I like your story and the way you do business. That concept is something that I'll try to achieve.
Deal is, I'm somewhat new to the Dutch market. I use to live in South Africa, and I was working for on line and print publication. Manly as a multimedia producer, and on sometimes photographer. That way I was introduced to many PR agencies, I had a friend which was editor in chief of another magazine, and practically the door of success was widely open. I've freelanced for a while, doing mainly corporate portraits, but the business side of photography was always something that I really didn't like or wanted to do, thus PR agencies did it for me
Considering that I've move to the Holland 3 yrs. ago and that I am still following the language course, market was quite gray area for me. Here I know no one, I don't socialize a lot neither I go out, at that point gray turns into black.
However, I'm not giving up, I invested in gear, shooting friends and family in a "pro" way (which obviously everyone of them likes), thinking a lot about business models and ideas and waiting for a spark.
Otherwise thank you again for inspiring and encouraging post.
Peace to all