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14 Aussie entrepreneurs to inspire the hell out of you

Want to make big bucks? Or even medium bucks? Stick these women on your mood board.

By: Mel Evans

Learn how to be your own boss from Kayla Itsines, Showpo founder Jane Lu and The Daily Edited co-founder Alyce Tran at Cosmopolitan's 'Be the Boss' event.

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related Hear from Kayla Itsines and more at Cosmo's 'Be the Boss' event – tickets on sale now! Sisters are doing it for themselves. Seriously. Look at this tres impressive list below and tell us otherwise... Melanie Perkins – Canva Founded in 2007, the graphic design tool has become one of the country’s best start ups, securing over $27 million in funding. That ain’t bad, eh? Want us to top it? Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson are investors. Want us to top that even more? The company is valued at $165 million. True. Samantha Wills
Samantha has a true Cinderella start-up story. From being $80k in debt from getting her jewellery brand up and running at age 24, she made her first million two years later. Now, 10 years into the game, runs a gig that turns over more than $12m a year. That’s a lot of fancy jewels kicking about. Bonus: her Instagram is dang pretty. Jus’ sayin’ Janine Allis – Boost Juice What’s better than a Boost Juice? Okay, a couple of things, but on the whole, a Boost really hits the spot. No wonder Janine Allis is running a bizznizz worth more than $350 million then, we guess. Wonder how many Mango Magic’s we can buy with that kind of coin. Around 583 333 333 of them. Kayla Itsines - The Bikini Body Guide + Sweat With Kayla You know the name, you bloody well know the game. Kayla has turned a humble Personal Training business into a multi-million dollar, international business that sees her run around the globe getting us all fit and into the bodies we want. It's no wonder: with 5.4m Insty followers, girl knows how to spruik. Lorna Jane Clarkson – Lorna Jane Think of activewear and you’re bound to think Lorna Jane. She is the Kween of athleisure. Like, bow down n errythang. She may just be the reason we wear tights to brunch (thank the lord Lorna for that). Co-founded alongside her husband in 1990, Lorna Jane (the company, not the person…well, technically the person, we guess) is worth $200 million-plus, with 146 stores Down Under, 42 in the US and 54 scattered elsewhere around the world. Diana Williams – Fernwood If you’ve ever stepped into a gym, as ladies it can be pretty damn intimidating to see juiced-up blokes flexing in the mirrors. Enter Fernwood – female-only gyms. Since its inception in ’89, its founder Diana Williams has got it turning over more than $106 million a year. That’s a lot of squats. Alyce Tran - The Daily Edited Alyce co-founded that monogram label. If you don't have one of her products, you've definitely seen someone who has! After only starting with $5000 worth of stock, everything sold out in than two weeks. Jo Horgan - Mecca Cosmetica After working for L’Oreal, Jo decided to take her makeup kit solo, opening up her own, er, mecca of cosmetics: Mecca Cosmetica. Now she’s banking over $100 million a year. Well, the business is. And this year, she’s cutting the tape on 20 more stores. Carolyn Creswell - Carman’s Fine Foods Carman’s Fine Foods are so fine that since its inception in 1992 it’s cooking around $83 million a year. Naomi Simson - Red Balloon You may know Nay-Nay from Shark Tank, but what got her onto the telly in the first place is her company, Red Balloon. Established in 2001, the experience and rewards company is turning over $60 million. Its founder also wrote a book, Live What You Love. Because she’s got sooooo much time on her hands. Lilly Haikin – Max Brenner Australian franchise
Ermahgerd, Merx Brernerrrrr! salivates (Est, 2000; $50m revenue in Australia, do you ACTUALLY need to know more? I'm thinking about chocolate here.) Kristina Karlsson – Kikki K One of our favourite minimalist, funky fresh, bright AF stationery store! Kikki K is selling so many bill organisers it’s got revenue of $37 million. Kikki’s (what we can only assume) OCD for organisation is paying off. Literally. Cha-ching! Jane Lu –Showpo One of the Kweens of Aussie online shopping, Jane has created a site that is worth a mighty $10million. That’s something to throw your moderately-priced heels in the air about, #amiright? She also kicks absolutely A on dem social media channels. Julie Stevanja - Stylerunner The fitness-wear/things website launched in 2012 and has a 1000% growth rate. Probably helps we’re all f*cking obsessed with fitness, eh? She also took out the 2016 World Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Not bad, eh? RELATED: So, you wanna be your own boss? RELATED: The day Kayla Itsines came to Cosmopolitan HQ

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Hear from Kayla Itsines and more at Cosmo's 'Be the Boss' event – tickets on sale now!

