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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil

I just received an email from a concerned friend of mine who had never read The Simple Dollar before. I asked for permission to share this part of the email with you (with just a touch of editing). I can’t believe you’re actually using your life and your energy and your mind talking about money and encouraging other people to accumulate money. Money is the root of all evil.

Udden Stainless Steel Fireplace Wall

Materials: (5) Udden panels, Stainless Steel Screws, Wall Anchors, finishing nails, trim lumber (about 1/2" thick) , saw, wood stain, laser level, wall fireplace unit Description: I had originally purchased some Udden backsplash panels for our kitchen, before realizing they had to be attached to a specific Udden cabinet which I did not have.

The Ultimate Partnership Guide for Freelancers

Credit: Pressmaster on Photodune “Should I work alone, or find a partner?” There are some compelling reasons to find a partner: a complimentary skill-set, and an extra pair of eyes and hands, not to mention that it isn’t nearly as much fun to work alone. On the other hand, there are some fairly compelling reasons NOT to find a partner: they get half of your business, you won’t alwa

Disatisfied Customer? Make an Effective Complaint

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about how pineapple pops can prevent heatstroke. I’ve often heard that there are two kinds of customers, those who will complain and those who won’t. The ones who complain are better for a company because they’re more likely to stick around if the company can successfully resolve their issue.

How To Develop What’s Going On ‘In Your ‘ead’

‘Such as are thy habitual thoughts will be the character of the mind, for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.’ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus I recently heard the statement – ‘It’s all in your ‘ead!’ These five words contain an incredible amount of powerful information, which once understood and applied, can transform your life. For it is what’s happening within our head that will determ

A Manly Handshake: An Illustrated Guide

Illustration by Ted Slampyak EMBED THIS GRAPHIC ON YOUR SITE: For awhile now I’ve been wanting to incorporate a more visual element into the Art of Manliness, but I have no artistic talent whatsoever. But lucky for us, former So You Want My Job interviewee Ted Slampyak does. Ted’s a super-talented illustrator based out of Albuquerque, NM (Go Isotopes!).

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Coupon Clipping

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Modern Soundbar

Materials: TOWEL HOLDER Description: Everything in pick is from Ikea. This is my office which has now turned into a fun room sorta. I was looking for a small shelf to place my Polk Audio Soundbar above my tv but looked and looked and nutn. Figured I'd go to IKEA.

The 5 Principles of a Profound Workday

‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.’ ~Laozi Post written by Leo Babauta. Let us toss out all we know for a moment. Toss notions of productivity, time management, efficiency, and the bottom line. Empty our workdays of all we’ve packed them with, and sit still with an empty room. What should we put in this room?

Don’t let fear clutter up the life of your dreams

Yesterday, my grandmother turned 102. The two of us have been close my entire life, and it doesn’t surprise me that she’s still alive. She has always been a rule breaker (she has traveled the globe alone, went straight to business school after graduating high school, and established her career path before she got married at 30, which was rare for a woman in the Depression-era 1930s).

Berry and Coke

Materials: 1x Lingon Berry Juice 1x Coke Description: Ok, so I know this is not a "hack" in the traditional sense of the word, but I feel this needs to be discussed. So when I go to Ikea, first I have my meatballs (just like I know all of you do as well, come on admit it).

Reader Mailbag: Painting Figures

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. Following other blogs 2. Unrealized losses and 401(k) rollovers 3. Multiple rewards cards 4. Spouses and frugality 5. Inheritance and financial aid 6. Handling a non-paying roommate 7.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, August

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Social Proof

Social proof is a powerful trigger, and it’s often overlooked by many. If a restaurant waiting list is hours long, odds are there’s a good reason. Why else would people waste time and stand in line if the food wasn’t great? The online version of social proof is a bit more nuanced. There are tons of ways to attract and showcase proof that people actually appreciate your stuff.

7 Powerful Tips To Becoming a Better Listener

When people speak, do you listen? How much of what's communicated do you internalize? Recently, I was talking to someone who was not very present in the conversation.