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By Chanpory Rith

Want to Start Your Own Business? Focus on ‘Start’

A business idea isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t try to put it to use. Photo: Klaus Jakob Comes Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Thinking about starting a business? The list of things you think you need to figure out before you can start is probably a mile long, isn’t it? Well, good news.

3 Working Ways to Get Unstuck in 2015

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain There comes a point in our life when we realize that we are meant for something bigger on this planet.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Reclaim your junk drawer: Five steps to get it organizedJunk drawers can be the one of the most useful storage areas in your home. Here are five steps to help you get it organized. 2012 Cabin fever? Organize your summer travel plans nowAt least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, January is a great time to make summer travel plans.

Why I Keep Returning to My Least Favorite Hotel in London

Many years back, I checked into the Sheraton Heathrow after winning a bid on Priceline. It was incredibly cheap—something like $30-40 for the night, as I recall. At the time I was still new to the world of branded hotels. A few times a year, I might stay in a Starwood or Hilton property. I spent the rest of the nights in hostels, guesthouses, or on the couches of kind hosts.

Top Tax Scams to Watch Out for in 2015

If you’re paying someone to prepare your tax return, make sure they’re legitimate. Photo: 401(k) Every year, Americans lose untold billions of dollars to a host of tax scams that range from identity theft to return-preparer fraud.

Podcast: West Point 1915 With Michael Haskew

West Point’s graduating class of 1915 produced some of America’s greatest military leaders including Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley.

Which Kind of Collector Are You: Aim to Complete, or Yearn to Possess?

“Collectors are basically of two kinds; those who aim at completing a series, and those who long to possess things that have bewitched them. The former, of whom stamp and coin collectors are the obvious examples, enjoy the pleasures of a limited aim, and its comforting certainties. The latter may suffer ups and downs, changes of heart and deceptions, but they have several great advantages.

Indie Coffee Shop Thrives in the Shadow of the Dunkin’ Empire

Coffee Break Cafe has managed to thrive in the birthplace of global coffee goliath Dunkin’ Donuts. Photo: Coffee Break Cafe I’m at the Coffee Break Cafe in Quincy, Mass., waiting to meet the shop’s co-owner, Jenn Ormond.

A Reader’s Suggestions for Adderall Alternatives: CILTEP & Bromantane

I’m still getting a ton of emails about my decision to try the prescription drug Adderall to help with focus. I’m currently more than a month into the experiment, and so far I’m still pretty happy with it. After I posted some comments from a reader’s long-term experience with it, I heard of a couple alternatives that I thought I’d pass along for those who are interested.

Overcoming the Whitewashing of Your Past to Improve Your Financial Decisions

As we get older, we tend to distort our memories in favor of the choices we made. Photo: Kevin Dooley It took me a long time – most of a year, in fact – to come to terms with the fact that I spent most of my early professional life making horrible financial decisions and pretty mediocre career decisions. I wasn’t exactly lacking in evidence in either department, to tell the trut

Four Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Don’t get wigged out about stress! There are easy ways to dial it down. Photo: Emergency Brake Five years ago, I was introduced to the concept of good and bad stress, or eustress and distress. This transformed my outlook on stress. As a busy mom and entrepreneur, I’m well aware of the negative consequences of stress.

Proposed Changes to 529 Plans Would Dampen Their Appeal

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama proposed changes to 529 college plans that may force the seven million families using them to rethink their college financial game plan. Right now, you’re able to make contributions to a 529 plan, invest those funds, and eventually withdraw the earnings tax-free as long as the money is used for education expenses such as tuition, roo

TurboTax Refund for Deluxe Customers

Photo: TurboTax via Facebook Taxpayers and investors alike have expressed outrage this tax season over recent changes made by TurboTax.

My Typical Day: How I Get People to Think I’m Productive

By Leo Babauta It’s funny, because many readers seem to think I’m a super productive, ultra focused, uber disciplined guy. I’m not. I get lazy, I sneak snacks when no one is looking, I sleep in sometimes, I take naps, I binge read on the Internet when I get hooked on something, I get distracted all the time. But … I still get things done, enough that it appears that I̵

Oak on TRONES shoe boxes

Materials: TRONES shoe boxes A built-in effect for the  Trones shoe boxes. Wrapped in oak. This gives the plastic boxes a little more luxury and quality feel. The post Oak on TRONES shoe boxes appeared first on IKEA Hackers.