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By Chanpory Rith

Announcing The Simple Dollar Personal Finance Seminar!

During the past month, I’ve been having some very casual discussions with an organization that handles the infrastructure of seminar programs for people who wish to run them.

How to Identify the Needs that Motivate Others

We are all motivated by unique desires, expectations, and interests, but there are still overarching tendencies and values people possess that impact their motivation.So, when it comes to motivating others, tapping into what they need and how they want to be treated is a key factor in making a connection and prompting action.

2011 GRS Video Contest Winners

Participation in the Get Rich Slowly video contest was down this year, which makes me a little sad, but the quality of the entries made up for it. In fact, the quality of the videos was so high this year that it was tough to pick a handful of winners. As a reminder, contestants could share videos in two categories for this contest: Success Stories and Personal Finance Tips.

Hol Cat Litter box with Sliding Top

Materials: Hol Storage Cube (Large), floor sliders, hardware, plastic cat box, mat, trash bag. Description: OK folks, just like a lot of cat litter solutions, this one is intended to: 1) Get that nasty box of Cat poop hidden: we live in Boston's Back Bay and have limited space in our wee little apartment.

Spotlight on Gisbert Van Ginkel, the very busy hacker

 "I seem to have a knack for floating stuff." I must admit I was a little more than curious about the person behind the mysterious initials - G.V.M - who kept sending in one awesome hack after another. I knew I had to do a spotlight on Gisbert, as I would later discover, the hacker behind the gorgeous pair of dress boys.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, May

Advertise here with BSA 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.

Reader Mailbag: Friendships

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. Car seats 2. Graduation and internship question 3. Condo financing questions 4. Roth IRA worries 5. End of the tunnel 6. Anxiety 7. PMI worries 8. Cost of living abroad 9. Second mortgage or renovation fund 10.

April resolution wrap up and an introduction of May’s resolution

The first three months of 2011 were extremely hectic, and in response I decided to declare April as a Super Simple Month. This was the right choice for me, and I embraced the austerity that came from this decision.

Business Strategy Fail: Save $300, Lose $20,000

Two years ago, I walked into a coffee shop in a suburb of NYC and grabbed a table in the sun to write for a few hours.Then, I noticed something odd happening.Every 30 minutes or so, one of the counter people had to leave the counter to go unlock the door on the men’s restroom.

Lantst lle vase pendant

Materials: LANTST LLE vase, DIMMA dimmer kit, swag chain, cord kit, Squirrel cage lightbulbs Description: I really like the look of the old edison bulbs in glass pendant lamps, but didn't want to spend a million dollars on buying two of them for my dining area, so I came up with this hack, using Lantst lle vases (They were in the seasonal tent for spring 2011, but aren't in the online catalog ye

Freelance Freedom #205: Memorable Invoicing

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How to Build a Better Budget

This article on building a better budget is the written version of a workshop I gave last week at a local public library. It refines material from several past posts on the subject. If I’d planned ahead, I could have used this for Financial Literacy Month in April. “A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” ~ John C.

4 Ways to Unlock Nature’s Secret for Limitless Growth

The large, maple tree that shades our house disperses whirly, helicopter seeds. From these seeds, trees grow almost anywhere, amongst flowers and between grape vines. Trees even weave in and out of metal fencing. Have you ever noticed how trees grow in spite of limits? A tree makes space for its roots and leaves, changing directions as needed.

The Art of Conversation: How to Avoid Conversational Narcissism

Last month I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever to have lunch. Having both read and written about how to be an effective and charismatic conversationalist, I followed the old dictum of listening more than talking and asking the other person engaging questions about themselves. This is supposed to charm your conversation partner.

Required Reading: Techno Life Skills, 50 Things, Realistic Optimism & Radiolab

A roundup of tips on navigating the techno-landscape, 50 things every idea maker should know, a behind-the-scenes on Radiolab's creative process, and more.