The 25 Best Businesses To Start In Belgium [2021]

The 25 Best Businesses To Start In Belgium [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Belgium in 2021?

We put together 25 of the best businesses you can start in Belgium today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

  • Home-based businesses to start in Belgium
  • Profitable online business ideas
  • Unique business opportunities for Belgium
  • Low investment business ideas (under $5k to start)
  • Easy businesses you can start in Belgium today

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples, revenue expectations for each idea, + a step-by-step on how to start your small business in Belgium.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a tour company ($21.6K/year)

Mark E. Johnson from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Hobnail Trekking Co. ago, a tour company.

  • Revenue: $1,800/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

In August 2016, I was on a steep downward trajectory in my job as a communications director at a nonprofit as a result of philosophical differences with the organization.

It was very uncomfortable, at best. The day before I was to part ways with the organization, I was having my pickup truck worked on at my mechanic shop and needed a ride to pick it up. Having applied the previous night to a communications job at a ride-sharing company, Lyft, I downloaded the app to my phone and hailed a ride.

The man who picked me up was clearly not from our hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Although he had a strong indeterminable accent, he spoke fluent English and we had a great conversation on the way to the mechanic. Turns out the man was from Nepal. When I asked him if he knew anything about the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek — something my wife and I had placed on our Bucket List years ago — he smiled and said, “I am an Everest Region Sherpa. I’ve guided that trip dozens of times. I actually own a small trekking company in Nepal.” We exchanged numbers and quickly set up a meeting for that weekend so my wife could ask him about the trek.

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Mark E. Johnson, on starting Hobnail Trekking Co. ($1,800/month) full story ➜

2. Start a construction company ($4.2M/year)

Clifton Muckenfuss from Apex, North Carolina, USA started Carolina Exteriors about 11 years ago, a construction company.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA

The founders are childhood best friends from small-town America (South Carolina). We took different paths after college and approximately 9 years later, reunited in North Carolina. I (Clifton) was recruited from Florida to work for a Mortgage Company in Raleigh, NC and Wesley was already established here (Raleigh) working for a major building materials manufacturer (James Hardie). After the housing crisis, the Mortgage Company went bankrupt and I (Clifton) found myself without a job. I then founded a Residential/Commercial/Cleaning Company (still in operations today, Managed by my wife, Mary Ann) and grew that business from $0 - $500K rapidly.

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

Then, Wes and I were talking about the possibility of starting a siding/exterior remodeling company since most of the contractors were retreating after the recession and the ones that remained, didn’t focus on the customer, but rather, only on the transaction.

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Clifton Muckenfuss, on starting Carolina Exteriors ($350,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a cosmetic store business ($102K/year)

Alexis Evans from Fort Lauderdale started FBI Cosmetics Inc. 9 months ago, a cosmetic store business.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale

I decided to dive into the beauty industry because as someone that has a felony record from years ago, I fell into a depression state. After all, no one would give me a job so, I turned to make-up. Makeup became my comfort zone. It made me feel beautiful after having down days.

No one back then would give me a chance, no one cared I had a college degree all they saw was that I had a felon, so I cope with my depression through makeup and skincare routines. I am overly obsessed with flawless makeup and flawless skin. Everyone has always told me that they have loved my makeup and how flawless my bare skin looked, that I should consider getting into the industry. Here we are 3 years later and now I am passionately involved with my brand.

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Alexis Evans , on starting FBI Cosmetics Inc. ($8,500/month) full story ➜

4. Start a tech support business ($120K/year)

Daniele Besana from Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands started WP OK over 6 years ago, a tech support business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands

I've always worked in IT, solving technical problems for small and big companies.

During my 15 years career in network security, I was lucky to help a lot of different types of customers: from small family-owned businesses to multinationals corporations.

It’s all about people. Don't focus on the number of subscribers, followers, opt-in, conversions… when you start is all about building relationships with people.

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Daniele Besana, on starting WP OK ($10,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a tea business ($900K/year)

Andy Hayes from Portland, Oregon, USA started Plum Deluxe Tea over 9 years ago, a tea business.

  • Revenue: $75,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

I started off with just a blog, I was living in Europe and writing about my adventures and experiences. My focus was really on enjoying a slower pace and appreciating the little things in life. I was working in enterprise software - my day job not all that interesting, but I did enjoy it.

You can read all the books you want about the different cycles and phases of businesses, but I’ve found that nothing replaces lived experience! Just focus on where you are and always be asking yourself, what is the NEXT RIGHT step. That’s it.

Eventually, I left my corporate job looking for something more fulfilling - I did consulting on the side related to my previous job, but started rolling out some advertising display ads and affiliate relationships to try to generate some revenue from my efforts. Back then generating traffic (at a low cost) was pretty easy, but I wasn’t able to generate a lot of revenue.

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Andy Hayes, on starting Plum Deluxe Tea ($75,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a backyard plant nursery ($60K/year)

Debbie Odom from Georgia started CamelliaShop over 14 years ago, a backyard plant nursery.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Georgia

In 1991, I had the life-changing opportunity to become a part of Gene’s Nursery, one of the oldest nurseries in Savannah Georgia.

