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Janine Allis — Business lessons from a Celebrity Apprentice advisor

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Ever wondered how some of the top entrepreneurs in the world have made it happen? Was it their mindset, their grit, their business savviness, or something else?
In this week's episode The Make It Happen Show, we wanted to bring someone along who can answer this for you. Janine Allis is one of the top entrepreneurial thought leaders in Australia and globally. She's a 'Shark' on Shark Tank Australia, Celebrity Apprentice Australia advisor, and Founder of Boost Juice, one of Australia's top franchises.
Taken from our event, The MIH Summit, Janine shares with us her key lessons, strategies, and hacks to how she's made it happen — everything from motivation inspiration, overcoming failures and challenges, finding the right people in your team, and even what she looks for as a 'Shark' in a pitch on Shark Tank Australia. Enjoy this ep and check us out here to glean even more insights and inspiration from Australia's pre-eminent business thought-leaders.


Questions asked in this episode:

  • 2:44 - You've had an amazing journey. There must've been so many milestones along that journey, but is there one time that you can remember saying, despite anything, I'm going to make this happen?
  • 3:54 - Do you think that when you're faced with a problem where the only way through is through, how do you rally yourself to do that? Or is it just a sense that you just have to make it happen?
  • 4:40 - How do you keep yourself motivated through that particularly over 2 decades? How do you keep on pushing?
  • 7:58 - Is there a time that stands out the most where you've just, no matter what you've tried, you just couldn't make it happen? Is there one that got away?
  • 9:40 - Over the two decades, did you have a core team that's come with you or expanded and evolved through that time?
  • 13:02 - Do you have those right hand people supporting you?
  • 15:00 - The team today, how many people are in the entire team of Retail Zoo?
  • 16:39 - From being intimately involved in every single part of the business to starting to build some structure and systems under them, how did you go along that journey? Is there a moment where you remember having to step up and out?
  • 19:21 - What changes have you made in your business as it's evolved?
  • 21:15 - You've seen tons of pitches in your time, what are the key ingredients there that you look for to think that this has really got legs?
  • 22:43 - You touched on global pandemic, none of us saw that coming. What have been some of the strategies you've employed to keep on pushing through that?
  • 26:02 - If you think back over your journey, what are the key lessons that you think you've learned?
  • 28:32 - What's your key inspirations or guidance to a business owner that wants to grow and get bigger


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"There's many times you get roadblocks that you think that there's no answer and you just stick with it 'til there is an answer because failure or no answer is not an option."

— Janine Allis

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why succession planning is so vital for Founders and CEO's
  • The most important foundations you need as a startup from a Shark Tank shark
  • What to focus on in unexpected challenges in business
  • The silver lining of COVID for businesses
  • The power of a small business mentality
  • And more!




Great insight for business owners and super practical takeaways!

Bruce Casanovic

Amazing guests, great insights into their journey and what has helped make their businesses successful. Great to hear how some of the guests have navigated challenge as well. Loads of good practice takeaways.

Perfect for the Monday commute


Great to listen to on the commute to work on Monday mornings. Great content, well delivered and plenty of insights from industry leaders in a variety of fields. Good to see the entourage getting out there with a podcast series

Top-shelf guests. Top-shelf conversations.


This is so awesome, so helpful, and so fresh. Right from the get-go, the team at The Entourage have brought out the big names in the Aussie entrepreneur and business space to have conversations that every business owner should listen to. I can't wait to see who they bring on next.

Amazing guests


Loved the episode with Tim Fung, Airtasker CEO! You guys are getting some awesome guests in! Thank you!

Entourage on point again!

Adz Rodger

Great content again from The Entourage! Particularly like the 1st episode and the points Tim Fung made about making sure you make time to map out the future and don't get stuck on day to day 'work', as well as the observation that you really need to be strategic about your people management and not just try to save money. Two awesome take homes I have already taken action on!

For entrepreneurs and non-trepeneurs alike


Well this was one of the best things I’ve heard in a while. I’m by no means the target demographic, having zero business or entrepreneurial experience at all. Luckily the advice given for business growth and success is remarkably applicable to personal growth and success. Loved the conversational style, by the end of the podcast I felt like I knew both Tims personally, which is a great mark of engagement. And I loved hearing about the humble beginnings of Airtasker from the founder himself. Give this a listen if you’re craving a bit of personal or professional inspiration.


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