The Accidental Entrepreneur
In The Accidental Entrepreneur , author Janine Allis shares the secrets and skills that took her from housewife to entrepreneur to head of a multi-national corporation. As the founder of Boost Juice, Janine has journeyed from zero formal business training to leading a company with over 400 stores in 12 countries. This book takes you down the long road that she travelled, including some quirky stops along the way, and gives you valuable insight into taking the alternative road to business success. You'll learn how she captured the hearts of consumers with her love-life philosophy, and how to hang on to your core values, build the right team, listen to your customers and market like the big boys. As a working mother of four, Janine understands the demands of modern life, and shows you how you can accomplish your goals without sacrificing your health or your relationships in the process.
Boost Juice is in more countries than any other juice bar in the world, employs 6000 people and for the past four years, has grown by an average of 30 stores and four countries every year. And it all began with one housewife in her Melbourne kitchen! Big ideas often start out small, and this book shows you how to nurture them into achieving their full potential.
Learn how a company grows from kitchen table to $AUD135,000,000 per annum
Explore and apply Janine Allis's practical tips for success
Identify and develop the skills you need to get where you want to be
Overcome the common obstacles that can throw you off course
If you think the only way to build a prosperous business is to go to a top business school, think again! Janine Allis is living proof that alternative paths are valid. The Accidental Entrepreneur charts her course, and provides you with directions to the destination you crave.
JANINE ALLIS is the founder of Boost Juice and the executive director of Retail Zoo, which has over 500 stores in 13 countries and has turned over more than $2 billion since inception. She is also a Shark on the successful Channel TEN TV show Shark Tank .
The Accidental Entrepreneur
THE SCENIC ROUTE TO BOOST
Growing up, I was a typical suburban kid. My passion was netball and I spent as much time as possible outside throwing a ball at the brick wall in our garden. After leaving technical college, my first job was in advertising - during the 1980s (think shoulder pads, big hair and liquid lunches) - and I even gave modelling a go. Sensing there was more to life, I worked three jobs to save for a travelling adventure. Telling my mother I would be away for three months, I set off - returning six years later with a two year old.
Just a simple girl from a simple world
I once read a book that suggested we actually 'pick' our parents. If that's the case, I picked the quintessential 'Aussie Mum and Dad'. Mum stayed home and Dad made the bacon. Dad worked for Fibremakers, a carpet-making company, in a middle management position. His aim was to move up the corporate ladder during the week and enjoy his time off on the weekends.
I'm the youngest of their four kids, born in Knoxfield, about 30 kilometres east of the Melbourne CBD. Back in the 1970s, the suburb was semirural. Our home was a tiny green weatherboard house - only 10 squares - but it was set on a quarter-acre block of land that had previously been an orchard. It was full of fruit trees, with an abundance of fruit every year (which could have something to do with my brother needing to manually pump the septic tank every day). Uhmm ... perhaps the love of fruit started here? We were outside children by necessity. Weekends were spent at the football oval for my brother, Greg, or the netball courts for my sisters and me. Our family was obsessed with sport. Netball was the one thing I was truly interested in during those years. I played and trained six days a week (even as an adult, I played netball until I stumbled into yoga at 41). Okay - healthy living and a bit of obsessiveness started to shine through during my childhood, but the availability of fruit and overachieving netball skills do not a businesswoman make.
My childhood was relatively uneventful; my siblings and I were much loved, and it was a stable upbringing. Life was simple, with not too much money being left over after the expenses were paid, so everything we did have was appreciated. I remember as a child the joy of seeing black and white television for the first time. I also remember going to the movies and watching that huge man on a horse, telling everyone how good for you it was to smoke Alpine cigarettes - as opposed to the other horrible, unhealthy cigarettes. I wasn't sold on the habit of smoking but, on the big movie screen, I did notice the vibrant green of the grass, so when I returned to the black and white television, I made a point of telling my whole family what colours we were missing.
Holidays were eight-hour road trips to Robe in South Australia, in a car without air conditioning or seatbelts. For Christmas one year, I got a bike that was second-hand with a damaged seat. (Mum told me Santa had damaged it on the way down the chimney and, of course, I believed every word because I knew Santa existed.) Looking back at my childhood, my memories are happy ones; my parents ensured we never felt like we missed out.
Even though my parents were encouraging of anything and everything we did, their aspirations for my siblings and me were minimal. Neither thought that someday we would own our own business, become a lawyer or even a doctor. This had nothing to do with not believing in us, and everything to do with expectations and our environment. My parents sent me to Knox Secondary College for two reasons: it was close to home and it had a business course. Okay, it was more of a typing course ... In our neighbourhood, you completed your Leaving Certificate and then you got a really good job as a secretary, preferably in a bank. My school only went to year 11; my parents had no expe