The Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard Edzard van der Laan, presents the ‘zzp’ prize (for

the self-employed) during the Day of the Self Employed.

DELFT – Tessa van Swieten from Delft, who reached the final of the Freelancer of the Year Awards on Saturday 2 April, is presented with the award by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhart van der Laan, during the Day of the Self Employedin the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam. The Freelancer of the Year Awards is a search for the best self-employed person in the Netherlands. One hundred participants were selected for the final, from over 10,000 participants. ‘We are very Impressed with the quality of the hundred finalists,’ says René Frijters, jury chairman at the FOTY Awards and founder of Knab self-employed database.

With translations from and into English, German and Spanish, Tessa van Swieten helps companies in the Netherlands and abroad to broaden their market. Tessa ensures the style and tone of the text resonates with the target group and takes into account cultural differences, so the text can really win over the new target group. To achieve this, Tessa collaborates with an international team of translators.

In general, translators work in the background and are therefore relatively invisible. With her participation in the FOTY Awards Tessa would like to focus the spotlight on the profession of translating. You can view her video on YouTube.

Pitch round

During the first round of the FOTY Awards, the nominated self-employed and freelancers had to gather reviews from past and present clients. The selection board put together a list of the Top-10 self-employed and freelancer entrepreneurs for each category, based of the average score for each participant from the first round. The hundred finalists presented their business in front of the camera during the pitch event at Tribes in Utrecht on 27 February.

Audience prize

Voting for the audience award opened on Tuesday 8 March: the finalists must generate as many as possible Likes, Shares and Subscribes via Facebook and YouTube for their pitch video. The top 4 were selected on 31 March, which will be voted on by the audience during the day of the self-employed. The winner of the audience prize will receive an online marketing campaign to the value of 2,500 euros – provided by Knab – in which the winner will star as a true hero among entrepreneurs.