Entrepreneurs start thousands of companies, but they are not all successful. Serial entrepreneur and angel investor David S Rose offers a well thought through and understandable checklist in this book to make your start-up flourish. He uses the 25 “key steps” to help you meet the challenges that come your way as an entrepreneur.

You can find more information about this book or order this book here.

Burn the business plan

Carl J Schramm argues that many ideas about how to start a business are based on unrealistic thoughts about what makes a company “work”. On the basis of case studies, this book shows how different factors influence companies and their founders. A must for entrepreneurs in every business phase.

You can find more information about this book or order this book here.

The Power of Habit

Have you ever wondered why some people, for example, manage to adopt a healthy lifestyle or are successful in their work, while others are not? According to journalist Charles Duhigg, this is because of habits and successful people are able to control and change their habits. And that starts with understanding the “habit loop” that consists of cue, routine and reward.

You can find more information about this book or order this book here.

Mindset Carol Dweck

This book is based on a simple statement: the world is divided into people who are open to learning and those who do not, and influences everything: from your worldview to the relationships you build. Dweck shows what impact your mindset can have and also shows that you can have an open mindset in some areas and a closed mindset in others.

You can find more information about this book or order this book here.

Doors Open - Setting goals

Eventhough Instagram is full of successful, laughing goal getters, the reality is that goals more often than not end up in the trash.

Why does this happen? And more importantly, what can you do about it? We believe there are 4 questions that are essential to answer if you want to achieve your goals successfully.

Read the complete guide to achieving your goals here.

The time when freelancers sat lonely in an attic working behind their laptops has faded. Not only has the amount of independent entrepreneurs made a huge leap in the past few years – in 2018, no fewer than 168.000 freelancers started their careers in The Netherlands (15% more than in 2017) – but also the percentage of people working outside of their homes has increased. More than 90% of entrepreneurs work somewhere else on a regular basis. And over 20% use a flex working location for this.

The success of the Female Hub in The Hague and initiatives such as the Food for Thought Coworking Week on Curaçao show that entrepreneurs like to work in an environment where they are not constantly alone. But why is that? What is the added value of coworking? We put 5 remarks that we hear regularly about coworking together and investigated this for you: is it fact or fiction?

#1: Coworking prevents loneliness for entrepreneurs

Fact. Harvard Business Review did research about it. No fewer than 83% of the entrepreneurs who joined a coworking space feels less lonely. And 89% state that he or she is happier. The fact that you are not sitting alone behind your laptop at the kitchen table all day, but are surrounded by other independent entrepreneurs, makes a huge difference. Even if it is only 1 day a week.

We at the Female Hub get a lot of positive energy from surrounding ourselves with other entrepreneurs. Moreover, this is the reason why Suzanne once started the Female Hub in The Hague. After running from café to café for 5 months to work she was not only shaking from the caffeine, but she also felt lonely. Since she opened the Female Hub in January 2018 that feeling has gone completely.

#2: You are less productive at a coworking space

Fiction. Does having people around you all the time, mean you are more easily distracted and less productive? That’s what many people think. But nothing is less true. Officevibe collected data, and the outcome?

64% of coworking space users are more able to finish their tasks on time and 68% state that they can focus better this way.

What we hear from many entrepreneurs is that on the one hand you are not tempted to do other things (“I’ll just quickly do the laundry”) so you can fully focus. On the other hand you have the possibility to brainstorm with other entrepreneurs at the coworking space. Questions or other challenges you face are solved way faster this way compared to when you rack your brain on your own.

#3: Coworking is a good way to extend your network

Fact. Even before the first Food for Thought Coworking Week on Curaçao officially started, we have already added dozens of interesting entrepreneurs to our network. Additionally, many coworking spaces organize networking drinks. We do this at the Female Hub in The Hague at least 3 times a year with our Bubbels & Babbels events. This is where we can clearly see the development of collaborations. And the previously mentioned research by Harvard Business Review supports this: No fewer than 82% of the coworkers state that their professional network has increased since joining a coworking space.

#4: There is less privacy at a coworking space

Fact. Well, you are in an open space so the chance that someone sees your screen or hears your phone conversation is a given. Luckily, there is an unwritten etiquette in most coworking spaces to not monitor other’s screens or eavesdrop on another person’s phone call.

The “community” feeling is high, and entrepreneurs join to learn with and from each other. Additionally, most coworking spaces have one or more separate rooms where you can go if you need to work with confidential information or have a conversation with someone that is not meant for others to hear.

