A lot of things have happened in the past few weeks and I guess it’s time I start sharing.
I’m officially a business owner here in the Netherlands. It’s sounds more glamorous than it is. However, it was always something I wanted to achieve and I guess I’ve done it. Basically, in order to be a freelance teacher, which is what most all of the schools hire you as, you must register with the chamber of commerce and have a sole proprietorship. I’m currently just trading under my name but hope to develop brand/website once I actually work for a while in the Netherlands. Our longterm goal (DG and I) is to have classroom space and have this be my full-time job. In the meantime I’ve been trying to find a business name to trade under and get a website going; it’s much more difficult to create an available name. It’s super exciting nonetheless, and I still have to do all of the stuff a normal business owner would have to do. I’ve learned that the Dutch tax system is extremely complex. I’m currently looking for a tax accountant to help me with all of the stuff. I’ve got to figure out billing, the government regulated transportation costs, and how to do all of the tax forms. There are also a lot of little rules and regulations depending upon how many hours you work and how much you make. It was briefly explained to me, but if you work X amount of hours in a week the first X amount of money isn’t taxed. Sadly at the tax office no one speaks English (something very rare here) and the woman I met with at the chamber of commerce said that it was illegal for them to speak English so I should get someone to call/talk to them for me. This also means that all of the information sent to me and all of the seminars are in Dutch. Time to step up my tax vocabulary.
The plan to have my own business was hated a month ago or so when I went to a CV workshop and the woman running it said that I should just start my own school, advertise, and go from there. DG and I talked about it a lot and agreed that it would be better to have some experience in the Netherlands first and then take my time to develop the school and program.
I registered with the chamber of commerce last week and my business officially launched on Monday the 27th of July!
I had an interview yesterday at the school where I really wanted to work. I waited for the nearly 24 hours to get the offer and I’m happy to say I’m going to accept. I’m very excited to hopefully work with this school! They pay transportation costs, a decent hourly wage, and offer free language instruction to all of their teachers! At the moment, they are teaching 16 different languages. This means that I can learn Dutch for free and any other language they offer for free!
I have another interview next week for a teaching agency that has a few professor positions available; I’ll see what they have to offer. Hopefully come September I’ll have plenty of work!
These past few weeks have been so busy and confusing but I’m super excited to be “employed”!