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Coming to the Netherlands as an Entrepreneur

For love, for money, for adventure; there are near-infinite reasons why people emigrate nowadays. If you are an entrepreneur or a self-employed person from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland, and are considering moving to the Netherlands, you will be happy to know that there is a whole host of information available to help you…

A tale of two startup cities: Amsterdam and Helsinki

Two cities –Amsterdam and Helsinki – though very different in many ways, have a startup boom in common. From Wired magazine, to Silicon Republic, to EU Startups, the media’s paying attention to Amsterdam’s colossal startup power. Tech Crunch called the city “the world’s high tech start up capital”. Amsterdam comes in sixth of Europe’s startup…

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…

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…