Become as business savvy as you are creative!
I created this, because, too often, I run into freelancers who simply don't know what a good hourly rate is.
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It's hard to do everything by yourself. To make every decision, figure out what's smart and stay motivated. Allow me to guide you in developing your strategy. Now, this won't be a picknick either, but I'll host you every step of the way.
Here are the upcoming trainings:
Give your dreams the gift of a solid strategy so they can become reality!
It's your business. It's your life. If you could dream, what are you hoping to accomplish with your work (and life)? And if you’re serious about your dreams and your business, why leave it to chance? Sign up for this 2-day private masterclass and develop a strategy!
What we'll cover:
Discover your vision for the future and formulate your goals.
The structure & model of your business, and how to price your products.
Your value proposition, product portfolio, target market, and sales.
Bringing it back to an actionable planning, focus and steps.
Level-up your business. Become as business savvy, as you’re a creative genius.
A two-month program, February 1st - March 31st. A blend between offline sessions, online homework. You, together with a cohort.
This program will give you the clarity, confidence and focus to run a successful creative business on your terms.
We'll create a clear vision for your business. I'll teach you how to structure your business. We'll develop an effective and generous marketing strategy. And, we'll make sure you focus on the most important work done.
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But how to know whether or not you should give it a go? Is the idea any good? Will you be passionate about it? Do you have what it takes to get it off the ground?
Since the world is complex, you can't see the finish line or simulate all the steps. You need to learn through action!
Here I write about how to figure it out!
What type of entrepreneurship are you in?
Entrepreneurship is a big term. A bit too big. Knowledge or advice about entrepreneurship is inherently only applicable to some of it.
By breaking it up into the two main and very distinct types, it helps you see more clearly what the right strategy and path for growth is. And to know what not to do.
So, which one are you? Are you a "Freelancer" or an "Entrepreneur"?
How to grow when your time is filled up and still deliver more value, with less frustration and becoming more trustworthy.
I find choosing and committing difficult. I know why it's important, but I keep coming up with counter-argument and excuses. I wrote a letter to myself for mental support. Hope it helps you too.
Defining a niche, focusing your work on specific people, picking specific goals. It all keeps coming back when I listen to successful entrepreneurs.
Now, I don't particularly like focusing. I like flexibility, options, variety. But even I have come to believe it good for you business and growth.
Here are the 10 reasons why you should define your niche, especially when you're just starting out.
Funny thing, I already wrote about the why. But when writing about the how, I realised I had more to say.
The program from Tijmen is just great. I really enjoyed it and learned so much. Before we went in, our company didn't really have a direction. But after the program we knew where we want to go and how to sell it. I definitely recommend it.
- Pim Hermans of Studio Pressplay
Getting clear on my values helps align my business. I have more confidence in the future because I know what's important and that my plan is solid.
The coaching sessions kept me on point and aligned. They helped me take action quicker and in the right direction.
Tijmen's style is informal, pleasant and spacious.
- Samuel Beltman of SeoSlim
Joining a masterclass is about granting yourself the time to think about the future of your business without the distractions of everyday life. It’s deep and practical. It’s going from chaos to focus. And, even the topics that typically are not the sexiest (looking at you, finance) are covered in a fun way.
Tijmen will help you leap past your fears to choose what your business stands for and who you serve. He’ll challenge and advise you. And, you’ll definitely leave with more energy than how you came in."
- Lianne Bijleveld of Into the New
All the different ideas I had in my mind started to take (a better) shape as the program was developing. And now I know what I need to do.
The experience is engaging, full of information and very reflective. It's also an intense training on empathy and vulnerability, in a good way.
I would say that the program is both for early career entrepreneurs, and for professionals who want to take the next step. This mixture is very beneficial as you get to meet and interact with truly diverse and interesting individuals.
- Constantina Georgiou of Among the Ants
Tijmen showed me that running a company is more than putting a product out there and hard work. It’s thinking smartly about who you want to serve and how to do so in a way that helps you both!
He calmly explains everything in a way so you get it. The evening, after spending two days with him, I was working with revamped energy and completely fixed up my shop.
- Jasper Jochems of Kildale Bikes
Every once in a while you bring your car to the garage for a check-up. Oil level, alignment, tire pressure, do all the lights still work?
The Strategy Intensive was this for my company and a lot more. And as an extra service, we also looked back at the roads traveled the previous year and the roadmap for the coming period.
I can recommend this engineer whole-heartedly!"
- Freek van der Pluijm of Re-Volt
If having an impact is important in the work you do, get clarity on how to make it real with a few sessions with Tijmen. Our's were a dynamic combination of journaling, discussion, brainstorming and pitching.
Working one-on-one as opposed to a group setting was immensely beneficial: it gave us time to examine contexts, scenarios and ideas that ultimately made the outcome feel particularly thought-out and personal.
- Pawel Porowski of Real Bread
Coaching with Tijmen has helped me bring focus and structure into my work. This has enabled me to make the decision to hire my first employee (and soon a second).
I know now what company I want to build and the work I want to do (and don't). Something I - at some level - already knew but couldn't 'get to' in my daily operations of running my business.
In our conversations, I was able to sit with these questions long enough to let the answers come into focus. Something that always slips in my daily routine. He's easy to talk to, informal, and direct when needed.
- Wendy Grootscholten of Studio Playground
Tijmen makes you think about the strategy of your company and helps you translate that to products or services.
You’ll see what your prices need to be (or how many hours you need to make) to support your living. And you and him set a number of super SMART-goals for the coming months. From strategic to super practical.
Plus, small size of the groups creates a lot of space for each other and personal stories. Try it out!
- Marc van der Laan of 3voor12 Utrecht