Your status as a self-employed worker
Before you actually get the ball rolling, you will first need to decide which legal status you will be going for. You can choose to set up as a self-employed worker as your primary or as your secondary occupation, as a self-employed worker's assistant or as an assisting partner.
Primary or secondary occupation
As a self-employed worker you can register under one of two work regimes: as primary occupation or as secondary occupation. The decision to start your own business as primary or as secondary occupation comes with quite a few differences. First of all, there are considerable differences in terms of earnings, social security contributions and welfare protection.
You can get started on a primary occupation basis only if you are planning on working exclusively as a self-employed worker. This will give you the full benefits of working in self-employed status. You are free to set up as a self-employed worker as a primary occupation if:
- You only carry out a self-employed activity without engaging in any other occupational activities.
- You carry out another activity alongside your occupation as a self-employed worker, whereby the former activity cannot be seen as a main or primary occupation and which does not entitle you to welfare benefits, a retirement pension or child benefits.
- You have yet to reach retirement age or have not taken early retirement yet.
Your activities as a self-employed worker are considered as a secondary occupation if you simultaneously, habitually and principally carry out another occupational activity.
- Simultaneously: the occupational activity on a self-employed basis is to be carried out during the same period as your main activity.
- Your main occupation is considered as habitual and principal if:
- You work at least part-time in the private sector.
- You work as a teacher on a part-time basis of at least 6/10ths (of a full-time regime).
- You work as a civil servant under the terms of what - at a minimum - is a part-time contract/appointment and you are already working at least 8 months or 200 days a year.
- You are on an income replacement benefit whereby you get to keep your retirement pension entitlements.
Non-working periods during your main occupation may also qualify as time during which you are allowed to work as a self-employed worker as a secondary occupation. These specific situations are reviewed and assessed on an individual basis.
If you have any questions about deciding which status to go for, make an appointment with your nearest Securex Business Desk.