A woman who used to make burgers at McDonald’s now runs her own donut empire with £4.5 million.
Kristy Bannister started with the fast food giant at the age of 15 and worked her way up for the next two decades before starting her own donut-making business.
Kirsty – dubbed the “donut queen” – tells 7 Life She and her husband Geoff “saved every penny” and lived on instant noodles for two years before starting the business so they could prepare everything ahead of time.
But it was her job with McDonald’s that she succeeded.
“After a humble beginning when I started as a crew coach at the age of 15, I have progressed to different roles. At 19, I became Macca’s manager and I worked as hard as I could. to pay for college,” she told the Aussie network.
“I majored in marketing and always thought that when I finished my degree I would pursue a career in that field, but I really found that I really enjoyed learning about how businesses work and how they work. How to lead a group.
“So I went ahead and started a career with McDonald’s. That’s what gave me my first taste of running a business.”
Kirsty eventually found herself running the McCafe division, where she first started building her donut business.
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“Our plan was actually to open a cafe that sells donuts on a menu. At the time, we couldn’t find the right donut options so we decided to make our own,” she said.
“With no baking or pastry experience, the finished product was pretty good, so we developed a brand of donuts that we could sell exclusively through our cafe to attract customers.”
And that’s how Dr. Dough Donuts was born.
Kirsty and Geoff – whom she met while working at McDonald’s – grew their business as they continued to work for the fast-food chain.
“We deliberately branded and marketed the donuts separately from our coffee shop to keep the door open to the potential for both businesses to stand on their own in the future,” she said.
“And that turned out to be a smart move because it was quickly realized that Dr. Dough would be the scalable brand of the two.”
The duo then began working in a “ghost kitchen” in Sydney while saving every penny to expand their new business.
“We saved as much as we could because we didn’t know what to do. Our savings were used up very quickly,” she said.
“There were a lot of two-minute noodle dinners, and we lived above our cafe for two years in a small room.
“We’ve been neglecting steady income and super for a long time, no annual leave, sick leave and certainly none of the perks of a corporate position.
“We decided to reinvest every penny in the business.
“We’ve had a rough couple of years but it’s not going to change a thing. We still make sacrifices every day but that’s all part of running a business.”
But she couldn’t have done it without her first gig with McDonald’s, she said.
“McDonald’s gives you the opportunity to run a $10 million restaurant, responsible for 200 employees, workplace safety, profitability, everything, with the potential for further growth.
“Not many businesses give you that responsibility or opportunity. It gave me the background on how to run the business the right way.”
But it all paid off. Dr Dough Donut’s deliveries spiked during the pandemic.
The pair faced a number of challenging obstacles along the way, including getting scammed, being robbed, and having a notorious scammer try to do business from them.
“But we wouldn’t have it any other way. It has given us very tough skin, a red-hot radar and has given us some very interesting stories to tell.”
In a quick time, the business has solidified itself as a gift shop for donuts and party accessories and is on track to make a whopping £4.5 million this financial year.
“When we first started, I could only dream about where we are now and our future plans, but when you get to that point, it becomes the new normal and you move on and on. set new goals.
“There’s never been a moment where we thought, ‘Okay, we’re here.’ You pat yourself on the back for victory and keep the horizons open.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8249823/mcdonalds-worker-becomes-millionaire-with-doughnut-business/ I worked flipping burgers at McDonald’s when I was 15 years old. Now I run a £4.5 million donut empire