Meet anne claessen, entrepreneur, digital nomad, and meet bridget’s podcast manager

NORMALLY, WE ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN FOR OUR FUTURE. THE HOUSE WE WANT TO LIVE IN, THE PERSON WE’D LIKE TO SPEND FOREVER WITH, AND THE CAREER WE’VE BEEN DREAMING OF AS KIDS. BUT SOMETIMES LIFE HAS SOMETHING ELSE PLANNED FOR US, AND FOR ANNE, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

ANNE CLAESSEN IS AN ENTREPRENEUR AND DIGITAL NOMAD. SHE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE PODCAST BABES AND DIGITAL NOMAD STORIES PODCAST IN 2018. SHE FINISHED HER LAW DEGREE AND MBA, BUT SHE HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO FOR WORK. UNTIL SHE LEARNED ABOUT PODCASTING…

IN THIS EPISODE, ANNE SHARES HER JOURNEY ON HOW SHE FOUND HER WAY TO PODCASTING. FROM STUDYING LAW TO BACKPACKING, FROM ZERO CLIENT TO HAVING HER OWN PODCAST MANAGEMENT BUSINESS, AND FROM A PLACE OF FEELING LOST TO FINALLY FINDING HER PASSION. AN INSPIRING STORY OF BELIEVING IN YOURSELF AND NOT GIVING UP.

in this episode:

[03:19] ANNE TALKS ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE SOUTH OF THE NETHERLANDS.

[05:20] IN HIGH SCHOOL THERE WERE DIFFERENT LEVELS BASED ON INTELLECT AND ABILITY. ANNE WENT TO THE HIGHEST RANKING SCHOOL.

[09:51] ANNE HAS ALWAYS BEEN FRIENDLY AND OUTGOING AS A CHILD.

[12:24] LIKE MANY GIRLS IN HIGH SCHOOL, ANNE ALSO EXPERIENCED BEING BULLIED AND FELT SOCIALLY PRESSURED ABOUT BEING AND LOOKING PERFECT AS PORTRAYED ON TV.

[14:57] AT A YOUNG AGE, ANNE ALWAYS LOVED TO READ AND WRITE, WHICH INFLUENCED HER TO WANT TO BECOME A JOURNALIST SOMEDAY.

[16:27] SHE FELT LIKE BEING A JOURNALIST WASN’T FOR HER, SO SHE STUDIED LAW INSTEAD. HOWEVER AFTER HER MASTERS, SHE KNEW LAW WASN’T FOR HER.

[17:38] ANNE FOLLOWED THE TRADITIONAL PATH TO EDUCATION, BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN SHE STARTED LISTENING TO PODCASTS.

[19:39] LISTENING TO A PODCAST ABOUT THE DIGITAL NOMAD LIFE MADE A HUGE IMPACT ON HER.

[21:18] FOR THE FIRST TIME SHE FELT LOST.

[23:00] ANNE ADAPTED TO SIX YEARS OF STUDYING LAW, BUT LATER REALIZED IT WASN’T FOR HER.

[26:30] SHE FINALLY DECIDED TO GO BACKPACKING TO SOUTHEAST ASIA AND AUSTRALIA.

[28:28] WHILE WORKING IN A STRAWBERRY FARM, SHE REALIZED SHE HAD NOTHING TO LOSE AND JUMPED ON THE IDEA OF STARTING HER OWN BUSINESS AND BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD.

[30:23] TRAVELLING BACK TO BALI AND STARTING AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT AND FINALLY NICHING DOWN TO PODCAST MANAGEMENT.

[32:29] FINDING HER FIRST CLIENT WAS CHALLENGING.

[33:25] ANNE DIDN’T GIVE UP. SHE DIDN’T STOP LEARNING AND KEPT ON APPLYING FOR JOBS WHICH EVENTUALLY LED HER TO FINDING HER FIRST, HER SECOND, THIRD, UNTIL IT JUST GREW.

[36:04] WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR FIRST CLIENT, SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY, SHOW YOUR TRUSTWORTHINESS.

[38:24] CLIENT-SERVICE PROVIDER RELATIONSHIP IS VERY IMPORTANT.

[40:04] THE CREATIVE PROCESS CAN BE MESSY BUT WORTH IT.

[41:05] THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN HOW TO START A BUSINESS IS BY STARTING A BUSINESS. – ANNE

[42:13] HAVING A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH A CLIENT.

[46:36] HER BAD EXPERIENCE MADE HER REALIZE HER WORTH AND SHE KNEW THEN THAT SHE NEEDED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES.

[47:50] SHE STARTED OFFERING MORE PODCASTS STRATEGY, PODCAST GROWTH STRATEGY, AND SLOWLY NICHED DOWN INTO PODCAST MONETIZATION.

[48:26] REBRANDING HER BUSINESS AND STARTING HER OWN PODCAST.

[50:21] PEOPLE WANT AUTHENTICITY IN YOUR VOICE.

[50:21] TIP: IN BUSINESS, AUTOMATES IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR CLIENTS, TO MAKE IT EASY AND FOR YOU NOT TO FORGET.

[54:24] DURING MOMENTS WHEN SHE’S NOT FEELING GREAT, ANNE RECHARGES BY WALKING OUT OR LISTENING TO PODCASTS.

[54:52] SHE RECENTLY STARTED JOURNALING AS A HABIT.

about Anne Claessen

ANNE CLAESSEN IS AN ENTREPRENEUR AND DIGITAL NOMAD. SHE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE PODCAST BABES AND DIGITAL NOMAD STORIES PODCAST IN 2018. SHE FINISHED HER LAW DEGREE AND MBA, BUT SHE HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO FOR WORK. AND SHE KNEW THAT SHE DIDN’T WANT TO SPEND 80 HOURS A WEEK WORKING AT A CORPORATE JOB. SO SHE SET OFF TO TRAVEL THE WORLD AND EVENTUALLY CREATED A BUSINESS THAT SHE LOVES THAT PROVIDES SUCH A VALUABLE SERVICE TO SO MANY OTHER BUDDING AND EXPERIENCED FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS LOOKING TO SHARE WHAT THEY KNOW, VIA THIS WONDERFUL MEDIUM CALLED PODCASTING.

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