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By Brett Kelly

Side Businesses for Stay-At-Home Parents

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.

Workspace of the Week: Primary perfection

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Emu582′s super-mega-organized elementary school classroom: Holy orderly, Batman! Emu582′s use of clear plastic storage bins in the classroom play area and on the resource shelves is impressive. Students and teacher can see what is inside each box, so retrieval is simple.

The Online Entrepreneur’s Productivity Toolbox

Today’s guest contributor is Natalie Sisson, a Suitcase Entrepreneur and Adventurer who shares creative ways to run your business from anywhere in the world. She is passionate about using online tools social media and outsourcing to create more freedom in business and adventure in life.

LACK Hack: Vintage Suitcase Table

Materials: LACK side table, vintage suitcase, plywood, drill, screws, red paint, Sharpie Description: My NYC apartment desperately lacked storage space, so I set out to make a fun side table that would double as board game storage.

10 Simple Website Changes that Will Increase Your Freelance Sales

Credit: elenathewise on Photodune Is your website delivering new clients on a regular basis? Is your site’s sales funnel optimized? Have you been meaning to make changes to your site that improve your bottom line?

Ask the Readers: Financial Success Stories?

It’s been a long, dark week for me. My mother is now safely ensconced in the “memory care” unit at a managed-care facility, but she’s confused and scared. The staff says this is normal, and that she’ll adjust with time. I hope so. I want to turn my attention to something more positive.

Mental Mistakes That Make You (And Others) Feel Like Crap

Are you a robot? Most people would say no, but they don’t know what you are about to discover in this article.In order to function in our society, we have a lot of processes, beliefs and generalizations that keep us efficient.

6 Productivity Tips That Are like Treadmills for the Mind

The brain determines consciousness, and a long list of attributes which affect one’s quality of life. Without exception, everything starts with the brain; it is central for everything that we do.

9 Reasons Why Failure Is Not Fatal

Like it or not, screwing up is an essential part of the creative process. We look at 9 perspectives on failure and contemplate why it’s not so bad.

The Best Way to Find Your Vocation

Occasionally, you read articles that make such an impression on you that you find yourself chewing them over for days and even months afterwards. Such was the case for me recently with a great column I read a couple of weeks ago by David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times.

Is progress good or bad?

I spent much of this morning on the phone with a friend who is one of the top leaders in corporate sustainability. He wanted to know my thoughts on "innovation" and "progress." Did I think they were good or bad?

Twelve Excuses

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.

Corner closet meets skillful husband

Materials: IKEA CLOSET CORNER UNIT; saw, drill, level, nails, hammer, etc... Description: After knowing we are expecting a second baby boy and since our 3 years old is still in the crib (ops!!!); we decided that was time to plan a new bedroom for the oldest, living the nursery room to the youngest. After some indecisions and since they are two boys in the future they will share the same room.

Functioning in a printer-less office

Since moving offices more than four months ago, I haven’t yet plugged in my computer’s printer. I keep thinking I’m going to have a reason to use it, but so far that hasn’t been the case.

Effortless Decision-Making

Post written by Leo Babauta. How do you make a choice when you’re stuck at a fork in the road? How can you decide when two or more possibilities seem equally good? I’ve been learning (but haven’t mastered) the principles of Effortless Decision-Making.