We interviewed Chante Steenkamp about her business in the Netherlands. Here’s her story.
What is the official name of your business (as registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce)?
Little Star Fitness NL
What services/products does your business provide?
I provide a number of fun and innovative programs such as, sport, circus, fitness, aerial silks, cheerleading, dance, birthday parties and holiday camps.
When did you start your business?
Why did you start your business in the Netherlands? How did your business come into existence?
Originally the company was created as there was a need for children activities, especially for expats. But it is an interesting story… In 2017 I started working for Little Star Fitness as a Sports and Nutritional Coach. During these 4 years, I had the opportunity to experience how children grow and I fell in love with the programs. In 2020 the founder of the company decided to sell and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Since January 2021 I became the proud new owner of Little Star Fitness NL.
What have been some of the challenges of doing business in the Netherlands?
COVID-19 not being able to do classes indoors. Figuring out the wages taxes for employees. Standing out from competition as children activities in NL is a competitive market.
What advice can you give to fellow South African business owners wishing to start their businesses in the Netherlands?
Do what you love, follow your passion. Don’t give up keep pushing forward, perseverance and patience is key. Be open to advice and client feedback.
Can you provide some words of inspiration to help your fellow South African business owners living in the Netherlands?
Do what gives you joy, and believe in yourself and put in the hard work. It is important to surround yourself with a support network, such as family and friends.
The city/town/province in the Netherlands where you’re located:
Amsterdam Indoor Classes: Jan van Eijckstraat 47, 1077 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Amsterdam Outdoor Classes – Vondelpark
How can we get in touch with you?