New website

Hello,

This is a short note to let you know that from 24/02, I will be posting on my new website kiriamartinez.com.  I will be sharing social media, marketing and business tips.

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Website under construction

Website: Under construction

One of my New Year’s goals is to start a more professional website when I will be sharing my life experiences in The Netherlands as an expat entrepreneur.

That means that the next weeks I will not be posting as frequently in this blog to make the transition more easy for me — remember I’m new at this :)…Be patient with the whole process, it will be worth it.

The new site kiriamartinez.com will have social media, marketing and business tips, inspirational quotes and hotspot that you definitely should give a try.

My idea is to make your experience with marketing and social media more enjoyable. So don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to receive the latest posts.

Do you want to suggest topics for my next post?  send me an email at info@kiriamartinez.com and I will write about it.

7 things I wish I knew when I started freelancing

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As a self-employed entrepreneur I love having control of my schedule, waking up late, skipping the traffic jam, having lunch with friends in the middle of the day, and being able to work in yoga clothes…but most of all — being my own boss.

There is always a but, right? After all those amazing things, there are others that I wish someone had told me before I got started on this adventure:

  • Dress code | On a cold, rainy and gray day, I don’t feel like putting on a work outfit, so I stay the whole day in really comfy pajamas — but of course, those are my less productive days. So I suggest that you define a dress code that can help you get through those kind of days.
  • Meal Schedules | If I’m working on a project I usually get so involved that I forget to have my lunch or take a break. Prepare an easy and fast lunch menu for the week, so you don’t have to think every day what you will be eating.
  • Monologue | I’m becoming an expert on having conversations and discussions with myself. I know what you are thinking, the answer is no, I’m not going crazy, and sometimes I miss the interaction with colleagues. Try to plan a coworking day with friends or look for a place when you can rent a desk and work with others that are in the same situation as you a few days in the month.
  • People assume you’re not busy | Most people assume that working from home is the same as having a lot of free time. It’s not that way, they are not synonymous. As an entrepreneur you are in charge of all the departments of a company, the only little detail is that the most of the time you have to do it all by yourself.
  • When you realize that you have not been outside | Sometimes I spend more than 3 days in a row inside the house without even feeling the sunlight. Luckily my desk is close to a window where I can see the daylight. If not, I think that I would already be a vampire.
  • Working all time | You don’t have the structure of the office and it is really difficult to make a separation between work and your social life. So plan your working hours ahead of time and select a dedicated workspace in your home. It will help you establish a regular work schedule.
  • You slowly forget how to interact with others | Working from home can be isolating. You can easily forget how important interaction with other people is. Make a list of other entrepreneurs that can help you. Remember that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. You can contact them when you have questions or doubts about a topic that you don’t know much about.

Like Tony Gaskins said, “if you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs”. Work on your dreams —  if you keep working hard and believing in yourself, you will definitely make it.

Is there something that you struggling with as an entrepreneur? See you in the comments,

How to start your business in NL

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Foto from Freepik

As a entrepreneur in a foreign country you have to go the extra mile. You don’t only have to deal with differences in language and culture,  but also with the way that things are done. When I decided to start my business here in the Netherlands I was completely lost. I had no clue how and where to start, so after a lot of thought, I choose to listen to my inner voice and spend a lot of time searching on the internet on the best way to start it.

To spare you a lot of time and bad night’s sleep ;), every Tuesday I will share with you a post full of tips on how to make your Entrepreneur life in The Netherlands more enjoyable.

First, start thinking of a name that will represent your business, product or services. Try to choose one name that is not difficult to pronounce and is easy to remember. Next week I will give you a few tips that will help you choose your name.

In the Netherlands you can promote your services or products for the first three months without having to register with the chamber of commerce (Check this information in the chamber of commerce close to you). I recommend that you check to make sure that the name that you have chosen is not already taken.

When you want to register your business, you should:

  • Go to the website of the chamber of commerce (KvK kamer van koophandel) that is closest to you and make an online appointment.
  • Know the number of the bank account where you are planning to handle all the money transactions, preferably with the name of the company. You’ll need the number in order to ask for the BTW number (tax number)
  • Fill in the form that they sent you via e-mail and bring them the day of your appointment.
  • Be on time and go to the reception area to ask if you have to take a number or if you just have to wait for them to call you by name.
  • Bring 50 euro (They don’t accept cash, so you should bring your bank card/pinpas)
  • Bring an identification document.
  • Make a business plan. It’s not always necessary, depending on the kind of company that you are planning to register
  • Include the number of clients that you are planning to get the first year

I suggest checking all the tips in the website of KvK to be sure that the requirements haven’t changed.

Are you planning to register with the KvK? Have you had experience with starting a company or registering a business in the Netherlands?

Good luck with the process. If you have a question don’t hesitate to write to me, I’ll be more than happy to help you.

Kiria

Merry Christmas…

Hello peeps,

How is the season holidays treating you? Did you already send your Christmas cards, bought the presents and prepare the menu for the Christmas evening dinner? … I have to answer with a big No to all of them. I hope that you’re less stressed out than I am ;)… but today I’m planning to leave everything that I had planned for the next two weeks and take some time off to recharge my batteries. See the photo for a few tips on how I’m planning to do that.

