Starting your own business

Having a brilliant idea is not enough to start a company. Starting up a company requires some thorough thinking and is not suited to everyone.

To start with, you have to consider whether you are the right kind of person to run your own business. Are your personal strengths reflective of a business owner, or are you better suited to being an employee or first gaining more experience?


To many people, being your own boss sounds very attractive, but it does not mean you can go to the beach whenever you feel like it. Being your own boss means being strict with yourself, getting out of bed and doing your work, especially when you might not feel like it!

It also means you need to be able to sell your idea. No matter how brilliant the idea is, you need to go out and tell people about it. This may sound easy, but it requires nerve and persistence to make it work. Without this drive, you will find getting your business off the ground a lot harder.

Brave choice

This applies to running a business anywhere in the world: starting a business in the Netherlands is no different in this respect. Starting your own company is not the most obvious career choice for young people in the Netherlands, but Dutch people are generally quite positive about ‘those who are brave enough’ to start their own company.

Source: Expertise in Labour Mobility

last modified Aug 12, 2013 02:26 PM
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