#5: Coworking is only attractive for (young) starters

Fiction. The ZZP Barometer shows, that 1 in 3 coworkers is younger than 35 years old, and 41% has been self-employed for less than a year. It is true that a big part are starters, but there are clearly many experienced and/or older entrepreneurs too who opt for coworking. We can also see this at the Food for Thought Coworking Week, and how diverse the entrepreneurs that signed up are. The variation is also big at the Female Hub. Our Hubber Judith Dayala is 56 and just became self-employed. Hubber Nathalie van Wijkvliet is a lot younger, being 33 years old, but has been self-employed since 2012.

In our opinion coworking has nothing to do with age or experience. It’s all about the shared vision: To learn and grow with and from each other.

Are you an entrepreneur and do you work at a coworking space? Share your experience! Would you like to know what coworking is like? Join the Food for Thought Coworking Week on Curaçao or become a member of the Female Hub in The Hague.

Doors Open Female Hub - streetwiZe Mobile School

Everyone has got talent. Everyone is good at something. We at the Female Hub know this like no other. We are busy discovering and developing talents on a daily basis. But what if you cannot make use of your talent because of your circumstances? What if you are already busy enough with keeping yourself alive? This is the sad reality of millions of street children worldwide. That is why we will donate 50% of the earnings of the sales of Female Hub daypasses that are sold between March 8th 2019 (international women’s day) and April 12th 2019 (day of the street child) to Mobile School.

What is Mobile School?

From street child to CEO, that is the mission of Mobile School. Following the motto ‘if a child cannot go to school, we will bring the school to the child’ there are already 52 mobile schools driving through 26 countries in Latin-America, Asia, Africa and Europe. The story of Junieth is the best evidence on how much positive influence it can have, when a child can develop his/her talents:

Will you help us?

Help us with our cause. Buy a day pass for Doors Open Female Hub between March 8th and April 12th. This way, you can work a day at the most awesome coworking and co-learning Hub of the Netherlands where you can work on YOUR talents and we help street children work on THEIR talents. Buy your day pass here.

Doors Open Female Hub - ZijInspireert

The International Women’s Day exists since 1911. Originally it was designed to fight for equal rights for women it evolved to a yearly returning day with changing motives. We added our own touch for the 2019 edition and asked 5 of our Female Hubbers: which woman inspires you?

Renske Heijker – Graphic designer

Nina Pierson: founder of i.a. SLA and Bedrock magazine. I follow here on Instagram for quite a while now and her stories inspire me to live environmentally friendlier, more consciously and sustainably. The way she enlightens the Netherlands about sustainable living and healthy foods is fascinating.

Nina Pierson

Tyche van Bommel – Interviewer and presenter

Brené Brown. What she is writing about vulnerability, pudency and empathy, I use daily at my work. What is really inspiring about her is that she writes about this that touches all of us, consciously or subconsciously, but also that she has done proper research about it. There are so many books about topics like these, which are just written by someone with their own opinion, but she has actually interviewed lots of people, has done a lot of research. Respect. And next to that she has the heart to present herself completely vulnerable, which I admire. I would love to meet her one day.

Nathalie van Wijkvliet – Online marketer and blogger

Freke van Nimwegen. Freke is one of the founders of Instock, a great company that puts food waste on their menu. Instock saves unsold products and turns them into delicious meals. I think Freke and her colleagues are amazing as they built a complete organization – By now, Instock has 3 restaurants, one food truck, cook books and their own beer brewed by rescued potatoes and bread – around an immense social problem like food waste. Freke is responsible for marketing and communication for Instock, so I, as marketer, enjoy getting inspired by her.

Floor Boissevain – Graphic designer

Emily McDowell: She is an illustrator and draws attention to topics (that are often hushed up) in a beautiful and sometimes hilarious manner. She focuses on the human touch, with all the mistakes and successes that come with it.

Emily McDowell

Suzanne Mau Asam – Founder and owner Female Hub

Marion Debruyne: the dean of the prestigious Vlerick Business School

As Marion is one of the few female deans of a business school I find her inspiring and see her as a role model for renewal and transformation. She does not do this by screaming, but rather by showing content and knowledge about matters.

I see her as a role model for how you can make the change with drive, passion, ambition and know-how. How you can create added value… without ending up as a mayfly with superficiality, but by creating a sustainable change through depth and underpinning. Her leadership expresses itself through know-how, “presence” and modesty.

Marion Debruyne

We are curious about which woman inspires you? Share your source of inspiration in the comments below or through Instagram with the hashtag #SheInspires #ZijInspireert