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By Glen Stansberry

Cheap Ways to Relieve Your Aching Back

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. How’s your posture right now?

When The Project Is Over – Billing and Actually Getting Paid

Here’s the deal. Sure, we love freelancing and what we do. But, we do this stuff for money. Dough. Moolah. We are authentic businesses after all. We provide a valuable service and deserve to be paid for our labors.

10 Ways to Find More Hours in Your Day

We all wish we had just a bit more time.Just think what you could do with an extra hour or two each day: you could finally stick to an exercise routine, or spring-clean the house, or write your novel, or learn the guitar, or get a new qualification.I can’t magically make all your days 25 hours long.

7 Ultimate Ways to Build Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is the strand of confidence which exclusively deals with the self-assuredness in one’s personal judgment, ability, and power.

16 Manly Last Words

We’ve always been intrigued by the last words of others. What did a person use his final mortal breaths to utter? What were they thinking about? Were they scared as they glimpsed the great beyond?

Take Back Creative Control: Introducing the New Behance

We're thrilled to introduce an all-new version of the Behance Network, with enhanced features that give you even more creative control.

Utliize Community Resources (78/365)

This past weekend, Sarah and I went on a long walk in the woods at a state park, checked out the restored birthplace of President Herbert Hoover, ate a picnic meal in a beautiful grove, found a bunch of Devonian-era fossils, and played with our children on a playground. Our total cost for all of this – minus the food we brought ourselves – was nothing.

Deep Beauty Dish for flash photography

Materials: Foto (discontinued lamp shade), - vice grip/ clamps - hammer - drill & drill bit set - hack saw - metal cutting snip (offset cutter) - Grinder power tool (to cut metal ). wrench, ratchet set, hammer, vice grip, drill, hacksaw, metal cutting snip.

"I Put Off Making Difficult Phone Calls."

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader.

Expedit in the Closet, with half-shelf inserts

Materials: Expedit 2x4, Expedit inserts Description: This is a hack inspired by a previous hack, and adapted for my use. I put a 2x4 Expedit in my closet as a shelf support and to contain my shoes and folded clothes. But the Expedit cubes are so tall and deep, one could only stack so many sweaters before they start falling and looking messy.

Managing active files and papers

I’ve been having an email exchange this morning with a woman who is looking to keep her desk organized while she works, which is especially difficult because she has a significant amount of physical paperwork she has to manage. She works in human resources and paperwork is unavoidable in her position.

"Spend Out, To Become Rich."

Further Secrets of Adulthood, this one related to my somewhat cryptic Personal Commandment to Spend out:

How Kids Fit Into Your Freelance Life: Part 2

Rachel Bell's three children. Working from home and caring for your children is a power struggle. Many stay at home freelancers want to be there for their children but also want to be their for their clients. It’s a delicate balancing act that can go on for years. Many starry-eyed new parents think that working from home will solve all of their childcare problems.

Wardrobe from HEMNES Glass Door Cabinet

Materials: HEMNES 10176268 Glass Door Cabinet, plumbing hardware Description: My office is outfitted with HEMNES bookcases, glass door cabinets, and a HEMNES dresser as a TV stand. Without a closet, I needed a place to hang a jacket and to keep a spare outfit. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Reader Mailbag: Trail Walking

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. Frugal meal tip 2. Picnic planning 3. Roof repairs and homeowners insurance 4. Maternity leave challenges 5. Tax blues 6. Saving on phone service 7. Retirement savings and deductions 8.