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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

The highest paid actresses in the world for 2015

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A couple of weeks back we ran a story about the highest-paid actors in the world from Forbes’ annual list, and today, it’s the leading ladies’ turn. Forbes has released its list of the highest-paid actresses of 2015 and surprise, surprise — it’s J-Law at the top, and then everybody else down below.
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Forbes tallied gross pay from June 1, 2014 through June 1, 2015 and the Hunger Games star took home a whopping $52 million during that span. To put that in perspective, that’s $16.5 million more than any other actress in Hollywood, though it doesn’t come close to the top actor on the list, Robert Downey Jr., who brought in a cool $80 million.
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Here’s a closer look at the top-earning actresses for 2015:

1.)  Jennifer Lawrence – $52 million
When news of her absurdly lucrative deal for Passengers broke earlier this year (which blows away her co-star Chris Pratt’s salary), it was clear that Jennifer Lawrence was playing in a different league. The actress is as hot as you can be in Hollywood these days and kudos to her for cashing in. Her work on the X-men and Hunger Games franchises helped earn her the top spot on Forbes’ list, and Lawrence continues to be a paradigm-shifting talent. 
2.) Scarlett Johansson – $35.5 million
No doubt the actress’ Avengers: Age of Ultron paycheck helped land her finish as runner-up, and endorsement deals from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana likely didn’t hurt either. With two more projects filming, and one in post-production, the sultry-voiced actress is showing no signs of slowing down, but it seems as though nobody can catch the superstar in the top spot.

3.) Melissa McCarthy – $23 million
One of the top-billed stars of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, McCarthy’s meteoric rise through the ranks of Hollywood’s most bankable actresses began with her iconic turn in Bridesmaids and she solidified herself as a marquee name with starring roles in Tammy and Spy. The funnywoman is also seriously involved in the fashion world, as her all-size Seven7 clothing line provides her with yet another revenue stream. 

4.) Bingbing Fan – $21 million
The only actress on the list born outside of the U.S., the Chinese leading lady cleared a cool $21 million in 12 months time. Stateside, Fan is best known for playing Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but movies such as The White-Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom and a host of endorsements in her home country helped land her on the list. Given her huge payday, we had to resist the urge to add a couple of L’s to her name. Take a look — we’ll wait.
5.) Jennifer Aniston – $16.5 million
The second highest-paid Jennifer on the list, Aniston remains one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood and has parlayed her broad appeal into buku bucks. Cashing in is nothing new to the former Friends star who — along with the rest of the show’s ensemble cast — made headlines for the supersized salary she took home ($22 million) for the show’s final season. While she didn’t do quite as well in 2015, endorsements and a couple of major film roles (Horrible Bosses 2, Cake) helped her land in the top five.
Other superstar leading ladies rounding out the top ten include Julia Roberts ($16 million), Angelina Jolie ($15 million), Reese Witherspoon ($15 million), Ann Hathaway ($12 million), and Kristen Stewart ($12 million). Cameron Diaz just barely slipped out of the top 10 with $11 million.
Hope abounds that Jennifer Lawrence’s massive paydays could one day help close the persistent pay gap between actors and actresses in Hollywood, but for now, let’s just say congrats to J-Law.