Dutch music might not be one of the most recognized forms of musical expression in the world, but nevertheless it has its moments. One of those moments is the career of Hans de Booij. It spans 4 decades and shows if nothing else that perseverance and the right attitude can get you a long way. And that the end of the journey might be more about happiness than money.
In the 1970s Hans de Booij worked in a theater in Antwerp, Belgium as a technician. This was an informative period in his career. He met famous Dutch artists such as Boudewijn de Groot, whose song he was later to cover and make him briefly a pop star.
In the 1980s Hans de Booij started his own comedy troop and started writing songs and performing them. He soon had a couple of hit records the biggest of which was de Groot’s song Annabel.
Success quickly left Hans de Booij. His songs became increasingly dark; he got in trouble with the police; he took too many drugs. Within a few years of his success he was performing in the street and was hard up for cash.
In 1999 Hans de Booij met the Dalai Lamai. The meeting was to prove inspirational for de Booij as he wrote a book called Ministry of Love in which he espoused his personal philosophy. The book was not a success. He ended up going door-to-door in Hooland trying to sell it. He claims to have sold 4,000 copies by doing this.
In 2007 nostalgia for 1980s music gave Hans de Booij ‘s music a new lease of life. He started performing again in Holland to big audiences. He also released a new album. Finally, Hans de Booij had gained some recognition and financial security. He had also gained more peace of mind.
In 2008 he moved to Koh Phangan. Hans de Booij makes music in Koh Phangan, a small Thai island and seems at last to have found peace. You can sometimes hear Hans de Booij play in the Jam Bar in Hin Kong.
Recommended Methods to Establish Business Credit
Small business owners need to think about ways on how they can build on their business credit. But the bad thing about this business credit situation is that, only a few business owners have ever utilized its benefits, because of fear from accumulating more credit. Credit has always been associated with negative benefits, but not all systems associated with credit are a liability. In fact, they are considered assets because it helps small business and large business owners get the things they need.
You will first need to apply for any form of business credit; the common one is applying for a business credit card, because it allows any business owners to borrow money from a revolving line of credit, as long as they pay the monthly bill on time and in full. Here is what you can do to establish strong business credit.
First step is to incorporate the business. Even if your business is already incorporated for some reason, it will deserve your attention in order to check out if your business is really absorbed. General partnerships and sole proprietorships are legally similar to the owner; this is why there is no separation of the business credit history part from the personal credit history. Forming LLC or incorporating the business will make the business legally separated from the owner.
Acquire an EIN or federal tax identification number. This is basically an SSS or social security number designed for businesses. This is actually required for federal tax filings, and is even required when you open a business bank account with the name of the LLC or corporation. In order for businesses to comply with the requirements of IRS, a lot of large businesses are required with an EIN belonging from the other vendors so that they can pay the services they have provided.
Open an account for your business. Make sure that you use your legal business name as you open a checking account for the same business. Once you have successfully opened the account, make sure that you pay all financial transactions of your business coming from the account. If you applied for a business credit card for most of your financial transactions, make sure that you pay the bill on or before the deadline indicated in it, to avoid affecting your credit score.
Acquire a phone number for your business. Even if you are already using a landline, VoIP or mobile phone, you need to have a separate phone number exclusive for business use, which should be registered under your business's name. Enlist the number into the public directory of your city so that it can be easily found.
Open your business credit file. This is an important step to make if you wish to apply for business credit and further to business credit card. Make sure you open your business credit file on 3 large credit reporting agencies namely TransUnion, Equifax and Experian.
Acquire one or more business credit cards. This entirely depends on how much you are going to need, but the least is you should have one for your business, small or large in scale.