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By Tim Ferriss

So You Want My Job: DJ

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Anyone who has made a mix tape or a mix CD (what do kids do today in the age of the mp3?) knows well the joy in carefully choosing and putting together a selection of music for someone.

7 Tips for Dealing with a Sweetheart Who Is Crabby All the Time.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 7 tips for dealing with a sweetheart who is crabby all the time. If you're in a relationship, your sweetheart's happiness matters a lot to you. Not only because you care about that person's happiness, but also because -- due to a phenomenon called emotional contagion -- you're very likely to "catch" that mood.

The Simple Dollar Is in Bookstores Today… And Here’s Some Free Bonuses for Buyers!

My new book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams, is now available in bookstores (I just saw it at a Barnes and Noble in the Des Moines, Iowa area and at the Borders in Ames, Iowa)!

Choosing a Target-Date Fund

This is a guest post from Edwin Choi, the founder of Mariposa Capital Management. Edwin is a fee-only investment advisor in Los Angeles and a long-time reader of GRS. Prior to starting Mariposa, Edwin Choi spent several years as a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch in New York. So, you find the lazy way to invest very appealing: You like the simplicity and the long-term results.

Bread-loaf Miter Box from Ikea cutting board

Materials: 1 $1.99 Ikea wood cutting board, 8 galvanized 1 1/2" Grabber screws, table saw, drill and countersink, drill/driver, wood putty, Workmate 400 workbench, carpenter's wood glue Description: I've been using our bread machine a lot recently, and wanted a miter box to help me cut thinner, more consistent slices.

How to Upsell Your Services as a Freelancer

Are you doing anything to develop your current clients into bigger clients?  Do you have a few small clients that you enjoy working with, but they aren’t giving you quite enough work to keep you busy?   You might think I spent a bit too long working under the golden arches, but I think it’s better, and easier, to develop the clients you like working with instead of finding new ones.

Unitasker Wednesday: Vegetable and Fruit Savers

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There must be a large contingency of people in the world who loathe using basic square and round food storage containers because there are an insane amount of products dedicated to very specific food storage needs.

Mastering recurring responsibilities

In our home, there are responsibilities that have to be completed multiple times each week — and some, each day — to keep clutter from spinning out of control. Laundry and dishes are two of these responsibilities that apply to most homes.

Composed in delirious time

On Music & Schumann: "To put it rather bluntly, normal people do not compose."

The Unconventional Guide to Freelancing

An unconventional guide for those freelancers getting serious about building a sustainable business model.

The Rewards of Frugality and Thrift (or, Why We Scrimp and Save)

In which the Get Rich Slowly blog advises buying based on your goals and values, not out of habit.

Stop Chasing Success. Seek Significance.

Unlike financial success, significance doesn't ebb with the economy, or stop growing when you aren't working.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Deck of ChoresIf you’re a parent with elementary age children and you’re looking for ways to encourage helping out around the house, check out the Deck of Chores. 10 uncluttering things to do every daySmall things you can do every day to keep your clutter under control. Is it a collection or clutter?Marc Sotkin asks the question of whether the stuff you’re storing in your h

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Link Choice Edition

A fellow blogger wrote to me asking me how I go about choosing the articles I include in my weekly roundup each week. What I basically do is read a lot of blogs and news sites throughout the week (including ones that bloggers send to me) and bookmark articles that made me think.

Permalancing: Full Time Freelancing with a Client

A growing trend for some companies is to hire freelancers for a full 40 hours (or occasionally more) per week.