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When a Rockstar Moves On

Rock stars are rarely good team players. On parting ways with a founding team member.

Freelance Advice: 5 Freelancing Essentials from FreelanceSwitch

What is it that makes us freelancers the way we are? Is it our will to reach our goals? Or do we strive towards being the best in our field? No matter what drives you, we all need some help getting there – so what could be better than listing our Top 5 Freelance Essential articles?

Reader uncluttering strategy: Buy back your stuff

Yesterday, in the comment section to “Downsizing after a divorce” reader Clutter Junkie left an amazing strategy for reducing clutter that I wanted to highlight as its own post. From Clutter Junkie: I’m rubbish at decluttering, but I had a girlfriend help me do my place. She brought $20 in coins to start me off, and put everything I owned to one side of the room.

Dealing With “Found” Cash: What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

Two readers wrote in yesterday with concerns about handling cash they found. First, James: I was at the grocery store this morning and I found a $20 bill on the floor. I picked it up and pocketed it and went home. My wife told me later on that I basically stole the money and I should have told the store manager about it.

Should You Fill in the Cracks as a Freelancer? Handling Down Time

As a freelancer, every once in a while I have a couple of hours where I would have liked to have scheduled work for a client but I wind up with nothing. Over the years, I’ve taken a couple of different approaches to this sort of crack in my time: I’ve been known to take those hours off, to work on my own projects and to even pick up work on bid sites.

Will someone be able to use this before I do?

I mentioned last week in “Musings on children’s birthday parties” that my plan was to bake my son a Dinosaur Train cake for his first birthday. Now that the cake has been made, I no longer have a need for the train-shaped cake pans. A small, sentimental part of me thought I might keep the cake pans.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Remembering to Appreciate What I Already Have

Walking home from work today, I decided to take the long way. Most of the time, I choose the easy quarter-mile stroll downhill from the office to our happy half acre (or happy .62 acre, if you’d like to be precise).

Eight Ways to Make Good Use of Your Spare Minutes Online

I bet you have a few spare minutes (or a fair bit more) online every day. Perhaps you end up surfing webcomics while you’re waiting for a big file to download, or maybe you’re browsing online in between phone calls, or during a lull in an instant messaging conversation.

Better Health in Just 20 Minutes A Day

You want to be healthier and have more energy. You want to take good care of yourself. The problem is, life is hectic.

Boxer or Briefs? The Manpacks Giveaway

I’m a man!  I’ll fish in my skivvies if I damn well please. If you’re like a lot of men, you’ve probably been wearing the same 5 sets of undergarments for the past 6 years. And they’re probably nasty looking.

Multi-level work table

Materials: Vika Manne table tops and legs Description: I wanted a work table that was high enough for me to work standing up and not have to bend my back. I also wanted a place to store my tools and not have them pushed off the table edge while I was cutting fabric, or doing other large projects.

The Art of Manliness Podcast #25: The Art of Non-Conformity with Chris Guillebeau

Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this week’s edition we talk to Chris Guillebeau, author of the blog The Art of Non-Conformity. Do you have a dream that you’ve had since you were a boy, but never got around to fulfilling because it didn’t fit the typical life pattern of college-kids-corporate job that society pressures men into?

Should Parents Tease Their Children about Social Struggles?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about teasing, and I was astonished both by the number of people who commented and by the intensity of their reactions. Clearly, teasing is a painful issue for many people. It’s a tricky subject, however, because teasing comes in so many flavors. Teasing among family members, and teasing at work. Gentle teasing and mean teasing and flirtatious teasing.

The Big Choice

In today’s reader mailbag, I answered a question about digging out from under a pile of debt with some comments about a big choice people have to make in their twenties: The problem you’re having is the problem a lot of people our age have: we want everything but we don’t have the resources to pay for it. Many people solve that problem by taking on an absurd amount of debt, an amount tha

Credit-Card Regulations: A Win for Consumers? Or an End to Credit?

This is a guest post from Adam Jusko, founder of IndexCreditCards.com, an information and comparison site for credit card offers that maintains a list of over 1200 cards. I’ve mentioned Index Credit Cards many times before, most notably in my post from 2006 called “The Only Credit Card Guide You’ll Ever Need”.