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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

What Samuel Johnson, Thoreau, and Charlie Parker Were All Talking About.

Often I become preoccupied with a particular idea, and take a very great pleasure in seeing that idea appear over and over. I keep extensive notes on many ideas, most of which I never have time to write about, but which have captivated my interest for years. Sometimes they do turn into book – like Profane Waste. What a joy it was to write that book!

Summer Meal Series: Six Lessons for Efficient Cooking at Home

I’ll start off with what everyone will probably want to use this post for in the future – an index of all of the “Summer Meal Series” posts, as well as last summer’s “How Low Can You Go” meal series and a few other meal posts before that. The Recipe Collection Here are all of the “visual” recipes I’ve posted on The Simple Dollar over the

Poll: Where in the World Are the Freelancers?

I am constantly amazed with the way the internet shrinks the world around me.  I have clients in Australia, India, New Zealand, the US, and here in Canada, and new friends in England and the Philippines. I don’t get nearly enough work done because I am spending too much time reading the excellent comments (on the excellent posts) from the loyal freelancers here on FreelanceSwitch. So this got

Customised Ikea Billy

Materials: Billy, Paint Description: We didn't want a plain white shelf in our living room as we were afraid that it appeared to 'cold'. So the goal was to choose a background colour that underlined the warm colours of our room but still made a modern impression.

Hacker help: Can you ID this coffee table?

Can someone please give me the name of this coffee table, I bought it in 2007. Hope the pictures help. Thanks! ~ plo

Reader Mailbag: The “Making It All Work” Series

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. Stuck between goals 2. Dealing with partner’s student loans 3. Preparing for involuntary job loss 4. Replacing a vehicle 5. Jack of all trades 6. Using sleep as “mental downtime” 7.

Creative, Inc. Book Tour

Interview w/authors of: Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business.


Novelist William Gibson on the “dark, dark world of marketing, advertising, and trend forecasting.”

Schools: The Disaster Movie

Why our education system is failing. A new documentary throws fuel on the fire.

Can Excellence Be Scaled?

Chipotle’s famous simple menu. It’s often our nature to want to be the best at everything. If we can do many things well, we should be able to see profits. “Diversify, diversify, diversify”. Yet for whatever reason, sprawling out into multiple markets doesn’t necessarily mean success.

Getting your child out the door in the morning, on time

If you have school-age children, you’re well aware that some mornings can be difficult. Even highly organized children have a few mornings each month where there is a melt down and things fall apart. Here are a few tips to help get your children (and you) out the door on time: Is your child getting enough sleep?

Disclose This!

Last year, the blogosphere lit up when the FTC issued new disclosure guideliness. “OMG,” everyone said, “This is soooo unfair! Now everyone’s going to know when we’re pimping other peoples’ stuff.

A mirror fit for a Princess

Materials: Myken table mirror, a plier, a 1m silk ribbon, rose corsage, plastic princess crown, hammer and  nail Description: So I hacked an IKEA mirror (Myken table mirror) which has been under-utilized at home, took out the centre leg, tied some ribbons and hammered a hook on the wall. I finished it with details of a rose corsage and a princess crown.

Capitalist Kids: Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs

Saturday, I posted what I thought was an amusing anecdote. I told how I’d bought some treats from a young girl’s bake sale, but she’d been woefully unprepared to take my money and give me change. I meant the story to be comic relief, but quite a few GRS readers found it unamusing — and, in fact, thought I came off as something of a jerk.