Best co-working and freelance spots in Amsterdam

Best co-working and freelance spots in Amsterdam

Nat and I re-located to Amsterdam nearly 3 months ago now. Within that time, we’ve been lucky enough to explore and get to know this amazing city. As freelancers working remotely it was important we found some great co-working spaces / coffee shops where we could continue our hustle and also get down to work.

So we’ve collated our top 5 spots to hang out and “get s**t done”.  

What Andy Murray Can Teach us About Gender Equality in the Workplace

What Andy Murray Can Teach us About Gender Equality in the Workplace

Tennis superstar and all round rugged national treasure Andy Murray has spoken out on gender equality within sport in an article to the BBC and the fact that female tennis players make the same sacrifices as their male counterparts.

By using his position as world number three and generally ‘guy who people take seriously’ he has politely condemned the assumption that male tennis players are more dedicated, more hard-working and more successful. The tennis world already seems to be leading the pack when it comes to gender equality in sport with both men and women receiving equal prize money at major tournaments, but luckily the conversation didn’t stop there. Andy Murray’s comments remind us that just because progress has been made, it doesn’t mean the war is won.

Top tips on how to create your personal brand

Top tips on how to create your personal brand

"Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. ...Personal branding is essentially the ongoing process of establishing a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others about an individual, group, or organisation." Wikipedia

When we started Mac&Moore I quickly identified that to create an impact and get noticed we were going to have to think carefully about our personal brand. Our business is a reflection of us and an instant first impression on any potential customer. There is no mistaking that we’re two independent young women with a point of view from current advertising trends to our disdain for mansplaining. Especially in the ever-changing digital world it’s important to show your personality, values and opinions whilst standing out. We’ve found humans connect with stories and content that resonate with them.

Four Reasons to Relocate Your Business to Amsterdam

Four Reasons to Relocate Your Business to Amsterdam

Why would you relocate a one year old business from London to Amsterdam?

June 2017 was a fantastic time of year. Kicking off the summer in true London style with rooftop bar openings and street food markets popping up ready to ply greedy sun-seekers with Pimms. The other reason that June was so enjoyable was that the business we never thought we’d set up turned one year old. This was both totally exciting and quite terrifying in equal measure because if something has worked for a year … It’s safe to say it should carry on working. My business partner Jess and I have spent the past year establishing our marketing company, building up a roster of clients and getting bedded into the ‘running your own business’ game.

Oh, you’re one of those ‘Career Women’?

Oh, you’re one of those ‘Career Women’?

Now, before you roll your eyes and close this browser in favour of an article about what madness Justin Bieber has been up to this week or a video compilation of James Corden’s best Carpool Karaoke’s … Hear me out.

I recently read an article on The Huffington Post from a couple of years ago. The author’s take on the subject was GENUINELY that the ‘masculine energy’ we exhibit in the workplace could be harmful to our dating life. That we can have a career at any time so we should probably put our energy into finding a husband first … AND that ‘it’s a good idea to be involved with other women and/or feminine activities to maintain some level of girly-ness’. Like what? Inserting tampons and softly weeping into stuffed bears?

Can a woman ever be a 'mansplainer'?

Can a woman ever be a 'mansplainer'?

The concept of mansplaining was born kicking and screaming and covered in mucus into this world because of the age-old injustice and downright piece of poppycock that men are superior to women in just about all ways apart from squeezing milk out of their udders. Everything else, physical strength, intelligence, building IKEA furniture, the fairer sex have just had to sit down and suck it up (with legs neatly crossed). We lose. Now, thankfully most (or at least a significantly large portion of humans) have realised that this idea is essentially bananas. But old habits die hard and unfortunately ‘mansplaining’ still exists alive and well.

A Tribute to London

A Tribute to London

The original subject for this post was going to be our first year in pictures. But after the horrific London attacks that happened over the weekend I want to dedicate these words to my home, my city and the place not only of my birth but also of Mac&Moore.

London has long been seen as an epicentre for creativity, entrepreneurship and collaboration & with hindsight has been the perfect place for us to set-up on our own start-up journey. This city has made me the person I am today, a person I’m really proud of and has also enabled me to meet not only my business partner Nat but also a host of talented and wonderful individuals I’m lucky to call colleagues and friends.

Music Videos and Pregnancy Tests

Music Videos and Pregnancy Tests

I had originally planned on writing something totally different for my next blog post, but something occurred during my week off meaning I absolutely must write about two other things instead. These two things are:

YouTube

and

Clearblue

Not the most obvious pairing unless it is decided that blasting out Drake’s Hotline Bling from a tiny speaker at the other end from where you wee on is the perfect way to time those agonising three minutes.