I have over 25 years of working experience in various branches in my back pack. Started out in advertising. Worked as a ‘workflow consultant’ for some years. Owned and ran an SME in turnkey company relocation. Had a great time, earned good money, but worked myself half to death.
Moved to Ireland with (hence) a hefty burnout at the end of the nineties, to enjoy a 10 year semi-sabbatical. Hardly earned any money but had a fantastic time. Learned about different values of existence and the green side of life.
Returned to the Netherlands in 2009 and to my strengths and talents: writing/language and entrepreneurship. Having always been fascinated by the marketing opportunities of the internet, I decided in 2013 to start focussing on this discipline.
Complemented my theoretical knowledge with a targeted training SEO copywriting and with Google’s Digital Workplace. WordPress as a CMS holds almost no secrets for me anymore – as you can see from this (self made, of course) website.
Spoiled by all the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside, I never really felt at home in crowded Holland. In 2021 I decided to become an expat one last time and moved to France. As long as there is internet and telephone, the world is my office.
Because of my extensive experience working with and for SME’s, I have a lot to offer my clients. I can stand in the shoes of most entrepreneurs, think along with them and (with a fresh pair of eyes) offer advice that goes just a step further than merely providing a website, text or translation.
I love what I’m doing and I enjoy helping (startup) entrepreneurs. I am also very much involved in animal welfare. From these points of view I can and want to work for SME’s, startups and animal charities with profound commitment and at a friendly rate. Because earning money is nice, but getting satisfaction from my work is even nicer.
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I have been working in two ways with Monique; in total 5 years; First in the relation of supplier and Clinic Manager and after she moved her career into online marketing and translations, I contracted her immediately to build a consumer website, write and create my newsletters and other communication because her talent is in mostly in her writing. Monique has a talent to write in a way that ‘you want to read further’.
Monique is positive, realistic, loyal and honest. For me these are characteristics that are important and I work with Monique with pleasure and high satisfaction.
Monique's texts are always good and concise, as the English would say. Not a word too many and always spot on. Great, because that makes the message extra clear. As with her texts, Monique is also quick and efficient in her communication and co-operation. She ensures short turnaround times and a big stick so no time is wasted. The combination of copywriting and website management is ideal. Together with Wim's technical support means that you can be sure that these matters are taken care of very well. Makes you sleep better!
Monique is the personification of the concept of customer-friendliness. Add to that her impeccable linguistic sense, her extensive marketing experience and her true-to-life character, and you have the perfect sparring partner!
Writing about botox and fillers requires a thorough study of many aspects and some caution about what exactly to communicate. What surprised me the most was the speed with which Monique mastered the material.
For Second Thought, Monique made exactly the website that I had in mind but could not creatively or technically have made myself. She immediately understood what was needed: design, style, layout, text. And kept it simple and effective. The design was right on target and online in one go. Ideal for me as a self-employed person. I am very happy that I did not have to cobble together something myself just for the sake of saving a few pennies, with uncertainty about service and maintenance on top of that.
I really wanted a very simple, but professional website. And sister or not, I am a perfectionist, so she couldn't just get away with it. And she didn't. It was exactly what I was looking for. I also liked the texts she wrote for me, and they were very appropriate.