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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

SKUBB Portable Baby Bed

Materials: SKUBB Storage case Description: My wife and I had been looking around for a baby bed that can be placed on the window ledge of our bedroom so that our newborn can sleep with us at night. Sleeping on our bed is a dangerous preposition as I tend to roll around in my sleep.

Freelance Freedom #238: Holiday 2011 Jingle

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

Stuva Malad monitor stand

Materials: Stuva Malad, 2x Ekby Stodis Description: Being a student I really needed a desk but on the cheap. So I got a cheap Micke desk and realized there wasn't enough room for my laptop, my monitor, keyboard, etc ... Click to read the rest of the post >>

November resolution wrap up and introduction of December’s goal

November’s resolution was to take one complete day off from work. Until November, I had not taken a full day away from work since August 2008.

Brave New (Upcycled) Billy

Materials: Billy Bookshelves, Faktum Kitchen Cabinets, Leksvik Coat Hanger, Lidingö Kitchen Cabinet Doors, various wooden trimmings and additional board Description: Follow my 10 steps if you feel like upcycling your old Billies instead of tossing them! Now, lets get hacking! Click to read the rest of the post >>

22 Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Freelancers

Santa will be going down the chimney soon. We’re running out of time to give those perfect gifts to freelancers. Shipping will only get more expensive as we get closer to the big present opening morning. The clock is ticking and the days are running down.

7 Ways to Ask for Testimonials

When someone says something nice about your freelancing abilities, that statement can bring you thousands more in new business.

Reader Mailbag: The Big Christmas Run-Up

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. Retiring at age 50 2. Return to work or not? 3. Handling an inheritance 4. Christmas games 5. Money and relationships 6. Housing predicament 7. Pie options 8. 40/30/30 question 9. Wanting frugal gifts 10.

Cat Protector

Materials: LINDMON jalousie, flat ribbon Description: Winter time is coming and the garden plants had to move into the house. But this year we're having a cat, too, and despite a climbing tree I installed between cellar and basement, the cocos palm that got its winter home in our living room was too tempting for our cat.

Learn More About Money from an Investment Group

I love to learn. That’s part of what makes me who I am. And so I spend large chunks of time pursuing passions like astronomy and Spanish…and investing. Sometimes I’m asked if I have a method for picking up new skills and new knowledge. “Not really,” I say.

Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?

You want to get things done. You're keen to be efficient and effective. "Productivity" is your favorite word – and you're working really hard at it. The problem is, if you're going about being productive the wrong way, you might just be setting yourself up to fail.These are seven common mistakes that people make when they're trying to be more productive.

25 Ways to Make This the Best Christmas Season Ever

The holidays can be stressful. Your to-do list has suddenly quadrupled. You may be spending more money than you intended. Perhaps you are entertaining house guests, hosting a party, or traveling.

How to “Age” Your Wine 5 Years in 20 Seconds: Hyperdecanting

(Photo credit: Oandu) Wine tends to attract a lot of snobs who use bad French to ruin things. Done at the dinner table, a brutal technique called “hyperdecanting” will appall that muppet with the popped collar on his polo shirt. It will also make your wine delicious, and make you a hero to everyone who wants to punch him in his smug little face.

Facebook's Ben Barry On How To Hack Your Job

We talk to the founder of Facebook's "Analog Research Laboratory" about taking initiative, carving out a niche, and building the job you want.

Large Format Media Solution

Materials: EXPEDIT, BESTA, CAPITA,VIKA AMON Description: I love IKEA's TV Stand selection. Very simple, functional, and inexpensive... At least for the smaller Home Theaters out there. For those of us with larger TV's, speakers, gaming systems, set-top boxes, etc.