Lifestyle

This is for the young Danish entrepreneurs

Currently, a team of more than 10 people are putting the last touches to what we hope will become the new epicenter of young Danish entrepreneurs:

Starteriet.dk. (check out the link – it has been launched!)

We hope to solve a simple, yet huge problem. We have several initiatives in Denmark aimed at young entrepreneurs. Both those who are already in business and those who want to become their own boss. However, these initiatives by themselves are not enough to create something that really stands out.

That’s why we’ve combined them.

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I represent two of the four initiatives we’ve combined – the Danish Facebook-group UngIværk with more than 12,000 members, hundreds of daily posts and thousands of comments. It’s currently the biggest Danish group for entrepreneurs.

Additionally, I represent the initiative Rising Stars – an event for young entrepreneurs in the age range of 12-25. We’ve held one event so far, which was in autumn 2015 in Copenhagen, where more than 200 young entrepreneurs met and listened to Anders Grønborg from Lasertryk.dk and Mads Peter Veiby; most known for the mobile-company M1, which he sold to TDC.

See a video from the first Rising Stars event here made by Jonas Krogslund:

Also combined into this initiative is DM I Pitch (Danish Championship in Pitch) and Iværksætterturen (The Entreprenurial Journey) by Casper Blom (link).

The website launches today, Sunday the 1st of March and tomorrow our event is held in Copenhagen to kick the entire thing off.

A huge potential

In recent years, Danish entrepreneurs, especially the young ones, have received a lot of media attention. This has made more young people want to become entrepreneurs and as a society, this is precisely what we need.

The big companies do not create jobs – almost all of job-creation is in the sector of small and medium-sized businesses. Even though Danish politicians every now and then set up traps and contraptions to hinder entrepreneurs like tax on investments (!) and more control from the Danish tax authorities on small businesses, even they have to admit that we need more young entrepreneurs in order to have more young businesses.

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By combining these four initiatives, we hope to stand stronger.

This is not a political rally – and it won’t become one. We’ll let politicians mess that up. Instead, we seek with Starteriet.dk to create a forum where young entrepreneurs can meet and talk, attend events, get the help they need, and be reaffirmed by other people in their situation that they are not alone.

If you create a business and fail, and no one around you has any entrepreneurial spirit, it’ll look like a failure. However, if you’re around like-minded people, your failure will look like exactly what it is: your ticket to the next project. Every time you fail something, you learn something too. Failing once isn’t bad. Only failing twice with the same thing is.

Experienced people are onboard the project to help those who start – Klaus Egebjerg is experienced in webshops and is ready to answers questions from this topic as an area expert. Søren Skriver can help when it comes to online marketing. Lene Okholm helps out when you need to create a budget to take to the bank. And I myself can help with most of the legal areas that young entrepreneurs are in doubt about. Just as we’ve been doing for the group UngIværk for such a long time already. Now we’re stepping it up for the benefit all of the young entrepreneurs-to-be. I did mention this is all free, right? People help out because they want to.

The main thing to takeaway here is: We let people who actually walked the walk help young entrepreneurs.

Most public initiatives are made with the best intentions, but they’ll never work. Simply because the people responsible for the project do not fully understand the target group.

We’ve made a project we wish we had when we first started out. We hope you’ll take a look at it and maybe consider becoming one of many entrepreneurs yourself. I look forward to hearing from you if you do!

By the way, check out the program “De 6 Hatte” from Radio 24/7 with Anders Kanberg. We have been interviewed for this program and it has already aired, but it can be downloaded as a podcast for you to listen to.

In studio with Radio 24/7 and Anders Kanberg

In studio with Radio 24/7 and Anders Kanberg

Go Green and Stay Clean in Denmark

Living green

With the rapid growth of civilization, science and technology, people have become more concerned about healthy and pure environment than before. Nowadays, most people want to live green and clean life. But, many of them do not know how to stay green.

In Denmark living green is an important thing for most danes. They love to recycle and take their bike insted of the car if possible. But how do you adapt to this lifestyle when you come to Denmark as a foreigner?

One doesn’t have to start out with leaps and bounds. It would be great to install a full solar system on your home, or switch to a hybrid car. But, while large steps require planning and financing, smaller steps can be taken right away. You can read about Green Living on Denmark.dks own page right here –> Green Living.

There are plenty of things you can do to live a greener life, through your day-to-day activities, and most of these apply to just about anyone. I try to live green my self, so here are some of my best tips!

