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I Believe In Stomach Ulcers The Way Most People Believe In God

As entrepreneurs, how could we do the kind of things we do and not get ulcers? We’re the poster children for chronic stress. Does it effect it our creativity?

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The Short, Slightly Sarcastic Answer to (At Least Eleven) Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Selling Yourself. Featuring: A Strong Opinion.

This week Ash is answering 11 burning questions entrepreneurs struggle with when running a business.
Q: SHOULD I GIVE AWAY FREE CONSULTS?

A: Are you running a business or a charity? EEEEEEEEEEET. Time’s up. The correct answer is business. Ding, ding, ding. And businesses are for profit. Key words: For profit. Respect your own time and prospects will, too. I guarantee the people you look up to aren’t running around giving away free consults.

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36 Signs You’re An Internet Dick

Are you an Internet dick? Ash breaks down signs that you just might be one. Read on to see if you qualify.

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Just The Tip: Anytime you question yourself, promise yourself better answers

You ever do that thing where you’re about to start that business, write that book, ask for that advance, release that product, pitch that service, or maybe just tell your boyfriend you want to try anal … and then you hesitate? Flinch? Get nervous? Worried? Scared that the response is going to be something like, “WHAT ARE YOU, OUT OF YOUR MIND? HOW DARE YOU? WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?”

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No, I Don’t Want To Do You Any Favors

A little consideration goes a hell of a long way when it comes time to ask for a favor without making everyone feel like they’re bending over and getting it crammed up their keister. Because as soon as you stop caring about the clients, the customers, and those connections, you stop networking and start being a needy fuck. (And no one wants as that as their nickname.)

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Just The Tip: The Surefire Way to Get Paid Every Time (And Avoid Having to Call On The Mob)

Whether it’s directly or indirectly, intentional or not, you will get ripped off. The biggest risk, of course, are new clients who don’t have a history yet—particularly the ones who price shop, haggle, ask if you can do any better, and/or mysteriously disappear for weeks on end. There’s nothing worse than playing collections officer. Nothing. (Except maybe being a collections officer.) The biggest risk are new clients who don’t have a history yet. There’s nothing worse than playing collections officer. Nothing. Then there’s my solution.

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Do You Have Chickenshititis?

I’ve found that most people don’t start their own businesses because they assume you have to be “business-minded.” “Business-like.” “Salesy.” And “good with numbers.” (I’m definitely out for the count, then. Get it? Out for the count? They might be suffering from chickenshititis.

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Business is a love story. So don’t be a selfish lover.

The only way to make money is to stop thinking about how to make money, and start thinking about how to make meaning.

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Job Searching: Extending your cupped hands and hoping someone takes mercy

Companies don’t need you, necessarily; they need the output of what you produce. You, as an individual, aren’t valuable to the company – the role you perform is. This is why the education system was even created in the first place – to crank out hundreds of thousands of individuals primed to fill those roles – the ones that keep the economy churning, and keep the people in power, in power.

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The 67 Emotions of Success: Ash Ambirge

When the founder of Monster.com thought I was worthy enough to be awarded a 4-year, all-expense paid scholarship to a private, liberal arts school—room & board included. The scholarship was based on financial need & demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit. My mom cried.