In The Netherlands, freelancers are locally referred to as ZZP'ers (a Dutch abbreviation for "zelfstandige zonder personeel"). If you are a freelancer, it means that you are an entrepreneur without staff who works for different clients. Generally, you are an expert in something, and you work at your own expense and risk. During illness or when things are quiet in your business, you can't rely on benefits.
Services and clients
Once set up, you can offer your services to clients in Groningen and beyond. If you're still working on ideas for your business, consider teaching a skill that excites you in person or online from the comfort of your own home. Alternatively, set up a base in one of the several co-working places that Groningen has to offer.
Groningen is a relatively small city with vibrant communities and strong networks. People are willing to help you join one of these networks so that you, too, can be included in the vibrant ecosystem in the North. Teams like that of Founded in Groningen can connect, support and promote your initiatives.
Ask yourself if freelancing is for you. After all, it comes with pros and cons. Some examples are having control over your own working hours, choosing your own clients, and allowing a better work-life balance as you see fit. However, there are also some disadvantages to freelance work. As a full-time employee of a company with a specific hours-based contract, there may be relatively more job security. There are also other advantages such as paid leave and sick days.