If you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur or small business in Belgium, find out all about co-working and where to find the best co-working spaces.
Are you an entrepreneur or freelancer in Belgium interested in linking up with like-minded professionals? You might want to join a co-working space. Belgium’s co-working culture has grown rapidly in recent years, with Brussels now a hub of flexible, independent workers. We take a look at co-working in Belgium and explain how to get involved.
Co-working in Belgium
Co-working is a modern way of organising workspace. In the 21st century digital age, it enables those who can carry out their work from a remote location – freelancers, entrepreneurs, startup businesses, digital workers – to work in a shared physical space, collaborate and become part of a professional community.
An increasing number of entrepreneurs and flexible workers are opting for co-working in Belgium. Nearly 15 percent of the workforce is self-employed – including many expats – and the country is one of the most digitally advanced in Europe, home to over 2200 tech startups. Co-working spaces have proliferated over the past decade, particularly in Brussels. Belgium’s bustling capital contains over half of its co-working places and even hosted a Co-working Week in 2017.
What do co-working spaces in Belgium offer?
A co-working space is like a business centre that feels like home and gives you the benefit of a social and professional network with the other members.
A co-working space in Belgium will typically offer:
- office space along with wifi and use of office equipment such as printers and scanners
- access to meeting rooms
- opportunities to collaborate and network with other members on-site and at social events
- use of kitchen facilities including tea, coffee and refreshments
- other benefits such as mailboxes and parking facilities
Costs of co-working in Belgium
If you are interested in sharing your workspace in Belgium, most co-working spaces offer various membership plans that can range from using facilities for a few hours a week to unlimited access to your own desk. Plans are usually flexible and can be offered monthly, quarterly or annually. There are also places where you can hire on an hourly basis, from €15-20 per hour.
The Library Group, for example, offers tailor-made memberships ranging from €245-500 per month as well as the option to rent private offices from €500 a month. Its three Libraries in Brussels offer traditional office facilities with a unique flavour and additional services including clubs, workshops, a range of fun social activities for members, and even dry cleaning and recommending babysitters.
Benefits of co-working in Belgium
Increased productivity: co-working gives freelancers and entrepreneurs the chance to work together, learn from each other and form new partnerships which can boost performance and growth.
Socializing: it means that talented independent workers in Belgium – especially expats – don’t have to work in isolation. Sometimes, when expats move to a new place, they can find themselves disconnected because they have left their family and friends behind. This is especially true if they work from home. Co-working gives them a place to belong and makes them feel more at home.
Money savings: co-working offers startups and small businesses an alternative to paying for their own premises and tying themselves into a lengthy commitment. Their membership fee is made back ten-fold through their own increased productivity and through the partnerships they will make.
Best co-working spaces in Belgium
The Library has three locations in Brussels – Ixelles, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and Ambiorix – each beautifully decorated in Scandinavian design and with access to living rooms and a garden to give it a cosy feel. The key ingredient is the ambiance. It is home to a diverse and vibrant community from policy-makers to designers and offers co-working spaces, private offices and meeting rooms in various package deals.
This co-working space in Brussels has an additional location in the countryside. The Mug’s Brussels premises have two floors dedicated to co-working and offers 24/7 access to shared office space, meeting rooms and unlimited fair trade coffee. Popular with journalists and communication professionals, its community consists of around 50 individuals and small businesses.
A favourite with designers and creative types in Brussels, Factory Forty is an innovative workspace based at fashion designer Oliver Strelli’s former HQ. In addition to a variety of open-plan spaces and meeting halls, there is a garden complete with chicken coop. Plans range from a few days a month to 24/7 access.
The largest and oldest co-working space in Brussels, Beta Co-work offers shared workspace and monthly facilitated networking events to professionals and entrepreneurs based in the city.
Visit our directory to discover co-working spaces in Belgium.
Other recommended co-working spaces in Brussels
- Timesmore, 47 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 1040 Brussels
- Re:creative, Place Jean Rey, 1040 Brussels
- La Venture, Chaussee d’Alsemberg 993, Uccle, Brussels
- Silversquare Louise, Avenue Louise 523, 1050 Brussels
- Bon Jour, Rue de Sceptre 57/C, 1050 Brussels
- Coworking Les Galeries, Galerie du Roi 30, 1000 Brussels
Best co-working spaces elsewhere in Belgium
- Bar d’Office, Lange Winkelhaakstraat 26, 2060 Antwerp
- House of APE, Grote Hondestraat 44, 2018 Antwerp
- DOTS Coworking, 198 Van Dornestraat, 2100 Antwerp
- Like Birds, Wiedauwkaai 23/K, 9000 Ghent
- La Forge, Rue Chapelle des Clercs 3, 4000 Liege