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How One Woman Built A Multimillion-Dollar Business Without Sacrificing Her Sanity

Are you sacrificing everything to achieve your dreams? Today’s work culture emphasizes the extreme self-sacrifice and burnout that people supposedly “need” to succeed. Elon Musk famously stated that he once worked 120 hours a week as a show of leadership. Mark Cuban of “Shark Tank” fame once said that he didn’t vacation for the first seven years of his business and would routinely stay up until 2 a.m. researching technology. Yahoo’s Marissa Meyer used to work 130-hour weeks at Google and slept under her desk.

Which makes you wonder… is there another way to build a successful, profitable business and work your way to the top without sacrificing your body, mind, and soul?

The answer is yes, and there are examples out there to prove it. 

Take Ingrid Arna: she’s an internet entrepreneur and marketing expert who made a million dollars after 18 months in business. She didn’t rely on

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Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia

Damian Prosalendis

Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia

LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Back in the day, people used to believe that having a “stable” nine-to-five job was the only way to secure a future. Since the financial crisis of 2009, however, that belief has been largely debunked. Ever since business-loving millennials entered the workforce, the rules of the game have been completely redefined.

Many stories of young entrepreneurs are circulating out there, and it is often pointed out how being social media savvy can be a massive gamechanger. Knowing the ins and outs of Instagram and Facebook can even make a millionaire out of a homeless man. Such is the story of the Greek born and Dubai based business owner Damian Prosalendis, known as @damianprosa on social media. 

The story of

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Damian Prodalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia

Damian Prosalendis

Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business

LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Back in the day, people used to believe that having a “stable” nine-to-five job was the only way to secure a future. Since the financial crisis of 2009, however, that belief has been largely debunked. Ever since business-loving millennials entered the workforce, the rules of the game have been completely redefined.

Many stories of young entrepreneurs are circulating out there, and it is often pointed out how being social media savvy can be a massive gamechanger. Knowing the ins and outs of Instagram and Facebook can even make a millionaire out of a homeless man. Such is the story of the Greek born and Dubai based business owner Damian Prosalendis, known as @damianprosa on social media.

The story of Prosalendis begins in his

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Peter Thiel Built His Fortune On This One Business Secret

Imagine handing half a million bucks to a 19-year old college kid. That’s what Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel did in the summer of 2004.

Thiel backed Mark Zuckerberg when he was just an arrogant kid who wore flip-flops to business meetings. “Zuck” founded thefacebook.com earlier that year, and he was begging for cash to grow the dorm-room startup.

Thiel cut Zuck a check for $500,000. Within five years, it grew 2,000 fold to $1 billion as thefacebook.com became Facebook (FB).

Peter Thiel built his fortune on one business secret. Thiel founded money disruptor PayPal (PYPL) in the ‘90s. And he was an early investor in world-changers like Airbnb, SpaceX, and Palantir. His biggest “wins” all tie back to a Wall Street Journal article he wrote titled: Competition Is for Losers.

In the Article, Thiel Points Out Many Of The Greatest Companies Share One Unique Trait

They’re

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How Yoco saw a South African fintech opportunity, and built a business

In South Africa, 70% of the adult population use bank cards as their primary form of financial transaction. Yet at the same time, fewer than 20% of small businesses are set up with the hardware and technology to accept cards as a form of payment. This huge gulf is primarily due to the size and scope of the informal sector, but it’s still disconcerting that the vast majority of businesses are unable to accept payment from the most popular digital payment type in the country.

Effectively card payments have somehow developed as a niche product for the upper and middle classes, even though all the statistics indicate they are very much in the financial mainstream. This anomaly was the driving force behind the establishment of Yoco, the fintech venture that is successfully developing mobile driven payment solutions to help small businesses grow. 

Lungisa Matashoba is the co-founder and CIO of

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This Husband And Wife Built A Luxury Brand, While Helping Hundreds Of Women Escape Human Trafficking

Ian and Brittany Bentley had no idea their initial trip to Ethiopia would lead them to launch a global luxury brand (Parker Clay), build a leather goods factory from scratch and ultimately provide employment opportunities for hundreds of impoverished women.

