Starting you own business in Brussels: is it worth the trouble?
My wife is thinking about starting her own business in Brussels. We know already how high taxation rates can be for employees, so we guess it will be about the same level of taxation or more. In case she decides to set up her own company, we wonder if it is worth all the hassle. The impression we get is that Belgian and Brussels authorities are not especially prone to make the life of (new) entrepreneurs easy, specially after having read stories like the one on AirBnB (see the thread entitled Airbnb complaints, started by Mikek1300gt) or Uber. I know those are very particular types of businesses, but it is quite telling how authorities and established actors are reacting to them.
As far as the level of taxation for companies is concerned, I guess it depends on the sort of business and turnover. Can someone confirm?
I have been doing a bit of research, and it seems that BECI has a Guichet d’Entreprises, a one stop shop to set up a company in no time (http://www.beci.be/services/je_cree_ma_societe/guichet_d_entreprises/). Does anyone have any experience with that?
And, last but not least, do you have your own company here? How does it feel to be a foreigner and being confronted with Belgian administration as a your own business' manager?
Thanks in advance!