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Thanks for being part of the Expat Republic family (http://www.expatrepublic.com/)! With events running across The Netherlands you're bound to find some really cool folks you can connect with. We hold various events on a regular basis aimed at bringing people together and having good old fashion fun. Please let us know if you'd like to be an event host or organizer: http://www.expatrepublic.com/contact/

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• House cleaning services in Rotterdam & The Netherlands (https://www.expatrepublic.com/house-cleaning-services-in-the-netherlands/)

• Buying a House or Property in The Netherlands (https://www.expatrepublic.com/buying-property-in-the-netherlands/)

• Dutch Mortgage Calculator (https://www.expatrepublic.com/dutch-mortgage-calculator/)

• Setting up Utilities in The Netherlands (https://www.expatrepublic.com/utilities-in-the-netherlands/)

Taxes in The Netherlands

• Dutch income Tax System (https://www.expatrepublic.com/basics-dutch-income-tax-system/)

• The 30% Ruling (https://www.expatrepublic.com/30-ruling-netherlands/)

• Dutch Income Tax Calculator (https://www.expatrepublic.com/dutch-income-tax-calculator/)

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• Expat & English Speaking Jobs in The Netherlands (https://www.expatrepublic.com/jobs-and-where-to-find-them/)

• Starting a Business in The Netherlands (https://www.expatrepublic.com/starting-a-business-in-the-netherlands/)

• Career Coaches in The Netherlands (https://www.expatrepublic.com/career-coaches-in-the-netherlands/)

• The Most in Demand Skills For the Future (https://www.expatrepublic.com/the-most-in-demand-skills-for-the-future/)


• Cost of Living in The Netherlands (https://www.expatrepublic.com/solid-investment-advice-for-expats-living-in-the-netherlands/)

• What to do with 401k when moving abroad? (https://www.expatrepublic.com/what-to-do-with-your-401k-when-moving-abroad/)

• Investment Advice for Expats (https://www.expatrepublic.com/solid-investment-advice-for-expats-living-in-the-netherlands/)

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Upcoming events (5)

How to Earn Your First 10k Euro as a Freelancer


The corporate rat race isn’t for you (understandably so!) so, you’ve recently jumped into entrepreneurship to make your dreams come true! There’s only one problem: you’re not sure how to build your revenue as a freelancer (i.e. 10k euro per month). No worries, though. You’ve come to the right place. We’ve been there and we’ll show you how it’s done. In this webinar we’ll discuss: - How to reach your goals in a quick, efficient, and consistent way. - Why you need to go after a niche market rather than target everyone. - How to target that niche with the right approach and product/service. - Why “spray and pray” never works. - The most common mistakes made by freelancers and new entrepreneurs. - Five things you will have to change in order to succeed as a freelancer. - What it means to have a successful mindset and how to achieve it. - How to achieve your business goals without losing personal freedom (i.e. working extreme hours). This webinar is perfect for you if: - You’d like to super-size your freelance business. - You’re struggling to earn a reliable and consistent income whilst freelancing. - You’re still “hoping” your marketing efforts will work. - You’re getting clients you don’t want (not willing to pay a lot and hard to work with). - You’re interested in becoming a successful freelancer by getting your niche, offering, website, strategy, marketing/comms, and social media right. The “secrets” to becoming a successful freelancer are simple, easy, and repeatable. All you have to remember is that knowledge is power. If there’s a will there is a way. Make the first (and most important) step by registering today! Details: When: Thursday, October 29, 2020 Time: 19:00 – 20:30 Where: Webinar Register FREE - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-earn-your-first-10k-euro-as-a-freelancer-tickets-120419904175 About the Speakers Joep van Deutekom is a serial entrepreneur who has built a number of successful businesses. He has been an entrepreneur since a young age having grown up in the family business. He has helped many freelancers achieve financial independence by reaching their 10k per month goal. Joep holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management and is passionate about helping expatriates build their companies and freelancing businesses abroad. Make sure to check out his community of expatriate entrepreneurs: expat opportunities.

