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Got a law degree? Join the entrepreneur's club

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.

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.

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.

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.

ENTREPRENEUR SECRETS

Taking on the giants: a bottler of an idea for the greater good

Thankyou Water.

Entrepreneur Secrets A group of young social entrepreneurs is taking on the giants of Australia’s $600 million bottled water industry for a good cause.

Wild ride: the 'Steve Jobs of yoghurt' shares his secrets

Hamdi Ulukaya

Entrepreneur Secrets Hamdi Ulukaya's tale is almost too incredible to believe. Seven years ago he bought an old dairy plant and hired five staff. This year his business is on track to sell $US1 billion of yoghurt.

Media darling reveals her battle with the black dog

Entrepreneur Secrets As entrepreneurial success stories go, Leanne Faulkner's was a beauty. From a kitchen table, she developed Billie Goat Soap, a venture that at its peak turned over $2.4 million annually.

Giving the burger market a good grilling

Grill'd founder Simon Crowe

Entrepreneur Secrets No ads. No celebrity endorsements. No meal deals. No upsizing. Grill'd Burgers wants a brand without the trimmings.

Aussies clean up in global contest

Now that's an Aussie invention.

Valerie Khoo Three Australian businesses have beaten a field of more than 3000 entrants in Shopify’s prestigious Build-A-Business contest.

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Pretty 'fly for a white guy: Klim's other success story

Michael Klim.

Entrepreneur Secrets Swim star Michael Klim hopes to post a crucial victory at the London Olympics qualifiers starting later this week.

Defence is the best offence

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Max Mason Eight years ago, Ron Engleman came to Australia to study psychology. To pay the rent and make ends meet he started teaching small classes in krav maga, a self-defence system developed in Israel.

Crafty cafes help creative types unwind

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Jo-Anne Hui As more Australians swap their smartphone for a sewing machine and rediscover the joy of arts and crafts, creative entrepreneurs are launching craft cafes across the country.