Hear from Kayla Itsines and more at Cosmo's 'Be the Boss' event – tickets on sale now!

Sisters are doing it for themselves. Seriously. Look at this tres impressive list below and tell us otherwise...

Melanie Perkins – Canva

Founded in 2007, the graphic design tool has become one of the country’s best start ups, securing over $27 million in funding. That ain’t bad, eh? Want us to top it? Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson are investors. Want us to top that even more? The company is valued at $165 million. True.

Samantha Wills

Samantha has a true Cinderella start-up story. From being $80k in debt from getting her jewellery brand up and running at age 24, she made her first million two years later. Now, 10 years into the game, runs a gig that turns over more than $12m a year. That’s a lot of fancy jewels kicking about. Bonus: her Instagram is dang pretty. Jus’ sayin’

Janine Allis – Boost Juice

What’s better than a Boost Juice? Okay, a couple of things, but on the whole, a Boost really hits the spot. No wonder Janine Allis is running a bizznizz worth more than $350 million then, we guess. Wonder how many Mango Magic’s we can buy with that kind of coin. Around 583 333 333 of them.

Kayla Itsines - The Bikini Body Guide + Sweat With Kayla

You know the name, you bloody well know the game. Kayla has turned a humble Personal Training business into a multi-million dollar, international business that sees her run around the globe getting us all fit and into the bodies we want. It's no wonder: with 5.4m Insty followers, girl knows how to spruik.

Lorna Jane Clarkson – Lorna Jane

Think of activewear and you’re bound to think Lorna Jane. She is the Kween of athleisure. Like, bow down n errythang. She may just be the reason we wear tights to brunch (thank the lord Lorna for that). Co-founded alongside her husband in 1990, Lorna Jane (the company, not the person…well, technically the person, we guess) is worth $200 million-plus, with 146 stores Down Under, 42 in the US and 54 scattered elsewhere around the world.

Diana Williams – Fernwood

If you’ve ever stepped into a gym, as ladies it can be pretty damn intimidating to see juiced-up blokes flexing in the mirrors. Enter Fernwood – female-only gyms. Since its inception in ’89, its founder Diana Williams has got it turning over more than $106 million a year. That’s a lot of squats.

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Alyce Tran - The Daily Edited

Alyce co-founded that monogram label. If you don't have one of her products, you've definitely seen someone who has! After only starting with $5000 worth of stock, everything sold out in than two weeks.

Jo Horgan - Mecca Cosmetica

After working for L’Oreal, Jo decided to take her makeup kit solo, opening up her own, er, mecca of cosmetics: Mecca Cosmetica. Now she’s banking over $100 million a year. Well, the business is. And this year, she’s cutting the tape on 20 more stores.

Carolyn Creswell - Carman’s Fine Foods

Carman’s Fine Foods are so fine that since its inception in 1992 it’s cooking around $83 million a year.

Naomi Simson - Red Balloon

You may know Nay-Nay from Shark Tank, but what got her onto the telly in the first place is her company, Red Balloon. Established in 2001, the experience and rewards company is turning over $60 million. Its founder also wrote a book, Live What You Love. Because she’s got sooooo much time on her hands.

Lilly Haikin – Max Brenner Australian franchise

Ermahgerd, Merx Brernerrrrr! salivates

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(Est, 2000; $50m revenue in Australia, do you ACTUALLY need to know more? I'm thinking about chocolate here.)

Kristina Karlsson – Kikki K

One of our favourite minimalist, funky fresh, bright AF stationery store! Kikki K is selling so many bill organisers it’s got revenue of $37 million. Kikki’s (what we can only assume) OCD for organisation is paying off. Literally. Cha-ching!

Jane Lu –Showpo

One of the Kweens of Aussie online shopping, Jane has created a site that is worth a mighty $10million. That’s something to throw your moderately-priced heels in the air about, #amiright? She also kicks absolutely A on dem social media channels.

Julie Stevanja - Stylerunner

The fitness-wear/things website launched in 2012 and has a 1000% growth rate. Probably helps we’re all f*cking obsessed with fitness, eh? She also took out the 2016 World Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Not bad, eh?

  • Author: Mel Evans