$33.33 / min
(Hourly rate $2,000)
Dear fellow Entrepreneurs, ••• I offer a "No Questions Asked" money back guarantee service. Read more. ••• I have been running my own companies since 1996. My brother, sister and brother-in-law joined me in 1998. Although ownership is mostly family-owned we run the company like any corporation and have a stellar executive who hold key posts in the business. The leadership of the family, management and responsibilities ultimately rest with me but it is most definitely a collaborative approach that is extremely effective and successful. Booktopia was started on 4th February 2004 (the same day as Facebook - we didn't know that until we celebrated our 10th birthday together). It began as a side project with a budget of $10 per day while my family and I were doing internet marketing. It took 3 days to sell the first book. One book was the total sales for the day. By the end of the first year we were doing $100K per month. Before starting Booktopia in 2004 we owned a recruitment agency, a chat software business, and an internet marketing consultancy. I started my career as a computer programmer and then a computer salesman. Today, Booktopia employs 150 people and sells one item every 7.8 seconds. We ship 18,000 books per day or around 4 million books per year. We operate from a 13,000 sqm Headquarters and Distribution Centre in Homebush, Sydney stocking 130,000 titles across 700,000 units that are ready-to-ship. Revenues for 2017 are $100+ million up from $80m in 2016 and $50m in 2015. We have had no external investment. All of our success has been organic growth. We simply sold more books and used that money to hire more people, write more software, invest in automation, move to bigger premises and hold more stock. It would have to be one of the biggest bootstrapped online store success stories in Australia as many of our peers have received significant funding to grow. Booktopia has won many business awards including the Telstra Business Awards for NSW Medium Sized Businesses in 2014, Book Retailer of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Power Retail's Top 100 websites, Deloitte's Technology Fast 50, the Top 20 for Smart Company's list of top Australian online retailers and ranked in the BRW Fast 100 companies for the 7 years, the only to ever accomplish this feat. My strengths are in sales, marketing, running family companies, bootstrapped businesses, creating value in a business, product logistics and distribution, as well as e-commerce, leadership, and business management. Personal Guarantee: It is true, I can access decades of business experience and that will most likely be helpful when we talk, but more importantly when I meet people I have access to an unending fountain of ideas and within a few minutes can come up with strategies, concepts, or initiatives that will focus, motivate and inspire you. Therefore I have every confidence that you (and as many members of your team) and I, can have a super brainstorming session and the time we spend together will be extremely profitable. To give you a sense of comfort around the investment you will make with me I can offer a "No Questions Asked" money back guarantee on my service. Remember... be prepared to write everything down and preferably record our session so you can review it later! Looking forward to hearing what you are about to accomplish. All the best, Tony
$16.67 / min
(Hourly rate $1,000)
I was a corporate lawyer at Freehills before starting our first ‘real’ business with my co-founder, Jeremy, back in 2004 (back when we were only 24). Since then, we’ve created Australia’s largest bootstrapped e-commerce business, the Lux Group. We have more than 350 team members around the world, turnover more than $300 million annually and have just been named No.1 on the Financial Review's Fast Starters list. We’ve been profitable virtually since founding and are very focused on delivering value to clients, customers, team members and shareholders. We’ve grown from a tiny room in St.Kilda to offices in four continents and built what we think is Australia’s best eCommerce team, from the ground up without raising any external funding. We recently completed Australia's biggest e-commerce deal with The Catch Group, with the Lux Group now including Luxury Escapes (Australia’s favourite travel website with a net promoter score of 73), Scoopon Travel, and BonVoyage. We’re passionate about the customer experience and building truly great teams. In addition to Lux Group, I’m an investor and the non-executive Chairman of Bluethumb.com.au, Australia’s largest and fastest growing art marketplace, and have been a non-executive director of the Myeloma Foundation since 2009. I co-founded MyTable.com.au which later became part of Menulog, and was a shareholder in Menulog when it was sold to JustEat in 2015 for $855 million. Awards: AFR #1 Fast Starters 2017; BRW #1 Fastest Growing Company in 2013; Men’s Style Man of Influence 2014; CEO Magazine Young CEO of the Year in 2015; Deloitte Leadership Award Winner, Australia in 2015.
