how to build a billion dollar business

Co-author of the business biography of Radek Sali, the former CEO of Swisse Vitamins.

Radek's incredible journey began as an usher with Village Cinema and culminated in his transformation of a $30 million business with 30 staff into a $2 billion industry-revolutionizing powerhouse.

Fuelled by his passion for cultivating a positive culture, making a meaningful impact, and doing good, Radek has since gone on to found Wanderlust and Conscious Impact Investments and many other ventures.  

I worked closely with Radek to uncover his extraordinary business journey and document the insights and formative influences that makes him the outstanding entrepreneur he is.  

I worked with Radek to help him craft the publishing proposal, secure a publishing deal with Wiley Publishing, edit the book, and bring it to market.


Ghost-writer for the business biography of Kobi Simmat, one of Australia's most successful business coaches and business improvement experts.

Kobi's business,, achieved a $20 million valuation and then a successful sale of the business.

This book empowers small business owners and entrepreneurs to independently fund, own and sell their businesses, identify essential drivers of business value, and build a resilient, results-driven team.  

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Ghost-writer for the business biography of Gabby and Hezi Leibovich, the founders of Catch of the Day, Menulog, and Scoopon.

Bernadette wrote the publishing proposal for the brothers, introduced them to the team at Wiley Publishing and helped secure them a publishing deal.  

We worked closely over a nine month period to uncover their stories, document their business journey and unpack the insights that led these two extraordinary entrepreneurs to become the ultimate disruptors. 

‘You cannot afford to not read this book.’
Christine Holgate, Former Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Australia Post


Editor and book coach for Stephen Hunt, one of Australia's most successful publicans.

Stephen transformed a $100 backyard bar into a $100 million hotel empire.

Finalist in 2021 Best Small Business & Entrepreneurship Book of the Year at the Australian Business Book Awards**

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Book coach for Amy Miocevich, founder of Lumos Marketing.

Bernadette helped Amy shape her publishing proposal and introduced her to the team at Wiley who subsequently offered her a publishing deal.

Over a series of mentoring sessions, we worked together to unpack Amy’s unique intellectual property, business processes, stories, insights and structure that resulted in this extraordinary book.


Book mentor for Mark Wales.

Bernadette served as a book mentor for Mark Wales, offering guidance and support in bringing his unique experiences in the SAS to the printed page.


Australia's Online Mavericks, Innovators And Disruptors Built Their Businesses...And How You Can Too.

Named in the Top 100 Business Books in 2016 and 2017, this best-selling book received over two dozen 5-star reviews and continues to inspire and educate novice and experienced entrepreneurs alike.

Whether you're looking to build a global online business, or just want to make some extra money on eBay, this book will show you how.

Based on over 35 in-depth one-to-one interviews with Australia's most successful online entrepreneurs, Bernadette will reveal the insights, the secrets and the little-known strategies behind their astonishing achievements.


Australia’s top digital disruptors reveal their secrets for launching and growing an online business.

After the runaway success of her first book, Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs, Bernadette’s new book reveals the new and updated strategies Australia’s top digital disruptors use to build and grow their online empires.

Uber, Booktopia, Showpo and others feature in this ‘warts and all’ story of how they got started, plus an in-depth analysis of the strategies, tech tools and leadership principles they used to grow their business.

Debuting on the "Top 10 best seller list" (Book Scan/Nielsen Ratings) in its first week of release, it's proving to be as popular as her first book.

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What people think about the book

"A must for anyone contemplating an online business. The entrepreneurs Bernadette has interviewed offer a wealth of information that you'd normally pay a lot of money to receive."
Ed, Melbourne

"Delighted to have been able to provide a little input in this book. Well done Bernadette Schwerdt, an easy and informative read!"
Jane Huxley, Pandora Radio

"I seriously LOVE this book!
Booktopia review

"I loved the tips, the well thought out flow of 'how to' and how inspired I felt after reading it!"
Booktopia review

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