Companies

Women all ears over opportunities to run own companies

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.

Got a law degree? Join the entrepreneur's club

From law degree to entrepreneur.

Alexandra Cain A law degree is a great grounding for an entrepreneur. But business owners with a legal background also need to throw off the risk-averse mindset that comes with the territory.

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FAST GROWTH

Fast track to a fitness empire

Jetts founder Brendon Levenson.

Larissa Ham A 31-year-old personal trainer raised in public housing has come in second on this year's BRW Fast 100.

SURVIVAL STORIES

Entrepreneurs who bounced back from the brink

Entrepreneur Damien James.

David Wilson Have you ever been down to your last cent? Two entrepreneurs who flirted with bankruptcy tell how they survived.

ONLINE SHOPPING

Grocery run with a difference from serial entrepreneurs

Gabby Leibovich from groceryrun.com.au.

Rachel Wells A new breed of online grocery retailer gives food manufacturers a second chance to sell things the big supermarket chains will not touch.

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$100m software sold a year, not a single cold call

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Asher Moses A billion-dollar business built by two Sydney friends in an apartment 10 years ago is widely tipped to be the first Australian tech start-up to go public.

GROWING

Passion for plants proves to be bloomin' marvellous

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Jo-Anne Hui When Edible Blooms' founder, Kelly Baker-Jam-

ENTREPRENEUR SECRETS

'Big cars, big houses and a big lifestyle'

Mike O'Hagan.

Entrepreneur Secrets In the second instalment of our new series, we profile MiniMovers founder Mike O'Hagan, whose removals company turns over $24 million a year.

ENTREPRENEUR SECRETS

From eBay to $2.6m in three meteoric years

Wai Hong Fong.

Entrepreneur Secrets In the first instalment of our new weekly series, Entrepreneur Secrets, Marcella Bidinost speaks to Wai Hong Fong, an astonishingly successful young entrepreneur who once told his mother he wanted to...

ENTREPRENEUR SECRETS

Making $40 million with just 14 staff

Jo Burston.

Entrepreneur Secrets Jo Burston's first few years in business were as tough as it gets. But now her business is growing at lightning speeds, with an "audacious" goal of making $100 million a year.

ENTREPRENEUR SECRETS

Tech titan: Sydney's $15-million e-commerce king

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Entrepreneur Secrets Eddie Machaalani, 33, reveals how he started and grew e-commerce software giant BigCommerce, which powers more than 20,000 online retailers around the world.

Perfect pitch: how two mates got the big names on board

From uni graduates to ad gurus.

Marika Dobbin These young high-flyers dared to launch their own business straight out of university.

ENTREPRENEUR SECRETS

Jobs giant: how Matt Barrie built a global empire

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Entrepreneur Secrets Matt Barrie's giant outsourcing marketplace, Freelancer.com, racked up $US35 million last year.

START-UP

Jessica Alba starts her own baby business

Actress Jessica Alba

Working mum Jessica Alba is adding entrepreneur to her many titles, shifting from movie star to businesswoman with a venture that provides parents easy access to eco-friendly natural products for...

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Balloon artist puts a new twist on inflation

Cody Freeman

Anneli Knight Young and dynamic entrepreneur and artist, Cody Freeman, is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in balloon art and has his sights set on the global stage.

Breathing life into Aussie innovation

Phil Morle.

Christopher Niesche Phil Morle is one of the people would-be web entrepreneurs turn to for a chance to turn their dream into reality.

ENTREPRENEURS

Sex sells: the business of pleasure

Bree

They're a feted society couple, who just happen to be purveyors of porn. So how do Malcolm Day and his wife, Bree Maddox, mix respectability with raunch? Jane Cadzow meets the adult-industry...

Gold-plated plan drives entrepreneur

Web developer Tai Tran, who is selling the personalised Victorian number plate 'Facebk'.

Mex Cooper Facebk is on the market for $1.2 million.

Thinking small in a world of big business

Michelle Matthews

Lawrence Money A local entrepreneur joins the campaign against globalisation.

ENTREPRENEUR SECRETS

Meaty idea makes millions for ex-Wall St banker

Pie Face.

Entrepreneur Secrets A former Wall Street banker is creating serious wealth from an unlikely source: meat pies.