BASED IN: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
What do you do?
I am the proud owner of The Art Bowl based out of Amsterdam for the Dutch/European market. My mission is to bring unexpected beautiful digital art into people’s homes without making such a big deal out of it. I take private work from artists that work in say advertising agencies or for magazines and make it into beautiful artwork for people’s houses.
What is the best part about being an entrepreneur? What is the worst/hardest part?
I went from a well-paid finance job in a multinational company, to suddenly working at home for me, myself and I. So being an entrepreneur definitely is the most liberating feeling in the world. Creating, shaping and being present in everything I do every day as menial as it sounds, it really is amazing. The worst, is the insecurity, the loneliness and the doubts. As long as the good outweigh the bad, I’m happy. But you need to have a clear goal and a fantastic network around you that supports not only the business but you as a person.
How do you keep yourself motivated when you can’t keep going anymore?
It sounds weird, but for me the most demotivating is seeing that endless ‘to-do’ list where you feel like it is just-never-ending. So if I feel demotivated, I find the two smallest on the list to complete, I complete them and then I walk away and have a break. I take time to bike around Amsterdam clear my head, I go and have that coffee that I’ve been putting off for weeks. I come back fresh, relaxed, positive and ready for more!
Why do you think now is the time to be a female entrepreneur?
Now is THE time, #girlboss! I feel with more time women feel that they don’t want to be constricted to the corporate rules anymore. We want to be creative, we want to be making money from things that excite us. We don’t have to rule the world, but we have to at least rule our world.
Times are changing for the better, but I think that everyone just has now more opportunities/choice to do things we love. And I definitely believe being an entrepreneur is though no matter what gender you are.
What does success mean to you? What does it mean to “be successful”? Can it ever be fully achieved or is it something that comes and goes?
A big question, success for me means fulfillment. I actually really enjoy doing what I’m doing. No, seriously I do. It’s not for the money, it’s not for the status, it’s because I really like it and then the rest just all falls into place somehow.
But being ‘successful’ can be measured in two ways, firstly how successful you think you are, for instance your own personal achievements. Or you can look at it as a benchmark against other people’s achievements. No matter what when you are an entrepreneur always look at it from your point of view to start with or else you will be overwhelmed, guaranteed. Make sure you constantly have those success moments, even for the little things. And remember to take a minute to celebrate them!
What is one (or more) piece of advice you can offer our readers and other entrepreneurs that are reading your interview? What is the most important to keep in mind?
1. Do it. Give it a go. You can do this!
2. Your support network are your biggest help, don’t take them for granted.
3. Manage your money wisely – it runs out quicker than you think.
4. Always ask at least 3 people for advice, if you get the same answer twice then go with it, if not ask another 3 people…
5. And remember Beyoncé has only 24 hours in her day too.