Being broke in college is a common phenomenon that many students experience. After tuition, dues, and book fees, students are left with little spending money.
Ellen Spies had an empty wallet when she decided to use her artistic abilities and creativity to start her own business painting sorority designs on canvas and wood pieces to come up with extra spending money.
Upon arriving at the University of Mississippi, Spies pledged a sorority and began to notice her pocket money vanishing. She promoted her company through Instagram @Ellen_Paints as a freshman to replenish her checking account and provide paintings Ole Miss sorority girls.
The San Antonio native praises her high school art teacher for the idea of creating an art business. Spies believes teachers helped her discover her talent for art by commending her work and motivating her to do the best she can.