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Volunteering in the Netherlands

When many internationals relocate, they find themselves in a new place, knowing few people and, in the case of spouses or partners of those relocated for work, with some extra time on their hands. It can often be intimidating to step out of your comfort zone in a new place but volunteering is a great…

A Guide to Work Contracts in The Netherlands

So, you’ve survived the move to the Netherlands and all that comes with it. You managed to find a house and deal with the Gemeente, and most recently, you’ve sat through numerous stressful job interviews, and it’s all finally paid off – you landed a job offer in the Netherlands! But hang on, what’s the…

Interview – Starting a Business in the Netherlands

Built on an economy that encourages innovation, with new start-ups popping up every day, it’s no wonder that the Netherlands is enticing to expat entrepreneurs. We spoke to Margot Heesakker-Heintz and Laurens den Ouden from Business.gov.nl to compile this general checklist for new business owners in the Netherlands. Business.gov.nl is the official government website for…

Entrepreneur Skills 101: Embracing the Pivot Mindset

Eric Ries first applied the term ‘pivot’ to startups in his book, The Lean Startup. According to Ries, a pivot is “making a change in strategy, without a change in vision”. Pivoting is knowing where you can grow and move your ideas forward. It is knowing when to abandon an idea that lack luster, knowing…

Jobseeking secrets in the Netherlands

Edith Verhoek In the Netherlands, like anywhere else, you’ll need to work to pay bills and get by. There’s a wealth of opportunity here, just waiting for you to reach out and take it. However there’s also a lot of competition, and looking for a job here might be a little different than jobseeking at…

Freelancer in the Spotlight: The Final Edit

A wanderer from an early age, American-born Lauren Kiraly packed up her American life and crossed the ocean to the Netherlands almost a year ago, husband in tow. Now her company – The Final Edit – is here to help non-native English speakers with their English skills and to present their best selves. She spoke…