Could anyone please give me pointers - unable to find work so am thinking of freelancing, primarily i writing. I have looked a freelance.com and perhaps will sign up. BUt it's not clear to me how to set myself up. If I freelance and work for clients abroad (say US, UK) how do I set myself up here in Belgium? Do I stil get a vat etc? Is it difficult/slow to get it, or better to go through an umbrella org? And what about the social security payments, I remember it's quite high at several hundred per quarter - what if you don't earn that much? Since I have never worked before, it might take some time for me to get any contract, not to mention a while to build up any sort of bank balance. Any advice??? Deeply appreciated.