People are afraid of fruit!

Finally some sense with the new and updated Nutrition Australia food pyramid this week; maybe this will help put fruit and veg back on the menu where it needs to be for people drawn in by popular diet fads. Increasingly extreme high-protein diets and the anti-sugar movement have been misleading people into believing that fruit and vegetables are unhealthy so it’s fantastic to see them back where they belong on the pyramid – at the foundation of a healthy diet. The concern is that when people go down the fad diet path, they may be…

This Financial Fiasco Nearly Wiped Out My Bank Account

The early days of starting my juice bar, Boost, were insane. Opening a store a week in a country like Australia that is the size of the whole of Europe had some challenges! From Day One to four years in, we had opened 100 stores. But the biggest challenge I had was finding the right financial accountant. I did eventually make a fantastic appointment, but I made some very painful mistakes along the way. This is how we navigated that journey and ultimately gained surprising value from some very expensive stuff-ups! Getting hands-on with numbers…

You’re doing it wrong: Three myths of business

They say, “To succeed; you need money, a college education and to be really, really smart…” Bollocks! I started Boost Juice Bars on my own kitchen bench and grew to over $2 billion in global sales since inception – and I’ve never spent a day of my life at uni or business school. Worse yet (according to advocates of a traditional pathway to success) I’ve never had a job I was qualified for. What you really need is: A huge care factor To be a quick learner Have impeccable integrity To work, really, really hard….

The Professional Breakup: How to Walk Away Gracefully

I have had so many different jobs and careers that I’ve almost lost count, but one thing I know is you always remember the jobs that you quit or were fired from! People spend more time at work than doing any other thing (apart from sleeping), so work relationships naturally become a big part of your life. It’s easy to see why leaving a job can feel a bit like going through a relationship breakup and it can become very personal. But while it can be easy to wave goodbye to a boyfriend and never…

Home business to world domination: Have you got what it takes?

Getting a great business idea off the ground is one thing but taking a successful concept to world domination is something else altogether – it takes a very different kind of outlook. Geoff Harris, a founding partner of Flight Centre, said to me early on that very few entrepreneurs can make the transition and I was very conscious of this fact on my journey with Boost. We literally started Boost from our kitchen bench; but the business person who works in store and repairs the blenders needs to be a very different type of business…

The four major pitfalls of franchising (and what to do about them…)

Franchising is often viewed as a golden ticket to retirement but it can be a nightmare. Before you consider franchising your business, think very carefully about your model.

Firstly, if you have a business that is only slightly profitable after royalties then do not franchise, as it will be a world of pain. Franchising only works if you have a proven profitable model that is transferable and has growth potential.

If I was 22 – Why common sense is your best-friend

When we are in our 20’s, we make heaps of mistakes. The object of youth is to have fun and live freely, to experiment with who you are and discover the world around you and work out how you fit in. We truly think we have most of the answers, but haven’t yet figured out that we are only just beginning. Scientists say that the male brain is not fully developed until 27, so it seems to me that we need to hire more young women in senior roles, as a woman’s brain is emotionally…