Join us for a one-day virtual event designed specifically for freelancers and self-employed seeking to master their finances, both personally and professionally.
    • Date: Friday, September 15, 2023
    • Time: 8:45 – 16:00
    • Place: Online
    • Ticket 49€: LINK
    • Learn about: tax optimisation, pension, insurance, investing in ETFs, getting a loan, budgeting, setting your financial goals, diversifying your income and more! See more details below.
    • Enjoy discounts and deals from our accountancy partners
    • Network with like-minded professionals and fellow freelancers
    • Who should join: Whether you’re a seasoned freelancer or just starting, our expert speakers will provide you with the knowledge and tools to take control of your finances.


8:45 – 9:00 Welcome and introductions + networking

with your host and moderator of the day

🎤 Jean-Francois Bodart, business development expert and co-founder of Freelancers in Belgium

9:00-9:30 Setting your financial goals as a freelancer

Get started by understanding your financial risk profile and setting goals to guide your financial strategy

🎤 Judith Escalier Revollo. Leadership trainer & goalsetting practitioner

9:30-10:15 Tax Optimisation & Pension

Learn the latest (and out-of-the-box!) tax optimisation techniques and strategies to help you save and earn the most money possible. Find out about tax-reducing pension options.

– Avoiding costly mistakes

– What are my pension options? What if I have pensions from previous employment(s)/other countries? What will my pension be?

– Professional costs

– Renting vs. buying

– Should I start as a sole trader or should I set up a company?

Specifically for company owners:

– Salary optimisation

– Dividends

Sole-proprietors (eenmanszaak/entreprise individuelle)

🎤 Nicolas Quarré, Founder Accountable (the #1 rated invoicing & tax app for the independent in Belgium) 

Limited company (BV/SARL) owners

🎤 Calum Bolton, Business Advisor, Digicount, the ideal accounting partner for the digital-minded freelancer

10:15-10:45 Insurance for Freelancers

Secure your financial future with insights on insurance options tailored to independent professionals.

🎤 Lana Van den Acker, Independent insurance broker

10:45-11:00 BREAK

11:00-11:45 Diversifying Your Income and saving money as a Freelancer

Explore diverse income streams tailored to the reality of a freelancer and get some tried and tested tips on ways to save money

🎤Jenny Bjorklof, community founder Freelancers in Belgium

11:45-12:30 How to build wealth on autopilot, with evidence-based investing optimized for Belgian taxes

Discover the potential of investing in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) – and no it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated.

🎤Sebastien Aguilar, Financial independence ambassador and founder of FIRE Belgium, a community of personal finance enthusiasts

12:30-13:15 LUNCH BREAK

13:15-13:45 Getting a loan & buying real estate as Self-Employed 

Learn about securing loans and real estate investments tailored to the self-employed

🎤 Tamara Geenen, Mortgage Adviser, ING

🎤 Isabelle Schelfhaut, Mortgage Adviser, ING

🎤 Robrecht De Dooy, Network Lead, ING

13:45-14:15 Legal risks and getting paid

Get informed about essential legal aspects and how to manage your debtors to securely get paid for your work.

🎤 Eveline Van den Abeele, Legal counsel and certified DPO

14:15-14:30 BREAK

14:30-15:00 How to budget with an irregular income?

Discover the power of budgeting with YNAB and learn how to effectively manage your finances

🎤 Ben Barlowe, Senior educator at YNAB, a financial education company with a budgeting app.

15:00-16:00 Peer2Peer Learning Session + networking magic 😁

Engage in a collaborative learning experience with fellow freelancers, sharing knowledge and best practices.

🎤 Freelancers 

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to strengthen your financial know-how, network with like-minded professionals**, and take your freelancing career to new heights. Secure your spot now and invest in your financial success!

*There will be separate sessions for sole proprietors (eenmanszaak/entreprise individuelle) and for limited company (BV/SARL) owners.

**Networking with like-minded professionals

Yes, even though the event is online we put effort into networking. We offer an opportunity to introduce yourself and gain visibility and connect with the attendees, engage in lively discussions and learn best practices from each other.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about different revenue streams and ways to make, use and gain more money! It is also a great way to connect with fellow entrepreneurs in Belgium and Europe, as the chat and connection was very lively and interactive!”

Lindsay Clark-Connolly, Operations Strategist


    • What will I learn here that I can’t get as tailored advice from my accountant and other service providers?
        • We have selected experts we know that have a vast experience with freelancers and clients and explicitly asked them to share out-of-the-box solutions
        • It’s also important for you to understand how you want to direct your finances and your business – spending time thinking about this and learning can also help you have better conversations with your accountant.
        • Learn from fellow freelancers
    • Can I get a refund?

      No, unfortunately, refunds are not available. You may transfer your ticket to another attendee. If the event is cancelled due to an unforeseeable reason you will receive your ticket fee back.

    • Can I deduct this as a professional cost and get an invoice?

      Yes, you can. You have received an invoice when registering, if you can’t find it in your inbox, please check your spam folder. You can also log in to your Eventbrite account and download it from there.

    • Will there be recordings? Can I have the presentation slides?
        • Yes, recordings and slides will be available. We will send a link to them in an email after the event.
    • I don’t have money to invest yet, should I still join?
        • The investment to join the event is in the same price range as a lunch at a restaurant. Our aim is that applying the tips you will get during this event will quickly help you save and earn that money back multiple times.
        • Sign up early to enjoy the Early Bird discount
        • You can start investing/saving money from 10€ a month.
    • Will you run this again in the future?
        • This edition is the first one, ever. Depending on the feedback we might organise it again, on a yearly basis.
    • Why is this in English when we are in Belgium?
        • English is the most appropriate language catering for both internationally minded natives and foreigners new to the country We run all our events in English, so anyone can join no matter whether they are originally from Belgium or anywhere else in the world. This keeps our international focus and allows us to invite speakers from abroad too.
    • Why do I have to pay for an online event?
        • You get insights and tips that will help you save and earn money as a freelancer. If you don’t get value from participating in this event we will refund you, no questions asked.
        • Organising an event online requires as much time and effort to prepare and organise as an in-person event.
        • The event is organised by a not-for-profit organisation and community Freelancers in Belgium. Contributing to a ticket enables the community to exist.


Our accountancy partners make this event possible. Enjoy their offers (receive them in the email after the event) as an attendee.

Accountable, the #1 rated invoicing & tax app for the independent in Belgium.

Offer: Enjoy a PRO account for FREE for the first 3 months (worth 60€)

Digicount is the ideal accounting partner for the digital-minded freelancer.

Offer: To be announced

Other offers: 

  • Test YNAB for free for 34 days
  • FIRE Belgium offers a discount for the investing education programme and complimentary access to an additional Q&A session with Sebastien all about index investing and personal finance.

More details will be in the email after the event. 

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