How do you deal with work and money for now and in the future? Do you live from day to day or are you deliberately planning your financial future? And do you arrange ‘later’ yourself or are you participating in a pension fund?
Janneke de Boer is orthomolecular intestine therapist: “My house is my most important retirement provision.”
Janneke de Boer (38)
Profession: Orthomolecular intestine therapist
Weekly works: Approximately 40 hours in four days
Income: 3,300 euro + rental income
Savings: 15,000 euro
Pension is arranged? Somewhat
What does your work entail?
“Talking about poop and piss, simply said. That's why people sometimes refer to me as Miss Poopoo. I run my own practice in orthomolecular intestine therapy since 2016 where I treat people with all kinds of complaints, ranging from obstipation and diarrhea to vague stomach or skin problems. Yes, you read it correctly, the skin is also connected to intestines. Just like everything in the body is interconnected.”
So, as a child you came up with the idea of working with poop?
“Well, not immediately. At first I practiced what I am doing now, natural medicine, as a hobby alongside my work. I didn't even know it was an actual profession. When I found out it was, I started my training within a week. I just liked it very much! It's very interesting and powerful to know how the human body is structured, how it all works. If that engine is running properly, it enables you to grow old in a good and healthy way. We all want to postpone death as long as possible but can also terribly neglect our most important possession: our body. I find it truly magical to see how the body is able to cure itself.”
What other types of work have you done so far?
“I started as an art designer at the art academy and then studied to become a history teacher. I was a teacher for a while and also worked in the hospitality business and as a real estate agent. It bored me to do the same job five days in a row and have always done multiple things simultaneously. Otherwise I get that feeling of being bored really quickly.”
You hold this job for about five years now, don't you get tired of it yet?
“I still do a lot of other things alongside my job. I also provide online training, guide and treat people one-on-one and perform fecal examinations. I prepare live broadcasts on Instagram during which I give an explanation on all kinds of poop-related subjects and I organize webinars for companies. I am always engaged in my profession, but constantly in a different way. That's what keeps it fun.”
How many hours do you work?
“I always used to work five days per week, but recently thought: Why am I actually doing that? I was jealous of my friends with children who only worked four days per week, until I realized I am the one controlling my own hours. Now I work really hard for four days and have three days to relax and enjoy my free time. Although I also work quite often on my day off, Monday, when jobs are passed by me that I just enjoy doing. I see about ten clients per week, all on my own. I have now come to the point that I have a bit too much work just for me, but don't earn enough money yet to hire someone.”