Adele Horin A DESIRE to be their own boss, to have a better work/life balance, and to escape corporate life is behind the surge in the number of women starting their own businesses, a report has found.
Belinda Fraser, Melanie Gleeson Belinda Fraser and Melanie Gleeson started endota spa because they wanted to be in charge of our own financial destinies.
Jordanian entrepreneur Majied Qasem waited three years before arranging outside funding for his start-up company, d1g.com, an Arabic social media and content-sharing platform.
Miriam Steffens When Julie Finch-Scally walked out of her job in a bank after a clash with management, she was well into her 50s and struggled to find another job.
It is not easy taking on the big brands, no matter what industry you operate in; they have deep pockets and a lot of market clout.
Marcella Bidinost It sounds like a sports nut's dream: turning water cooler conversations about sport into your profession.
Mercedes Ruehl Missing out on a lively night at a museum sparked Jonathan Barouch's idea for a smartphone app that has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.
Larissa Ham When Australian Randall Howlett decided to set up a business in Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in South America, he had little idea of the patience required.
Adam Cooper After years of working for someone else, Tash White was content staying at home raising her two girls. But her entrepreneurial streak could not be contained.
Adam Cooper Remember when many of us vowed we'd never buy water in a plastic bottle?
Entrepreneur Secrets Serial entrepreneur Vincent Teubler, 47, embodies the saying “expect the unexpected”. Teubler’s “résumé” spans the spectrum.
Adam Cooper AFTER years of working for someone else, Tash White was content staying at home raising her two girls. But her entrepreneurial streak could not be contained.
Christopher Niesche Damien Cantelo is preparing his retail website for launch in the US market with a name change and a push for more investment.
Entrepreneur Secrets At a time when many Australian tourism operators are doing it tough, Sue Heine considers herself fortunate.
Entrepreneur Secrets Jack Fitzgerald had barely experienced a bad headache in his life but, three years ago at the age of 22, he suddenly developed one that lasted for years.
Peter Cai When Simon Ip arrived in Australia 20 years ago as a pastry chef, he had just $100 and a French certificate in patisserie. Last year he and his brother sold $50 million worth of buns.
Entrepreneur Secrets Two Men and a Truck founder Richard Kuipers never set out to run a business, let alone build one with 65 trucks and $8 million in annual sales.
Alexandra Cain Like many young entrepreneurs, Jack Delosa faced a huge amount of scepticism from friends and family when he bailed out of a commerce/law degree aged 18 to buy into his first business.
Entrepreneur Secrets Polish-born Roman Dyduk opened a pancake and schnitzel restaurant in 1975, fell in love with a waitress and two weeks later proposed.
Rania Spooner Independent ale house Little Creatures has backed a foreign takeover offer that valued the company at more than $380 million.