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By Leo Babauta

How to Handle Competitors Asking for Inside Information

Picture this:  You own your own catering business.  Long days of persistent marketing and hard work have paid off and you have a steady stream of corporate clients.  At a networking luncheon, you’re seated next to another caterer new to the area.  She seems pleasant and you’re enjoying her conversation.

Drugstore Price Comparison: Online vs. In-store

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about her desperate attempt to find authentic tacos al pastor in Austin, Texas. I used to buy most of my drugstore items online. One reason was convenience — I typically have to go to two or three stores to find everything I use, especially since I favor earth- and people-friendly personal care items.

5 Steps to Get Back on Top of Things When Life is Busy

Do you feel like you’ve got way too much to do, and not enough time to do it in? Perhaps you find yourself getting upset, angry or despondent at times, feeling as though life is spiraling out of your control. It’s not a good state to be in – and you know that.

Engineering a “Muse” – Volume 4: Case Studies of Successful Cash-Flow Businesses

The Square36 yoga mat earns $10,000-$25,000 per month for Bob Maydonik. One common challenge for readers of The 4-Hour Workweek is the creation of a “muse”: a low-maintenance business that generates significant income.

Setting Boundaries & Saying No… Nicely

Do you have trouble saying NO? A few simple strategies for protecting your priorities and avoiding over-commitment at work.

How to Live a Happy Life

Photo by Shandi-lee By John Hollandsworth “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.” ~Howard Thurman I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. No, I haven’t won the lottery– haven’t even got a raise.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Soda

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Modern, Customizable Jewelry/Item Display/Organizer

Materials: Rationell Variera Pot Lid Organizer (only required item) Description: We looked at the Rationell Variera Pot Lid Organizer at IKEA and really fell in love with the steel pegs. My fiancee had been thinking about her not remembering every necklace, bracelet, set of earrings, etc that she has, so she decided it would be great if we could use those pegs to make a display for her jewelry.

In Which I Reveal a Big Secret. Well, It's Big to Me.

It's time to admit that I’ve been keeping a secret from my blog. Now all will be revealed! At last, it’s time to confess…not only am I working on a new book, I actually just handed in the draft to my editor! I’ve been working on it for a long time!

Are You As Fit As a World War II GI?

Have men these days “gone soft?” Is our generation less manly than past generations? Are we less tough than our grandfathers? I see guys debate these kinds of questions all the time.

Author’s Head for Sale: $170,000 (must see video)

Yes, this is for real…I’m only doing it once, for obvious reasons. And only for the right partner.Straight up, total goofball, do not do this at home fun.

Exclusive laundry

Materials: Faktum, Nexus Description: In our old house we had a cold and damp laundry in the basement. So when planning our new house I dreamt of a luxury one, and I got it! It's situated next to our kitchen and with a door to the backside of our house. AND with a big window to make it bright.

The Joy of Scarcity

Post written by Leo Babauta. Often we think of having very little as a hardship. It’s bad to be poor, right? It’s not easy struggling with low wages, with debt, with scarcity. And while all that is true, it’s also not true. There can be joy in getting rid of things, in living with less, in freeing yourself of debt and possessions.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 2, 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.

Reader Mailbag: Child Independence

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. When to start retirement fund? 2. First house decision 3. Shopping for health insurance 4. Driving school 5. I’m overextended – what now? 6. Making money via social media 7.