Aviation Website with online community and a social media following of 40k.(Link)
The quote at the top is something I firmly believe in.
Growing up next to the local airfield, I became fascinated by aviation at a very young age. Two years after I started flying, I received my glider pilot license at age 16. Spending a significant part of my youth at the airfield and having met a lot of incredibly interesting people, I became increasingly interested and passionate about aviation, business, entrepreneurship and marketing.
During my Business Management studies, I combined my interests in business, marketing and entrepreneurship. I was able to apply what I learn to real-life situations and companies, which offered me the chance to improve myself on a personal and professional level.
When I'm not working, flying or traveling, I like to work on Hangar.Flights, an aviation website I founded and own, or spend my time learning new languages and skills. Besides that, I also started the digital agency Sherpa Media, where I offer affordable web design and digital marketing services to small and medium-sized businesses as a freelancer. It's basically a one-man digital army.
From August until December 2017, I spent four months on Erasmus exchange in beautiful Finland. These four months, I experienced new things, learned about other cultures, witnessed the incredible beauty of Finnish nature and made friends for life. I can honestly say this experience has changed my life.
In March '18, I started my internship as a trainee at The Aviation Factory in Antwerp, the number ons aircraft broker in the Benelux. I'm very happy to announce I received and gladly accepted the offer to keep working for this incredible company. Proud to be part of such an amazing team!
These are some of the project I have been working/worked on recently, for fun and business.
Aviation Website with online community and a social media following of 40k.(Link)
A one-man digital agency I started where I offer marketing and webdesign services to SMBs.(Link)
I developed an online car rental system with administration and invoicing for a Belgian car rental service.
A website and webshop I built for De Komptoir, distributor for a German clothing accessories brand.(Link)
After graduating highschool I started at the University of Leuven, studying Applied Economics. I realised this wasn't for me and after two years of failing classes I finally quit those studies for something more practical. I ended up studying Business Management with a specialization in Marketing at the University College Leuven, Belgium, where I just finished my second year of three. All that's left now in the third year of my Bachelors is a semester of studying abroad and my internship. On August 15th I left for 4 months to Finland, where I studied at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences. This was an amazingly interesting and mind opening experience, getting to know new cultures, people and places. I can honestly say these 4 months changed my life.
One of my first working experiences was working as a bartender in my flying club. As a 15-year-old boy who loves to spend his time at the airfield, there was no better summer job than being at the airfield en get paid for it. In those weekends and summers I got the responsibility to open and close the airfield bar, act as subsidiary airfield chief, sell fuel to visiting aircraft and other cool things. Even though it was just a summer job, it was my first work experience in aviation and I know it won't be my last.
From 2014 till 2016 I worked voluntarily as an aviation journalist for Flightlevel.be, Belgium's largest aviation news website, where I wrote mostly about the newest developments in general and business aviation. Due to a lack of time and other projects I wanted to pursue, unfortunately I had to leave the Flightlevel team.
One of the coolest work experiences I have had is working as a private driver for a company that offers personal chauffeurs to companies, events or individuals who prefer spending their time working while someone else drives their car. As a professional driver I had the responsibility to get the client to his destination on time and in a safe way. I got to drive around CEOs and managers from some of the biggest and well-known companies in the Benelux, in luxury cars like the Maserati Ghibli, Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Tesla Model S.
This job has offered me the opportunity to connect with some very inspiring people and visit places I would otherwise never have been able to. And above all, I got paid for doing this. What else would I need?
In May 2016, I launched my aviation website Hangar.Flights, a personal side-project I had been working on for quite some time. Hangar.Flights (pretty cool URL right?) is an online aviation community, blog & resource for pilots, where I want to inspire, help and connect the pilots of today and tomorrow. I built this website from scratch and since launching it, it received over 98.000 visits from all over the world, totaling the number of page views just over 160k. Social media followers included, the total audience is currently about 40k, mostly aviation enthusiasts, professionals and pilots from all over the world.
Building this platform has taught me a lot about a wide range of topics, from programming and digital marketing to reaching out to magazines, influencers and companies in the industry. It has given me the opportunity to connect with some of the greatest people in aviation, for which I am very grateful. It has been an incredibly interesting journey and I'm looking forward to what the future holds.
In 2016 I started Sherpa Media out of my passion for creating things, entrepreneurship and marketing. Sherpa Media is a one-man digital agency where I help SMBs with affordable webdesign and digital marketing services. I have helped Belgian companies with websites, webshops, online systems and on & offline advertising ... and they all told me they were happy :)
What I like most about working as a freelancer is that I get to work for so many different companies and entrepreneurs. I get to discover new industries, innovations, ideas and people that constantly inspire me to chase my own dreams. And again, I get paid to do this and learn something new everyday, what else would I need?
I have a tendency of taking on a lot of work and diving into different cool projects at the same time. Being a bit of a perfectionist has helped me avoid spreading myself to thin and take the time to properly finish projects, instead of doing a lot of things only half. Finding time for work at school and vice versa isn't always easy, but it has thaught me a lot about managing my time more efficiently. I learned there are more than enough hours in a day, you just need to know how to spend them effectively.
What began with an email from a second year student who, despite all the other advertising messages, still managed to catch the eye, did not only evoke a lot of sympathy, but also proved to us a business sense that many, despite his young age, can learn from!
And rightly so, a pleasant journey led us to a brilliant web design! Inexperience was greatly offset by professionalism, learning ability, commitment, transparency and a whole lot of willingness.
In short, a digital adventure with excellent accompaniment. Thank you, Senne!
Maggi Dehennin - De Komptoir
With all the projects and jobs I have been working on the past few years, I have had the chance to teach myself new skills and learn from others. While building and launching my aviation website I had to teach myself how to code, how to think about user experience, how to build and launch a brand, how to use social media and search engines to drive traffic, how to tweak Facebook ads to decrease cost and so much more.
While building and launching my own 'brand' mostly taught me hard skills, working as a private driver had given me the chance to improve and learn new soft skills. It taught me how some of the busiest people manage their time and how I can leverage it myself, how different companies can have so many different cultures and how networking can be an incredibly powerful skill. Again, I can't possibly begin to name every single lesson I have learned as a private driver, but it sure was an incredibly valuable and interesting experience.
Starting my own small digital agency and working as a freelancer for various companies and entrepreneurs has helped me improve my marketing and tech skills even more, while at the same time getting paid to do it. I truely believe this is the best way to learn new things: hands-on, with trial and error for real clients.
With all those projects and side jobs I would almost forget to mention the skills I learned at school. School has given me the opportunity to not only do stuff, but to also think about the why and how. While I usually just start right away, my business management studies helped me realise that failing to plan is planning to fail. Besides that, I got to work on cool projects, together with great people and learn from people with years of experience in their field. I got access to knowledge, which is something of immense value.
Some other skills I acquired: teamwork, motivation, willingness to learn and to improve myself, responsibility, blogging, knowledge about aviation, networking,...
For a more extensive overview of my education, experience, courses, certifications and skills, I kindly suggest you check my LinkedIn profile.
I love what I do and I love sharing it with the world through my Instagram account (@sennevdp).
I love to connect with people. You can reach out to me to talk aviation, business, design, marketing, travel or anything else that sounds like fun. Feel free to shoot me a message using the form below and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can!