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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #52

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Little brown packages tied up with string… … these are a few of my favorite things. I absolutely love presents wrapped in brown paper and decorated in a handmade fashion.

Philippe Starck Thinks Deep on Design, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Philippe Starck Thinks Deep on Design by Philippe Starck.

Spray-painting Ikea Kassett Boxes

Materials: Kassett boxes, school glue, paint brush, and spray paint Description: -If needed, remove metal fasteners and label holder from the bottom of the box and flatten it out to be spray painted. -Prepare the lid to be painted by using school glue and a paint brush to brush glue on the metal parts of the lid.

Active versus Passive Relationships: Which Type Do You Have?

How do you relate to others? Is it through talking, games, work, or is it something else? One of my worst habits in life is being shy. I’m wasn’t naturally attracted to meet with others. It wasn’t because I didn’t like people. It was because of my fear of how people would react.

Slim Besta Entertainment Unit

Materials: BESTA, INREDA Pull-out frame, INREDA Shelf insert, SNUDDA, Hole borer drill bit Description: Main objective was to minimise space of all my entertainment equipment.

Art of Manliness: Best of 2011

Merry Christmas! Kate and I will be taking the coming week off to spend time with family and reboot before the new year. So we won’t be publishing anything new on the site until January.

iPepiter, laptopless music sheet reader

Materials: Brada laptop stand, camera mount, camera tripod Description: The kids started learning music, so a music stand soon comes in handy. Yet another single-use tool to stroll around our small house, that looks like some of the other single-use tools that already stroll(ed) around.

How to Find Good Stuff at Goodwill (and Other Secondhand Stores)

I’ve mentioned quite often that I tend to shop at Goodwill/consignment shops/secondhand stores for various items. Whenever I mention this, I tend to get a bunch of responses along the lines of this message from Tessa: How do you find anything good at Goodwill? Whenever I go into one, all I find is a lot of junk.

Expedit storage bed

Materials: Expedit shelving unit, Sultan Lade Description: I used 5 Expedit shelves as the base, arranged so that there were no gaps along the 2 exposed sides. I built a bed box for the top by cutting planks into boards 6"x77.75" (2 each) and 6"x40" (2 each). The boards for the bed box were held together with screws through the end and corner braces on the inside.

Give Yourself a Raise in 2012

I really liked this article on Mashable.com’s business page about giving yourself a raise in 2012. With the economy being what it is (and has been), the thought of raising your freelancing rates might make your heart rate increase and sweat collect on your forehead. Before you go ballistic, ask yourself this question: when was the last time you adjusted your rates?

12 Tips For Beating the Social Overeating Habit

Post written by Leo Babauta. While I’ve learned to eat much healthier over the last six or seven years, one of my biggest challenges has been overeating on social occasions. There are holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there are many more: my kids’ birthday parties, going out to dinner with my wife Eva, get-togethers with friends, social gatherings of business colleagues, dr

Besta Media Center

Materials: Besta Description: This hack was in response to the undesirable look of the Besta tv cabinets. I built a frame out of 1x4 pine, painted it to match the brown Besta units, then mounted doors as cover panels. Even though my current TV would have fit in the normal Besta cabinet (40" Samsung), I like the look of this a whole lot more.

A Moment of Serendipity

Lately, there have been lots of stories of people blessed with opportunity using that newfound wealth to help others. A Minnesota farmer gave most of his estate to his hometown, totaling about $3 million. A person in Ohio paid off $8,800 in WalMart layway accounts anonymously. Another “Secret Santa” in North Carolina made a similar move, paying off layway accounts there. These types of

How “Anchoring” Sways Your Decisions

This is a post from staff writer April Dykman. My favorite places to shop are sites like 6pm.com and Last Call Neiman Marcus. I like the idea of buying a $400 dress for $80 because I get better quality for a good price.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: The Value of Your Work and Invoicing Software

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at showing your clients the value of your work and invoice software. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.