ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: Barbara Rijntjes

Tell me a little about you and your business – and how you got started in this business?

My name is Barbara, proud mother of two kids Rose (10) and Tobias (7) whom I love dearly and drive me crazy at least once a day too…… Married to Evert-Jan. Both Dutch calling Switzerland our home for 5 years now already.

When I moved to Switzerland I founded the company Mom in Balance Switzerland focussing on workouts for (pregnant) women. I have recently sold this company and I am now fully focussing on my new Business Boost where I combine my passion for Wellbeing with my Corporate and Organisational background.

I believe that in order to get the most out of life we have to take care of ourselves and each other! With Boost we offer corporate and individual wellbeing programmes where we focus on Moving your body, Fuel your body, Rest your body and mind and do what you Love. Complicated? Have a look at our animation where we explain the concept behind it (www.boostingnow.com)

Our customers are corporates who are willing to rethink the way they take care of their people but also individuals who are looking for a holistic way of personal training where we are able to offer a lot more than ‘ just ‘ a physical training.

What do you like most about what you do?

With Boost I combine my passion for wellbeing with my organisational background and I love it. I really believe we can make a difference with our services as people are able to build new routines that really enable them to have a greater impact in life.

What things do you not like to do?

I am not a big fan of the administrative side of having your own company.

How do you find inspiration?

Inspiration I can find anywhere!. There is so much that can inspire me, nature, listening to stories of entrepreneurs, music,  my kids, friends etc. But to really be able to do something with all the inspiration I need I need to give myself some ‘ free time’ to think and let my mind wander.

What’s your productivity secret? What’s your superpower?

My productivity secret and my superpower : Running! Sports! The only way to really empty my head is to go running ideally combining it with a Yoga practice. Exercising gives me so much energy without I don’t think I would be able to function J And SLEEP! I have a lot of energy but if I don’t load my battery properly with good nights of sleep……..

How would you describe your work style?

My work style: energetic, personal, fast and fun (I hope…..)

What advice would you give another person who wants to start a business?

Only start your business if you REALLY REALLY like it! Starting your own business means more than full time dedication, the type of dedication you will never get from anybody that you will hire. So better love what you are doing and be prepared to also accept the stressful and downside of not having a fixed paycheck every month

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