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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Are You Wed To Your Market, Or Your Model?

Not long ago, I posted about the lament of a local optometrist and how taking a much broader view of that industry and the role the internet might play could redefine how he solved his customers problems and potentially reinvigorate his business. I’ve never stopped thinking about that example, because it was indicative of a wide swath of industries that sell a product bundled with either a p

Hedonic adaptation: Why buying more won’t make you happy

A Sunday New York Times discussing the happiness benefits associated with simple living in its article titled “But Will It Make You Happy?” The main point of the article is that people can easily adapt to living with less, without suffering many negative consequences, but that when we are constantly pursuing more, we have to get even more to stay happy: Another reason that scholars con

Who’s Spying on (and Profiting from) Your Browsing Habits?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. One of the fastest-growing businesses on the Web is tracking data about your Internet use — everything from comments you leave on websites to health information and financial status — and selling it to companies that want to target ads to specific customer profiles.

Interview with Featured Freelancer: Mike Vardy

Like I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m still a bit new to freelancing.  One of the things that I love about FreelanceSwitch is the interaction and feedback from you, the readers.  No matter what the article, the comments are positive, encouraging, and for the most part – useful!  I probably spend more time reading the comments and checking out your links than I do on actual work.  Maybe I

Create a Fantastic Lifestyle by Busting the Routine

“The less routine the more life.” – Amos Bronson Alcott “I travel a lot and I hate having my life interrupted by routine!” – Caskie Stinnett When should you put a wrench in your routine – the routine that ultimately creates your lifestyle? The answer is simple – all the time and more than once.

The Masks Men Wear

Anyone who has dressed up for Halloween knows the transforming effect donning a costume can have, and how exponentially stronger this effect is when it involves wearing a full mask. You feel mischievously free- free of self-consciousness, free to get in character and be someone or something else, free to get a little crazier than you normally would.

Review: The Joy of Less

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Over the last several years, I’ve begun to appreciate how much easier life is if you have less stuff. You spend less time and effort on maintenance. You spend less time and effort moving. You spend less time and effort organizing your stuff and cleaning.

Read about My Children's Literature Reading Groups in the New York Times!

I've written about my children's literature reading groups before -- yes, groups. I've started THREE of these groups, and each one is a huge engine of happiness for me. Pamela Paul wrote about the Kidlit groups in the New York Times Book Review today: The Kids' Book Are All Right. Fun! * On Twitter? Follow me, @gretchenrubin.

New Web Service Tischen Attempts to Rid the World of Unemployment

New web service Tischen is on a mission to rid the world of unemployment. The site provides users with a variety of ways to showcase their skillset on the Internet and make themselves available for contact with prospects, whether they be freelancers in need of clients or job seekers on the search for steady work.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Perfect BrownieAre you capable of baking brownies, but haven’t yet figured out how to use a knife? Unitasker Wednesday: Cooler DrySure, you could just flip the cooler’s top open if turning it upside down isn’t your style, but if you did that then you wouldn’t get to buy this unitasker! K is for KittensEnjoy this soul melting gift as my present to

Linkswitch #30: Pricing Tactics, Effective Marketing Campaigns

An Effective Marketing Plan: Getting Started Effective marketing campaigns are the foundation for your business’ success. You might be the best at what you do, but if nobody knows about you and your offerings, and why they’re of value, then that shingle you hung up is going to come tumbling down. Real Life Organizing If you could see my desk you would be mortified.

Reader Story: How I Save Tons of Money by Grocery Shopping Once Every Three Months

This guest post from Jenny Sandman is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Finish Your Masterpiece with Deliberate Goal Planning

All artists want to create massive, powerful works to be remembered by. We have visions of our own "Sistine Chapel" that we want to tackle before we die. The problem with epic projects is that they're often started, but rarely finished. This is precisely why we celebrate massive works: they don't come along very often.

Finish Your Masterpiece with Deliberate Goal Planning

To achieve great things, start by clarifying your end game. A look at how to finish creative projects, with examples from Michelangelo to the Beatles.