Expat Entrepreneur: Traci White in the Netherlands
Expat wedding photographer Traci White already has her first booking...within one month of launching her business.
Name: Traci White
Country of residence: The Netherlands
Name of company: Traci White Weddings
Date of company launch: September 2011
Can you give us a brief description of your business and how it is going?
I am a documentary-style wedding photographer based in Groningen, and I have been fortunate enough to book my first wedding within a month of opening! I am also a freelance documentary photographer, and I am in the planning phase of three long-term stories I am very excited about.
What do you like about doing business in the Netherlands?
There are a lot of resources made available through the Kamer van Koophandel, including tax advice and the starters seminars, in addition to the thorough initial consultation for categorizing my business.
What do you find most frustrating about doing business in the Netherlands?
Compared with the wedding industry in the United States, it is more difficult to find other businesses in this field with whom to affiliate.
What hurdles did you encounter when setting up?
Whether to take out insurance has been the most looming question, since the business needs to demonstrate profitability before feeling comfortable with that investment. Since photographers insure themselves one piece of equipment at a time, that will more likely be my approach.
How has the economic crisis affected your business?
It is too early to tell, but thankfully, weddings are relatively recession-proof, even if couples feel compelled to have a smaller budget.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs setting up business in the Netherlands?
Communicate with everyone possible in the industry for advice and connections.
How does running a business in the Netherlands compare to running a business in other countries that you have lived in?
I was not self-employed in America, but based on conversations with friends who are, the tax system here seems more fair and transparent.
Planning a wedding?
To contact Traci for a quote, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view her portfolio on her website.
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