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By Jules

A Young Man’s Guide to Doing His Taxes

Quick Trivia: Until 1955, Tax Day was on March 15th. This series is brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition. What’s this? Growing up, I associated “doing your taxes” with being a grown man.

What Are Your Eight "Auspicious Symbols"?

One consequence of my happiness project is that I've grown to love numbered lists. My 12 Personal Commandments. My 8 Splendid Truths. The 10 Myths about happiness. Buddhism has many numbered lists—the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths—which is surprising to me, given Buddhism's emphasis on gateless gates and transcending the bounds of rational thinking.

"Every Day Needs A Party."

Happiness interview: Richard Florida. I'm a big fan of the writing of Richard Florida. I first got to know his work when I read The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life, which started me thinking about work, time, and place in very different ways.

The Zen Habits Sea Change Program

Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange, ~ from Shakespeare’s The Tempest Post written by Leo Babauta. Last month, I launched the Zen Habits Premium Membership with a mini-course on creating the habit of meditation.

Bonsai from Fejka-plants

Materials: Two Fejka plants Description: I took one Ikea Fejka-plant to use as the tree trunk of the bonsai, and leaves from an another Ikea Fejka plant. I bent the branches some and set it into a different pot. I used hotglue to attach the branches with leaves, and some dark gravel to fill the pot. ~ Satu Tarsaranta, Tampere, Finland

Should You Hire a Social Media Manager?

As a freelancer, you do everything—manage the books, handle the sales, and make the coffee. All this on top of your actual job, be it writing, photography, graphic design, event planning…whatever. There are some things you can outsource. You can hire a bookkeeper to keep your finances straight.

The problem and the solution in five minutes

A video written by my friend and colleague Tim Kasser. It presents a unifying theory of what's wrong and what to do about it.  

Unitasker Wednesday: Shirt Shuttle

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I have no doubts in my mind that this week’s selection works well. I am certain it is water resistant and keeps your shirt completely dry.

Rest my jewelry

Materials: Sultan Luröy, Grundtal - S hook Description: Remove one plank (easy to do without tools, just pull. Then hang it on the door. Place the hooks where ever you like, and I placed in my case jewelry, but can imagine that other things, like bags, skarfs, etc. also looks cool on it! Simple, practical and nice to see! At last, but not least: remove the sticker. ~ Henriëtte v.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2011 Moving: How to pack your homeTips and tricks for how to pack your home before a move. 2008 Creating extra storage and counter space in a small kitchenRolling kitchen cart can provide extra space for the smallest of kitchens. Weekend project: Tackle the area beneath your kitchen sinkThe last thing you want to do is have to waste time clearing a path for someone who is about to cost you a hu

Why Scale? Entreporn, Exits and End Games

Launch, scale, flame or exit, rinse and repeat. It’s all anyone in the world of tech-entrepreneurship and especially entrepreneurship media can talk about. Because it’s sexy. It’s where the stories and legends are created. A couple of people in a garage giving birth to a multibillion dollar company with a giant exit.

Review: Enhanced Freelance

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of mastermind groups. Simply put, they’re groups of people who come together to help each other grow their businesses to greater levels of success. Some are very informal – they get together for lunch and brainstorming once a month.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tired Headache Edition

A few nights ago, I stayed up until 1 AM working on a project. The following night, I stayed up until 12:30 AM talking to friends. Both of those days, I had to get up at 6 AM. The second night, my oldest son woke up twice in the night from bad dreams. That next day, I walked through life like a zombie and, in the evening, I experienced one of the worst headaches I’ve ever had.

20 Modern Stationary Brand Templates Fit for Freelance Identity

Do you need to carry your freelance brand into print? If so, you can hire a professional designer to assist you with creating your identity. There is another option though. If your budget is tight and time is limited, there is no better solution than grabbing a high quality stationary brand template.

Tax Prep Tips: Is Cheaper Always Better?

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington, who has earned the CFA designation and is a 20-year veteran of the financial industry, including having previously served for more than a dozen years as a member of the Executive Committee of Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc. Richard has written extensively on investment and personal finance topics.