Know how to live a sustainable life

The first and most important thing is to learn about environmentalism. Do you know, how does your carbon footprint affect the environment? Most of you do not know. There are a lot of books in the market related to this. Besides, huge amount of online information are available.

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An energy saving saving bulb can save you up to 30 % energy

If you really want to reduce the carbon emission, take necessary steps to save energy as much as you can. The most effective way of saving energy is to use energy-saving light bulbs. Do not keep your lights on without any valid reason, ensure the proper insulation of your walls and floors, keep windows well-sealed and take care of less consumption of energy. These small and tricky steps will save both your energy and money. Here are some good links for inspiration: Bilka, Billigbyg.com and Verdo.dk (with their stokerfyr).

Do not misuse water:

Remember, the water you use, comes to your hand after getting purified, filtered and transported. These processes cost a lot. So, while brushing, turn the tap off, use proper dryer and washer and most importantly, try to collect rain water so that you may use them in your garden.

Reduce the use of fuel for transport:

All of you do not possess a hybrid car. Don’t get frustrated. Still, you may contribute to the betterment of the environment. Use a bike, walk at the short distance and use the mass transports.

Prioritize green in your food menu:

Try to have local, seasonal and green food. Your demand for expensive and foreign foods is the reason of the costs of transporting, shipping products and buying them by spending an excessive amount of money. Green food is healthy and environment friendly.

Buy things smartly:

Your attraction is always for the brand new products. But, if you want to save your money, you will have to be a bit smarter. Go for the used furniture. You will get a lot of information online. While buying grocery items, try to buy in bulk. It will save both money and time. Online shopping is another useful way of saving energy and money. It saves your transportation cost, energy, hardship and confusion. Take a look at Meganice.dk who sell lots of green products.

Proper waste management:

Make sure, your waste management is regular and proper. It costs a lot to recycle the waste things. You may recycle your wastage at your own. You can also compost the biodegradable wastage materials.

Choose healthy clothing:

While choosing your clothing, prioritize cotton. It is environment friendly and chemical-free. There are also other clothing in the market which are also nature-friendly, like hemp, flax, bamboo and organic cotton.

Keep distance from chemicals and toxins:

You will be astonished if you examine the personal care products you use. Most of them are full of toxic chemicals. Give your best effort to find out products that are natural and non-toxic. There are a lot of brands that produce natural personal care products. Start online research. Ckeck out this page and find clean products for your home.

You are one person, it’s true. But, if you do not start the journey towards green, then how do you expect other people contributing to the betterment of the environment? Let’s make some changes and present the future dwellers a beautiful green world!

Some more links about how to live green:

http://www.worldwatch.org/resources/go_green_save_green

http://www.theactionblog.com/conservation/live-green-lifestyle-cheap.php

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/10-ways-to-live-green-on-a-budget

Are young danes lazy?

In Denmark young people are from time to time called lazy when it comes to work ethics. I’ve lived in Denmark my whole life, and I would say that this opinion on young peoples attitude is both right and wrong.

Although I’ve met young Danes would did not want to work, I have met even more who actually think work is a good and important part of life. I have spoken to two young Danes who love working. These two people really go against the critical opinion on poor work ethics.

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Christian Sodemann is only 22 years old, and as a teenager he started his own business. Today he pays himself and four other people a salary every month. In his world work is one of the greatest things of all, and every morning he looks forward to get to work.

”As Steve Jobs once said, ”Work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking – don’t settle”. I love this quote because it reminds me that I have to love what I do at work to life a happy life. I started my own business selling stuff that I love. Electronics have always been of huge interest to me, and now I get to work with something I love every day,” says Christian.

At 10 AM Christian opens his office and the employees are joining around the same time. The day doesn’t end before 8 PM where all the packages have to be shipped to the customers. But in Christian’s world long hours at work is no problem, because he loves what he does.

”If I wasn’t truly satisfied with what I do, working 10 hours every day would kill me. But at the office we all work together on the same project; giving our costumers a great experience. Off course not every day is perfect, but in general ”work” is a positive word in my brain.”

Christian runs his business full time, but that is not always necessary if you ask the other young Dane I’ve spoken to.

 

Studying and working is what I love

tobias Tobias Ehlig is 21 years old and studies economics at Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences. This is a full time job in itself, but this doesn’t prevent Tobias from running his own website meanwhile.

