ASH AMBIRGE

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Not Sure What to Sell? Here’s a Shot of Inspiration.

In: Starting an Online Business

Most people think they need an actual product to sell—but what if the experience was the product?

One of my favorite websites on the planet is TabletHotels.com, who have vetted and hand-selected some of the world’s most gorgeous, well-designed hotel spaces. I always go there first, looking for accommodations, because: it’s a feast for the eyes, it makes booking a pleasurable treat, I trust their taste, it makes my life easier and I’m demonstrating what I value by using their website—as opposed to sorting through hundreds of big box, industrial grade carpet hotels who flaunt flimsy plastic cups and dimly lit beige yellow curtains.

Another website I’m obsessed with is called The Plum Guide. Similar in vein, they've curated London’s most stunning rental homes—only one out of one-hundred accepted—and send out actual critics to test homes against 150 criteria…including fast Wifi, awesome neighborhoods, drool-worthy interior design, and at least three “superpowers”—from fireplaces to rooftop terraces, every home must have at least three outstanding features.

Neither one of these sites have their own product to sell; they’ve simply taken other people’s products—hotels or property rentals—and curated the best of the best, creating a more favorable experience for the buyer. That’s the product.

It's common to worry that you need to come up with something totally new and unique and NEVER BEFORE SEEN! to sell, but that’s not the case.

On an Internet full of noise, sometimes the easiest thing to offer is simplicity.

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2017

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So, listen, I’m not gonna lie—we got to our new London flat this morning, and the second I walked in, I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD THE MEANING OF LIFE. (P.S. You’re following these shenanigans via my Insta-stories right?) Which is entirely materialistic of me, of course, but I’m of the age these days where I don’t really care because […]

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2017

Too Shy to Stand Up and Sing Your Own Praises? Start Here, You Humble Little Lovebug, You.

Aug 16, 2017

Someone tells you that you did a great job, and what’s the first thing coming out of your mouth? OH NO BIGGIE, BARB, IT WAS NOTHING, REALLY—NO WORRIES, LEAST I COULD DO! We’re quick to diminish our efforts because taking credit for all the things somehow feels self-important; braggy; boastful; full-of-herself. Do this enough times, […]

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2012

How to Be Taken Seriously in Biz + Life. (Does Not Apply to Douchebags, The President, or Anyone With The Name Barbie.)

May 4, 2012

Ever jump in a pool fully clothed? You gotta try it. Borderline rebellious, without landing you a spot in jail, or any unplanned pregnancies. (Usually.) I’m pretty sure I’ve jumped into more pools clothed than the average human being, which must qualify me for something. Something other than the insane asylum. Or the WWF. My […]

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Jun 20

2013

23 (Surprising) Reasons To Work for Yourself

Jun 20, 2013

You discover things you never knew about yourself. For example, you know how sometimes people play that annoying game and ask you what you’d do if you only had 24 hours to live? And so you sit there and scratch your ass, and then say something poetic like, “I’d go to the beach and let […]

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Mar 30

2012

How to Be Able to Travel Whenever You Want

Mar 30, 2012

Can we please talk about the fact that tonight, I’m getting a ride to the airport from a random, way-skinnier-than-me (and probably you) Vietnamese woman named Kim, who works at the random nail salon where I got a pedicure yesterday? Yeah. That’s fucking weird, and it’s totally happening. And I’m totally excited about it, mostly […]

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