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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Bread-loaf Miter Box from Ikea cutting board

Materials: 1 $1.99 Ikea wood cutting board, 8 galvanized 1 1/2" Grabber screws, table saw, drill and countersink, drill/driver, wood putty, Workmate 400 workbench, carpenter's wood glue Description: I've been using our bread machine a lot recently, and wanted a miter box to help me cut thinner, more consistent slices.

How to Upsell Your Services as a Freelancer

Are you doing anything to develop your current clients into bigger clients?  Do you have a few small clients that you enjoy working with, but they aren’t giving you quite enough work to keep you busy?   You might think I spent a bit too long working under the golden arches, but I think it’s better, and easier, to develop the clients you like working with instead of finding new ones.

Unitasker Wednesday: Vegetable and Fruit Savers

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There must be a large contingency of people in the world who loathe using basic square and round food storage containers because there are an insane amount of products dedicated to very specific food storage needs.

Mastering recurring responsibilities

In our home, there are responsibilities that have to be completed multiple times each week — and some, each day — to keep clutter from spinning out of control. Laundry and dishes are two of these responsibilities that apply to most homes.

Composed in delirious time

On Music & Schumann: "To put it rather bluntly, normal people do not compose."

The Unconventional Guide to Freelancing

An unconventional guide for those freelancers getting serious about building a sustainable business model.

The Rewards of Frugality and Thrift (or, Why We Scrimp and Save)

In which the Get Rich Slowly blog advises buying based on your goals and values, not out of habit.

Stop Chasing Success. Seek Significance.

Unlike financial success, significance doesn't ebb with the economy, or stop growing when you aren't working.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Deck of ChoresIf you’re a parent with elementary age children and you’re looking for ways to encourage helping out around the house, check out the Deck of Chores. 10 uncluttering things to do every daySmall things you can do every day to keep your clutter under control. Is it a collection or clutter?Marc Sotkin asks the question of whether the stuff you’re storing in your h

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Link Choice Edition

A fellow blogger wrote to me asking me how I go about choosing the articles I include in my weekly roundup each week. What I basically do is read a lot of blogs and news sites throughout the week (including ones that bloggers send to me) and bookmark articles that made me think.

Permalancing: Full Time Freelancing with a Client

A growing trend for some companies is to hire freelancers for a full 40 hours (or occasionally more) per week.

Bali Dispatch #2: Eat, Pray, Spasm, Pray Some More, Move

It’s 10:20 on a gorgeous Bali morning, our second real day here…as I write this dispatch from my bed. Not because I want to. But, because I can’t move… See, here’s the thing. I love my new Ogio Epic pack.

Ãnga cabinet sideboard

Materials: Ãnga two compartment cabinet, Capita legs, Rubrik cabinet door Description: My roommate and I were looking for something to use as a sideboard in a space in our dining room, and obviously wanted to go the Ikea route to flow with the rest of our apartment, but were having some troubles. We wanted something that would provide lots of storage but wouldn't be too big depth-wise.

How to Safeguard Your Social Security Number

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. In articles about how to prevent identity theft, I’ve often read that one should never give out his or her social security number (SSN) unless absolutely necessary. That sounds like good common sense.

7 Steps to Creating a Successful Online Business

We all want to create a passive online business that allows us to travel the world, sip drinks on the beach and enjoy life to its fullest. But does that reality exist? Is it possible to create a successful online business that practically runs itself?