Are you thinking about becoming a freelancer? Just started?
This conference is for you!
Gain the confidence you need to take that leap into the exciting world of freelancing.
Discover what the first year as a freelancer might hold in store for you.
How to set up?
Learn about registering, accounting, tax optimisation, professional cards,…
How to find clients?
Get tips about finding clients, what to charge, pricing, marketing, online visibility and much more.
Where to find resources and support?
Enter a warm community and eco-system dedicated to helping you succeed.
Meet other starters
You might think you are alone, but you are not. Enjoy sharing the excitement and challenges together.
How to deal with the uncertainty?
Starting can feel very scary! We know. Meet experienced freelancers who will empower you with the right mindset, confidence and practical tips.
Inspiration & motivation
Get the right energy and support to make your freelancing career happen.
14 December 2023
09h00 – 17h00
79€ including access to all sessions, networking, mentorship, breakfast, lunch & apero drinks, exclusive partner deals + an opportunity to win prizes and VAT.
”“It's a must for every freelancer because you learn a lot of things from others and you can expand your network in an easy way.”Siemon VanderhulstPhotographer | Videomaker | Content Creator specialised in travel and tourism
Who is this event for?
High-achieving professionals aspiring to potential new career paths through freelancing.
Expats, international students, and individuals who have relocated to Belgium. This event will be held in English.
Artists, designers, writers, photographers, and other creatives who want to turn their passion into a sustainable freelance career. Also next to your job.
For you who recently registered as self-employed and need help with getting clients, price-setting, tax optimisation and more.
Mothers & Fathers (to be)
Parenting is challenging, especially with a full-time job. Freelancing offers a more flexible schedule and more time with your family.
9:00 – 9:30
Breakfast & networking
9:30 – 9:45
Welcome & Present the day
09:45 – 10:25
Panel discussion: Transition from Employee to Freelancer (tips, strategies, pitfalls and resources)
Are you ready to step out of the structured world of being an employee and venture into the dynamic realm of freelancing? Join us for an engaging session where seasoned freelancers will be your guides, sharing their personal experiences and invaluable insights on navigating this significant career shift.
Whether your motivation is to reclaim control over your working hours, infuse more variety into your career, reduce stress, or explore the exciting possibilities of a side gig, this session is tailor-made for you.
Gain the confidence you need to take that leap into the unknown. Discover what the first year as a freelancer might hold in store for you. Have all your burning questions answered by experts who’ve been through the transition themselves.
Freelance Interim Manager & Business Developer
Sanne Van Broeck
Freelance Digital Marketeer and Teacher
Freelance Finance Strategist and Interim Director
10:25 – 10:40
Presentation: Starting as a Freelancer: The Crucial First Steps You Need to Take
From considering to become a freelancer to sending your first invoice. What are the steps you need to take? Which things are required? Who can help? Which tools are useful? In this quick presentation Jean-Francois will clarify the process and share dos and don’ts about starting out.
Business Development Specialist & Co-founder Freelancers in Belgium
10:40 – 11:00 Pitches
Two-Minute Introductions to Essential Freelance Services
Find out about freelance products and services that help you kickstart your freelance career in 2 minute long energetic pitches.
11:00 – 11:30 Info session by Securex
Things to consider when registering your freelance business
Dennis D’haenens, Client Relations Manager from Securex will share the requirements to be able to start part or full-time, choosing between self-proprietorship or a limited company, how to register your business, arrange social security and legal aspects such as terms and conditions and GDPR.
11:30 – 12:00 Info session by Accountable
Freelance Finance Fundamentals: Navigating Accounting, Taxes, and Pensions for Starters
Nicolas Quarré, co-founder Accountable will answer these questions and more: How to find an accountant? How to select the right accounting tool? What are your accounting obligations? Where can you optimise for taxes as a starter? What is VAT? What are my pension options? What if I have pensions from previous employment(s)/other countries? What will my pension be? Which professional costs can I deduct? What do you need to put on an invoice?
As a participant in the conference, you will receive 3 months of Accountable PRO for free.
