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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Freelance Confidential – Review

From expert advice by members of the freelance community to hard cold numbers on what’s happening on the freelance scene from around the globe, Freelance Confidential tells all. FreelanceSwitch editor Amanda Hackwith uncovers the facts and myths about freelancing and reveals some of the numbers and tips that keep freelancers on the top of their game. The book is available from Rockable Press in

Save on Gas with Auto Maintenance

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I’m awful at maintaining my vehicles. Spectacularly bad. I have always relied on someone else to take care of oil changes, check tire pressure, and whatever else cars need to have done on a regular basis. When it rains, I congratulate myself for having washed the car. I’m not into cars, obviously — never have been.

Why You’re Not Reaching Your Goals (And What to Do About It)

What’s a million dollar idea worth? Not much. Unlike most things, the value of an idea is not inherent to the idea, but is a function of the owner of the idea. A cello in my hands is worth very little, but a cello in Yo-Yo Ma’s hands is worth millions. Why is that?

Effective Communication with Mindfulness

Photo by Lauren By Nadia Ballas-Ruta Have you ever had the experience while talking to someone where the person is really not listening to you? They act like they are but it is obvious that they aren’t.

Kitchen Fundamentals: The 6 Knives Every Man Should Have in His Kitchen (And How to Sharpen Them)

The people have spoken.  A big thanks to all of you for the outstanding comments from last month’s post.  An overwhelming majority responded that you would like more information regarding knives and knife skills.  Ask and you shall receive. I’ll save you from a long personal intro this time around and get straight to the point.  Cut and dry (pun intended).  However, I should mention that

“Beyond” Frugality

A few days ago, someone made the interesting comment that they’re “beyond frugality” in their personal finance journey. When I asked her what she meant by that, she made several comments along the lines of “focusing more on improving income” and “optimal use of time.” That phrase, “beyond frugality,” stuck in my head for the last few days.

Spare Change: Miscellaneous Flotch Edition

When I was in high school, my friend Sparky and I invented a new word: “flotch”. To us, flotch was just miscellaneous baggage, whether or physical or mental. In GRS parlance, it was Stuff.

Light in Malm bed

Materials: Malm king size bed, 2 lamps (as normally used in kitchens), screws, wire and switch Description: We had a baby and since we have to feed him at night we decided some "soft lighting" was needed in the bedroom. The idea was to install 2 lamps, as the ones normally used in kitchens under the bed structure with 2 screws per lamp. The wires go to a switch screwed in the back of the bed.

Crochet Grono Lamp

Materials: Grono lamp, cotton yarn, crochet needle Description: I just love my lamp even more now... it's very easy to do if you can crochet. It's based on this pattern. ~ Ólöf Lilja Eyþórsdóttir, Iceland

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, March

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Expedit Wine Rack

Materials: Any expedit, spare expedit shelves (or just any other wooden shelves), saw, paint Description: As I wanted a wine rack, but had no place left to put one, my eye turned to the Expedit I had in use as a room divider. Noticing how it might accommodate four bottles in a # design, I set out to make an Expedit style wine rack.

Reader Mailbag: Baseball Season

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. Inheritance concerns 2. Emergency fund size 3. Using Roth as emergency fund 4. Frugal odor elimination 5. Home warranty 6. Estimating child costs 7. Maxing out IRA contributions 8. Board games worth it? 9.

Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?

Last week, I shared an underground approach to turning ideas into products and revenue called licensing.

Pink Glittered Tovik Table and Vitamin Sushi Seat

Materials: Tovik, Vitamin, Paint, Glitter, Resin, Sherpa, Fleece, Thread Description: I wanted to fancy up my ikea work space with a little whimsy and sparkle! For the Vitamin stool I made a slipcover which looks like a sushi roll from sherpa to represent the rice with it's fabulous texture and appliqued fleece for the avacado, salmon and cucumber. The seaweed wrap is also black fleece.

Moving: Change of address notifications

Changing your address when you move can sometimes feel as exhausting as unloading a moving van full of boxes.