When I had the opportunity to leave my office job and get my hands into soil, I was happy and I was hooked.

Gene’s Nursery has its roots firmly planted in our quaint historic coastal city and it’s passion was the Camellia. Camellias are ornamental shrubs that produce brilliant blossoms during the fall and winter. They are the most unique flowering shrub species found today and are considered the Queen of Ornamental shrubs.

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Debbie Odom, on starting CamelliaShop ($5,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start an event management company ($600K/year)

Dietrich Moens from Belgium started Spacehuntr over 3 years ago, an event management company.

  • Country: Belgium
  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $10,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10

Hi, I’m Dietrich, a retired investment manager and co-founder of Spacehuntr. Spacehuntr is a fully integrated 360° platform that enables businesses to book and manage unique Work, Play & Stay spaces for corporate events in one easy to use platform that acts as a digital event planner.

Our clients are some of the largest international corporations such as Airbnb, UBER, Netflix, Gucci, etc., and absolutely love that they can book and manage everything for their international event in just one place, instead of having to book the venue, hotel, transport, etc.

We are operating internationally, currently out of 13 popular European MICE cities, and are headquartered in Belgium.

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Dietrich Moens, on starting Spacehuntr ($50,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a mystery game store ($1.02M/year)

Jimmy Cowe from Belgium started Crimibox over 4 years ago, a mystery game store.

  • Country: Belgium
  • Revenue: $85,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5

Hello, my name is Jimmy and I’m the founder of Crimibox. We develop and sell unsolved fictional murder cases. Our customers receive the police file, photos of the crime scene and bags of evidence. The goal is to catch the killer.

Not only do our players (we call them detectives) need to use the items in the box, but they also need to investigate online. They’ll need to check the social media profiles of suspects, analyze surveillance footage, find locations through Google Maps, …

Our customers are mostly people who love escaping from escape rooms. We sold more than 4,000 Crimiboxes so far. Our monthly revenue is a bit more than $8,000. Our retention rate (people who bought the first and a second case) is more than 38%.

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Jimmy Cowe, on starting Crimibox ($85,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a crm business ($25.2M/year)

Pierrard from Belgium started Efficy over 16 years ago, a CRM business.

  • Country: Belgium
  • Revenue: $2,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 200

Hey! My name’s Cédric Pierrard and I’m the founder of Efficy, the European CRM champion. We are a serious challenger for our American competitors because we provide our customers with the very same features, but with openness, efficiency, and care.

We are a software publisher. Our flagship products are our extended CRM solutions. We offer sales automation, digital marketing, customer service, reporting as many CRMs. On top of that, we also have project management and document management modules. That’s why we talk about extended CRM solutions.

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Pierrard, on starting Efficy ($2,100,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start an online poster store ($16.1K/year)

Dennis Moons from Belgium started Apes In Space about 4 years ago, an online poster store.

  • Country: Belgium
  • Revenue: $1,340/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Dennis and I run an online store called Apes In Space where I sell space posters.

Space is one of the few things reminds us that we’re really a tiny speck in the whole universe. Since the stars aren’t visible in a lot of places, I want to use these posters is to bring a little bit of space back into our daily lives.

The store is about six months old and revenue has been slowly increasing. February was the biggest month yet with over $1,300 in sales.

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Dennis Moons, on starting Apes In Space ($1,340/month) full story ➜

11. Start a marketing agency ($120K/year)

Oliver Op de Beeck from Belgium started Interview: Kreatix ago, a marketing agency.

  • Country: Belgium
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Hi, my name is Oliver Op de Beeck, I'm 22 years old, and I started Kreatix with my co-founder William Matthynssens.

Kreatix is a digital/marketing agency. We offer development, marketing, design and consulting services, the full online package to our clients. At Kreatix, William handles the technical side of things. He is our primary developer and makes sure all of our client’s websites are running smoothly. I mainly focus on the marketing, graphic design and business development side.

Today, we’re servicing more than 150 clients with 15 more in the pipeline right now. We each bill about 55 hours a week, but we are always working.

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Oliver Op de Beeck, on starting Interview: Kreatix ($10,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a virtual IT service business

Examples of a successful virtual IT service business:

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13. Start a crude oil shipping business

Examples of a successful crude oil shipping business:

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14. Start a mobile phone repair kiosk business

Examples of a successful mobile phone repair kiosk business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile phone repair kiosk business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start an importation business

Examples of a successful importation business:

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16. Start a horticulture crop farming business

Examples of a successful horticulture crop farming business:

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17. Start a women's underwear

Examples of a successful women's underwear:

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18. Start a pants fabricating business

Examples of a successful pants fabricating business:

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19. Start a land surveys business

Examples of a successful land surveys business:

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20. Start a transport and logistics business

Examples of a successful transport and logistics business:

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21. Start a biotechnology business

Examples of a successful biotechnology business:

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22. Start an automobile production business

Examples of a successful automobile production business:

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23. Start a pharmaceutical manufacturing business

Examples of a successful pharmaceutical manufacturing business:

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24. Start an ethnic eatery business

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ethnic eatery business:

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25. Start a bed and breakfast business

Examples of a successful bed and breakfast business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bed and breakfast business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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