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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff

“It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.” ~Robert A. Cook Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Barrie Davenport of Live Bold and Bloom. Simplicity.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #14: How Safe Is Freelance Moonlighting?

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at whether to tell your boss about your freelancing and what’s a good conference to attend to find clients. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Workspace of the Week: Home base

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Double|B’s work surface wonderland: In sharp contrast to last week’s small, living room office, this week we have a large, full-room space. The storage in this room is incredible, and the work surface of the desk makes me swoon.

Misconceptions of the Work-from-Anywhere Lifestyle

Today launches my Summer Festival of Guest Posts…aka…my way of slacking off while I’m in Bali and pleading with friends who have amazing voices and insights to share their genius with you. Kicking off this new “every Friday” feature is my friend, Chris Guillebeau.


Materials: 30" Akurum horizontal wall cabinet, reclaimed Douglas fir, MDF panels Description: I have a custom furniture/cabinetry company in LA, Handmade, that has just launched a line of custom doors, panels and drawer faces for frameless kitchen and bathroom cabinets - anything from the big-box lines, IKEA, you name it. We call the line SEMIhandmade.

Ask the Readers: Should I Invest or Prepay My Mortgage?

Kelley wrote recently with the sort of dilemma I get asked about all of the time: Is it better to invest or to prepay a mortgage? We’ve covered this topic in the distant past, but it’s time to review the debate for current readers. First, let’s look at Kelley’s e-mail: My husband and I are on the right track. At age 25, our only debt lies in our home mortgage.

14 Ways to Expand Your Influence

Before we try to expand it, we need to first define it. What is influence?

Money Myths That Keep You From Making Big Money: Myth 6

“Buy Now, Pay Later!” This is a huge money myth that seems true, because it is so big and pervasive. The real truth about this belief system is that it is designed to create perpetual consumers! The truth is really pay now and pay later.

How Prepare for and Rock a Behavioral Job Interview

Job interviews can be nerve-racking. You have one shot to convince a potential employer that they should hire you instead of dozens (and maybe hundreds) of other qualified candidates.

Wesabe Shuts Down: What Are the Alternatives?

For those of you unaware of the news, Wesabe, an online personal finance information manager that I quite liked because of their strict security methods, is shutting down on July 31 – at least in terms of their personal finance management tools, as their discussion forums will remain open. In the past, I’ve recommended Wesabe as an alternative to Mint for those (like me) who are very c

Attacking One Budget Category at a Time

This video post is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker previously featured a post on his own blog entitled, 42 Ways to Radically Simplify your Financial Life. For many people, the process of personal finance cycles between intense motivation and devastating burnout. A life event, a powerful communicator, or maybe even a simple blog post creates an initial spark.

If it’s not important to you, don’t consume it

Trent Hamm at TheSimpleDollar.com on Saturday reviewed the classic book Voluntary Simplicity. When I read the book seven or eight years ago, I interpreted the focus of the book to be about reducing one’s impact on the environment.

How to get Johnny to study

Coffee breaks enhance team productivity.

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

Or, how shared work experiences (even LOLcats), helps build a better, more cooperative world.

"Working on My Novel, Remembering that Life Is Long -- and Yet Not Overscheduling."

Happiness interview: Christina Baker Kline. I got to know novelist Christina Baker Kline through a writing group I joined -- which is now connected with the very helpful writing site, She Writes. Christina's wonderful novel, Bird in Hand, just came out in paperback -- joining The Way Life Should Be.