I was born in a small South African town called Humansdorp and grew up in Jeffreys Bay, known for its world class surf break.

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 8 when I started providing a gardening service for the people across the street and employed my sister and cousin to do the work for me. As time went by, my fascination in the design sector grew and at the age of 13 I took on my first client as a freelance designer, one thing led to another and as the years passed, my client database grew and so did the business. I founded An1ken in 2007. At the time it was merely my online identity for freelancing and doing client work in the design sector. However, as time progressed, the work load became heavier, clients became larger and thus I decided to expand.

Now years later An1ken still has vested interests in the Design sector and things are going really well. It has been a tough journey to get to where we are today, but we have prevailed and are stronger than ever. Through the years leading up to now, I have failed more times than I have succeeded, I have questioned my motives and even looked for a way out at times. However, through the grace of God and everything I have experienced, I learned that at the end of the day it isn’t only ideas that build businesses, but passion, commitment, a quality team and customer satisfactory too.

Now you have to understand that work is part of life and that is why I believe that you should do what you love. There is no point in going to work everyday unhappy. You should follow your own dreams and not the dreams of others. We were made as individuals, unique in our own right. Think about it, if I didn’t love what I had to do everyday, do you think I would be where I am today? I don’t think so. I chose the alternative route. The route frowned upon by the majority of the worlds population. I’m self taught most of the way, never attended any form of tertiary education, but have mentors that I wouldn’t exchange for anything in the world. These individuals have helped me get to where I am today and because of them I am able to write this. They have taught me things in life and business, that I probably would have never known if it wasn’t for them. That is why I believe in helping people improve their circumstances.

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. You have to understand that living paycheck to paycheck isn’t going to make you rich, it’s only going to make you comfortable. That is why I’m going to share my experiences, my thoughts and my knowledge to help you make a success of yourself. 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.

Jacques van Heerden
Founder of An1ken

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