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Get Rich Slowly

By J.D. Roth

Minimalism, Frugality, and Confrontation

As you might recall, last Sunday, I reviewed a book I quite liked entitled The Joy of Less by Francine Jay, who blogs over at the quite enjoyable miss minimalist. My book review got the attention of several more popular blogs, including Lifehacker, which chose to link to one of Jay’s more intriguing posts, 100 Things I Don’t Own.

Are You Freelance or Self-Employed?

One of the great things about having a spouse that works in the corporate world is the support you may receive, financially and emotionally.  One of the worst things about having a spouse in the corporate world is the support you may have to give, which sometimes includes being present at corporate social gatherings.  And this is the situation I found myself in the other day. I enjoy talking wit

Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?

Have you ever fallen into a black hole of comparison shopping? You’re looking for the perfect new digital camera, for instance. You head over to Cnet.com and read some reviews of various cameras, watch the video demos, identify the model you want. Then perhaps you employ Google’s shopping search to price out the options and find the best deal.

Make every dollar count!

Materials: Stolmen. and pax doors Description: I saved over $300 and got more space for storage. ~ Mark, San Francisco

Women in Industrial Design: Where My Ladies At?

GOOD Magazine comments on the disparity in this field.

Life in a Box

Fascinating piece - space exploration is really an exploration of what it means to be human. Mary Roach speaks.

Peer Pressure Works on Billionaires Too

Over 300 of them have signed "The Giving Pledge," thanks to a little encouragement (or prodding) from Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

The multitasking sleeper chair

The latest DWR catalog arrived in the mail yesterday, and the Soto sleeper chair instantly caught my attention: After looking at the picture, I spotted the chair’s $3,300 price tag and quickly closed the catalog.

"Decide What You Want or Need to Do, and Then Do It With All Your Power."

Happiness interview with Chris Yeh. I was e-introduced to Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Chris Yeh by my online-then-real-life friend Jackie Danicki. Chris has been building Internet businesses since 1995 (which, if I recall correctly, was about the time that I actually used the Internet for the first time).

Reader Mailbag: Iowa Flood Waters

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. Optimizing cash flow 2. Getting past the “acquaintance” phase 3. 529 for another child 4. The cost of saving coins 5. IRAs at fairly high income 6. Student loan or not? 7.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #17: Becoming a Web Designer, Tough Clients

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at client horror stories that make a freelancer’s blood run cold. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

The Real Secret to Freelance Success

Why do so many freelancers fail while others who face even greater obstacles succeed? Is it natural talent? Is it hard work? Is it sheer persistence? I find these questions absolutely fascinating.

Fear And The Art of Creation

Earlier this year, Chris Guillebeau and I had the pleasure of sharing some thoughts about being fearless at the TEDx conference at Carnegie Mellon.

Go big or go home?

Most children, if asked to draw the house they’ll live in as an adult, will sketch a home resembling a bloated Graceland or Cinderella’s castle. A rare child might draw something akin to Skylab, but rarely will you see a home that is an apartment or small cottage.

Life After Debt: What It’s Like in the Third Stage of Personal Finance

I paid off the last of my debt in 2007, quit my day job in 2008, and have been working to build wealth ever since. As I wrote early last year, I’m in the Third Stage of personal finance: I’ve paid off my debt, built a cash cushion in savings, and am maxing out my retirement accounts. And after doing all of these things, I have money left over to spend on comic books and travel.