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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Reader Mailbag: More Fees

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. Switching jobs and retirement plans 2. Family corporations 3. Student loan question 4. Savings targets for singles 5. Television 6. Job switch 7. Finding speaking gigs 8. Same card, different rates 9.

Radiance and Fascination: The Zander Effect

Yesterday, I sat in an airplane hanger with 4,000 CEOs and thought leaders from around the world, listening to a line-up of world-class speakers. The event was the HSM World Business Forum. And I’ve had the privilege of “covering” it for the last 3 years as a blogger.Every year, I leave inspired beyond word.

How Much is Your Status as an Independent Contractor Worth?

Credit: MoneyBlogNewz on Flickr As a freelancer, you’re independent. No one can tell you what hours to work or where to be — provided you complete your work to your client’s satisfaction, you’re free as a bird. At least, that’s how the law works.

Halloween Spending: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about the wonders of goat-milk caramel. Recently staff writer Sierra Black wrote about ways to get financially prepared for the holiday season.

Besta Door Picture Frame

Materials: Besta Glass Cabinet Door, Pictures, Matting supplies, Picture Frame Hanging Brackets Description: I originally went on a journey to find a unique frame for myself to frame my college diploma on a budget. When I was looking in IKEA (I worked there at the time) I found that a Besta Door was the perfect size for both my diploma and tassel.

Thank You, Steve

Every blog I write, read or edit is on my Mac. Even though the word ‘impossible’ was never part of who you were, you will be Impossible to forget. PickTheBrain thanks you, Steve Jobs. Rest In Peace.  

How to Save a Marriage: 5 Steps

Photo by Shannon By Leigh Harris “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ~ Theodore Hesburgh In the past month I found out that three marriages of close friends are in trouble. When I heard about the first one, a husband who recently left his marriage, I cried. It seemed worse than death. With death there is love.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Reusing Ziploc Bags

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.

Become a God of Learning Your Trade

Post written by Leo Babauta. A lot of you are like me — trying to do what you love, and figuring out the best way to do that. It’s not always easy to do what you love, because: You aren’t sure you’re good at it. You don’t know if it will work. You don’t know if people will like it. You don’t know how to get better. You doubt your ability to succeed. You m

Lampan lamp as tulip-shaped speaker stand

Materials: 2 Lampan lamps $1, one 16 oz tub of lightweight spackling $9 Description: I had been looking forever for a vase or some sort of tulip-shaped base to elevate my shelf speakers and give them a mod look, and it didn't have to be white, because I could paint whatever I found. When I walked into Ikea and saw the Lampan lamp base for $7.99, in white, I bought 2 and gave it a shot.

Unitasker Wednesday: Wheelmate Laptop Steering Wheel Desk

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I have to confess — this week’s unitasker has more than one purpose.

Lack Table Upgrade

Materials: Ikea Lack Table, two straight hinges with screws, fabric, teddy bear stuffing, staple gun. Description: Using the two straight hinges connect the two tables together. You can place the hinges on the bottoms of the tables, but for a stronger support-place them on the sides of the table.

Doing it Every Day

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m a blunt object. I don’t get things right the first time, or even the 23rd. I’ve been writing in a journal every morning, and today I realized that I’ve almost made it exactly a year with this habit. Now, this is nothing earth-shattering for many. Many people have been journaling for years. But for me, it’s big.

Top 10 PDF Tools to Improve Your Document Workflow

Every freelancer works with tons of documents daily. We receive detailed business proposals, technical requirements, data sheets, specifications, portfolios, etc. The majority of these documents are PDF files. The popularity of the PDF format is easy to understand: it is readable on various devices, has pure content structure, and has limited editing options.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Quiet Edition

As I write this, I’m in a quiet room with all the lights off. I’ve been rocking my youngest child for more than an hour to get him to take a much-needed nap. He’s had an intestinal bug for the last three days and hasn’t slept comfortably during any of it. The room is so quiet that my fingers sound like drums on the keyboard. I can hear the hum of the fan on my laptop.