30under30 winner David Ball (Askatradie.com.au) joins Anthill’s blogging fraternity this month with a new column, ‘Friday Drinks with an Entrepreneur’.
This week: Brett Clark, founder of ePharmacy.com.au.
Brett Clark is the founder and managing director of ePharmacy and the managing partner of Chemist Warehouse stores in Queensland and Northern NSW.
1. Firstly, beer, red or white?
All three – first the beer to quench the thirst, the white to tantalise the taste buds, followed by a red to contemplate what is happening tomorrow.
2. Name a business leader you admire.
Richard Branson – love the flair, and his model of entering an equilibrium market place and causing disruption to create a business model!
3. What is your number one tip for a young entrepreneur?
It’s like running a marathon – the pain you feel will be short lived, however the pride will last forever!
4. What is your number one tip in starting a business?
If you are not “crystal clear” on how and when you will actually make money, don’t start in the first place – get a job!
5. What is your number one tip in managing a business?
Understand what levers you can use to control your inputs and outputs. Then decide whether you alone can control them, or can others?
6. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
From my Dad – if you owe the bank a million, it is always your problem. If you owe them 10 million, it suddenly becomes their problem!
7. What are you reading right now?
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
8. What are your top three books?
1. Sam Walton – Made in America My Story by Sam Walton with John Huey
2. The Diamond Cutter by Geshe Michael Roach
3. Mandela the Authorised Portrait
9. How do you achieve work/life balance?
I categorise my life into overlapping spheres based on family, community and business. The key to balance is to overlap these spheres so they can become inclusive of each other. Then the balance should look after itself!
10. If you were to start another business what would it be?
I was once told that because you are successful in one industry, it does not necessarily mean it will translate to another. That said, it would be either online, in pharmacy, or both!
11. What’s next for Brett Clark?
Conquering my first marathon in NY in November this year! Currently in the pain part, with thought of pride keeping me going to the big day!
David Ball is a young Australian entrepreneur and founder of Zebras International Pty Ltd. Having started a number of successful businesses under the age of 21, David now focuses his time on developing new business ventures under the ‘Zebras’ banner and working with the Australian Institute for Commercialisation to assist entrepreneurs, businesses, research organisations and governments achieve successful business outcomes.
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