Best-selling author Alice Mabin named as female entrepreneur of the year after taking a chane to open her own business.
Best-selling author Alice Mabin named as female entrepreneur of the year after taking a chane to open her own business. Contributed

Embracing bad times drives Alice to success

SHE quit her job and took a chance to follow a passion for photography and now best-selling author Alice Mabin's gamble continues to pay off.

Ms Mabin was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2015 Business Excellence Awards at the Gold Coast.

After leaving her high-paying job in 2013, Alice tucked her swag under her arm and travelled across Queensland and New South Wales photographing one of the biggest cattle drives in Australian history.

She has now sold more than 30,000 copies of her visually stunning book, The Drover.

Although the book has been wildly successful, there were many times Ms Mabin's journey was marred with adversity.

"One of the coolest things I have learnt is to be more accepting of the highs and lows that come with running a business," she said.

"The lows are hard but they make you work harder for what you want.

"Every time a shop wouldn't stock my book or when I found out it wasn't going into a bookshops - that was challenging.

"When you have spent all your money on a print run and literally have no money to live, it is really hard. I lost my dog on the drove and that was probably the biggest low of all.

"But when you have invested your time, money, energy and passion into it, you kind of look at it and say these lows are here to test me and make me grow and I just have to overcome it and grow."

Her advice for other business owners is to take a chance and share your journey with someone.

"You really have to have a bit of guts and broad shoulder because a lot of things will challenge you, especially in the beginning," she said.

Ms Mabin is already working on her next book, capturing the images and tales of the Australian trucking industry.



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