you expecting? Good news: Self-employed mothers are entitled to maternity leave, an allowance, and 105 service vouchers. And since 1 May 2019, fathers and co-mothers also receive leave and a childbirth allowance.
Disadvantages of self-employment as a main occupation
Since your business or company is your work, your income depends on your results. Is your self-employed activity not doing so well? Then you don’t have a proper job to fall back on. Starting as a self-employed person as your main occupation involves risks, but you don't have to let that stop you.
- Look for extra protection against loss of income
- Keep an eye on your financial situation
- Stay in touch with your accountant
Tip: As a new entrepreneur you can start at a temporarily lower rate.
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