ASH AMBIRGE

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The Way You Make a Million Dollars is by Earning One Dollar, A Million Times

In: Money Talk

When I first started writing my business memoir, there was one thing I was terrible at: SCENE.

Not because I didn’t understand the importance, but because it was holy fucking hard to remember what actually happened the eve of, say, April 17th, 1992, while so-and-so played a harmonica and Lucy Loo showed the boys her undies. WERE WE ALL WEARING BLUE? DID THE AIR SMELL OF DAISIES? HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO REMEMBER THIS AND WHY DO I FEEL LIKE AN ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT?!?!?!

So I became a gap-filler, writing grand summaries that would sweep you past all of the shit-that-no-one-could-really-remember-exactly-in-an-effort-to-just-tell-the-story-already.

There was only one problem: My literary agency was like—you back that train right up, mama. (My words, not theirs, though I wouldn’t be opposed.)

“Think of this as stepping stones across a river,” they advised, “rather than building a whole continuous bridge.”

The idea, of course, is the age-old concept of showing versus telling; hand-selecting snapshots of time that will tell the story itself, without you needing to barge in, take the mic, and tell everybody what really happened. (THANKS A LOT, BLOGGING.)

Though I can’t help but suspect that this is very good advice—and not just when it comes to writing books. How often do we try to hurry it up, and just build the bridge, already? How often are we going through the motions to get there, without actually taking stock of where we are?

Your life, like a book, is created scene by scene.

Your business is built the same way.

You won’t make millions by telling someone you will.

You’ve got to earn each dollar, one by one—and recognize that the way you spend your time, every single day, tells the real story.

Apr 11

2019

Ladies: DO NOT LET THEM MONEY-SHAME YOU

You know what’s been blowing RIGHT up my skirt lately? That women are shamed for wanting money—as if this is a bad thing. We’re shamed for charging it, for thinking about it, and for daring to create something that we—brace yourselves, folks—want money for, in exchange. There’s this unspoken code of conduct that comes with […]

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Sep 13

2017

If You’re Making Less Than $300,000, WE NEED TO TALK

$300,000 sounds like a big fucking number, doesn’t it? But I have to tell you, that with the tools we have nowadays with the Internet, there’s almost no reason why you shouldn’t / can’t be making this in your business—WHICH SOUNDS LIKE A POMPOUS THING TO SAY, I REALIZE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, #TOUGHLOVE […]

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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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Jan 6

2015

Business Lacking Direction? Start With the Money.

Imagine you’re seven years old, and you’ve never cooked anything before, so help your Fisher Price kitchenette. But suddenly you’re home alone, and you’re tasked with making yourself a meal. So naturally, you do what any seven year old would do: You get a big pot, and you start putting your favorite things into it. Pepperoni pizza—fucking […]

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May 31

2019

How to Be a Bitch About Money: The 8 Money Policies Every Freelancer NEEDS to Avoid Getting Burned Like a Ham Sandwich—Including the Rock-Solid Refund Policy That Slays

Eight-thousand dollars. Eight-thousand dollars! EIGHT-THOUSAND DUH-OLLLL-ERS. That’s the (actual) amount of cold, hard cash one designer recently had charged backed by a client—and her credit card company sided with the client. Mother of ouch. More than that, though, this kind of crisis can be absolutely devastating to a freelance business that’s operating paycheck to paycheck, […]

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Apr 16

2019

29 Creative Ways You Can Find Some Extra Money on the Fly, In a Pinch, When You’re Strapped and When You’re All: SOS, Cash Flow Where’d You Go?!

The other day I urged women: do not let them money shame you. Do not! Even though they’ll try to. Even though, because you’re a woman, you’ll be deemed “delusional” and “scammy” and “self-serving,” the more money you charge—even if it’s the going rate. And yet, when a man charges the same thing, they are […]

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