Your own business?


Starting your own business.
It sounds obvious. Do something you love.
But hearing people around me, it doesn’t seem acceptable to even dream about it.
Ofcouse doing what you love, creates drawbacks. Turning hobby into work can jade your love for your passion, it can suck up all your time and energy. And you have to find balance between work and private life. I guess it would also create some uncertainty, as there might not be a paycheck at the end of the month.
So why do it? Why go through such big lengths for achieving this?
I wanted to know and thus met up with people, operating in different areas and created their dream job.

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Thirza (23) always loved working with horses, even though her surroundings were skeptical, she took the gamble and started to create her dream job in the equestrian sector.

When was the first time you had the idea of starting something for yourself?
Late 2014 I first had the idea to start up my own business. In january 2015 I decided to take that step and made it happen.

What was your first action point
My first action points were to invest in good quality equipment and networking in my sector. I operate in the equestrian sector so I bought some quality horses, transport, equipment and invested for a livery accommodation and some educational courses to get more qualifications. I believe that a good base is everything. Investing in a proper base allowed me to focus more on developing my vision, strategy and finding my way in running a business.

Which aspect of your personality do you think is the key to your success?
I am a go-getter, very direct and I believe in everything I do. No matter how tough it might be, I won’t quit. Also, I always tell clients my honest opinion and cut to the case, even it’s not what they want to hear. And finally, I believe in what I do. It might sound very cliché, but when you’re passionate about something, others will notice and this enables you to get them enthusiastic as well.

What was the biggest drawback you faced or perhaps are still facing?
The biggest drawback were the unforeseen costs. Basically, I just had a lot of bad luck like horse injuries, failure of equipment and so on. The horses are the core of my business, so when there are any problems with them, it slows down everything and makes it almost impossible to compete and it is very hard to get around financially.

Did you had any unforeseen consequences?
I had many unforeseen consequences. I had to make many sacrifices regarding my personal life. Sometimes I worked more than 60 hours in a week so a proper social life was out of the question. However, it was (and still is) my own choice and now I can pick the fruits of it.

How are you doing now with your business?
2016 started very good for me and my business is growing at high speed. Also, I am so happy that I can do what I love every single day. When you can turn your hobby into your profession, you never have the feeling that you ‘must work’.

What would you advise other people when starting your own business?
It might sound cliché, but I would advise others to listen to your heart. I am operating in a very tough business where money plays an important role. I wasn’t raised in a rich or horse minded family, but through hard work and dedication, I am literally building up my company and living my dream. So don’t let other tell you that you can’t do it or that you won’t be able to make a living out of it. It might turn out different than what you expected, but don’t give up. Fight for what you want and where you believe in!

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Dewi (26) owner of lekkerineenpotje.nl started eating vegan 2 years ago, and realized there was a market for vegan beauty products when she struggled to find a natural deodorant. So she started to make her own, and then another one, creating an entire hair & skin care line and sells her products all across the Netherlands.

When was the first time you had the idea of starting something for yourself?
My boyfriend and brother are both working as a freelancer, and I loved the freedom they had. Then I started reading books as ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ and ‘The 4 Hour Workweek’ and since then I knew I no longer wanted a desk job.

What was your first action point?
Brainstorm sessions with friends and family, I wanted to do something with veganism but wasn’t quite the chef. The struggles I had finding vegan cosmetics created an opportunity for me.

Which aspect of your personality do you think is the key to your success?
I’m a confident person, I like to think that I can get away with things and I’m eager to learn and give things a go. This really comes in handy.

What was the biggest drawback you faced or perhaps are still facing?
I almost had a deal with a chain-company which would lift me to another level immediately. (MANY stores!) Unfortunately after many meetings I never heard from them again. This was a mental setback, I have learned not to put all my eggs in one basket. No deal is done until everything is signed.

Did you had any unforeseen consequences?
Ha – yes. All my products are handmade and in glass heavy jars – maybe not the most scalable business idea.

How are you doing now with your business?
I’m slowly growing and getting more media attention. I really LOVE my business, but I can’t make a decent living out of it yet. Fingers crossed I will someday.

What would you advise other people when starting your own business?
Have a concept that you really believe in. And don’t forget the environment in your concept – as a new startup it’s almost expected of you. Also, brainstorm your concept with many people from different expertise’s before making your plan. And think scalable! You never know how well you may do. One more, have FUN with it! It’s the coolest job ever.

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Dennis (26) has always been a nerd, and decided that this strenght could be turned into something great. Thus he established n3rds in 2015.

When was the first time you had the idea of starting something for yourself?
I’ve always been entrepreneurial and adventures, a few years ago I decided to spend 2 years working and studying in Los Angeles. There I’ve worked in a tech start-up and I loved every minute of it. After returning back to the Netherlands I tried working in a corporate company. After a few month’s I’ve realised that I needed to start my own company, 1 years has passed by I don’t have any regrets of starting N3RDS.

What was your first action point?
Picking a name, I knew the direction I wanted to go with my company, and what kind of identity my company needed to have. But the name was so hard, I kept waiting with registration until I found the proper name as many were taken. After a month of brainstorming with people (but mostly with myself) I’ve came up with N3RDS. Until this day I love the name.

Which aspect of your personality do you think is the key to your success?
Well, success is not something I’ve reached YET with my company, business is going great. But there is always room for improvement. I love innovation and I think that innovation is a key to success.

What was the biggest drawback you faced or perhaps are still facing?
The hours, having the ability to take a day off whenever you want is the thing most people see. But they don’t see that work never stops, even weekends or holidays. As a business owner work will never stop, even after meeting up friends there can be times I need walk away and work for a few minutes. But then again, I love my job.

Did you had any unforeseen consequences?
The only thing I can think of is that friends think I’ll do anything for free, because they are my friend.
At some point you have to take your business seriously and stop with charity and ask “friendly” prices. This was hard in the beginning, but I believe real friends will be happy to pay what you are worth, if not than I can’t help them.

How are you doing now with your business?
Business is going great. We work with a small team on some great projects from big clients.

What would you advise other people when starting your own business?
Charge that amount you know you are worth. And if you’re not proud of your company or mission/methods, rethink what feels wrong about it. I believe if you’re a business owner, either small or big, you should be proud of what your company stands for.

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  1. Joris
    February 19, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Inspiring item!

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Eva is a Dutch fashion blogger based in Twente, the Netherlands. Eva runs her blog since 2015 and quickly grew into a edgy and streetstyle based fashion blog where you’ll also find social media tips and tricks. Eva is active on many social platforms like Instagram, Lookbook, Facebook, Pinterest, Blogsociety, Fashion Potluck and Bloglovin. This is one of the main reasons that her reach goes far. Even though she doesn’t consider herself to be a Dutch Influencer she has worked with Livera, Violet Hamden, Defshop, Jo Malone, Ice-watch, BenBits, Esprit, Innocent drinks and many other brand.

Eva is een Nederlandse fashion blogger uit Twente. Na haar blog lancering in 2015 groeide ze al snel uit tot een edgy en streetstyle fashion blog waar je ook social media tips en marketing tricks vindt. Eva is actief op menig social media kanaal waaronder Instagram, Lookbook, Facebook, Pinterest, Blogsociety, Fashion Potluck en Bloglovin. Dit is één van de redenen waarom haar bereik ver gaat. Hoewel Eva zichzelf niet als een Nederlandse influencer ziet heeft ze samengewerkt met Livera, Violet Hamden, Defshop, Jo Malone, Ice-Watch, Benbits, Esprit, Innocent drinks en vele andere merken.