Amsterdam Coffice #1: Coffecompany at Waterlooplein

Amsterdam Coffice #1: Coffecompany at Waterlooplein -

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 an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle