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Girl Boss series - hear it all from the successful founder of Crate cafe Bali

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Crate cafe Canggu Bali
Crate cafe Canggu Bali
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While on a trip to Bali with our second business New Horizon Escapes, we decided to check out all the healthy cafes & put together a blog post about our fave ones around the Canggu area (you can find it here). One of those cafes was Crate, right in the heart of the forever bustling Canggu. Looking at the cafe from the outside, you wouldn't think that they would serve some of Canggu's best breakfast dishes.
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You won't find yourself sitting down & flicking through the menu here, as it's conveniently scribbled all over the back wall in chalk. The cafe is always overflowing with hungry socialmediaites, spending as much time taking photos of their food as eating it. And for good reason, the food is well prepared, well presented & most importantly tastes amazing.
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Great coffee in Canggu Bali
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As we walked to the counter we were greeted by the passionate and proud power house Maree, who is the businesse's front woman and owner. Once we placed the order, she was happy to come over for a chat, which gave me the opportunity to pick her brains about how she managed to make the cafe one of the most popular in Bali.
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When it comes to successful businesses, I'm always intrigued as to how people did it, so I ask loads of questions and this is why the Girl Boss series exists. I'm sure that just like me, there are lots of other people out there, wondering how success stories happen. 
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Maree claims that the success of Crate cafe is down to her customers, her staff & down to Instagram. She always shares people's posts via Crate's Instagram account & she reckons it's the people that made Crate what it is today. She takes no credit for the success of the business this far & is happy to just roam in the background while everyone does their thing.
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Crate cafe Canggu Bali
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I found her story so fascinating that I decided to interview Maree for our Girl Boss Q&A Blog series. These Blogs exist to hopefully inspire female entrepreneurs to take that leap of faith and start their own business/project. We've interviewed quite a few Girl Bosses thus far, from all over the world and with all sorts of stories. So if you'd like to find similar stories to this, please scroll back on our BLOG & enjoy.
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So, let's hear if from Maree & the famous Crate cafe in Bali.
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Healthy cafes in Canggu Bali
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Q - Maree, tell us about what your business is about?
Connecting people (sound so Nokia). :)

Q - What brings you to Bali & why Bali?
There's a lot of history there, but in a nutshell, the waves and the people bring me to Bali.
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Smoothie bowls in Canggu Bali
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Q - You own one of the most popular cafes in Bali @cratecafe - how did you make it into such a success?
Connecting people through instagram.

Q - So when I first met you, you told me you believe in the power of Instagram. Tell me more about why you think Instagram is such a powerful platform for a business?
It's the greatest form of free advertising if used correctly.

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Healthy breakfast cafes in Canggu Bali
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Q - Is Crate now how you always envisioned it?
Yes, but even better.

Q - You're also opening a pop up space for local creatives, tell us more about that?
Crate concept, it's coming soon.
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Crate cafe Canggu Bali
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Q - You speak Indonesian, that's pretty impressive, how long did it take you to learn the language?
It's a really easy language to learn, based on phonetics, and very repetitive, ie How are you? Where you going? How much is that?
Q - What advice would you give yourself in the early days of CRATE?
Don't sweat the small stuff.
***(Ina - I always think of this piece of advice from Maree when I get stuck in business.)
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Crate cafe Canggu Bali
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Q - What advice would you give to a new bee trying to open a healthy cafe?
Prioritize on a scale of 1 - 10, whats more important?

Q - Tell us more about your team/teams that you work with both at the bar & cafe. How do you manage them?
"The one minute manager" is a series of books that offer me the best advise, i.e. don't come to me with the problem, come to me with the solution.

Q - Have you got any other projects in the pipeline?
Crate Concept.
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Healthy cafes in Canggu Bali
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Q - Do you travel & what are your favourite destinations?
I don't have time to travel anymore - but in the past, it was Greece.

Q - How do you switch off from business?
I dont switch off, it's one of my faults, but I'm working on it.

Q - Do you think there's more room for healthy cafes in Bali?
Yeah, bring it on.

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Brunch places in Canggu bali
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Q - Let's say I'd like to start my own business but I have no clue where to start, where should I be looking?
Foremost and upmost before you start your own business, you need a concept. You need to look at the demographic.
 
Q - What's your ultimate dream?
As cliché as it sounds, to stay happy and healthy.
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Canggu cafes Bali
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So this is all from Maree, the founder of Crate cafe. 
Find Crate on social media.
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Healthy cafes in Canggu Bali



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