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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Spark Your Freelance Business with Strategic Synergy

Credit: Solarseven on Photodune Are you trapped selling buckets of time? Bouncing from one freelance project to the next? There is a better way – develop a synergistic approach to your freelance business. At times we all need to take the work that comes before us to generate income, yet we should develop a personal strategy to minimize this.

Personalise your Gyllen lamp with your own image

Materials: Gyllen Lamp and a piece of 5mm clear acrylic Description: That ever popular Gyllen lamp with their slightly limiting range of designs. Why not ditch the panel and drop one in featuring your own image? It makes for a great personalized night light. Either mount a duratrans film to the reverse of a piece of 5mm acrylic or print directly on to a piece of opal acrylic.

Compound Interest vs. Increased Income — Which Matters More?

Like nearly everyone else on the internet, I’m a fan of xkcd, the nerdy webcomic from Randall Munroe. My wife, who’s a chemist, loves xkcd’s science episodes (such as this and this), while I like everything else (especially this and this).

Beating the Afternoon Slump: 3 Preventions and 3 Cures

You’re familiar with the afternoon slump. It’s that lethargy that sets in around 3pm. It’s the feeling that you’d rather be doing anything but working. (And a nap sounds awfully tempting...)Your motivation is at a complete low. You find yourself checking Facebook every five minutes.And it’s inevitable ... right?Nope.

7 Harsh Truths They Don’t Tell You About Following Your Passion

Do you want to follow your passion? How is it going? If you’re like most people, it’s not going so well. Most of us expect a white knight to swoop down and lead us to glory once we’ve found our passion, but it doesn’t quite work that way. Following your passion takes hard work, but it’s immensely rewarding.

Bookend Your Day: The Power of Morning and Evening Routines

You’re a college student. It’s midnight. You’re brushing your teeth and reviewing how the day went. And you’re disappointed. You had planned to work out, study for an upcoming history exam, clean up your apartment, and find time to meditate. But none of those things happened. You woke up late.

A Short Thought on Labor Day

Many of us are spending today enjoying the latter days of summer. I sure am. I’ve spent the last few days with my cousin and her family, visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and just simply enjoying each other’s company. Take a moment, though, to remember why it is that we’re taking this day off.

Kristaller Chandelier-hacking!

Materials: Kristaller chandelier, masking tape, spray paint, new shades and a little bird Description: First I removed all the glass prisms and the bulbs. And then I prepared it for spray painting, by masking the wire and inside where the bulbs had been. I first spray painted with a primer, waited a couple of hours, and then sprayed again with the colored paint.

Keys to Leading a Happy and Fullfilled Life

Some of you may believe that if you just had more money, or a better job, or another degree, or some other external “thing” that life would be better. Like there is a nagging feeling that you shouldn't have to be dissatisfied with your life- that you don't have to just 'put up with it'Maybe you don't know what to do to make your life more fulfilled, or don't know where to start.

BJÖRKUDDEN Modern Harvest Table

Materials: BJÖRKUDDEN Dining table, STEFAN chair, orbital sander, table saw, wood stain, lint-free rag, white paint, paint brush, clear varnish, fine-grit sand paper Description: A little bit of elbow grease and around $40 is all you need to turn an old birch table into a modern harvest table.

Reader Mailbag: Art Museum

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Refinancing decision 2. Maintaining good credit 3. Toning down our wedding 4. Handling a windfall 5. Handling a changing 401(k) 6. Handling unpayable medical bills 7. Repossession and marriage 8.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, September

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

On the Road to Nowhere: The True Story of My First (and Worst) Job

It’s Labor Day in the United States, the holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. Officially, it’s intended as “a day off for the working citizens”. As usual, GRS is taking a short break. This is a reprint of a column from five years ago. Your job is one of your most important assets. It gives you earning power.

Browning/IKEA .22 Pistol Charging Handle Hack

Materials: one RULL cabinet knob 300.714.30 Description: Older Browning .22 Buckmark pistols are designed in a way that it difficult to rack the slide; it's skinny and hard to grip, it's impossible to operate when wearing gloves. I decided to add an external charging handle to the left side of the slide (lefties want to add it to the right side).