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By John Wesley

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.

Outliers and Frugality

About a year and a half ago, I reviewed Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent book Outliers. In that review, I talked about one of Gladwell’s key points in the book, that a great deal of practice will make a person good at anything: The more important (and interesting) part of the chapter, though, discusses the huge role that nearly-obsessive practice plays in making people great.

Negativity: A Motivation Killer

Negativity can suck the motivation right out of you. You can be yourself, all motivated and ready to take action when suddenly some negative person tells you that you can’t do it, that you’re just going to fail and nothing is going to come of it. Wow. Talk about depressing.

"Life Is Not So Short But That There Is Aways Time for Courtesy."

“Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson * If you'd like a personalized, signed bookplate to put in your copy of The Happiness Project, email me your name, or someone else's name, and the address to which I should mail the bookplate, and I'll send it right off. Feel free to ask for as many as you like.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 7, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: A Visit from the Black Swan

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by reflecting on particular pieces of it that I’ve had further reflections on or particularly excite me, including some elements that were removed from the final draft.

Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Branding

Starting out in a freelancing career can be tough. Ranging from freelance authors to graphic designers and programmers, freelancing comes with many of the same hurdles. One large aspect is building your personal brand – how do you get people to recognize you for your skills? Thankfully the internet has provided a very simple medium for sharing and obtaining information in a very short time.

Building a Money-Making Blog: Preparation

Last month, I asked if you folks would be interested in a new GRS long-term project, one that tracks my progress as I try to build another blog that produces income. This would be like the garden project I did in 2008 and 2009 (and hope to do in 2011): It’d only take one Saturday post a month for updates. Many of you are interested in this project, but you have some concerns.

Summer Meal Series #10: Grilled Chicken-Salsa Burritos and Fresh Tomatoes

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. One of the best parts of summer is when fresh tomatoes start coming in from the garden.

Ikea Treadmill Desk

Materials: Ikea Jerker Desk Description: I found this strange Ikea inspired treadmill desk on a technology blog website. More info provide on the link below. Enjoy! See more of the Ikea Treadmill desk. (via Lifehacker) ~ Terence, Vancouver B.C.

Ways to Get Paid Around the World

The more clients I get, the more amazed I am at the way the world is shrinking as the internet grows.  I have clients in the US, Australia, the UK, India, and right here in Canada, on the other coast and within my humble city. I love freelancing, but it’s not something I would choose to do for free – despite what the clients think!  I’ve had to explore some of the available ways to get pa

The Empty Chamber

Just how broken is the Senate? Why the US Senate gets so little done.