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By Tim Ferriss

Freelancing On-the-go: Wi-Fi Wireless Woes

Credit: @Saigon on Flickr As I sit here in the Melbourne Airport, it’s starting to dawn on me that I’ve been looking at travel and freelancing with decidedly rose-colored glasses. Up to this point I have always thought that working while on the move was a relatively simple thing.

Pallbo fusion: double Pallbo storage box

Materials: Pallbo footstools, Fredrika fabric Description: Lisa and I had a couple of Pallbo footstools laying around the house. Pallbo is nice, but is a big waste of space. Surfing the Web I came across this page. I had some scrap wood in the basement, so I decided to merge the two to obtain a bigger upholstered chest to store some blankets.

Ask the Readers: How to Talk to Friends and Family About Money?

Last spring, Andy submitted a question he hoped readers could help him with. I promised I’d post it…and then went to Alaska for ten days and forgot. Well, Andy’s a patient man. And persistent.

Evolving Workplace Productivity: 5 Workstyle Tips From Start-Ups

It's time to get out with the old workplace, and in with the new. Tips on video streaming, flexible schedules, roving meetings, and condensing communications.

Making Homemade Yogurt

Yep, you read that right. Homemade yogurt, in our crock pot. Of course, before we get started, it’s worth noting that I’m sharing something we do routinely in our own home, and if you choose to do this in your own home, I assume no liability over the results.

Ring Display

Materials: Bolmen Description: Seen at a Store in Central Train Station Bremen/Germany. The Bolmen Ring Displays can be stacked and stored on less space. The Rings are protected against burglary with cables running through drilled holes. The holes are matching the pattern of the Bolmen step. ~ Tim, Germany

"Doing Things That Scare Me Can Make Me Both Happy and Unhappy, and the Line is Often Surprising."

Happiness interview: Janine DiTullio. Last week, I went to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas.

Getting your garage and sporting equipment ready for summer

Although the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has me wanting to spend time indoors, the sunny skies and 70 degree temperatures are tempting me to head outside.


Materials: KVART (wall spotlight), mixed media Description: Häxan is a composition of more or less used goods. Most of the things are found in various boxes and barns. The "KVART" wall spotlights were used for some months as they were meant to be used. Somehow me and my wife found them quite dull so I decided to refine them. ~ Marcus Gustafsson, Sweden

Hero Training: The Pulling to Safety Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

Open Thread: Does Education Matter for Freelancers?

photo credit: sansreproache/flickr Rockable Press recently shared some statistics from their up-coming freelancing book, Freelance Confidential, with their mailing list. The book includes results from the survey conducted here at FreelanceSwitch a few months ago that polled 3,200 freelancers on every aspect of their work.

Reader Mailbag: Absence

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. Banking troubles 2. Getting rid of a timeshare 3. Scholarships and taxes 4. Housing money for the future 5. Loan arrangement question 6. Where should we keep savings? 7. Wanting to be a parent 8.

Mythic Star Lack table

Materials: -LACK table: 1 white and 1 black -adhesive paper, black and white design and model-cutter -hook Description: Cut the different parts of the design and position on the floor, mount one leg of a different color to the table at the drawing. If you remove the legs and fix a hook, you get two decorative panels to be put on the wall. ~ Irene Vergnano, Roma Italy

Top 12 iPhone Apps That'll Increase Your Productivity

The best thing about iPhone is the incredible world of apps its users can access and use. But it's easy to get lost in those hundreds of thousands of apps. That means finding the right apps to enhance your productivity could in itself be an immensely unproductive exercise if you don't know what you are looking for.Thankfully, you've got Dumb Little Man and myself to lean upon.

The Benefits of a Business Checking Account

Credit: Arjun Kartha on sxc.hu As a freelancer, it’s incredibly tempting to do everything as cheaply as you can — especially when you’re first starting out.