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By Brett Kelly

6 Tips to Avoid IRS Audits for Freelancers

No one actually knows for sure what the logic behind the IRS audit red flag is. Over the years, accountants have seen commonalities within their client base and have noticed trends in businesses that seem to be audited more often than others. This article isn’t meant to scare you; it’s meant to encourage you to keep solid books. Bookkeeping isn’t hard.

Stealth Savings: Sneaky Ways to Fatten Your Account

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Have trouble saving money? Time for some mind games. Hide cash via direct withdrawals. Get free money from banks. Name an account for a goal.

Super Secret Toekick Drawer for Kitchen Cabinet

Materials: Ikea Rationell drawer kit, Strecket pullDescription: I'm about as puffed up as a peacock at my recent Ikea hack. A broken oven the week before Christmas snowballed into a complete kitchen remodel, and we considered Ikea kitchen cabinets. We ultimately went with another vendor, but I couldn't get those Ikea drawers out of my mind. So nice and sturdy. Such a lovely soft close.

48 Hours to a Better Life: The Empowerment Pack is HERE!

Get over $1000 of Personal Develop Products (Including The Power of Fear) for just $97 for the next 48 hours only! Hello 2012! How are you going to bring in the new year? Like a lamb or a lion? Do you struggle with your relationships? Your weight? Your health?

Sleek Headbord from VIKA HYTTAN Table Tops

Materials: 3 VIKA HYTTAN 59" table tops 3 INREDA cabinet lights plus plug connectors 3 6" Hangman Wall Mounting hardware (available at Ace Hardware and on line) Description: I came up with an inexpensive, modern and easy headboard for our city loft. The three table tops are mounted vertically on the wall and topped with cabinet lighting to provide reading lamps.

6 Steps To Creating A Knockout Online Portfolio

Ready to pump up your creative portfolio? Behance's Chief Designer shares insider tips on showcasing your best work and standing out from the crowd.

The Four Archetypes of the Mature Masculine: The King

This is the sixth and final part of a series on the archetypes of mature masculinity based on the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading the introduction to the series first.

Learning to Sit Alone, in a Quiet Empty Room

‘All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.’ ~Blaise Pascal Post written by Leo Babauta. Think about some of the problems of our daily lives, and how many of them would be eased if we could learn to sit alone, in a quiet empty room, with contentment. If you’re content to sit alone quietly, you don’t need to eat junk food, to shop on im

Use Cold Water for Most Clothes Washing (16/365)

It’s simple. If you use hot water at home to wash your clothes, heating the water is the single largest expense of running a load of laundry. I base this on the numbers calculated by Mr.

Why Having a Mentor is Important for Freelancers

There is only so much you can learn from a textbook.

Lack and stripes

Materials: Lack coffee tableDescription: I have cut various stripes of paper from newspaper, giftwrap and other recycling items and I have pasted, with glue mixing with some drops of water, on the top of my LACK coffee table, like a decoupage. For easier cleaning of the surface I have brushed on a finishing paint.~ Isotta, Italy

Why Hotel Magnate, Chip Conley, Is Getting Emotional

He built the second largest boutique hotel group in the world, Joie de Vivre…then flatlined on stage while giving a keynote before thousands. Chip Conley survived, but this experience was a bit of a wake-up call. One that set in motion a different path. For years, Conley had been a deep student of human behavior and the psychology of success.

Four changes you can make to help you complete undesirable tasks

My mother-in-law recently gave me a pair of bright yellow rain boots. They are silly and funny and very good at keeping my feet dry. I cannot stop smiling when I wear them. And, now that I own them, I look forward to it raining.

In God We Trust: Your Money and a Higher Power

Image courtesy Kevin Dooley. “Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.” – Aeschylus A few days ago, I had a long conversation with an old friend, who I’ll call “Randall.” Randall is in a deep financial, personal, and professional crisis. Instead of tackling the challenge head-on, Randall seems to be in something of a holding pattern.

"I Feel Discouraged By My Messy House."

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week in a video, my friend Maria poses a question about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a blog reader.