Making it in business is no small undertaking and making it as a women presents even more unique challenges to overcome. These 3 women all faced rejection and the notion that they should stay in their places in a male dominated world. But they all stuck to their guns and had the last laugh in the end; flipping societal norms on their ears. They defined their place, and took home bank. Oh and they're all college dropouts too, so boom.


Sophia Amurosa

Born in San Diego on April 20, 1984, Sophia Amurosa never had it easy. Struggling with a depression and ADD diagnosis, she would drop out of high school for homeschooling. Her parents split as she reached adulthood and she'd spend the next few years hitchhiking the west coast and doing whatever to survive. At age 23 she began to find her stride selling vintage clothing and items through and EBay store she dubbed "Nasty Girl Vintage". It was named after Betty Davis 1975 album and with Sophia doing all the styling, the photos, the captions, packaging, and shipping herself - success was soon too follow. Depending on who you ask she was either kicked off eBay for violations, or she left on her own terms due to limitations. Regardless the split would lead her to launch Nasty Girl Vintage in 2008 as its own online store. It did $223,000 its first year and by 2011 it was doing almost $23 million. With social media wizardry like no other, Sophia built a loyal and dedicated following of young women and would be hailed for cocktail of business acumen and tech savvy. She would go on to publish the successful book #GIRLBOSS and has since stepped down as CEO of Nasty Girl to enjoy her new found fortunes and plot her next takeover.

Oprah Winfrey

Born in poverty to an unwed, underage mother, Oprah Winfrey is the American Dream, refined and reclaimed. She'd overcome a childhood of hardship to become the first black woman on the news in Nashville, which she would parlay into an opportunity to co-host a show in Chicago. She would take the struggling, low-rated AM Chicago and transform it to Chicago's highest rated. This would lead to the show being changed to the Oprah Winfrey Show, and this is also where Ms. Winfrey would take a turn down the path towards being a billionaire. Oprah wisely took ownership of her show and started her own production company behind it. When the show went national, Oprah went millionaire. And she didn't stop there. Her network would invest in further talent, spinning off into such shows as Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Racheal Ray. She would dive into film, radio shows, and her famous "O" magazine amongst others. She would start her television network "OWN". And while there's been some hits and misses as with anything, Oprah's empire sits today at $3 billion and who knows if she plans on slowing down any time soon.

Julie Newmar

Blazing a career across stage, film, and television is a true American classic - Julie Newmar. She's been crushing it since the '50's - one of her most iconic roles being Catwoman in the television series "Batman", and she snagged a Tony Award for her role as Katrina Svej in the 1958 Broadway production of "The Marriage-Go-Round". She even has a movie named after her and an iconic photo she signed, in which she makes a cameo titled "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar". But when she really started to boss up was in the '70's when she started making her money work for her. Receiving patents for "pantyhose" and a "nearly invisible" brassiere, and investing in L.A. real estate has ensured that in her golden years - as with everything else in Ms. Newmar's world, remain golden as well.

PayPath
Follow Us on

Airbnb is a great option while traveling, but you should protect yourself from damage charges from unscrupulous hosts.

Airbnb offers an affordable option for people looking to be more comfortable as they travel.

However, there are downsides to staying in a host's home rather than a hotel. Whereas hotels are designed for constant streams of visitors and often have furniture built to last, at an Airbnb, you may be staying on old or cheap furniture that a host is using in order to maximize their profits.

And while most reputable hotels will have regular room inspections from staff to check for any wear and tear, Airbnb damage disputes are oftentimes he said, she said situations. If you are in an Airbnb and something breaks, there are a few steps you should take in order to ensure that you are not on the hook for damages out of your control.

Keep reading Show less

What Are NFTs?

Art Installation N°1 by Carlos Marcial. Rhett Dashwood / YouTube

If you're keeping tabs on the art and tech worlds, you've probably been hearing whispers about "NFTs" for the past month. Just over the past week they've entered the mainstream lexicon.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey made the news for selling his first ever tweet. The app has been teasing paid subscription models and newsletter-like features, but tweets for sale is "the next frontier."

The 2006 tweet went up for auction as an NFT, and the current bid is $2.5 Million. But what does it mean to own that? Why would anyone want to? And what even is an NFT?

Keep reading Show less

Long gone are the days when the majority of Americans dreamed about owning a home with a white picket fence.

The traditional American Dream may be on its deathbed, but that doesn't mean a core component of the vision can't survive. It simply takes a diverse perspective. People can still believe they can attain their own vision of success in society with hard work, knowledge, and risk-taking. Investing in today's American Dream may literally mean investing money in our modern economy, starting with our infrastructure.

Real estate investing in particular is a lucrative method that can boost income and secure a better financial future for many. There's always risk involved, but the payoffs can far outweigh the uncertainty. Selecting solid financial investments is about confidence and competence. If you're looking for some advice on this kind of investment, here are a few savvy tips for new real estate investors.

Stick To a Specific Strategy or Niche

Real estate is a challenging sphere of the business world, one that requires several key skills: groundwork knowledge, networking, perseverance, and organization. True knowledge of the real estate market will come with time and experience, but it's a smart idea to select one area of the market and stick to it. This is the best way to attain in-depth familiarity with your specific niche.

First, choose a geographical area close by and then a niche strategy within it, such as house flips, rental rehabs, or residential or commercial properties. By doing so, you can become aware of current inner working conditions in the market and you'll have a better idea of how these trends may change in the future.

Be Vigilant About Viable Financing Options

While it takes money to make money, you don't have to use all your own money. A common misconception about real estate investing is that you must be wealthy to start off. This isn't straight fact, however. A majority of people can test the waters of real estate investing without a lot of initial cash in their pocket.

Aside from traditional financing options from banks and institutions, private lending options can be worthy solutions. Hard money lenders are popular, reasonable choices, and they tend to have fewer qualification requirements upfront. However, be sure to strategically choose a hard money lender to find the best possible fit.

Master the Art of Finding Good Deals

There may be hundreds of thousands of available properties for sale on the current market, but the bulk of them will never amount to the final money-making result you desire. Another great tip for new real estate investors is to use good math to estimate profit. Taking risks is part of the process, but you have the ability to analyze properties and use networking sources to find the greatest deal. You can't win every deal, but you can steadily work towards a thriving financial future.