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By Mark Shead

Cool PC Apps: The Top 50 PC Applications for Freelancers

credit: Shutterstock Poor PC freelance users, we never get the love we deserve! So to help rectify that, I took some time to round up the best 50 PC apps that freelancers can use in their business, in no particular order.

Five simple uncluttering tasks

Returning to the office after a long holiday weekend can be rough and unproductive. Instead of staring off into space for 15 minutes, try these quick uncluttering techniques for your desk: Return it. Find all of the things in your office that don’t belong to you and go on a walkabout to return the items to your coworkers. Take it down.

What Should You Buy Used? What Should You Buy New?

Though the Get Rich Slowly community has expanded in the past couple of years, there are still a few folks who have been around since the beginning. It’s always a pleasure when one of them drops me a line.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #26: Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants with Elliot Katz

Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode I talk to Elliot Katz, author of the book Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants: Timeless Wisdom on Being a Man.

How to Create Your Own Real-World MBA – II

Brainstorming in Boulder, CO with a class of founders from TechStars, where I’ve been a mentor. After this particular trip, I ended up advising Graphic.ly. (Photo: Andrew Hyde) Disclaimer: nothing on this site is legal advice, and I am not an investing expert. This post is continued from Part I.

How to Have Good Luck

Photo by Nickolas Sushkevich By Nadia Ballas-Ruta Have you ever wondered why some people seem so lucky? There are numerous stories of actors who were discovered by being at the right place at the right time. Then there are stories of those who were able to take a small loan or investment and turn it into an empire. Such stories are part of popular culture and give us hope.

Diplomas – What to do with them?

Erin at Unclutterer posted an interesting reader question about what you should do with your diplomas.

Promises, Promises (To Yourself)

Connie writes in with a great question whose answer got far too long for the Mailbag: My biggest problem with money is that I lie to myself. I keep telling myself everything is going good and at first it is. Then I start slowly falling back into old habits but I keep telling myself everything is good.

The Key To An Effortless Life

A few months ago I had a toothache and so I went to see a dentist. He had a look at the problem and then knocked off a bit of my tooth and smoothed the rough edge down. I can feel it now as I’m writing this.

VASTLIG Topsy-Turvy style planter for $2

Materials: VASTLIG Description: This works best with younger plants, though I have transplanted full size plants into this upside-down configuration without too much problem. Tools: Scissors, plant, dirt, boxboard or cereal box-type material-(you can use felt too.) A pole for hanging your plant. 1.

Japanese Skala

Materials: Skala Tray Description: I liked the design of the tray, but I thought it was a little boring and I didn't think the finish was very durable. I often eat at the coffee table especially when Glenn is gone so I thought a tray would be useful for carrying my dinner and glass of wine.

Reader Mailbag: Vacation Monday

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. Help an unlucky friend? 2. Are rent-to-own homes worthwhile? 3. Maximizing value of college 4. Post-graduation options for teachers 5. Secured loan or credit card? 6. Used swimsuits 7.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: The Beaba Babycook Simply by using a pan, a steamer insert, and blender (or potato masher or food processor or even the back of a sturdy fork) that you already own, you can make your child’s food without this contraption. Control cable-clutter with a monkey braid A clever nautical knot can be used to shorten excess length in cables for consumer electronics devices.

Dispatch #1: Hong Kong, Karaoke Consulting, Coinus Interruptus and Dead Relatives

1. More location independent workflow realities… “Hey man, can you hear me?” I asked. “Yeah, I can hear you along with a really loud karaoke version of Justin Bieber or something.” Thus went my first experiment in location independent skype-based consulting. I was sitting on the mezzanine overlooking the lobby in the Sheraton, Hong Kong.

Freelance Freedom #163