ASH AMBIRGE

Author, CEO & Founder

Learn More >>

Are You a Dangerous Liability In Your Own Business?

In: Starting an Online Business

How many books do you have in your Kindle library that you haven't read yet? How many times have you said to yourself, “I should really learn how to write better copy,” or “I should really learn Photoshop,” or “I should really learn how to shower more regularly instead of rotting away in my yoga pants with grease dripping down my hair follicles, fisting the keyboard like a caveman while blankly staring at the screen with absolutely zero drive, motivation, creativity or brainpower, mildly hoping that, at the very least, the one email I've been waiting for my whole life will land miraculously in my inbox practically begging me to become a Hollywood star, and then I'll have a reason to join society again and MAYBE EVEN TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE THAT AREN'T ON THE INTERNET.”

How many times?

The fact is, you get so sidetracked by the day-to-day logistics of running a business—emails / invoicing / meetings / texts / requests / complaints / customer service / order forms / websites / tweets / comments / more emails / hair pulling / peeing / procrastination / another meeting / fuck, did I eat lunch? / another email from the same person saying thank you to my thank you / client emergency! / WHERE ARE THE LEAN CUISINES / are they really not paying my invoice? / what? the link didn't work? / pound pound pound / wine?

…that the important stuff doesn't get done. What's the important stuff?

MAKING SURE YOUR GREATEST ASSET— YOU

—DOESN'T BECOME A DANGEROUS LIABILITY.

You're a liability when you know less than you should. You're a liability when you're not working as smart as you should. And you're a liability when your work isn't as good as it COULD be. Because businesses are run by people. And if the person behind the business is stagnating—so will the business.

I've found that the biggest reason that most people don't make time for the important stuff—for reading that book that could change your way of thinking forever, for taking that course that could add $50,000 to your bottom line this year, for learning the skill that would help you up the ante 10 fold—is because they feel “guilty” because they should be “working.”

What they fail to realize is that this is the work. So here's what I recommend: If you find yourself falling into this mindtrap—I feel guilty any time I'm not checking items off my immediate to-do list that sucks me into a hamster wheel of misery while everything I really want to do sits on the backburner!—

—try actually tracking & paying yourself hourly for any time you spend reading a business book, learning to write better copy, tinkering in Photoshop, or something else that's been on your “to-do someday when the whole world doesn't feel like it's relying on me to support it.”

Which doesn't exist, by the way, because the world is a needy uptight diva CRAZY PERSON who will always be sticking out her hand asking for more, until you finally learn how to look her in the face and say—

—I'M BUSY WITH MY OWN STUFF, BITCH.

Feb 7

2014

Just The Tip: Nobody Wants Your Free Goodies

Feb 7, 2014

Alright, it’s time we had a talk about your goodies. I’ve seen free goodies being offered all over the internet for year after (painful) year, and I really have to wonder: Are they honestly as good as Ciara’s? Kidding. We both know that’s impossible. Have you seen her abs? Regardless, if you’ve ever caught yourself writing, “Sign up […]

In: Starting an Online Business

READ ME >>

Aug 13

2019

Introducing: The First Annual “Wipe Your Buns With $30,000” Challenge! (Haha, I’m Not Even Kidding.)

Aug 13, 2019

I know. I KNOW. I bring such an air of sophistication to everything I do. (See also: The Middle Finger Project, our Unf*ckwithable line of classes, and the sweet, sweet letterboard in my living room that reads, “My Name is Inigo Montoya.”) But let’s be honest: “The $30,000 Money Challenge” just doesn’t have the same […]

In: Starting an Online Business

READ ME >>

Aug 7

2014

Tweet When You’re Dead

Aug 7, 2014

Death is weird. One minute you’re painstakingly slaving over the perfect Facebook status update, worrying about the new wrinkle in your forehead, and crying hysterically over the fact that you spilled a drop of creamer on the counter and WHY! CAN’T! ANYTHING! BE! EASY!, and the next, well, you don’t even have the privilege of […]

In: Starting an Online Business

READ ME >>

May 30

2014

Is Your Package Big Enough?

May 30, 2014

Confess. You’re reading this because the title made you think of male genitalia. (…And now you’re thinking about how weird the word “genitalia” sounds.) I know, I know. I tried to avoid it, but really, I can’t. Because today’s tip is about packaging your service or product offerings, so why be modest? I’m not even […]

In: Starting an Online Business

READ ME >>

Nov 30

2012

The $2,000 Offer to LEAVE a Company

Nov 30, 2012

When I was hired as Director of PR for AWeber, the VP of Operations called me into his office two weeks after I had started, and offered me $2,000 to leave the company. “You’ve been here two weeks now,” he started, “and you probably have a good idea if this is a place you’re going […]

In: Starting an Online Business

READ ME >>

Aug 17

2017

“How Do You Make Money From a Blog / Social Media / Your Grandmother’s YouTube Channel?!”

Aug 17, 2017

People ask me this cute shit ALL DAY LONG. It’s a very confusing topic, I suspect, because many folks assume that you are throwing up advertising banners from 1998, rockin’ those Google AdSense clicks like nobody’s business. To be fair, that is a thing—I’ve strategized with one company in particular doing 3-4 million every month in […]

In: Starting an Online Business

READ ME >>

Dec 4

2012

Finding Your Inner F-Bomb: What To Do When You’re Having a Hard Time Being You

Dec 4, 2012

So last night I did what any young lady would do whose internet has been down since Friday and, as a result, is staying in a randomly-selected hotel to mooch mega-bytes: Wondered what the fine would be for accidentally stealing one of these “firm” pillows–these things are fucking impressive. Side-kicked the air-conditioner upon discovering there […]

In: Starting an Online Business

READ ME >>

I'm a Bad Influence on Women

Hey, I’m Ash! Twenty years ago I was a small town girl growing up in a trailer park in rural Pennsylvania. Fifteen years ago, I lost my family and everything I knew right as I became the first to graduate college. Fourteen years ago, I found myself leaving everything behind for a new life in the city where I could be “normal.” Ten years ago I realized normal was the most disappointing thing that ever happened to me. Nine years ago I quit my job in advertising and pursued my dreams as a creative writer. Eight years ago, I built a 6-figure business doing what I love using nothing more than the Internet and my voice. And now, today, I’m the founder of The Middle Finger Project, an irreverent media co. that helps other women find their voice and teaches them to use it to build whatever the f*ck they want to. With a book coming out with Penguin Random House in February 2020 (YASSS, WE’RE A PRODUCT IN TARGET!) I’m proud to be a bad influence on women and guide them into doing something disobediently brave with their life and their career.

Enter your email address and I’ll send you my advice column every week sharing everything I’ve learned—and so much more.

But no serial killers. I promise I won’t send those.

Privacy Policy Info Here