My Story

Let’s go back

It was a hot summer day in June, 1989. This is my birth. Okay, maybe not that far back. 

Let’s start somewhere else. It’s April 2013 and I just quit my boring call center job to go off on my own. Finally, I can have the freedom of being self-employed, running my own business and choosing my own work hours. What could go wrong?

I had learned about things like affiliate marketing and niche sites through internet marketing forums and YouTube videos and was ready to give it a shot. I tried all sorts of online business ideas; from weight loss affiliate sites to insurance plan review blogs. 

Some ideas worked better than others, but I learned 2 important lessons: 

1). Stick to 1 thing that works

2). I love this online business thing! 

After trying a whole range of different online business models, I went to Indonesia on holiday in December 2013. Do I really have to go back to the cold, gray Western European country I’ve always lived in? I don’t want to. Okay, now what? None of the online business ideas I had tried that year really stuck so I needed an income.

Then I found out about a marketplace called Flippa.com. It’s a platform where people buy and sell websites. Wait a minute… I can build websites, maybe I can build them and sell them through here?

So that’s what I did. I taught myself WordPress and sold ready-made websites and online stores full-time while living on the tropical island of Java.

In May 2017 I moved back to my home country of the Netherlands. My main focus at this point was my business 21Brands.com, where I teach people how to build and market their Shopify stores.

I also stated doing open-mic stand up comedy; something I’ve always wanted to do. I love it.

My goal for 2019 is to develop myself further as a freelance WordPress web designer while pursuing some of my comedy goals; both stand-up and online.

I’m also looking to start a private label brand of nootropics (supplements for better brain functioning), which is something else I’m very passionate about.

 

Timeline:

I didn’t want to ramble on for too long here, so I compressed some stuff into a timeline.

2006: own radio station in high school

This was my first real entrepreneurial venture. It never made a buck, but I loved it.

2011: TV Hamster

I owned a website called TV Hamster. I wrote TV Show recaps and reviews and share them with the world. To this day I regret giving this project up, since I was making $250+ per month in Adsense money, without even optimizing the site for it! Not bad for a hobby project. I could have turned this cool side hustle into a full-time income then, but instead just dropped it. Lesson learned.

2013: Various internet marketing methods

Affiliate marketing, media buying, some service reselling and more.

2014 – 2017: Freelance + Flippa

I’ve built and sold at least 100 WordPress websites and stores, probably a lot more.

2018: 21Brands

A place to learn about Shopify Dropshipping. From writing all the content, creating the courses to marketing the business, I’ve really enjoyed the process. 

2019: Orange29

That means more freelancing. I love helping clients launch and improve their business through great web design and conversion optimization. 

Future:

Nootropics, more comedy, more freelancing, video creation, public speaking, organizing events, and of course more traveling.