Tim van den Hoed – De Utrechtse Boekenbar

Tim van den Hoed – De Utrechtse Boekenbar

14 november 2022 – reading time: 5 minutes
“What I like the most is to have the freedom to do whatever I like. I really enjoy that freedom.”

We went to visit Tim van den Hoed from De Utrechtse Boekenbar. We ask him all about his inspiring store and his experiences as an entrepreneur.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which book would that be and why?

“That’s a very hard question, but I guess I’d go for ‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis. It’s a book that I took from my father’s bookcase and of which I thought: I want to read more of this.”

Have you always been a fan of reading?

“Yes. I’ve always been a fan of reading. It’s actually the basis for this shop, that’s where it all started really.”

Where did you get the idea for Utrechtse Boekenbar?

“It’s actually a combination of a love for books, a love for the city of Utrecht and a love for a place or hospitality venue where people can meet. And when? It has evolved over the course of my life. It was always an idea and at some point I decided to actually do it.”

Tim van den Hoed – De Utrechtse Boekenbar

What do you like the most about owning this bar at Westerkade?

“What I like the most is to have the freedom to do whatever I like. I really enjoy that freedom.”

What book should every entrepreneur read?

“I’m not going to name a book, but a genre. I think every entrepreneur should read a novel, because it’s good for your creativity. You’re reading a story and you actually have to complete that story yourself. And it’s really good for developing empathy, I think. Because you often read a story that sheds light on different matters that you’re used to or that you know.”

Nowadays, people read less and less. What do you think of that?

“Well, I think that’s a great pity of course. Here in the store I obviously only meet people who do read. I also am under the impression that many people really like to read, but that they find it difficult to muster up the concentration for it. So I hope that more people are willing to pick up a book more often. I don’t think a lot of people really don’t want to read, that it’s unwillingness.”

Tim van den Hoed – De Utrechtse Boekenbar

And what are your thoughts on the future: will people always continue to read books?

“Of course I have to say yes, and I actually also think they will. For me, it’s also very important how attractive a book is: like the quality of the paper and how big it is. Or how it’s issued. And I think that’s also one of the important things about books. As long as a book is a beautiful product, I think people will want to have it and continue to read it.”

What will Boekenbar look like in five years?

“I think we will definitely stay here, at this location. It’s a small shop, but I think that with this place as a basis we can stimulate and promote reading in other places as well. By organizing festivals for example, or by collaborating with schools and other institutions.”

How did you and Kees de Boekhouder meet?

“We met through a friend of mine who was already a client at Kees de Boekhouder. I was looking for an accountant or accounting program that I could work with easily. Then I visited Kees and we clicked right away.”

What does Kees de Boekhouder mean to you?

“I hate accounting. So Kees de Boekhouder is kind of my motivator to do it anyway. I know it’s very important; over the years I’ve also experienced that it’s good to spend time on it. But with Kees de Boekhouder I need to spend as little time as possible on it. So that’s very nice. And I really like that I can always drop my questions. A very short email is okay, or I just give them a call. That just works really well for me.”