Founder of Naked Wines Australia, created a movement that disrupted the Australian Wine Industry and grew to a $50million business while getting producers and customers a better deal. Consistently recognised in the top 50 people of e-commerce and received special recognition in 2017 for innovation. Spent the last 2 years growing the US version of Naked Wines while remaining based in Australia.I passionately believe that Australia needs entrepreneurs who innovate to grow our country and having taken a company from my kitchen to success I am keen to share the many lessons I learnt on the way.
Hardtofind was born out of the belief that customers want products that are more thoughtful, special and personal and that, through technology, we could connect thousands of small creative businesses with customers around the world. Hardtofind is now one of Australia’s leading, award-winning curated marketplaces. We employ 26 people, with offices in Sydney and Manila. We’ve bootstrapped our growth to this point and have no outside investment. We’re passionate about supporting small creative businesses and providing them with a platform that allows them – and their products – to reach a far bigger audience than they otherwise might on their own. Hardtofind connects more than 2,500 independent designers and artisans from around the world with a rapidly growing customer base eager for a genuinely different shopping experience. I have close to 10 years’ experience in building a successful, sustainable, profitable e-commerce business from the ground up. I’ll be straightforward and open with my advice and I won’t waste your time if I don't think I can help you. I can offer advice on: • Business strategy • Digital marketing • Branding • Outsourcing • Product development as a non-tech founder • Entrepreneurship • Co-founding – pros and cons • Shareholder agreements • Bootstrapping • Building a powerhouse team • Managing cash flow • Planning and forecasting • Setting up an advisory board • AI
$6.67 / min
(Hourly rate $400)
Founder & CEO of Babyology 2007-2017 Babyology is the number one media company for Australian parents. The business was acquired in 2017 and at the time had a Facebook following of over 1.2 million and 1 million visitors to the website each month with a staff of 16 people. Mandi is an experienced entrepreneur, starting her first business at the age of 25 and a finalist in the Australian Telstra Business Awards in 2016. With a BCom from UNSW and 10 years entrepreneurial experience, building and running a digital media publishing company which started as a blog, Mandi is mentoring many start ups in the Australian ecosystem. Mandi is a business consultant working with small and medium business owners to grow their businesses to become more entrepreneurial, focusing on digital, social media, growth and marketing strategy.
Winner of the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year 2016 and Founder of Kester Black - Australia's fastest growing ethical beauty brand. Our products are the first in the world to obtain a vast suite of accreditations such as Choose Cruelty Free, International Cruelty Free, Vegan Society, Australian Made and B Corporation. We believe that through creative and ethical business, everyone can experience beautiful, quality cosmetic and skincare products, without adverse environmental or social effects. As founder, CEO and Creative Director, over the past 5 years I've: - Adapted products to meet Halal certifications - Grown revenue by 600%, with no outside investment - Secured over 400 stockists worldwide, including Myer, David Jones Eastland, SABA, Gorman, and Anthropologie - Secured six international distributors - Fostered amazing collaborative partnerships, including Pantone, SABA, Toni Maticevski, Audi, Original & Mineral, mud ceramics, Trophy Wife Nail Art, Bellabox, and Beauty EDU.
$6.67 / min
(Hourly rate $400)
I am the CEO of Flora & Fauna, Australia's largest vegan beauty and lifestyle store. We are a Finalist in the Telstra Business Awards 2018 and won Best Online Retailer at the Gala Awards. I also won Business Person of the Year. We have also been shortlisted as Responsible Retailer of the Year 2017 at the World Retail Awards. I have worked in retail for 20+ years in operations, consulting and private equity. I have sat on boards in the UK including Whittards of Chelsea and Storevision. I have worked in the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia. In Australia I have worked at Coles, Apparel Group and Masters, part of Woolworths at GM level managing IT and Multichannel.
