In our free monthly Freelance Forward Facts newsletter you’ll find the information you need to get ahead as a freelancer:

  • Top freelance lessons of the month as discussed in the Freelancers in Belgium community on Facebook
  • Tax tips
  • Spotlight: Learn from the experiences of real freelancers in interviews
  • News & Community Updates
  • Events: a list of cool upcoming events relevant for freelancers who want to get smarter and stronger in their trade
  • Featured jobs: Discover new freelance vacancies
  • Getting clients: To help you find and sign new assignments

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February 2024

January| All about leasing, company cars and upcoming expert sessions for freelancers in Belgium

  • Spotlight – Loes spoke with Martijn Kruining, an IT Support Manager.
  • Tax: About the difference between investments and professional costs
  • News: News about pension in 2025 and making it easier to start a business in Brussels
  • Freelance Conversations: Low rates, tips for when customers don’t pay and recommendations for time-tracking apps and Internet providers.

 

 

 

  • Events:Freelance Expert Sessions, elevating your skills in data and web development and a panel discussion about transitioning from dreaming to doing.
  • Featured jobs: Freelance jobs by our community partner GIGHOUSE and in the Facebook group.
  • Getting Clients:About the importance of who, what, how and why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2024

January| All about leasing, company cars and upcoming expert sessions for freelancers in Belgium

  • Spotlight – spoke with freelance communication specialist Rosa Abruzzese about freelancing and her dog.
  • Tax: With tax tips about cars.
  • News:discover this year’s freelance trends, check out our latest podcast episode and read about the changes to the self-employed guaranteed income protection.
  • Freelance Conversations: Love for last month’s Start a a Freelancer event, design enthusiasts answered artist and furniture restorer’s call to connect, Christmas wishes in 20+ languages from our international community and more.

 

 

  • Events: Freelance Expert sessions about tax optimisation, mortgages, negotiation and more.
  • Featured jobs: Freelance jobs by our community partner GIGHOUSE and in the Facebook group.
  • Getting Clients: What is the difference between sales and marketing?

 

 

 

 

 

December 2023

December| New laws and regulations, tax tips worth their weight in gold and more for freelancers in Belgium

  • SpotlightDenys Robyn, creator of Rocket Pricing Plans shares how and why he took the plunge into freelancing
  • Tax: Wondering whether to set up shop as a sole proprietor or are you better off setting up a company?
  • News: Higher fees if you pay social security costs too late, 100 ways for freelancers in Belgium to find, get and keep clients, From freelancer to agency owner – e-book waiting list…
  • Freelance Conversations: End-of-year gift ideas, why our events are in English and how we share job posts in the community…

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Events: Start as a Freelancer in Belgium Day 2023, How to Freelance Without Self-employed status
  • Featured jobs: Freelance jobs by our community partner GIGHOUSE and in the Facebook group.
  • Getting Clients: Showing gratitude to those clients who made your year

 

 

 

 

November 2023

November| Time management, business gifts & record amount of freelancers in Belgium

  • Spotlight – – Freelance podcast producer Ilse Himschoot on surrounding yourself with the right people.
  • Tax: Business gifts
  • News: how to freelance without registering as self-employed, record amount of freelancers, diversify your income with YouTube, correct VAT submission mistakes and more.
  • Freelance Conversations:
  • How ChatGPT and other AI could affect pricing, Looking for opportunities to network with other freelancers?
    How to track mobility expenses as a freelancer, Recommendations for digital marketing skills programs, landing pages and life coaching and how to ensure your accountant is doing a good job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Events: Start as a Freelancer in Belgium Day 2023, Pitch XXL 2023
  • Featured jobs: Freelance jobs by our community partner GIGHOUSE and in the Facebook group.
  • Getting Clients: Content

 

 

 

October 2023

October | Get ready for Q4 with our updates and tips from the freelancing world

  • Spotlight – Visual Storyteller Kayla Spelling shares tips to combat pressure and responsibilities that come with being a freelancer.
  • NEW SECTION: Tax: zooming in on copyright
  • News: pension saving and sustainable investing, getting an (e)bike, and top 10 sectors with the highest average salaries
  • Freelance Conversations: Where to store money, getting clients, buying or leasing a car

 

 

 

 

  • Events: Freelance Summit, Start as a Freelancer in Belgium Day…
  • NEW SECTION – Featured jobs: Freelance jobs by our community partner GIGHOUSE and in the Facebook group.
  • NEW SECTION – Getting Clients: It starts with YOU!

