I’m A Business, Man! 50 Cent’s 10 Smartest Business Decisions

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The Decision: Spending the first $300,000 he made to trademark the “50 Cent” and “G-Unit” names

The Year: 2002

The Bottom Line: Just about every dime 50’s made can be traced back to this decision. While most artists spend their advance on new cars, icy chains and the latest threads, Fif used part of his to trademark his name and his future label’s name, which eventually helped him make money to buy all the cars, chains and clothes he could have ever imagined. New artists, take note: Before you do anything else, invest in yourself.