Amsterdam Coffice #1: Coffecompany at Waterlooplein 67

Amsterdam Coffice #1: Coffecompany at Waterlooplein - letsreachsuccess.com

As you may know, I recently moved to my favorite place in the whole world (or at least what I’ve seen from it), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

I began my life here successfully, enjoying location independence but also falling in love with the city day after day. It literally has anything one can want from a city.

And while working from home is something that feels good to me and what I’m used to, I also enjoy finding coffee shops, coworking spaces and other places where creativity and productivity are in the air and doing remote work just feels right.

Generally, you can do your online work and run a business like that from anywhere.

But such places have everything – good coffee, nice atmosphere, solid internet connection, positive people around, and even many others working online around you.

Turns out, visiting these is not only good for getting out of your comfort zone, getting some work done and being outside, but also a fantastic way to explore such a big and international city.

It will never feel weird to take your laptop and go to one of these, and so I’m on a quest to visiting one each week.

Sounds like a fun project. I thought of this the moment I ended up at the first coffice, which was Coffeecompany (they got many of these here in Amsterdam). It felt so good there that I wanted to share it with others.

Then it hit me.

If I’m going to work in many places like that in the future anyways, why not write a short review of each and publish it on the blog, so that those looking for coffices can feel even more motivated to really pay one of these a visit.

Over time, when I gather many reviews, I’ll create a page on the site and it will serve as a resource for all the freelancers, aspiring online entrepreneurs and online business owners who either live here already, or who are visiting for some time.

Just like I checked out a few listicles online about good places to get coffee and work remotely in Amsterdam, so will other people do it in the future.

My audience might be mainly Americans, but the ones working online, who are location independent, or just visiting the capitals of Europe, will find it helpful eventually too. In case you won’t ever end up here, simply skip these posts (they won’t appear too often).

But there’s more to that. In the past, when i’ve been reading about people’s experiences when working online, or when traveling the world with their laptop, I started dreaming about this too.

So this means if someone that’s living a life he’s not satisfied with, lands on my blog and finds a review of a coffice in Amsterdam that I visited, sees how it felt there and how much I love every second of what I do, he might as well set the goal of becoming self-employed too. And as we know, we’re all a decision away from a completely different lifestyle :)

So, let’s get to the point of this post, and it’s to present you the first coffee shop I visited here with my laptop.

Coffeecompany at Waterlooplein

cafe in Amsterdam for freelancers and remote workers

I’ve been working online at Starbucks in many cities while traveling, and I loved it. But this is the first time I enter such a creative space.

It doesn’t feel like a coffee shop, but it’s not an actual coworking space either. It’s the perfect combination of these, together with an office.

If you’re doing any type of remote work, I believe you’ll enjoy it.

Coffeecompany is situated at Waterlooplein 2, and I found it accidentally while passing by a few days before that. It looked quite tempting from the outside too so that’s when I decided to come back with the laptop the same week.

Amsterdam Coffice #1: Coffecompany at Waterlooplein - letsreachsuccess

The interior, in my opinion at least, is awesome.

When you enter, you’ll see a big table on the left with many people staring at their laptops. It’s like in a super friendly business meeting, where no one really knows each other though.

Go straight to get your coffee, and on the right and upstairs you’ll see many small spaces and tables with super comfortable chairs. Some people might be enjoying a cup of coffee, others are there with friends and just chat, some are together with a laptop working on a project. There’s everything.

It’s located at Waterlooplein which is one of the famous places in the city. It’s the oldest flea market in Amsterdam too, that’s open 6 days a week and even if you’re not there to buy anything, it still makes the area pretty cosy and interesting.

Although it’s pretty close to the central station and I now prefer to get to in on foot, you can take metro 54, direction Gein, and get off at Waterlooplein, which is literally 5 minutes (2 stops, I believe).

So, that was my first official coffice experience and the first place where you can work remotely in Amsterdam that I’m having the pleasure to review.

Do check it out if you feel like and let me know what you think :)

PS, and get some work done, of course. It’s the online business that allows us to have such creative and location freedom, after all. And the best way to show appreciation to it is to keep doing meaningful work.

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Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.