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By Brett Kelly

How to E-mail Virtual Assistants (or Any Assistants): Proven Templates

(Photo: Alan Clark Design) [Tim's note: This is a guest post by Ramit Sethi on two of my favorite topics: one-shot-one-kill e-mail, and creating policies so you never repeat things.] Enter Ramit Why is communicating with virtual assistants is so hard? When I first started using virtual assistants (VAs), I tested assistants from India, Bulgaria, and Israel.

5 Stick to Your Ribs Soups from Around the Country

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore. Game day. No matter the sport, there are certain key elements that remain essential for entertaining: Great Friends + Excellent Food + Cold Beer = Perfection.

Self Directed IRAs

I’ve been learning a bit more about Individual Retirement Accounts and wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about how flexible IRAs actually are. Obviously talk to a qualified financial advisor before acting on anything you see here.

Stefan Sagmeister: Don't Take Creativity For Granted

Outlining the creative process for his short films, designer Stefan Sagmeister tells us to embrace the surprises that come with executing a creative endeavor.

Video: Happiness Booster -- Sing in the morning.

Video: Sing in the morning. 2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- last month's theme was Friends, and last week’s focus was to Join or start a group. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

A Rough Patch

This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the longer questions that have been languishing in the reader mailbag.

WOW-A Guaranteed Way To Feel Better About Yourself

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” ~Theadore Roosevelt Feeling better is easier than you think.

Golden Gate Coffee Table

Materials: Lack coffee table Description: Decided to hack my Lack coffee table after seeing a cool jukebox table in an art gallery that was _way_ out of my price range. I used: Lack coffee table, contact paper from a local shop, and a wall decal of the Golden Gate bridge. 1. Distress the coffee table.

Effektiv Hallway Bench

Materials: Effektiv low add-on unit and shelf; Effektiv plinth; electric drill; Ritva cushions Description: This was an unplanned, rather simple hack, so I didn't think to take pictures until after I put it together. I made a hallway bench from Effektiv parts, to coordinate with some other pieces I already own.

Really small spaces: Portland coop

We’ve written about very small living spaces before, but this 16-square-foot contemporary chicken coop wins the all-time prize in the category. The three hens who live in this modernist dwelling must have very refined aesthetic sensibilities.

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Engaging

This is the ninth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen.

Redesign an Outdated 90s Website and Win Adobe CS5 Web Premium!

In partnership with Adobe Business Catalyst, FreelanceSwitch is launching a fun design competition with a humongous prize!

How to Keep Track of Things to Remember

credit: Bérenger ZYLA on Flickr I’m a freelance magazine writer. Often a source will e-mail me a bit of information for an article after the interview, and I’ll think, “Oh, I’ll remember it’s here” and file it away in my assignment e-mail folder.

Organizing knitting needles

Lena Brown Designs, an artist who sells her creations on Etsy, has fashioned a product that makes this organized knitter’s heart go pitter patter — The knitting needle or art tool case: The case has 30 pockets to hold all styles of needles, brushes, materials, supplies, and tools.

Multivar

Materials: Ivar chair, stretched to 48" with laminated pine board Description: The idea behind the "multivar" was to create a multi purpose piece using the simple and inexpensive Ivar dining chair side frames. I have seen the Ivar converted into bench already on this site but this is a variation on that.