Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Janine Allis, Founder of Boost Juice
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
It depends on the day, but one of my favourite starts to a day is 6.30am at the City Yoga studio. Home by 8am to take my daughter to school. Then off to the park so the dogs can have a good run by 8.30am with a coffee and juice in my hand. Then the day begins. Normally with a number of meetings and time to get through my emails. The day ends with me cooking dinner for the kids, sitting down and hearing about their day. I am normally in bed by 10.30pm with my beautiful husband. Then the day begins again tomorrow.
My days are very diverse as I travel, I do talks and interviews, so every day is different, which is exactly how I like it.
How/when did you know this what you wanted to do as a career?
My list of jobs and careers is as follows: check out chick at Target, media assistant, model, aerobics instructor, assist gym manager, account executive, camp counsellor in San Francisco, nanny in France, sales person in Portugal and the Canary Islands, stewardess on yachts in Italy, the Caribbean and France, manager of cinemas in Melbourne and Singapore, publicist for United International Pictures, then business owner – and I am not officially qualified for any of it. Still working out what I want to do for a career…
Where do you find your inspiration?
Within. I want success. I want to create something amazing that makes a difference. I do not want to fail.
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?
My husband is my biggest fan and someone who had more faith in my ability than even I had. He helped me continue to be grounded. Geoff Harris was a great help in the early days of Boost.
What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?
Stumbling blocks happened every day. But thank goodness for them, as they make your businesses stronger and you more resilient. The times when you are the most stressed are the times you learn your biggest lessons.
How did you overcome these?
By just simply not taking no for an answer and staying with the problem until it was solved.
What are your goals for the future?
Continue to drive the business forward and grow other brands and the business internationally.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
Be prepared to have every moment of your waking day thinking about making your business successful and making your business successful. The only way to have a great business is to have great people working for you or with you. Never settle for mediocrity in your people or your product. Continue to talk to your customers and make sure you exceed their expectations, every single day.