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By Mark Shead

Workspace of the Week: Stand up, sit down, work, work, work!

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Mushroom Princess’ dual function workspace: There are so many things to love about this week’s workspace feature. The most obvious is the way that it combines a standing height desk on the left with a sit-down space on the right.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Freelancing as a Programmer

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at freelancing as a programmer. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com. Question 1 I have some knowledge in HTML, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS.

Ask the Readers: Which Financial Products Do You Actually Use?

The financial blogging conference last week was great. My colleagues and I had a lot of thought-provoking discussions, not only in the planned sessions but also late at night in the hotel lobby. One of these impromptu chats focused on the financial products we actually use. Financial bloggers do a lot of product reviews. (I do them too, but I think they’re tedious.

The Power of Effortless Living

When I tell people I think life should be effortless, they usually laugh. They think I’m joking. Everyone knows life isn’t effortless, that getting things done and achieving anything worthwhile requires hard work, time and a lot of effort.

A Dose of Financial Reality

Anna writes in: I’m amazed at how many people who write into your mailbags have enormous student loan debts and mortgages.

Graphing Manliness

Everywhere you look, people are talking about men and manliness. Hanna Rosin argues that it’s “The End of Men,” Kay Hymowitz wonders “Where Have the Good Men Gone?

"One of the Most Unhappy Periods of My Life Led to My Happiest."

Happiness interview: Andy Borowitz. I'm a huge fan of writer and comedian Andy Borowitz, and a huge fan of humor, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on The 50 Funniest American Writers*: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion, a new collection that Andy edited for the Library of America(!). What a treat. I've always thought that funny writing doesn't get the respect it deserves.

Body By Ikea - Stolmen 200

Materials: 2 Stolmen Poles, 10 Stolmen Mounting Fixture Sets, 2 Stolmen Shelves, 1 Stolmen Hook, 1 Tower 200 Description: The Tower 200 was a great purchase for us, as it is "a complete home workout", and all you need is a door. The only problem was... we did not have a door to use. So we improvised.

Chinese drawers

Materials: Forhoja Description: I don't know how long I kept this piece instead of throwing it away. As I redesigned my hallway to a kind of 'New Asian Style', I had the idea to integrate this little wall-mounted chest. I painted it to the same colour shade, that I chose for the wall. Wall paint for the wall, acrylic paint for the chest, off course.

How to Dominate in a Kindle Economy

The publishing world is in mass-flux. While this is terrifies some writers, other entrepreneurial-minded writers and self-publishers are licking their chops.Sean Platt is one of them.

Reader Mailbag: Ankle Twist

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. Retirement savings on smaller income 2. Focusing on health 3. Digging through debts 4. Getting started in book publishing 5. Trading board games by mail 6. Repeat material 7. A cavalcade of problems 8.

Public Speaking – A Storytelling Odyssey

Credit: rmarinello on Photodune Earlier this year, I wrote an article about presenting at Ignite. To recap, Ignite is an event that happens in more than 100 cities worldwide on a regular basis.

How to Know When to Quit

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Before I became a full-time freelancer, I worked for a couple of different companies. Both times I started a new job, it started out exciting and fun. Great benefits! Cool perks! Interesting work! After a year or two, it got harder to get up in the morning and face an eight-hour day of doing whatever it was I was hired to do.

Are You Relaxing – Or Just Procrastinating?

It’s 6pm. You haven’t really accomplished anything today … but hey, you needed some time to relax. You took a long lunch and re-watched a couple of episodes of a TV show. You spent an hour or two in a coffee shop, flicking through a few newspapers. You updated Facebook and Twitter and Google+ … … so why do you feel stressed? Chances are, you weren’t really relaxing.

Ikea Floating Headboard from Kitchen cover panels

Materials: Perfekt Abstrakt High gloss grey panels, wood framing Description: I made this headboard from Ikea's high gloss kitchen panels. The panels come in 24x80" so I used 2 horizontally with one above the other so as to not have to cut and re-edgeband them.