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    Posted: Jul 14 2013 at 2:53pm
This thread will be the money section for the main thread in TTT. This is our annex for black readers who want to arm themselves with knowledge to protect and promote success.

Post money tips, financial tools, articles, and what has financially worked for you! Big smile
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I say start somewhere... at the library for example its free and full of good money ideas! maybe with Black Enterprise or some of the money for dummies series.
$$ also need ideas on how change negative mind sets about MONEY~ let go of some of those ideas limiting you
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I found Lipstick Alley's forum with threads about career, business, etc, that people can read and learn:

http://www.lipstickalley.com/forumdisplay.php?f=383
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Well, here is an article I got on Yahoo about people who made their first million:


How we made $1 million (and more)

A nest egg of at least $1 million is a goal many financial planners recommend for those who plan to retire. But to many, amassing $1 million seems like a pipe dream. (It doesn’t help that only about 1.5 million U.S. women are millionaires, according to the American College of Financial Services, which makes it seem like a pretty elusive group.) 

How she did it: After moving four times in four years to support her husband’s military career — and after losing interest in her chosen career as a CPA — Karen Bates launched Military Home Loans in 2004. The mortgage company, which focuses on serving fellow military families by specializing in VA loans, grossed $1 million in 2010 and 2011 and the company netted $1 million in 2012, around the same time Bates achieved the milestone in personal net worth.

“While I didn’t exactly have the $1 million mark in mind when I started the company, I had hard evidence from preparing tax returns for real estate and mortgage professionals that being self-employed with commission-based income, in some cases, led to much better income potential than I was on track to make as a salaried, tax professional,” Bates says.
 
Set a goal: Rather than making millions, Bates originally set out “to find something I could get excited about doing every day,” she says. After learning she would be unable to have biological children, which had been a long-term goal, “I had to find a purpose for my life outside of raising a family because that was not a guarantee for me.”

In her quest to leave the accounting field, Bates found a sales job in the mortgage industry, where she found her passion, she says, “especially once I realized how poorly we had been served when purchasing our homes and how much contradicting information most professionals had about VA financing.” Bates’ goal, in starting her business, was “to be the best VA resource and lending company for my fellow military spouses,” she says.

Her advice: If your chosen field isn’t providing the financial and personal rewards you want, don’t be afraid to change directions, Bates says. “I am so grateful I didn’t let fear from leaving a known path and well-meaning advice from others stop me from making a change and ultimately, a difference in my own life and the lives of the families we serve,” she says. “In the end, my experience from serving in the military (I was an air traffic controller in the Navy for eight years) along with my accounting background combined to make being a military-focused loan officer a perfect fit for me.”

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How she did it: Shavon Lindley started her career as a financial planner, and after building a successful business, she began looking for female mentors who had successfully balanced their careers with families. When she couldn’t find a woman financial planner who had a family and a business at least as big as her own, Lindley began interviewing female executives from Fortune 1,000 companies. 

“What I learned was all of these women had completely different stories on how they got where they are, but they all said there were these certain skills that were critical for them to learn that allowed them to climb the ladder,” she says. “They also said these skills were teachable. I knew that I had to find a way to give all women access to this information as quickly as possible.”

With a co-founder, Lindley created Women Evolution in 2011, which offers a six-week online mentorship and training program featuring videos of executive women mentoring young, aspiring women and teaching them skills for succeeding. Through her financial planning practice and Women Evolution, Lindley earned her first million in 2012.

Set a goal: Lindley wasn’t intentionally going for $1 million, but she was intentional about increasing her income every year. “Making more money every single year was proof that I was still growing and developing my business properly,” she says. “Every year was a new benchmark to exceed, and I could track month by month what I needed to do to hit that goal.”

When she was interviewed by the Millionaire Girls’ Movement, an online resource that teaches women how to earn $1 million of their own, in 2012, “I realized I had made over $1 million myself,” she says. “It was a proud moment.”

Her advice: For other women who want to increase their net worth, Lindley recommends developing streams of residual income. “Every year, I do not start at zero,” she says. “Each year builds on itself as I maintain existing client relationships and then make new ones.”

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How she did it: After finding success as a professional model while earning her business degree, Stephanie Adams became a private client for several top banks and started investing. “I diligently watched CNBC, read the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, then consulted with my financial advisors by morning and personally assisted in picking out companies to invest in,” she says. “Then I modeled in the afternoon and spent the remainder of my evening either writing books or creating a plan to start my own businesses.”

Eventually, Adams launched several businesses of her own, including skin care company Goddessy Organics and Wall Street Chiropractic, a partnership with her husband.

Set a goal: Adams’ goal was to become a self-made millionaire “quickly, but wisely,” and she exceeded that goal before the age of 30, she says. “My investment portfolio consisted of hundreds of investments, in various business sectors. The more diversified I was, the greater my chances were to succeed.”

Her advice: To invest your way to a greater net worth, Adams recommends diversifying. “I chose a combination of startups with potential, as well as solid, tried-and-true companies that have been fixtures in the market for quite some time,” she says.

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How she did it: At 19 years old, Liza Deyrmenjian opened her first fashion studio with a $10,000 loan from her parents and a $15,000 bank loan. She spent two years working hard to develop a fashion line, building relationships with customers and paying off her debt. 
 
“As my business grew, I was oblivious to what making my first million meant,” Deyrmenjian says. “Looking back, the way I made my first million was relationships, good customer service and showing up. My customers knew they could rely on me, so they kept coming back.”
 
