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2015 List of Top Paid Bloggers In The World

Ever thought about starting a blog and wondered how much a website really makes? According to Blogging Tips, here are the top bloggers for 2015 and how much they earn PER MONTH.

  • Huffington Post $2,300,000
  • Mashable $560,000
  • Perez Hilton $450,000
  • TechCrunch $400,000
  • Smashing Magazine $190,000
  • Timothy Sykes $150,000
  • Gothamist $110,000
  • Tuts Plus $110,000
  • Car Advice $70,000
  • Venture Beat $62,000

Now naturally comparing your current or soon-to-be blog seems like a bit of a stretch, but we all have to start somewhere. Your blog could start out as supplemental income to a current job you already have. You’d be surprised what good content that is consistently posted will do.

Top List of Highest Paid DJ’s For 2015






Forbes just revealed their 2015 list of the highest paid DJ’s in the world. It’s no surprise that Calvin Harris has taken the throne at #1 after releasing his chart-topping album Motion at the end of last year.


Good Lord that’s a lot of money.


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Business Move: Chris Brown Owns 14 Burger King Franchises

Finally.  I’ve been waiting to hear some news about Chris Brown that isn’t cringeworthy.  Apparently Brown has been making moves behind the scenes besides getting into trouble. According to an US Weekly article entitled “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me”, Brown revealed that he owns 14 Burger King restaurants.

According to Burger King‘s corporate website, to qualify as a franchisee for the fast food chain, an individual must have a net worth of at least $1.5 million and have $500,000 in liquid assets. It takes an average of $1.2 million to $2.2 million to develop a BK location depending on where it’s located, its size and building code requirements. It also costs $50,000 to purchase a 20-year franchise agreement with the company.

But that’s nothing to a boss.

Added bonus from the US Weekly article? Chris is a fan of Sango. If you don’t know his music check out his soundcloud.

A Business Lesson From Ice Cube in “Straight Outta Compton”

After watching “Straight Outta Compton”, there’s no doubt you’ll leave feeling like you can take over the world. Dre and Eazy-E were definitely vital assets to the group, but Ice Cube’s story resonated with me on a different level. I’ve always respected Cube as an artist, but the movie shed light on him as a businessman and a person. *Spoiler Alert*  if you haven’t seen the movie you may want to stop reading at this point.

In NWA’s early beginnings, Cube (played by his son O’Shea Jackson II) started out as a ghost writer for the group, but his strong persona garnered him a lot of attention from the masses as time time went on. He continued to write and make appearances on tour with the group without solidifying a contractual agreement with Ruthless Records (Eazy-E’s label). He learned a hard lesson early on about the importance of not putting off the uncomfortable conversation of contracts, when his manager eventually offered him a deal that did not measure up to his contribution to the group. The most respectable scene in the movie was when he walked away from a $75,000 check and the lie that “that’s the best he was going to get”. He knew his worth and his vision went far beyond the deal that was offered to him that day. He went on to start his own record label with countless successful records, a movie production company, and played a huge part in cult classics like Friday and Boyz in the Hood. He also showed how far you can get with little to no resources when you focus on what you excel at and keep moving forward without the ones that hold you back.


As an entrepreneur with little resources, I can relate to Cube and I admire him for walking away from the deal. If you are an entrepreneur and don’t have the luxury of affording a lawyer to draft up contracts for you, I would recommend using  Cooley Go to help simplify the process. It’s a do-it-yourself platform that provides free information and guidance to help you do business the right way.

Behind The Scenes:  Rhythm Abroad Travel Host Brittany Pierce’s Secrets to Greatness

Brittany Pierce is the Executive Producer and Travel Host of the PBS Series Rhythm Abroad. Getting a show green lit for national television is not an easy feat.  After years of networking with the right people, securing major funding, and taking matters into her own hands, Brittany achieved just that. Ms. Pierce has kicked off our very first Behind The Scenes series, where we give you a glimpse into the real secrets of success: daily routine, rituals, and habits. Below is a snapshot of Brittany’s personal nostalgia and inspiration that has made her who she is today.

Teapot: I included that because when times are stressful, the tea is very soothing and allows me to calm down and gather my thoughts. The path that I’ve decided to pursue in the entrepreneurial space can be extremely stressful, and it’s important to find something that can help manage your stress levels

35 Cents: This was symbolic of one my lowest points as an entrepreneur. At this point, I literally had no money. To make light of the situation I had a running joke with my friend about how I couldn’t afford a Popeye’s biscuit (which was 35 cents or two for 50 cents. I really love Popeye’s biscuits!)  This was a reminder of where I’ve been and to stay hungry.

Key with Necklace: It is a necklace with the charm of a key but if you’ll notice it has my initials inside of it. This is a symbol that reminds me that I hold the power to create my own happiness, to release fear, to explore my own passions, and I have the key to create opportunities for myself.

“Count Your Blessings” Box: This is a way for me to stay consciously thankful for all that I do have in my life even in times when I’m not receiving the results that I want in my business, love live, or personal, really any aspect. I write down a blessing when it occurs to me and drop it in the box as a way to thank God and the universe for providing. It moves my focus and my energy away from worries and fear and raises my focus and energy on something positive and rewarding.

Two Pictures: One is picture of my mom and I in Thailand, and the other is of me and my two good friends in Mexico. They are my support system. They provide me with insight that’s needed. They are the ears that listen and they are the voice that soothes during difficult times. They are also the push that’s needed to help keep me going.

CSUN Degree: This is where I got my foundation in journalism and story telling. It is where I found my passion in putting together television stories. I was also awarded a full ride scholarship in my senior year which allowed me to travel internationally for the first time in my life. That travel experience is what sparked my passion what would later be Rhythm Abroad.

Business Card: It was the business card of my first job after graduating college.  I was fortunate enough to land my first job in such a large market as a budding journalist, but this came at a cost.  It was difficult moving away from family and friends, learning how to work in  a corporate setting, and how to stand up against workplace harassment. I was young, intimidated, and inexperienced in how to deal with adversity. This was most challenging but most eye-opening times of my life.

Life Coach, Susan Ferraro, has helped me in so many ways in my business by shifting my focus on everything BUT my business. It seems backwards, there is a method to her madness and there is power in working on things from the inside out. She has a website chocked full of videos that will literally change your life. I wanted to share one on how to stop mental habits that are blocking the dollar bills from rolling in because, well, that’s what everyone wants to know right?


The video is about an hour long, and I would watch the whole thing if you can or listen to it while your working. If you’re in a rush and need to get to the point, start the video at about 12 minutes in.