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By Trent Hamm

30 Inherently Useful Tools for Freelancers

Credit: David Mottram, Smashing Magazine Being a freelancer can sometimes feel like a solo venture into the unknown, an exciting but nevertheless daunting prospect!

An Interview with Thomas Stanley, Co-Author of “The Millionaire Next Door”

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. A while back, I mentioned the book The Millionaire Next Door to one of my colleagues at The Motley Fool. “That book changed my life,” she gushed.

How To Triple Your Productivity by Homer Simson

“Hey Miss ‘Doesn’t Find Me Sexually Attractive Anymore’, I Just Tripled My Productivity!” The sub-title of this post is taken from a classic episode of The Simpsons where Homer turns (more) obese and starts working from home.

Stop Chasing & Start Living

Photo by Kai Z Feng for Numéro magazine By Tina Su The day I got the news that I had won the good mood blogger contest, felt like winning the lottery.

Inside The Painter's Studio

A look at Joe Fig's incredible collection of interviews with Chuck Close, Dana Schutz, Ryan McGinness, and more in "Inside The Painter's Studio."

Muse Case Study: Guerrilla Drum-Making

Here are some links to the site: http://guerrilladrummaking.com http://guerrilladrummaking.com/blog http://twitter.com/drummaking And, here are the answers to the most challenging and easiest parts of making and launching the DVD. Bolded parts are the main answers. Easiest things: Since I already had the product idea and a ton of drum building experience, brainstorming the DVD was pretty effortle

Getting Creative with Budget Travel

This is a guest post from Rebecca Rosenfelt, founder of Inhabit Vacations, a curated travel site. She also blogs about creative approaches to real estate at Real Savvy Real Estate.

Video: Self-knowledge -- Do What You DO.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Self-knowledge. Last week’s resolution was to ask yourself: What do I envy? What do I lie about? Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #3: Block Your Cards

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. Once I had the credit cards out of my wallet, I found that I was forced to think about my purchases more carefully when I was out and about.

Crafting the Life You Want: Gathering Your Tools

Image from Shutterstock The Wear the Pants™ Project Content Series is sponsored by Dockers. Win $100K to finally do what you love. Enter now.    What’s this? Welcome back to our three part series on crafting the life you want.

EXPEDIT wardrobe with plants

Materials: Wxpedit, Dampa, Bigarra, Ikea plants Description: 1) Assemble 4x4 EXPEDIT with only one vertical row of shelves on the left and without the bottom. 2) Before adding the right vertical panel put in two screws that stand out half an inch to hold the DAMPA curtain rod. 3) Cut the rod to the right size, put it in place, add the right panel.

IKEA LACK Tables become wall art

Materials: 3 LACK side tables, at least 3 yards of fabric Description: My roommate and I were perusing IKEA and saw a nice wall art display at IKEA. The store display used actual frames of some kind. Problem was, IKEA didn't sell those types of frames in their store (I don't even know why they displayed those frames in the first place).

Four common obstacles to completing chores

Chores are tasks you don’t want to do. If you wanted to do them, you wouldn’t call them chores. Rather, you would refer to them as opportunities or entertainment or fun. Even though you don’t want to do chores, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them to help your life run more smoothly.

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #2: Cleanse Your Wallet or Purse

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well.

5 Items to Snap You Out of Your Daily Work Out Routine

This post is brought to you by Hyundai. Click here to learn more about the new 2011 Elantra. What’s this? Every man should strive to be fit. It’s not a matter of aesthetics or getting six pack abs. It’s about functional strength and the way a healthy body can affect every aspect of your life.