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By Brett Kelly

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Iowa Politicking Edition

One very interesting part of living in Iowa (a facet that I imagine is really only shared with residents of New Hampshire) is the huge amount of political gamesmanship that goes on in this state for the six months or so before a presidential caucus. Because Iowa is the first state in the nation to have a presidential caucus, presidential candidates descend on Iowa like locusts.

Freelance Help, 100+ Tips on Creating an Effective Online Portfolio

Online portfolios are one of a freelancer’s greatest marketing tools. You can reference it in your business cards, promotional campaigns, email signatures, and clients can find you on their own through search engines – generating you new business. Your portfolio is the face of your business and needs to communicate well on its own online.

7 Simple Steps to Becoming Well-Read

One of the most common personal development resolutions is to read more. Reading is a great way to fire up your brain, increase your vocabulary, gain a richer understanding of your own or other cultures, and enjoy some good stories to boot! So what’s holding you back?

Proven Solutions to Freelance Income Fluctuation

Credit: SimpleFoto on Photodune If you’re a freelancer, you probably know the Lumpy Income Blues by heart. You know how it goes: One month, your income is $10,000. That’s a five-figure income! In just one month! Wow! At last you’re one of those people profiled in The Wealthy Freelancer! Then, in the next month, where did all those lucrative clients go?

Drilling machine table

Materials: BEKVAM and ERIK Description: Just build the Bekvam table and don't put in the middle shelf. For better stability in future I used steel "L" profiles in corners. You can buy them certainly in any hardware store. And I also "reinforced" the sides of the table with OSB boards. So it should stay stable enough in future as well.

Why I Love the Megabus: A Closer Look at a Seldom-Used (but Cheap!) Way to Travel

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I’m in the middle of a month-long trip to the East Coast: a little work, but mostly tourism.

Donkey, Mule and Garden Hoses

 A MULETEER set forth on a journey, driving before him an Donkey and a Mule, both well laden.  The Donkey, as long as he traveled along the plain, carried his load with ease, but when he began to ascend the steep path of the mountain, felt his load to be more than he could bear.

How To Make Friends – or At Least Think About It More Clearly.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Two lists about making new friends.

The Purpose of Adversity

It’s all over the news. You can’t avoid it. No matter how much we try to deny it… The world is coming to an end. (Play eerie music here) Just this year alone we have had a prediction about the end of the world or rapture. The U.S. Government has been downgraded by S&P. Greece and Spain are in utter disarray.

App Inventor

If you want to make applications for your android phone, but don’t know how to code, checkout App Inventor. It is kind of like Apple Automator, but for Android devices. It is getting a lot of use in education, but looks like it could be useful for anyone who wants to be able to do something automatically on their phone. Business minded?

Custom computer desk for whining husband

Materials: Expedit bookcase 2X2, Micke desks Description: My loving husband was annoying me to get a bookcase to place his precious books in our office, nothing a quick trip to our local IKEA can't solve! We already had the MICKE double desk, so i bought a second one but the small one, and only assembled the top and left side (no drawer).

Five Years of Envato

It’s kinda crazy to think, but our little internet startup, Envato, has been on the air now for five years. We started back in 2006 as four very enthusiastic and totally green entrepreneurs with a shoestring budget and a love of the web.

Conversation with Pro Photographer Chase Jarvis: Creating a Life of Creativity, Income, and Sweaty Palms

I first met Chase Jarvis at a Summit Series dinner in Washington, DC. It was sensory overload from the beginning: Olivia Munn was seated on my left, Mark Cuban was across the table, and everyone was drinking too much wine.

Fix Broken Meetings With Better Invites

Are you ready to banish mediocre meetings? Start by telling your participants what's at stake, and why you need their unique skills.

"Few Things Have So Much Effect On the Feeling Inside a Room as the Sun Shining Into It."

“The fact is that very few things have so much effect on the feeling inside a room as the sun shining into it.” -- Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language I've said it many times, and I'll say it again, I love A Pattern Language. * Someone once told me, "It's pretty rare to find a blogger who isn't what you'd expect from reading his or her blog," and I've found that to be true in most ca