I’m a serial entrepreneur that is passionate about building companies, empowering people and making a difference.
From a very young age I knew that I didn’t want to work for anyone and thus kept myself motivated to go big or go home. My first experience as an entrepreneur was at the age of eight when I started providing a gardening service for the people across the street. As I was approaching my teens, my fascination in the design sector grew and at the age of 13 I took on my first client as a freelance designer. A couple of months in I realized there were more money to be made if I didn’t do everything myself, so I scaled the business and turned it into a sought after agency that worked with clients all over the world. I had big dreams and aspirations at the time and wanted to setup a holding company for the vision I had as an entrepreneur. An1ken was founded in 2007 on the premise that any one can be successful.
Since the inception of An1ken, I’ve focused on expanding the group’s reach and growing the companies in their own unique ways. I’ve failed more than I’ve succeeded, but being an opportunist I’m never short on new ideas. I’m always looking out for the next big thing and enjoy building sustainable companies that give back to the community. All our companies have either been founded under the An1ken umbrella, been formed through strategic partnerships or acquired from individuals and companies.
Even though I’ve built up a portfolio of companies, I’ve realized that empowering individuals is what I’m really passionate about in life.
If you don’t invest time in educating others, how can you call yourself a leader? – Jacques van Heerden
Empowering people is my passion
My goal with this website is to empower individuals and businesses to take that next step towards becoming successful. Living paycheck to paycheck isn’t going to make you rich, it might make you comfortable, but it isn’t putting you in charge of your road map to success. You need to rise above the rest, differentiate your thought patterns, break free from small mindsets and realize that learning really only starts after graduation. You might think that you’re a nobody, you might think that you aren’t smart enough to do this..well I have some news for you. Any one can be successful. They just need the right methods, principles and commitment to go hand in hand.
So whether you have been a successful entrepreneur for years, just started your own business or thinking of doing so. I hope that I will be able to encourage and inspire you to work harder, develop yourself, your business and reach your goals in life.
I’m always excited to connect with new people. So let’s connect.
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Jacques van Heerden
Founder of An1ken