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Off course, before I do that I will play the belated Elf from Santa and send all my cards and buy a few presents, so be patient the card’s are on their way.

I will like to wish you a nice Christmas and I hope that the Christmas spirit stays with you the whole 2016 and that he brings you a lot of special memories with your loved ones.

Thanks for joining me in this blogging adventure and don’t forget to do something every day that makes you happy… I’ll return blogging on january 12th, but if you want to keep track off me or chat a little bit, let’s get together on Instagram (@kyriamartinez).

Do you have any special tips to recharge your batteries?

Review: October book

October book

In October I read the book “Leaving Your Mark,” by Aliza Licht. It is a biography and story of the career trajectory of a fashion lover. The author shares the do’s and don’ts for careers in any sector.

It is an easy book to read, full with working tips, especially helpful if you are a college student, if you are starting to build a career or planning to change to an industry where you might not have experience but you have passion.

Below are a few quotes that I think are useful:

  1. “Nothing is yours unless you work for it—and however hard you think you have to work in order to get somewhere, I can promise you that it’s triple.”
  2. “I had to be honest with myself and admit that it was OK to make a mistake.”
  3. “If you have no one to show you the ropes, you have to build a ladder”
  4. “You get one life, but many chances. It’s time to take a new one.”
  5. “As long as the experience is related (and I mean loosely related) to your passion in some way, it’s worth your time and effort.”
  6. “Every person you meet gives you the ability to expand your network.
  7. “Don’t expect a thank-you or a pat on the back. Do a great job for YOURSELF.”
  8. “There’s always that one person who gives you the chance, who takes you under his wing and changes your career path forever.”
  9. “Social media provides a playground for everyone to put parts of themselves out there”
  10. “Social media is a strategic weapon to help you build your brand—whether personally or professionally.

I enjoyed reading this book and got the feeling that I was hearing the story of a friend’s career while sharing a cup of thee. Thank you, Miss Licht, for sharing your knowledge and for motivating us to follow our passions.

I will give this book three K’s point eight (KKK.8)

Oreo Christmas packaging

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Foto: From Oreo company

If you are an Oreo & coloring lover as I am, you’ll be more than happy with their new package.

This holiday Oreo decided to follow the trend of coloring and created the Oreo Colorfilled. You can buy in their shop a standard package of 14.3 oz with 36 delicious chocolate sandwich cookies and color the package yourself.

How can you do that:

Go to the Oreo page: https://shop.oreo.com/

  1. Choose between the illustrations of Jeremyville and Timothy Goodman
  2. Later you can start coloring with a digital palette of colors. You can also buy blank packs that will arrive with markets and you can color them at home.
  3. You can also add coloring flair
  4. To give a personal touch you can add a message on it

The price of the package will cost $15, a nice way to surprise an Oreo lover this holiday.

Welcome December

Welcome december

Well, the last month of the year has just begun. It’s time to review the year and see what you have learned. It doesn’t matter how your year was, it’s a good time to be a kid and bring happiness and joy to the people that surround you. I’m a believer that more happiness you give, the more you get, so with that thought in mind let’s spread the good vibe and the Christmas spirit.

Book of the month: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Series of the month: I will be watching the Spanish series: “El barco”. The series combines elements of drama, mystery and action — a formula that was very popular between 2007 and 2010. Have you ever heard about it? What are you planning to look at this month?

December agenda

Ravenstein

12 | Kaarstlicht. This is the 25th time that Ravenstein celebrates their candles day. You’ll be able to enjoy the Christmas & gift market with live music, food and more as of 15.00. At 19:00 the historical town will turn out the electricity and the houses are going to be illuminated only with candles, so visitors can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. The entrance fee is  € 3.00 per person. Children under six years old have free admission.

For more information: http://www.ravensteinbijkaarslicht.nl/

Den Bosch

12 dec- 03 january | Bosch Winterparadijs. Parade in Den Bosch will be once again transformed into a winter paradise. It will be from 12:00 to 19:00. There you can find tasty food, music and a lovely winter atmosphere. Don’t forget to leave your wish in the Christmas tree.

For more information: http://www.vvvdenbosch.nl/nl/wat-te-doen/bosch-winterparadijs

Until 20 december | For Vincent van Gogh lovers there is an exhibition in the Noordbrabants museum. It explains the role that Van Gogh plays in our time and how he has become one of the best known and most popular artists in the world .

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20 | Dickensfestijn. The Christmas Drunen Dickens festival.  You’ll be taken back to the Christmas spirit in the time of Charles Dickens from 12:00 to 17:00. A lot of from the famous books of this English writer come alive: Scrooge to Oliver Twist, Mr. Pickwick to David Copperfield, from orphans to drunkards, from maids to distinguished people. Free entrance

For more information: http://www.dickensfestijndrunen.nl/

Amsterdam

Until 17 january | Amsterdam light festival.The festival offers a varied program of exhibitions, music, storytelling , lectures, tours and symposia in many places in the city. Look at the agenda before visiting.

For more information: https://www.amsterdamlightfestival.com/nl/agenda/

If you got the chance don’t forget to visit a Christmas market in Germany. It’s a really nice experience.

Are you planning to go to a Christmas event this year?

“Til next time ;)”