”I love learning the theory behind business decisions during the day, and then in the evening at home I can try these theories in real life in my own business. Constantly linking theory and practice together makes both things so much more meaningful to me.”

If you look at the time Tobias spends on both his school and his business you will find that he spends 10-12 hours every day on these two things, and on top of that, the weekends are in no way filled with Netflix sitcoms.

”I use most of my time either studying or working, and maybe some people will feel sorry for me. But I am only doing what I do because that is what makes sense to me. I love what I do. To me this is a good life.”

Family Activities in Aarhus

Aarhus is a city with lots of students due to the many opportunities of getting an education here. Our educational possibilities have really exploded during the last couple of years – which is really great, I think. But besides getting an education – what does Aarhus have to fill out young people’s spare time? Well, I often hang out by the ”River” (Åen) which has become a real hot spot for young people like me – well, actually, middle-aged people also come here to enjoy the great cosiness. Especially in the summer, it is a very popular meeting point, and typically, I go there to have a cafe latte or maybe an organic soft drink with my friends. If the weather permits it, we will probably sit outside in the sun from where we enjoy the atmosphere and the liveliness of people.

I would like to expand my blog a little, for those who, unlike me – yet, have started a family life here in Aarhus. Just to let you know about the great possibilities you can do in town with your families. How do you think about that? Let’s start out with a couple of ideas!

Tivoli

“Tivoli Friheden” is a great place to enjoy on Saturdays with your family and especially for the childish spirited ones in the family. Lots of rollercoasters and entertainment for all ages! I have been there for lots of concerts arranged on Friday nights in the late spring and in the summer months. That’s a quite nice way to celebrate the weekend – which off course could be a great night as well without bringing your children :-)

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Spare Time Activities for Your Children

Are you looking for some spare time activities for your children to attend to? Aarhus has a great range of possibilities in spare time activities – such as horseback riding! Aarhus is also known for its good clubs in horseback riding and dressage – and with good reason. If this sounds like a good idea, I have found a link for you, where you will find all you need in quality equipment for horseback riding.

Aarhus is also known for its good acknowledgement in handball, basketball and football. As you see, there are lots of opportunities for spare times activities for you and your children in the area.

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Let’s Go Outside!

Aarhus is well-known for their many great outdoor parks and beautiful surroundings. So, I suggest that you, in the early spring months and throughout all summer, spend a lot of time in e.g. the Botanical Garden or the forrest and beach area near Riisskov which are especially beautiful these times of year. As springtime soon is coming, you would need to look for lighter clothes for your children, and I think I might have found a good webshop here, just for that, as the brighter times call for lighter clothes and thinner jackets and sweaters!

Hope that you could use my little guide, and I am sure that you will be able to find more guides from me in the future. So just keep an eye in here :-)

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When network and work goes hand in hand

Your network is probably your most valuable asset! No question about that. One of the most effect full ways to take advantage of your network is to start a mastermind group. I am part of a mastermind group, where we are all working with online marketing. We are meeting ones a month to give each other feedback on our projects and to brainstorm on new ideas and share information and experiences.

This is an extremely powerful way to take your work to a completely new level. If you are an entrepreneur it is probably THE most powerful way to really move your business.

Our meetings

The structure of our meetings is the same every time. It goes by the following schedule:

  • Start with a little bit of food and free discussion of how everybody are doing.
  • A short presentation (15-30 minute) of a new tool, a book, a new important finding within the field.
  • “Hot seat” – 3 people will get 10 to 15 minutes each to present a problem they are facing currently. Everybody else will then give feedback. This is where your really move!
  • We discuss new findings and ideas for tools for 30 minutes.
  • We end up by giving promises to our self and each other of what we would like to do from now and until next meeting.

A working Christmas party

Of cause we decided to throw a Christmas party in our master mind group. But we wanted to do something different. We wanted to take advantage of each others skills and really learn from each other by working together. We therefore decided to meet in the morning and build a completely new website from scratch. The website we are building is perfectmen.dk – a website about men, fashion, gadgets, health and wellness. It has really turned out to be an amazing experience. People with different skills and competences working together. We have really learned something by doing this.

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A picture from the day. We are all working hard to produce text, pictures, design, videos etc…

I can really recommend a master mind group, but also really to work together. To take a day together with other people, working on the same project really boost your efficiency and learning!