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By Brett Kelly

Beyond Business: Making Quality Creative Time

One of the things that is so hard for creatives to do—despite their talents—is simply to create. For people who have turned their passion into a full-fledged creative business, they can be so caught up in administrative tasks, completing projects and meeting deadlines, that their creativity depletes fast.

Blogging as a Business: The Next GRS Project?

Man, you guys are full of good ideas. When I put out the call for story requests on Thursday, you came through with over 150 suggestions. And some of them are stellar. I’ll get to work on some of these, farm some out to guest authors, and see if the staff writers want to take a stab at a few.

It’s a table! It’s a desk! It’s a table …

There is a new addition in Ikea’s Vika build-your-own-table series that is wonderful for people who live in small spaces. The Vika Veine begins as a small table, perfect for all your small table needs: but then transforms into a really great office for a laptop user: The Vika Veine comes in white and a black-brown and works with the VIKA table legs.

Want Some Tools To Boost Happiness? Try the Happiness Project Toolbox.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Summer Meal Series #7: Tuna, Vegetable, and Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. I love tuna. It’s a wonderfully light fish with a distinctive flavor that works well in summer meals.

Billy Dollcase

Materials: Billy 3' bookcase Description: 1. Buy a 90cm x 90cm Billy bookcase, and buy a few spare shelves (or find them on a nature-strip like I did.) 2. Cut some of the spare shelves to fit vertically between the original bookcase shelves, and set them there with double-sided mounting tape. 3.

What Was Your Biggest Success?

I’m in the process of updating my portfolio (ok – technically I’m creating one, but that counts as an update, right?) As I was reviewing my client list I started to think about each of the projects, and I thought it might be interesting to hear about yours.  One of my favorite things about FreelanceSwitch is you can chat with someone that understands what you are going through.  My wife i

Ask Unclutterer: Getting rid of knives

Reader Sarah submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: The consolidation of knives between my boyfriend and I has some undesirables. I would like to get rid of them but am not sure how. Also, what is the best way to transport? Thanks so much. You have a few options when getting rid of knives.

Getting Things Done: Five Key Things

This is the final entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen.

Get Your Mailbag Questions in For Freelance Radio’s Finale

It’s been a great three years and an excellent 45 episodes of Freelance Radio, but all good things must come to an end. Freelance Radio’s next episode is going to be its last.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #15: Write-Offs, Alternatives to Cold Calling

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at free work and taxes and how to pitch to restaurants. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that aims to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

The Writing Marathon, or How to Get New Ideas When You’ve Reached the End of Your Thinking

This week’s Friday guest contributor is positioning and creativity guru and blogger, Mark Levy of Levy Innovation, who’s also a friend and author of the newly-expanded, and re-subtitled bestseller, Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content. ++++ In the past few days I’ve talked with a dozen smart people who create content for a living.

Pimp my PUGG (clock)!

Materials: Ikea PUGG clock, spray paint, plastic bags/scrap paper Description: After re-doing our bedroom with some major punches of color, I found myself longing for something a little more swanky to tell me the time. Our basic Ikea PUGG just wasn't cutting it. A simple face lift turned it from office-boring to designer-slick!

Workspace of the Week: Cable cleanup

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Kraemer’s media center cord control: Okay, so this week’s selection isn’t necessarily an office, but it is a beautiful example of cable management. By using hardboard pegboard and plastic cable ties (which are insanely reasonably priced at less than $4.00 for 100), Kraemer turned a possible rat’s nest of cables into a work of art.

Ask the Readers: Which Credit Cards Do You Use — and Why?

I’m always reluctant to cover credit cards here at Get Rich Slowly. There are other sites that do it better. Besides, I’m still not wholly convinced they’re a good idea. Plus, my wife — who is always right — told me the other day, “I don’t like it when you write about credit cards.