Archive for the ‘Success story’ Category

Award winning website promises to pamper

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Pamper Hamper Gifts, which won an Australian Small Business National Winner award in 2012, was established way back in 2004 by Bianca Kristallis.

Based in Sydney, Kristallis had the vision for her business after seeing that hampers were hampered by an inherent tackiness. Believing she could do better and bring the ‘wow factor’ back to hamper gifts, and Pamper Hamper Gifts was born and is still going strong today and winning business awards along the way.

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Wired and Wonderful brings African crafts to Australia

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Online store Wired and Wonderful, run by Christina Cridland in Perth, imports handmade African gifts, homewares and jewellery.

Established in 2011 after Cridland felt unsatisfied by her career as a journalist, the store has allowed her to spend more time at home with her young son.

Prior to starting her importing, Cridland visited the shop she was doing business with to ensure it was a fair trade workplace.

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Red Balloon founder shares insights into online entrepreneurship

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Naomi Simson, founder of online gift retailer RedBalloon, says people wanting to start their own business should be detailed and visionaries.

“I usually defer to businessman and entrepreneur Jack Cowin who puts it better than I ever could,” Simson says. “I saw Jack present at the EY Entrepreneurs workshop, where he opened with the quote ‘an entrepreneur needs to be a cross between a microbiologist and an astronomer’. He believes that true entrepreneurs are special in that they can be both detailed and visionary.”

Simson says great entrepreneurs are curious, persistent, are searching for better ways to do things, endlessly positive, focused and have exemplary people skills. While entrepreneurs can be born with these traits, she says some can also be learned.

“Curiosity and positivity are hard things to teach — you either have them or you don’t,” she says. “But characteristics like focus and persistence can be learned, and need to be — without them you’re unlikely to make it as an entrepreneur or business owner.”

Simson attributes the success of her own business to tenacity and hard work. “It was almost three months before RedBalloon made its first sale,” she says. “People used to ask me ‘when were you going to give up?’ but the thought never crossed my mind. I never, ever thought that it would not work and I never contemplated throwing in the towel.”

Simson also says that entrepreneurs don’t get discouraged by failure and, in fact, learn from it to make their next endeavor successful.
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Erica Fanning Interior Styling fans the flames of fortune

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Erica Fanning established the self-titled Erica Fanning Interior Styling in Sydney in 2012 with the intention of being able to provide interior decorating services to anyone in Australia and beyond via e-decorating. E-decorating sees people send Fanning their room dimensions via email and getting a complete room design package back, complete with places where clients can purchase everything needed to complete the room’s proposed look.

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Bowerhouse becomes online powerhouse in homewares

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Perth, Western Australia’s Natalie Long spent years in the fashion industry before setting off in a new direction and creating her own homewares brand and online store Bowerhouse.

She designs her own homewares for Bowerhouse, which has been in operation since 2012.

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Tickle the Imagination magazine’s founder tickled pink at success

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Tanya Collier, founder of Tickle the Imagination Magazine, had always had a love for design and creating things. So after many twists and turns, she finally decided to put her efforts into Tickle the Imagination.

After moving around for a few years, Collier and her family settled in Perth, Western Australia and she got down to the business of running her own online publication, which features designers and makers.

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The Baby Emporium has it all for your wee one

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Started by Melissa Lichocik in 2012 in Perth, Western Australia, The Baby Emporium sells modern and innovative baby products online.

Having her own children inspired Lichocik to stay home and start her own online business. An avid online shopper, Lichocik appreciated the variety of the baby products she was able to find online and decided to bring them all into one convenient online space.

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BigCommerce is big success in Australia

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Young entrepreneurs Mitchell Harper and Eddie Machaalani are making eCommerce easy for small businesses.

Founded in 2009 and with offices in Sydney and Texas, BigCommerce revealed last year that the company now powers more than 20,000 online stores for retailers, who have processed sales of more than $350,000,000.

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Learn Cake Decorating Online: simple name, simple premise, great results

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Established in New South Wales in 2012 by Louise Vansleve, Learn Cake Decorating Online does exactly what its name implies and teaches people how to decorate cakes from the comfort of wherever it is they happen to like doing their baking.

Vansleve was struck with the idea for the online business while trying to make the perfect cake for her young daughter and instinctively knew that other people would be interested in learning this skill.

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Australia boasts significant entrepreneurship

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Not only is entrepreneurship alive and well in Australia, it is, in fact, thriving, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, which ranks Australia second behind only the United States in the world amongst developed nations to those looking to start a new business in general and among women entrepreneurs, also.

Some notable Australian entrepreneurs include:

Nick D’Aloisio – Summly

Summly condenses news articles to make them easier to read on smaller tablets and smartphones.

D’Aloisio created the app at just 15 years of age. Yahoo! purchased it for $30 million.

Matt Barrie – Freelancer

Freelancer is a job board for people seeking freelance work.

Richard Chua – Talent100

Talent100 was created by then-high school student Richard Chua, now 27, to help high school students score well on tests and get into the college of their choice.

You tell the company what score you need to get to be accepted into your desired college, and Talent100 breaks this down into achievable goals. So far, the company has brought in more than 1.5 million dollars.

Amanda Lintott – Career Driven

Career Driven is a recruitment company specializing in the car and automotive sector, including sales. They are hoping to break into motor shows in the years ahead to continue growing their business.

Sarah and Emily Hamilton – Bellabox

Monthly subscriptions to beauty boxes are huge in the United States and are getting big in Australia, too.

Sarah and Emily Hamilton created Bellabox — similar to the U.S.’s Birchbox — back in 2011 and have seen incredible success thus far. They are hoping to turn the company into a worldwide business in the coming years.

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