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How two friends went from losing their jobs in the pandemic to running a booming bubble tea empire

Bubble Tea Club founders Jenny Le and Pamela Yip. Business Insider Australia / Bubble Tea Club When Pamela Yip and Jenny Le lost work during the pandemic, they decided to start a business.

They couldn’t get their favorite bubble teas at home, so started selling DIY kits online.

Bubble Tea Club surpassed $1.5 million in sales in its first year. The venture could soon go global.

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It would be quite reasonable to expect people to need a little downtime between losing one job and finding another, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

Yet within a week of losing all her marketing clients — many of whom were hospitality venues — Pamela Yip would go on to launch a new business from scratch with friend Jenny Le.

Le, an optometrist, lost her role as face-to-face appointments were suspended and Australians were confined to their homes.Craving bubble tea during lockdown and frustrated at the cost of having it delivered, the two Melbourne women struck gold. “It hadn’t been done before and that was just crazy to us,” said Le. Business Insider Australia / Bubble Tea Club “It was just so exorbitant to be paying $6 for a single drink, and $4 for delivery,” Le told Insider. “One day Pam just said to me, ‘imagine if you could easily make bubble tea at home and it tasted as good as the shops without breaking the bank’.””The next day we started sourcing ingredients from Taiwan, the […]

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