Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Pascale Tichelaar, Owner of Creatief Centrum INSIDE OUT, located in Zwolle, Netherlands.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

My business is a creative center with many different workshops, education, and courses. Like Creative Coaching, it is like Art therapy but lighter and more about making your life easy and happy. The courses and workshops are Mindful & Art and Playful & Art.

Tell us about yourself

I became very ill at the age of 26 and could not work as an insurance manager, and when I started my life journey, with questions such as what will I be, what would make me happy, etc. Then I became at my talent creativity and art, but I also like to connect with people from the heart. So I did an education in Art therapy and started 20 years ago my first course, Mandala drawing, and that has grown. Now we manifested our dream place in an old farm 10 years ago with an amazing workshop place, and I teach a lot of people, mostly women in their 40/50s.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

That we made our dream come true on an old farm in nature, nearby the city, and become healthy again.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

That you have no safety net, no working is no income. But I trust the universe, my talents, and my body, mind, and soul that this is my mission and passion.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Follow your heart.
  2. Shut down your head for a while and just walk in nature to feel what your body is telling you.
  3. Educate yourself in every way you like so you know what is good for you.

Where can people find you and your business?


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