As a certified B Corp, Ian and Brittany aren’t just creating jobs in Ethiopia, they are paying their employees living wages that average 87% higher than comparable positions, while offering their workers life skills that will help them succeed beyond their Parker Clay tenure. Nearly half of Parker Clay’s employees had not previously held a salaried job. Reliable employment has provided many of the folks on Parker Clay’s team a level of financial autonomy they have never previously experienced.

John Greathouse: Ian – great to connect with you. What was the genesis of Parker Clay? What caused

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Piece by piece, this Vermont company built a pandemic-proof business in $1,000 jigsaw puzzles

Demand is apparently sky-high during the pandemic.

“We’re scrambling like crazy to keep up,” said Richardson, 81, in a recent phone interview from his Norwich, Vt. home. “When we had to shut down in March, orders were pouring in. We reopened and haven’t caught up since then.”

The Attleboro native, who moved to Vermont in 1969, goes by the title “Chief Tormentor.” Retired from day-to-day duties, Richardson still designs puzzles. He’s noted for his “trick” puzzles which often use negative space.

“We want to drive the customer crazy,” he said playfully.

So what makes a $1,000 jigsaw puzzle? Attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship, Richardson said.

Stave Puzzles are handmade and made-to-order. Each one is hand-drawn by one of the many artists Stave works with from around the world. Some are based on photos supplied by customers — representing, say, a pet or the family home. Hundreds of others feature

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These College Dropouts Have Built A Fast-Growing Business Creating Viral Ads That Look Like Memes

Low-brow jokesters Reid Hailey (left) and Derek Lucas are thriving in an ad apocalypse by making some of the internet’s most widely shared memes for big brands like Bud Light, Netflix and Activision.


When Bud Light wanted to end 2019 with a Christmastime digital ad campaign, the beer giant turned not to Madison Avenue’s mad men but to two 29-year-old dudes in Atlanta: Reid Hailey and Derek Lucas. Their Doing Things Media quietly runs some of Instagram’s most popular meme accounts, like @NoChaser (7.9 million followers), @ShitHeadSteve (6 million) and @AnimalsDoingThings (4.6 million), and they also specialize in creating ads that resemble memes. For Bud Light’s yuletide marketing, they came up with an image of two guys joking about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reinbeer, who turns out to be a crudely Photoshopped Bud Light can with antlers and a cherry-red schnoz—dad humor at its finest. Then, in February, when Bud

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How One North Carolina Business Has Built Better Supply Chains In Times Of Change

Business leaders who have gone through times of intense change and turmoil before already know that having a strong, guiding North Star is necessary to survive and, ultimately, thrive. Through pivots, customer and employee communications and considerations, and tough calls on the bottom line, companies with a clear mission and purpose as that guiding force have proven to be more resilient through downturns and crises.

Certified B Corporations are companies that have a verified positive impact on people and the planet. Many B Corps, which are held accountable by the nonprofit B Lab, have been exemplars of how to address crises with stakeholder considerations beyond their shareholders. For North Carolina-based B Corp TS Designs, the pandemic has provided what CEO and president Eric Henry calls “a second time at bat at building domestic, transparent, equitable supply chains.”

“I think COVID is

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These Teens Built a Business Picking Up Dog Poop

Beckett Stallard, Dante Thomas, and Sawyer Stallard. Photographs courtesy ThePoopBrothers.

Sawyer Stallard and his dad, Morgan Stallard, were on vacation in Chautauqua, New York, when Sawyer floated some ideas for making money over the summer. Mowing lawns, for instance. Morgan had another idea, one that involved preparing lawns for a smooth mowing experience. “I don’t know anybody who would want to pick up poop,” Sawyer recalls.

And so ThePoopBrothers was born: Sawyer,14, his friend Dante Thomas, also 14, and his brother, Beckett, who’s 13. All live in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, attend Alexandria public schools, and all are featured plying their trade on their business’s hilarious website. (Sample claim: “We have studied the intricacies of poop and promise only to remove the poop and not your deck furniture or grill.”)

Sawyer and Dante met in kindergarten and have been good friends since a fateful interaction: “He body-slammed me on the

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