3 weeks of working in a Belgian Startup Studio
For more than 3 years now, I’ve been in love with New York City. And that hasn’t changed 🙅🏼♂️. After living in NYC for over 12 months spread out over 2 years, I know it’s where I need to be. I know it’s the only place I can really feel home, where I feel equal and respected, where I feel like I’m living my own life. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the United States of America is not an easy country to move to. Fortunately, because once the day that I finally pull it off, the day that I’ll finally be able to move to NYC comes around, all the efforts so far will make it that much more special.
“A good today is better than a perfect tomorrow”
Really, moving to the USA is not that complicated, there are just only a few ways to pull it off. And if neither of those ways fit you, then it becomes complicated. And that was my situation. Now, after 2 years of meeting people who have made the move, doing my own research and physically trying to move there, I realized a few opportunities that could potentially get me there.
Work for a Belgian company who is active in the USA or has plans to expand to the US.
Work for a company in Europe for min. 12 months that has an office in NYC. They can legally transfer me after one year.
Build your own business in NYC.
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Simple 😉This year, my mission is to explore option one and two. Since the beginning of this month, I work for Make it, a Tech Startup Studio in Brussels who is exploring the US market. I’m very impressed by the fact that they want to work with me (as I know I’m not the easiest employee of them all), but so far, things have been great. Challenging… But great. I have 4 main responsibilities:
Business Development in Flanders. Make it has been very active in Brussels and Wallonia, but they didn’t have any Flemish speaking salesman to expand to that side of the country.
Test it trainee. Test it is one of the services Make it provides. In short, its market research 2.0. I wrote an article about it on their blog if you want to know more about it.
Content Marketing. Or as they described it: Sharing our awesomeness online 😁
Project Owner of the Make it market repositioning. We used to be very service oriented (coming from the agency world, building software and hardware, growth marketing, market research, feasibility studies, etc.) While we are now moving towards a Startup Studio, helping entrepreneurs like you and me build their companies from the ground up.
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“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, never the goal”
Combined with this new job, I am also exploring option 2: Working for a European company for a year that has an office in NYC. Last year, after returning from NYC, I went to London for a week and secured an internship there with WCRS (an advertising company with offices all over the world). I’m very excited to go there next month (in 10 days) and see where that could lead to.
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So, this year is bound to be interesting 🤓Free time is scares for me these days, so this article is a little shorter. But I hope it still made sense 🤷🏼♂️
About Louis De Keyser
Louis is a 20 year old, in the process of moving from Belgium to his dream city, New York. He was the founder and CEO of Tiny House Belgium, a Tiny House Design and Construction company that focused on promoting the idea of 'smaller living' and 'living life without a mortgage'. He sold his business in January 2017 to pursue his dream of moving to North-America. Louis now works for a Startup Studio in Brussels called Make it.