12:00 – 12:30 Info session by Creative Shelter
Tax optimisation with copyright invoicing
Have you heard about copyrights and how those might help you lower your taxes? Creative Shelter’s CEO Stan De Vocht will share about copyright invoicing. Find out if you are eligible, how much you can earn, and how to arrange the invoicing and make sure the taxation is correct in an easy way.
We are adding speakers, activities, event partners, offers, deals, and prizes to the agenda. The full programme will be launched closer to the event.
11:00 – 12:30 Networking
For the ones who don’t want to follow an info session, you can hop in our speed-networking loop in the lobby area.
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch & activities
Extra long 2 hr lunch including:
- Complimentary food and drinks: Sandwich lunch, drinks, mini-desserts, tea & coffee.
- Expo: Ask questions based on your specific situation about registering your business, getting clients, accounting, professional cards and copyright invoicing to our partners Securex, Accountable, Creative Shelter, Taxpatria and Ariad.
- Mentoring: Meet friendly experienced freelancers and mentors very willing to help out and share their dos and don’ts.
- Profile picture photoshoot with Headshot Photographer Alex Harris (at extra cost – booking info available here: https://freelancersinbelgium.be/need-a-professional-picture-to-boost-your-online-profile/need-a-professional-picture-to-boost-your-online-profile)
- Introvert room: A separate space where people can recharge in a quiet area
- Service Swap Board: Get startup services for free by swapping your expertise with something you need with our Service Swap Board.
- LinkedIn Audit with LinkedIn trainer Mic Adam
- Pitching and positioning advice with Communication Specialist Juliet Burns
- Social media and content marketing tips with Content Marketer Eveline Hagenbeek
- Sales and negotiation with Jean-Francois Bodart
Start building your network, even if you are shy or don’t like it. We’ll organise speed networking, have ice-breakers, and make introductions. You will also get a list of the other participants.
13:30 – 14:00 Workshop
The Art of Networking
Get tips and tricks for networking effectively by Freelance Facilitator Sarah Martens
You can ask our mentors any questions about starting as a freelancer.
– Getting clients, price setting, dealing with red flags, time management, tools…
They have all gone through it. On top of that, they can provide specific knowledge based on their experience.
Mentor with kindness
(IT) project and change management, strategy, B2B & B2C sales
Digital Marketing Specialist
Professional cards, email and social media marketing
Freelance Content Marketeer
Content marketing; personal branding, setting up social media channels, making email marketing funnels and much more.
Freelance Marketing Communications Advisor
Remote freelancing, corporate communications
How to position your offer. Pros and cons of working with a gorilla client vs multiple smaller projects.
14:30 – 14:50 Presentation
Uncovering Freelancer Wisdom in Belgium
Gain essential insights into successful freelancing in Belgium in this dynamic presentation by our moderator, Katrina. A freelancer herself, she will collect and share the best tips throughout the day from presentations, participants and experts using her signature wit and incredible power to summarise ideas.
Event Presenter-Moderator, Communications Specialist, Public Speaking and Presentation Trainer, Voiceover Artist
14:50 – 15:15 Presentation
Pricing Strategies for Starting Freelancers
Are you a new freelancer looking to navigate the often complex world of pricing your services? Join our informative session on “Pricing Strategies for Starting Freelancers.” This session is your key to understanding the fundamentals of pricing and developing strategies that will help you launch your freelance career with confidence and success.
In this session, Denys will cover various pricing models, including pricing per hour or day, and explore the pros and cons of different pricing approaches such as cost-up, market-based, value-based pricing and outcome-based pricing.
Denys will also present the concept of productized services, a powerful new approach that allows freelancers to offer clearly defined service packages at transparent prices. You’ll learn how to leverage this concept to simplify your offerings, attract more clients, and streamline your pricing process.