When Deyrmenjian reached $1 million for the first time, she was focused on continuing to build her fashion company and says she didn’t even realize it. “But when I opened my second factory and got an order for $1.7 million, it was very clear to me,” she says. “Then the task was to continue those sales the following year.”
 
Set a goal: Deyrmenjian’s earnings goal was more focused on building her business than her own net worth. “I think $1 million in sales marks a business as viable and you've passed the ‘proof of concept’ milestone,” she says. “One million dollars is a very important benchmark, where you set up the foundation to double and triple in the years to come. I think most people who look back see the lessons they learned and the structure they put into place at that milestone apply — even when they hit $10 million.”

How she did it: In 1988, after being laid off from a secretarial job, Lisa Wilber started selling Avon products full time. “I was hoping if I worked hard enough for long enough that I could replace my pay with benefits,” she says. “I didn't realize at the time that earning bigger money was possible with Avon, or in direct sales, for that matter.”

Before long, Wilber was able to replace her secretarial pay with benefits from her commission on selling Avon products. Then in 1993, Wilber joined Avon Leadership, a team building option, which allowed her to build and manage a team of Avon representatives nationwide and earn additional commissions on their production. She thought teambuilding would just supplement her main income of personal sales commission, but after a few years, Wilber realized teambuilding offered much higher income potential. In 2001, she passed the $1 million mark and today she has earned more than $4 million from her Avon Leadership business alone — in addition to ongoing earnings from her personal sales commissions, speaking engagements and books on sales and marketing.

Set a goal: While she always knew she “didn't want to be poor anymore,” it took Wilber a while to set specific income goals for herself. “I spent 18 years living in a single-wide trailer in a trailer park, eating macaroni, driving a Yugo and chasing the electric guy up the pole with cash because he was going to cut off my electricity — again,” she says. “The dream of having a lot of money and earning over a million took me a while to embrace, but once I did, I fell in love with the concept.”
 
Her advice: It’s important to be open to expanding your career in new directions, Wilber says. “When I was selling Avon and the team-building program was introduced, I didn’t go for it at first. I almost missed the opportunity that changed my life,” she says. 
 
As she built her team over the years, Wilber was regularly asked to speak at company functions. Because speaking engagements took up a lot of her time, she began researching the potential of getting paid to speak. She joined the National Speakers Association and earned credentials as a professional speaker, “so I could earn money for all the time I spent speaking since I was doing it anyway,” she says. 

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How she did it: After working as an international employment lawyer for several years, Denise Pirrotti Hummel took some time off after having children. When she was ready to return to work, she wanted a change — and after an unexpected divorce, realized “the only way I could get to the same economic level again was through entrepreneurial means,” she says. Based on her international experience, she launched a cross-cultural consulting and training firm in 2009. Although several advisors told her there was no market for such a company, Hummel believed she could create a market. One of her first clients was the Pentagon, and her company, Universal Consensus, is now an affiliate of Aon Hewitt, an international consulting firm.
 
Set a goal: “My goal was not $1 million; it was $20 million,” Hummel says. “Depending on your lifestyle and financial responsibilities, especially if that includes educating children, your need for retirement savings can be well beyond $1 million.” While Hummel isn’t looking for an exit strategy anytime soon, she would “love to see our firm be acquired for $50 million,” she says. “My goal now is to grow a generation of experts in my business who can keep it going.”  
 
Her advice: For other women who want to boost their net worth, Hummel recommends trusting their instincts. “If I had listened to some very savvy advisors, I would not have built this business,” she says. “Also, build permanent relationships; treat everyone in your life as if they are lifelong partners.”

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I was reading about a person who is now a billionaire, and she said there are million dollar ideas everywhere.

An example was a mother who one day was on the phone and trying to change the diaper of her fussy baby, who kept wiggling its body left and right. The baby was lying on a retangular shaped changing pad, and the mother complained on the phone that she wished the changing pad was wider so the baby's bottom wouldn't touch the table.

That's when she got the idea of creating a circular changing pad. She made a lot of money off that. I can't find the article, for I read that on a magazine a long time ago. So pay attention to your words, because you may have a million dollar idea and not even noticeWink
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One of my favorite rags to riches story is of Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx.. I found a few:

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2007-11-21/how-failure-molded-spanxs-founderbusinessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/entertainment-articles/sara-blakely-turned-5000-billion-dollar-spanx-fortune/

The first time I read her story, it was on cosmopolitan. I was so impressed with the story that I e-mailed my sister about it, so I am going to retell based on my email:

Sara was 27 and she used to sell fax machines door to door and one night she went out with white pants but she cut the pantyhose shorter, so her butt would look good. Every one was asking what she was wearing under her white pants, because no one could see her panties. That's when she had the idea.
She used her 5k in savings to get it manufactured, and then she called Neiman Marcus' buyer and said she wanted to show them a product. The buyer was in Dallas, and she said "If you fly here, I will give you 10 minutes of my time". So Sarah flew from GA to TX and then she started to talk about her product but she realized it was better to just show it. She told the buyer to follow her to the bathroom, put the spanx on and when the buyer saw it she said "we have to have this in our store". She sent a big basket of Spanx to Ophrah since she did not have money to advertise her product, and then she created spanx's website. After Oprah said in her show that she loved spanx, Sara had over 50,000 orders of spanx all over the country within a week.

One thing that Sara did was to NOT tell anyone - friends, family members - what she was doing right away. The reason why was because when she told them, they did not believe it would work, and she said to cosmopolitan something like "i'm glad i didn't tell anyone when I first started, or else I would still be selling fax machines door to door"

She is now a billionaireSmile


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