We interviewed Jeanne Grobler about her health business in the Netherlands. Here’s her story.
What is the official name of your business (as registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce)?
What services/products does your business provide?
I sell food supplements and the Healy which is a frequency product.
When did you start your business?
Why did you start your business in the Netherlands? How did your business come into existence?
I was born in South Africa and lived there for 41 years. When I moved to the Netherlands 21 years ago I saw that here are many people with all kinds of health issues and illnesses. I saw that most of these health issues were caursed by there diet and lifestyle choices. I saw that most people take too much medicine that is why I started to read and observe and search for natural solutions so I can help people to get well in a natural way.
What have been some of the challenges of doing business in the Netherlands?
Most people here spent lots of money on material things and when they buy their groceries they want it to be as cheap as possible. Also because of the good health system lots of people are not worried because they get so many treatments and medication from their health insurance.
What advice can you give to fellow South African business owners wishing to start their businesses in the Netherlands?
I would advise people to study the culture of the Dutch people. Once you have build trust they are more eager to do business with you. They do not accept anything you say so easily than South African people. They are more sceptical and like reasoning. If you know what you believe can help them and give them the reasons why what you offer is good and can be of good service to them they will more likely do business with you.
Can you provide some words of inspiration to help your fellow South African business owners living in the Netherlands?
Determination, persistence, believe in yourself, enthusiasm
In order to support fellow South Africans, is there a discount or special discount code for those wishing to purchase your products/services?
The company that I represent has a great system for people to save money on their products. Once you apply for a 6 month subscription and find 3 people who does it as well you get you product for free. You only pay the postage of €6,95 (at the time of going to press, 3 January 2020).
The city/town/province in the Netherlands where you’re located:
How can we get in touch with you?