Over 15 years experience taking ideas off the back of a napkin to launching them globally. In 2003, I took a $20,000 loan turned it into a global business. The brand I built was called PetLoo & we manufactured and distributed a range of pet products globally. In 2013 the brand and company was acquired by PetSafe. You can read all about the story by Googling "Tobi Skovron, PetLoo, Inc Magazine", but it's your quintessential entrepreneur journey and with a happy ending to boot: researching an idea, taking out a loan, 2 years spent on R&D, scaling to the US, hustling, growing, eating cereal for dinner and negotiating a sale. After the sale, I stayed in the US and worked for the now parent company, as well as founding ZingyPet – a marketplace app for dog walking. The app won Silicon Beach 2015 Best Overall App, has 800+ dog walkers and 23,000 customers through out southern California. I came back to Australia end of 2016 and have since Co-Foundered CreativeCubes.Co with plans to scale it nationally. I'm passionate about the thriving community and want to positively impact the ecosystem. I invest in other startups, sit on a couple of Boards and love providing advice to other entrepreneurs who have the drive and determination to succeed. I can provide advice about business planning, strategy, user-experience design and delivery, go-to-market strategy, product dev and commercialisation, exporting, fund raising – the whole end-to-end business process. Here are just some of my experience and achievements: • Winner of Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Under the Age of 30 (2008) • Winner of Australian Pet Product of the Year (2006) • Winner of New Inventors, People’s Choice Award (2006) • Australian Institute of Export - TOP 50 (2007) • International Design Award (2008)
I am the founder of The Smoothie Bombs, a smoothie booster range that is vegan, certified organic, palm oil free and gluten free. I went from being a single parent on welfare to building a million dollar business from a simple home recipe. I bootstrapped through Smoothie Bomb's inception by being resourceful and determined on a coin purse budget. In 2007, I returned to study in my 40's to become a clinical nutritionist. In the process I discovered there was a need in the market for my home made smoothie boosters. As a mum, I believe in changing bad habits by making good choices easier. The Smoothie Bombs evolved after my fussy eating daughter stopped eating breakfast. My solution was to providing the right combination of healthy ingredients in a convenient and easy to use way. My products have gone from being hand made in my home kitchen to upscaling the production to hit manufacturing MOQs. I am stocked in over 800 stores around Australia including including Chemist Warehouse. I have stockists in UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Korea. International expansion is currently in progress. My expertise is in: • Bootstrapping a Start up • Branding • Social media • Food product development • Food regulations and council requirements • Organic certification guidelines • Finding and dealing with manufacturers • Distributor agreements • Negotiating with major retailers • Exporting processes Business life is always busy and certain times of the year may be more hectic than others for chats. I have set aside some allocated time for Thursday and Friday afternoons for appointments.
$4.17 / min
(Hourly rate $250)
hi, i'm sam bell. i coach entrepreneurs, small business owners, consultants and executives on growing their business, getting over obstacles and business opportunities from new technology (such as blockchain tech and AI/Artificial Intelligence). i'm a connector too keen to introduce relevant people so they can quickly progress great ideas and ventures. I also coach people to have impressive online profiles (website, LinkedIn, LinkedIn business, and other relevant social media). my background is in building and hustling to grow new ventures, accelerating business & technology projects through clever planning & strategy, empowered people, great customer connections and uplifting business environments. i most recently co-founded & led the world-class Do Lectures experience in Australia for high performers & entrepreneurs. before all that i refined business ideas, wrote business plans & ran business change programs at top consulting houses Deloitte and KPMG as well as a bunch of other large organisations. i've enjoyed coaching entrepreneurs & not for profit CEO's for over 20 years. i write an email about business opportunities & emerging technology twice a month. it also spotlights exceptional brands & people with impressive online presence. i like guiding people so they learn relevant things fast, reduce their business & personal risks, as well as take advantage of their opportunities. I was lucky enough to start investigating cryptocurrencies & blockchain tech in 2013, social media & digital in 2006 & work in the fun dotcom time from 2001. i like seeing things ahead of time. what do you want to progress? Let's meet!