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By Mark Shead

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7 Reasons Your Website Doesn’t Bring In New Clients As a freelancer, you count on your website as an important part of your marketing system.

Reader Story: Living on Less in Mexico

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric- Arrangement

Welcome back to our series on Classical Rhetoric. Today we’re continuing our five-part segment on the Five Canons of Rhetoric. Last time we discussed invention, which is essentially brainstorming and planning your speech or writing. In this installment, we’ll be exploring the canon of arrangement.

Modern dining room lightning

Materials: Löbbo, Hemma, scissors, knife Description: 3 small Löbbo shades were cut on the long side in small strips. These strips were stuck in small cuts I have pierced into one big Löbbo shade, that's it. It is quite a lot work, it looks best, when the pattern of the strips is rather irregular woven. I also used the non shiny side of the shade in the front - so it looks more natural.

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #7: Who Do You Love?

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. At the low point of my personal finance situation, I spent a long night sitting with my infant son in a dark room, wondering what would happen next.

Kitchen Island Beauty

Materials: Varde free standing cabinet Description: 1) Took the Varde cabinet (great organizer, looks tacky from the back).

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #8

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Vidal Sassoon on success and work This is a great little quote. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Half-pint Effektiv holds computer and subwoofer for media desk

Materials: Effektiv cabinet, custom birch plywood table top Description: Last year, we installed a large set of Effektiv cabinetry in the family room: shelving for games and books and drawers for videos and toys, etc. Two standard Effektiv wall cabinets across the middle created a 67" wide space for a desk, but Ikea has no good option for tables or desks 67" wide.

Ask the Readers: Best Non-U.S. Personal Finance Sites?

People are the same all around the world. Everyone struggles with the same things — including money. Because of this, financial advice from one country is generally applicable to other countries, as well. Sort of. While general advice is easy to transfer from one culture to another, the specifics are often lost in translation. In the U.S., we have a Roth IRA.

How to Be Your Dad’s Boss in Five Years

If you want to excel in your career path to the point that you pass even your dad, who has obviously spent a few extra decades in the job field, work will be involved. It takes a whole lot of effort to move up so rapidly that you condense a few decades into a few years. Get ready for the role reversal, dad. But it’s not necessarily back-breaking work.

Burnout is Beautiful

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Melissa Gorzelanczyk of Peace & Projects. Everyone experiences burnout. Maybe you feel overworked, sick of your marriage or stressed about money. Maybe you’re living a daily cliché: one step forward, two steps back. Life can be tricky like that. Believe it or not, burnout can be a beautiful thing.

Lower the Bar.

I only saw it once, and I can't find it now online, alas, but I've never forgotten an old Saturday Night Live skit from many years ago. One of the characters, playing a frustrated swinger, says "Ladies, ladies, ladies!

Dinner With My Family #7: Spaghetti di Pesto alla Genovese

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I love Italian food.

Kitchen Fundamentals: How to Make a Whole Roasted Chicken

During my senior high school football season, my coach forced me to make the switch from linebacker to wingback. Initially, I was excited about being on the offensive side of the ball. Envisioning my name in print for scoring the winning touchdown in Saturday’s newspaper had quite the appeal.

The Happiest Day of a Dying Marine's Life

A few weeks ago, while packing up after a speaking program for a high school’s support staff, I had the privilege of chatting with one of the custodians. His name was Frank.Frank shared with me a story from his childhood, starring his father, a career Marine.