Interim manager and market consultant
15:15 – 15:40 Presentation
Nobody Knows You
The biggest obstacle to growth is so obvious that we ignore it: no one knows you. This counts for freelancers, clerks, executives and business leaders. You do all your sales and marketing around your firm but you forgot the most important one: your own brand. The first thing that needs to grow your business is yourself. It’s time for your future prospects to get to know you. With the insights in this keynote, you’ll learn the strategy, pragmatic steps and hazards to build a personal brand that will generate the right leads for your business. In addition, you will learn how to become a market leader through various thought leadership techniques.
Author Nobody Knows You & Why Now, Founder Chaomatic & School of Sales, Host The Chaos Show
15:40 – 16:00 Closing
Last tips & prizes
At the end of the conference, you get some last tips for your first year as a freelancer. And we give you a chance to win prizes to help you kickstart your freelance career!
- 1 year of Accountable PRO for free, worth 360€, normal price 30€ per month
- 2 x Nobody Knows You – books by Michael Humblet worth 28,99€ per book
- Duo Ticket to Work Smarter by project management tool Teamleader
- More prizes coming!
16:00 – 17:00 Networking Apero
Drinks & networking
Enjoy a complimentary drink and snacks together with your new connections and share about the day you experienced.
We are adding speakers, activities, event partners, offers, deals, and prizes to the agenda. The full programme will be launched closer to the event.
Catch the vibes from Freelancers in Belgium Day 2022
On Friday, 30th of September 2022 hundreds of freelancers and freelancers-to-be, active in all fields and sectors, gathered to meet, learn and boost their independent businesses. They learned about trends, finances, social selling, personal development and more.
Accountable frees you from the hoops and hurdles of being independent by giving you the tools you need to pay your taxes and manage your business.
Tentoo act as your employer, taking care of your salary and other administrative obligations, insurance, social security and tax requirements. You need to get your clients yourself and agree on your rate, which can be hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or even for the task at hand. Your client will be invoiced by Tentoo for your salary, plus an extra handling fee as agreed between the client and Tentoo.
Services we offer to to-be self-employed people:
- Self-employed registration & business setup
- Social security & VAT registration
- Business accounting & bookkeeping
- VAT filing & compliance
- International contractor solutions
- Financial reporting & legal compliance
For companies and experts who want to scale their business by leveraging their own expertise to generate leads
Events, meetings, offices and coworking spaces
Expertise in connecting digital marketing and CX professionals with leading A-brands.
Freelancers in Belgium.
A community where freelancers:
- connect and support each other on any topic from admin to sales to mindset
- share best practices, job opportunities, tax information and tips on finding clients
- learn how to start and run their businesses successfully through training and events
- Join the FREE Facebook group to meet thousands of freelancers today.
We share content and have some great partner deals too.
Find out more at www.freelancersinbelgium.be
We will not share your name. You may decide if you want to share your name and contact details with the other participants. There will be an event photographer but you will have the opportunity to review the pictures before they get published publicly.
Yes, if you register your business within 3 months from the date of purchasing the ticket you may deduct the ticket cost as a business expense for starting your business.
The event ticket includes:
- Access to the event and all sessions.
- 1to1 consultation, offers and deals by the event partners
- Networking including contact details of participants
- Catering; breakfast, sandwich lunch, coffee, drinks and snacks
When purchasing a ticket you agree to these terms and conditions. If you cancel your attendance 14 days in advance your ticket will be refunded in full. If you cancel less than 14 days in advance there is no refund. You may transfer the ticket to another participant free of charge.
The organiser is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of a substitution, alteration, cancellation or postponement of an event. The organiser shall assume no liability whatsoever in the circumstances that an event is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to a fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrence or any other event that renders the performance of an event impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a
fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labour strike, extreme weather or other emergency.
Please note that while speakers and topics are confirmed at the time of publishing, circumstances beyond the control of the organisers may necessitate substitutions, alterations or cancellations of the speakers and/or topics. As such, the organiser reserves the right to alter or modify the advertised speakers and/or topics if necessary without any liability to you whatsoever. Any substitutions or alterations will be updated on our web page as soon as possible.
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The event venue is located close to public transportation like bus and metro.
It is accessible by car and has car parking with 100+ spots (at extra cost). More info will be published closer to the event.
Please contact the venue with your specific request