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By J.D. Roth

How to Make Companies Beg to be Your Client

This is the third in a weekly series showing freelancers and business owners ways to spend an hour per week building a basic marketing program. Last week we showed you how to identify your best customers and prospects. This week we show you how tell your story in a way that makes customers want to work with you.

8 Tips for Dealing Calmly with Criticism. Which I Find Very, Very Challenging.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for dealing calmly with criticism. I have a very hard time being criticized, corrected, or accused – even of the smallest mistakes – and I react very angrily.

The Truth About Tax Deductions

This is a guest post from GRS reader Greg Braun, a Certified Public Accountant from Nampa, Idaho. Nobody likes to pay taxes. And I think we all get a little kick out of finding ways to save on our tax bill. We smile when we find a deduction we’d been missing. Maybe we think it’s a great deal because we’re sticking it to the man.

Some Further Thoughts on Children and Piggy Banks

As I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar, we use piggy banks and allowances with our young children in our home. We have a few simple rules that go along with this, mostly allowing them to freely spend part of their allowance while they save another part of their allowance for longer-term goals (and our oldest has a few other restrictions as well).

All Write! How to Co-Author the Follow-up to a Rule-Busting Bestseller

Itching to get your name in print?

Lack 2.0

Materials: F18 PU, Silicone Rubber Description: The Ikea Lack table is a symbol of mass production. It is cheap, efficient and easy to transport. Because of the success of the table it has become unpersonal. Masha Willemsen and Wil van Twuijver re-designed this symbol.

A little love from IKEA

Hej! Finally, IKEA has given me a nod. Though a little, sideway tilt of the head it makes me all giddy inside. No, I am not flying to Sweden (yet), just an interview on IKEA Hackers for their blog, Livet hemma. It will have to do for now, till I shake Ingvar Kamprad's hand. You can read the interview here. It's in Swedish.

How to Master the Art of Seasoning: 5 Tips for Reinventing the Slow-Carb Diet

The Slow-Carb Diet need not be boring. Moreover, it doesn’t take much to jump from repetitive to inventive. In my case, even as a grass-fed beef aficionado, I grew weary of flank with nothing more than salt and pepper.

FROSTA speaker stands

Materials: 2 x FROSTA Stools and 8 dowels Description: Each speaker stand will require 4 FROSTA stool legs and 4 dowels (from IKEA as well!) Simply stick four of them together. Use two dowels at the top of the stand to prevent the speaker from slipping backwards. Use the other two at the bottom of the speaker stand to prop the stand up a bit and to reduce the tilt angle as well.

Unitasker Wednesday: Bananarama returns

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I’m starting to think that there are more unitaskers made for bananas than for any other purpose. We’ve certainly featured a number of them on Unclutterer.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 George Washington: Simplicity seekerGeorge Washington’s biography is a nice reminder that the problems and aggravations we face currently, and our desire for a more simple life, are often very similar to those experienced by the people who lived before us. 2009 Unclutterer article in latest issue of Real Simple magazineIn the article “10 ways to let go of your stuff,” I s

Your Grandpa’s Hair Products: 5 Old-School Hair Grooms to Give You That Cary Grant Shine

So you’ve decided to upgrade your hairstyle from your boyish, middle school spiky in the front get-up to a manly Mad Men haircut with a nice taper and a sharp, crisp part. Bully for you!

Cute bulletin board

Materials: IKEA Tyst placemats Description: I wanted a very large cork bulletin board for my new workstation, but they are so ugly! Plus a large one is expensive. I bought these Tyst cork placemats which proved to be much cheaper ($10 for two 4-packs). And much cuter! 1. Paint the backside of the cork - I mixed colors to match a rug in the room.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Gaming Site Update Edition

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working in collaboration with a friend on a site focused on board and card gaming, and I also promised to give you guys updates on any progress on the site. Unfortunately, my friend has made the decision to drop out of the project, mostly out of a desire to not have to commit to any sort of standard writing schedule.

Read Stuff You Don’t Understand

If you want to grow you must push yourself beyond where you are at. Sometimes this means reading material that you don’t completely understand.