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By Chanpory Rith

Put the “Buy Local” Movement to Work for Your Business

With summer drawing to an end and farmer’s markets bursting with produce, it’s easy to remember to buy local.  But the local movement can apply to much more than supporting local farmers.   Why not give your freelance career a ‘local’ push? Sure, one great part of freelancing is the ability to do work with any client, anywhere.

Bargain Shopping Gone Berserk!

This is a guest post from Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the host of the popular Til Debt Do U$ Part on CNBC (Saturday nights at 10 and 10:30). Gail is a columnist for Yahoo Canada, Chatelaine, and Zoomer Magazine and blogs daily at her website, where she also offers terrific tools people can use to dig themselves out of the hole. Gail’s latest book is Debt-Free Forever. Who doesn’t love a good sale?

Kitty Food and Bar

Materials: OMAR shelves, wine rack, basket Description: We need a raised feeding station for our younger cat's food to be separated from the older cat's food. With little extra space in the kitchen, I thought that it would be nice to have the furniture serve more than one purpose. That's when I got the idea to stack the OMAR wine shelves over a set of plain shelves.

The Best of the Business Blogs, September 2010

At the start of each month, we round up the best posts from the business network of blogs and directing you to them. Here’s the best of business in September, with articles from FreelanceSwitch and WorkAwesome. WorkAwesome How to Find the Work You Love WorkAwesome’s goal is to help its readers work and live better. In fact, the credo sits next to our title at the top of the site.

You Already Have the Life You Want

Here’s an idea: you already have the life you’ve always wanted. In fact, you’ve always had it. Confusing, I know. Most people don’t distinguish between the life that they actually want and the one they think they want. See what I mean?

Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on?

Experience Trumps Theory: Reviving the Apprenticeship Model

Once upon a time, we learned only by doing. A quality education meant finding an expert to take you under his or her wing. Whether you wanted to be a blacksmith or a shoemaker, the ultimate break was ultimately a relationship. In exchange, your capacity would be stretched. You would learn in real-time, soaking up the knowledge through trial and error.

Zen, Tea, and the Art of Life Management

This is a Zen-focused panel featuring Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, Susan O’Connell of San Francisco Zen Center, and yours truly. The content starts at tea, moves to daily rituals, and spans many topics related to good living and productive living, which are not always the same thing. It also answers the question: is Tim Ferriss really as organized as you think he is?

Experience Trumps Theory: Reviving the Apprenticeship Model

What's the best way to learn? To study what others have done? Or to plunge right in yourself? We think it's time to bring back the apprenticeship model.

Unconditional Love – A Story of Being Adopted

By Bud Hennekes It’s safe to say that one of the greatest feelings in the world comes from the warmth of being unconditionally loved. Whether that mean the love of your spouse or partner, or the connection you share with your mom or dad. Or even the loving bond between your siblings and friends. I’m extremely grateful for all the love that I’ve had in my young life.

The Value of Reducing Stress – And 12 DIY Tactics for Doing So

60% to 80% of job-related accidents are due to employee stress level. 90% of all diseases are caused by or exacerbated by stress. 60% to 90% of doctor visits are caused by or related to stress. To put it simply, stress is expensive. Very expensive. You pay in the form of lower energy, more illness, more medical visits and procedures, and, frankly, escapism, too.

Win More Projects on Job Boards

Many professional freelancers prefer to stay away from the largest job board sites–for good reason, as many sites have a reputation for low compensation or unscrupulous clients. However, there are still quite a few of us that find a good portion of our projects on these sites – or sites like them.

Upside-down billy bathroom wall cabinet

Materials: Ikea BILLY bookcase, scraps of plywood and hardwood, cordless drill/driver, various screws Description: We needed a tall, skinny wall cabinet above the toilet in our tiny bathroom. We could have used a kitchen cabinet but at the time the white BILLY bookcase was on sale for $20 and it was a much better size.

Video: Make Three New Friends.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- last month's theme was Family, and last week's resolution was to Acknowledge the reality of other people's feelings. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Billy Bookcase door hides furnace or closet or secret room.

Materials: 2 Billy Bookcases Description: My friend needed to hide a furnace in her basement office so I devised a hinged door out of Billy Bookcases.