Buying Your Own Home in the Netherlands

Online event

With rental prices being high, the home becomes more important than ever, and mortgages being easily accessible due to low-interest rates, now is a great time to consider buying your new home in the Netherlands. With this in mind, what else would you need to consider when buying your own home? At the ‘Buying Your Own Home’ event we will share with you all you need to know about the process of purchasing a home. We will be discussing the following: - The advantages of buying vs. renting - The process of buying a home - Key players you’ll meet during the process - Other important things to know - Timeline and costs After the presentation, which will take around 30-45 minutes, there will be plenty of time for Q&A to help you with your questions. The following speakers will share their knowledge and insights with you, allowing you to take this information into account when considering buying a home. When & Where Date: Wednesday, 4 November 2020 Time: 19:00 – 21:0 CET Where: Webinar (Online) REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buying-your-own-home-in-the-netherlands-webinar-tickets-126276597703 Speakers Kimo Paula – Founder of Expat Housing Network & Buying Consultant. Sezer Yilmaz – Founder of Mister Mortgage & Mortgage Specialist

Make Cannoli with Sicilian Home Chef

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This is not an ordinary cooking experience, this is a delightful journey around the myths and rituals to enjoy the Sicilian Cannolis. This is a great experience for team building, birthday parties, family or friends activity. Learn a Sicilian family recipe to make the famous Sicilian Cannolis, a delicious fried dessert with ricotta cream goes straight to the heart. You will discover the key elements that make Cannoli a real delicacy for gourmets who will not be able to resist the temptation to try it: crunchy peel, ricotta cream, and chocolate chips. Please Note: ONE RESERVATION FOR EACH PERSON PS: If you don’t see the availability you can try to write for other dates or times. When & Where Date: Saturday, November[masked] Time: Various – All Events Hosted in English and Italian Where: Online via Zoom (AirBnB Experiences) https://www.airbnb.ca/associates/180918?s=67&c=.pi115.pk0_9&a4ptk=22609_0_9_180918&af=115 What to Bring - Flour, Sugar, Cocoa powder, Butter, Wine, Vinegar, Water, Sunflower Oil, Ricotta or Whipped Cream, Egg, Chocolate chips - Scale oz/g, Rolling Pin, Sharp Knife, Aluminium foil for make 6 cannoli molds, Glass, Measure, Bowls, Pot, Skimmer, Table/Tea Spoons, Pastry Brush - Once you book, you’ll receive a message with the precise amount of ingredients and of equipment you’ll need for class.

Make Gnocchi and Ravioli at Home

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Chef Massimiliano will show you how to prepare authentic Gnocchi and Ravioli that will surprise you and that will make you become popular in your family and among your friends straight from Florence! Together you will create a 3D culinary art’s work: Delightful, Delicate, Delicious. Starting from simple, fresh, and healthy ingredients we will cook with you and for you, among the most famous recipes of Italian cuisine. We will guide you step by step through the little secrets handed down for generations. During live stream session we will address you, step by step, how to use the Pastry flour to make the pasta dough and the potato dumplings. It will not be a simple cooking lesson, but a chat with unknown friends who share the same passion for good food, wine, art, and experiences. To achieve a good Italian first course it is also important to have a good sauce that season the pasta, that’s why together we will also make one famous sauce: The Pesto. At the end of our experience, I will send you the recipes by email and we keep in touch for new ideas and Italian recipes on our Facebook and Instagram profiles @cuocoadomicilio_com #maxhomemadepasta. We have been rewarded as “the most loyal host” by Airbnb experiences. This Experience is great for team-building. Book a private experience for your group. Is your group larger than my listed max group size for private groups? When & Where Date: Saturday, November[masked] Time: 10:00 – 11:30; 19:00 – 20:30, 20:30 – 22:00; 23:00 – 00:30 – All Events Hosted in English and Italian Where: Online via Zoom (AirBnB Experiences) - https://www.airbnb.com/associates/136752?s=67&c=.pi115.pk0_9&a4ptk=22609_0_9_136752&af=115 What to Bring - a rolling pin - Large wooden chopping board (even a table!) – the worktop is fine if that’s all you have - Flat blade knife - 250/300 grams about of Ricotta cheese per person - 95 grams (or three quarters 3/4 of a cup) plain flour (00 flour or pastry flour) per person - 1 potato little/medium size boiled 30 minutes with peel (per person) - 1 egg (per person) - 1 lemon - 1 grater - oil evo (extra virgin) - 1 big bunch of fresh basil (about 25/30 leaves per person) - parmigiano cheese or pecorino (30 grams about per person) - pine nuts or almonds - food processor or mortar - 1 garlic - 2 small spoons

Past events (280)

Pastel de Nata Baking Class

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