Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Vince Van Meer (@vincevanmeer on Instagram). We sat down and he let me in on what he does.
What is your Company? How did you come up with the idea?
I’m in e-commerce, I build brands for big and small influencers, depending on their market. I help build the brand, the e-com platform, marketing, and product development. We work closely together with the influencer but still take most of the work out of hand.
What gave you that Entrepreneurship spark and drive when you started? Tell me about the day you decided to take this on as a full time venture.
I value freedom the most in life, since a very young age. I did not want to work for a boss, or be limited by a 9 to 5 job. I always knew that I wanted to be able to work from wherever, and whenever. That’s exactly what I’m doing now. I travel the world to do meetings and basically all I need is my laptop.
Do you have a mentor?
I don’t have a mentor. I get inspiration from success stories I hear. Sometimes I think it would be good to have a mentor, just so someone can give their perspective on certain situations. I’m good at making decisions but there are situations where you wish you had someone to run it by.
What’s the most valuable advice you’ve received that contributed to your personal or professional success?
Being grateful, and never stop being amazed. It sounds very cheesy but it makes you value everything much more. It will motivate you, as you’ll know what you’re working for, besides that it will also get you in a good mood throughout the day.
How do you maintain or find new inspiration?
I think this is something most people struggle with, and so do I. I don’t have a blueprint of finding new / maintaining inspiration. Sometimes I just don’t have any, and I take it as it comes. I’m fine with that, it’s natural. I just make sure that when I do find inspiration, I go all in and leverage every single bit of it.
Finally, Which tips would you recommend to colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
This applies to all business-owners and entrepreneurs: Stay focused. Don’t overwork yourself. There are times where I sleep only 4 hours a night, but that’s because I really don’t want to be doing anything else. Those are times where I am super motivated and inspired. But when I feel the opposite, I take this time to get rest and live healthy. Don’t force it, or you’ll burn out.