 

 

September 2023

September 2023 | Take advantage of the “free” part of freelancing

  • Spotlight – B2B Marketing consultant Patricia de Bruycker on personal growth.
  • NEW SECTION: Tax: zooming in on deductibles
  • News:  New regulations for recovering consumer debt, new blog post about navigating a financial crisis as a freelancer, self-employed have higher wellbeing than blue and white-collar workers.
  • Freelance Conversations: Business banks accounts, finding clients, recommendations for website and logo designers

 

 

 

  • Events: Freelance Finance Day, V-Entrepreneurs Talks, Freelance Friday…
  • NEW SECTION – Featured jobs: Freelance jobs by our community partner GIGHOUSE and in the Facebook group.
  • NEW SECTION – Getting Clients: Don’t forget about existing and old clients

 

June 2023

June 2023 | Take advantage of the “free” part of freelancing

  • Spotlight – Freelance translator and copywriter Teresa Sousa on the opportunity to choose what she does with her time
  • News:  Where can you network as a freelancer in Belgium? Tax and administrative deadlines. All about working with Upwork
  • Events: Create. Freelancers in Hasselt & Namur. Level Up
  • Learn from top discussions in the community:

– Recommendations for the best freelance platforms to get assignments, professional liability insurance and good-quality business cards

– Do freelancers need a website?

– Looking for a new car

  • Sales tip of the month: Niching down vertically or horizontally?

May 2023

May 2023 | About not waiting for the “perfect” time

  • Spotlight – No regrets nor perfection with photographer Alex Harris
  • News:  Price setting simulator, getting paid quicker, flexible train tickets…
  • Events: Freelancers in the city

 

  • Learn from top discussions in the community:
    – Dos and don’ts of working with a cleaning person
    – My business is doing terribly, I’m considering applying for unemployment
    – Referral rates
    – Value bombs for aspiring agency owners
  • Sales tip of the month: Who is your focus client?

April 2023

April 2023 | Are you ready for Q2? – and more from the freelancing world

  • Spotlight – how confidence and a good business understanding help video creator Benjamin Cutore grow.
  • News:  Social security indexation, a call for speakers for a freelancer event, tax pre-payments, and more
  • Events: Pre-register for our Freelancers in the City events
  • Learn from top discussions in the community:
    – Dos and don’ts of working with a cleaning person
    – My business is doing terrible, I’m considering applying for unemployment
    – Referral rates
    – Value bombs for aspiring agency owners
  • Sales tip of the month: Do not try to be everywhere!

March 2023

March 2023 | An opportunity to exchange services – and more news, updates and tips from the freelancing world

  • Spotlight – Find out why Julie Dhaene doesn’t want to grow her business.
  • News:  A guide for professional cards, a list of benefits for parents to be
  • Events: Freelancers can exchange services during the upcoming Service Swap event on 30/3
  • Learn from top discussions in the community:
    – How can one make it work to start as a freelancer in Belgium with all the taxes and social security charges?
    – Freelance bonuses
    – If you fuck up working for a client, do you charge for that time?
  • Sales tip of the month: Do not try to be everywhere! Pick one platform and get the most out of it first. Find out how to discover which platform to use.

February 2023

February 2023 | We’ve reached 10 000 members – and more news, updates and tips from the freelancing world

  • Spotlight – Meet Dubravko Kastrapeli, illustrator and comic book artist.
  • News:  A unique tax declaration, 10 000 members, payrolling and artists to benefit from lower social security contributions.
  • Events: Co-working days and FREE Entrepreneur Week
  • Learn from top discussions in the community:
    – Business bank cards
    – Nice tips for decorating your home-office
    – Can my accountant raise prices just like that?
    – Taking the plunge into freelancing, starting as an independent or with a company?
  • Sales tip of the month:  The 4 most important questions you have to ask yourself when starting a business

January 2023

January 2023 | May all your business wishes come true | Freelance Trends for 2023, The Entrepreneur Week and so much more.

  • Spotlight – Discover Ako Hoo, Expert in international e-commerce
  • News:  The Trends Shaping The Freelance Revolution In 2023
    The Entrepreneur Week with a dedicated day for freelancers
    Freelancing while being a student
  • Events: a full list of events for freelancers – check out the extensive list; there are many opportunities to network with potential clients!
  • Learn from top discussions in the community:
    – Freelancing with AD(H)D and other super powers!
    – What are the 10 hardest parts of being a freelancer?
    – Working with agencies.
    – The 25.000€ threshold for VAT.
  • Sales tip of the month: LinkedIn
  • The tooltip of the month: Bizzy

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