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Spending Money is Not a Sacrifice, But a Strategy

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Spending money is not a sacrifice, but a strategy.

Most people don’t look at it like that, though, and so they spend less—and end up making less, too.

But money is like a lever—which, not so coincidentally, comes from the French word, “to raise.”

If you think of a seesaw, on one side you have your effort. On the other side you have the resistance—whatever big thing you’re trying to make happen.

Without the seesaw, you could hardly lift one boulder by yourself. But with the seesaw, you can lift three boulders, all at once. In other words, your efforts get multiplied, and you get what we call leverage.

In the game of business, you cannot get leverage if you’re doing it all yourself. It’s a mathematical impossibility. What you need a seesaw.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be shiny and red and take up a lot of space.

The bad news?

You won’t recognize it as a seesaw.

May 7

2013

Are You Making Money or Losing It? Also: Porridge

It’s never just about the money coming in; you have to consider the money going out.  When you take on a job, sure, you might earn $5,000. But what’s the cost of earning it?  If you have to forfeit 3 other projects (and your favorite Wednesday night TV show) for a combined total revenue of […]

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Jul 14

2017

The Case For Charging Good Money (Featuring an $800 Example)

So here’s some crazy shit: a few weeks ago, I spent $800+ on supplements. DID YOU ALMOST PASS OUT AT THAT NUMBER BECAUSE I DEFINITELY DID. But there was good reason, however, and that good reason includes the words “hypothyroid” and “dangerously deficient” and “body full of inflammation”—which explains SO MANY THINGS, including why dropping […]

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Aug 30

2016

$199 vs $200: The Difference of a Dollar is Never Just a Dollar

I was recently told a story about a man named Uncle Bill who went to Colombia, stayed in a hostel, and climbed the ladder into his bunk—even after the four bottles of wine. Uncle Bill wasn’t your average uncle, though. Uncle Bill was eighty-nine years old. Which sounds like a lot, when you say it out loud, […]

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Jan 23

2014

Hourly or Retainer OR….

»  Cash flow challenged? »  Do a bunch of work you won’t get paid for until you bill next month? »  Burned in the past by clients who disappear & never actually pay the bill? No, this is actually not the opening to an infomercial, as much as I’d love to show up on my […]

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Jun 14

2017

Spending Money is Not a Sacrifice, But a Strategy

Spending money is not a sacrifice, but a strategy. Most people don’t look at it like that, though, and so they spend less—and end up making less, too. But money is like a lever—which, not so coincidentally, comes from the French word, “to raise.” If you think of a seesaw, on one side you have […]

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Sep 26

2013

How to Save Money For People Who Are Notoriously Bad At Saving Money

You haven’t started saving for retirement yet. You don’t know how you’re going to pay your taxes (because you haven’t been keeping up with—what are those silly things called?—quarterly payments.) You certainly don’t have a rainy day fund. <—Said while laughing hysterically into your beer. And college? Well, the kids will just have to open […]

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Apr 23

2014

Caution: Stop Masturbating With Your Money.

Last year I had $224,225.77 in business expenses. That’s a metric fuck ton of cash for a small business to be throwing down, and probably more than my mother ever made in her entire life. And yet, I’ve never been so pleased and here’s why: When you do it right, your expenses aren’t expenses. They’re […]

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Mar 12

2013

Percentage Off or Flat Rate? How to Run a Sale That SELLS.

I hate rules. No swimming after eating. Let him call you. Sorry, our video library can only be watched from within The United States. (Stab. Stab. Stab.) No white after Labor Day. And other silly rules like stay on your side of the road. …I kid, I kid. That last one can slide–as long as […]

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Jun 9

2015

Making Money is Not as Hard as Most People Make It

There is a distinct and profound difference between people who make money and people who don’t: the money. Hard, cold, beautiful bendy stacks of cash. I know there are a lot of people that say money is evil and your nostrils will catch on fire if you want anything other than world peace, but usually—and pardon […]

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