About Timon Vinke
I help business owners that are struggling to keep their business profitable, that have problems creating a good income for themselves or owners that simply want to grow their business. People that have the dream, the ambition, to grow their business to more than 100.000 Euro profit, but somehow don’t seem to able to reach that without working insane hours. People who are worried that their company might not survive or that they might not be able to support their family in the future.
What is so special about entrepreneurs?
Entrepreneurs are the movers of the economy. You are special. You make things happen, you are pro-active, you go out there and create value in other people’s lives every day. I want to help you and your business thrive, because, in the end, all of humanity will benefit from that.
I believe that your business, together with all other small businesses, are the bedrock of the economy, providing value to millions of clients while employing millions of people. I want to create a stable, robust economy and the best way to do that is by helping small business become stable, robust, and profitable.
How I started out...
From an early age I was interested in having my own business. It runs in the family. My grandparents had their own supermarket and my father became a business owner when I was about 14 years old.
But I also had other interests, so I studied Civil Engineering. After graduating I started working for international Billion euro plus companies. I was making good money for such a young gentleman, but somehow it didn’t feel right. As an engineer I noticed that the impact managers had on the business was much bigger, so I decided I wanted to become a manager.
As I set out to learn more to become a manager the idea of starting my own business was always in the back of my mind, but I didn’t know what kind of business. I felt I was in the wrong industry to start out, all the companies in dredging appeared so big to me. Nevertheless, at a certain point I thought to myself, I want a really interesting management job, or I quit and start a business, doesn’t matter what kind. So I got promoted to General Manager of an international branch office.
'At age 29 I was the youngest General Manager ever in that company and fully responsible for a branch office with 1,5 Million euro in sales...'
At age 29 I was the youngest General Manager ever in that company and fully responsible for a branch office with 1,5 Million euro in sales and a team of 10 people. In just 3 years I grew the sales to 4,5 Million euro with just 13 people, all the while working 40 hours a week. I detested the idea I had to make insane hours just because I was a manager. The real growth came from effective delegating and focusing on the most valuable opportunities in the market.
After 3 years my expat contract ended, so I had a choice to make. I didn’t want to move back to a management position back in The Netherlands, so I decided that it would be the ideal moment to start my own business.
So, I left my job to start my own business. That was mid-2017. I was so nervous when I started. Will people hire me? Can we make enough money? Is there even a market? I worried so much that I set aside enough savings so that we could live without any income for a year.
I didn’t need to worry. Just 6 months later I made 30 thousand euro. In 2018 I reached hundred-thousand-euro without employees, said no to another seventy-thousand-euro worth of projects that I didn’t like or couldn’t accommodate and only worked 4 days a week most of the year.
In short, I managed to grow two very different sized and types of companies, worked less than 40 hrs a week on average, and I can help you do the same.
'In just 3 years I grew the sales to 4,5 Million euro with just 13 people...'
I want to create a better world by making people financially stronger. My biggest dream is an economy with no crises. History has shown that economic crises result in a political shift that is more radical, more right-winged. Especially minority groups are a victim. By stabilizing the economy there are no drastic shifts in politics either, meaning the world becomes a freer and safer place.
I want to help 1000 entrepreneurs grow their business to more than 100.000 euro of income and hiring at least one employee.